Health Briefs January 25, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Birthday party set for Saturday
HealthWorks! is celebrating its fourth birthday with a party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Special events will be held at 11:04 a.m., 1:04 p.m. and 3:04 p.m., including the Cha Cha Slide, Silly Dance and Bozo’s Big Bowel Movement. “Tunes at Noon,” a singing contest, will be held at noon. The event will also feature an inflatable obstacle course, toilet toss and a four-quarter art project.
The cost is $4 per family, or free to members. For more information, visit www.healthworkskidsms.org or call (662) 377-5437.

Get sweet with ACS for Valentine’s Day
Fighting back against cancer could help score points with your sweetie.
The Lee County Relay for Life is selling chances on a Valentine’s Day package for $10.
The package includes one night in a suite in the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Tupelo, dinner for two at Outback, one dozen roses from DB’s Florist in Saltillo, a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries from Endville Bakery and a gift basket full of goodies from area merchants.
The raffle benefits the American Cancer Society, which assists people with cancer and their families through local support programs, educates the community about cancer, funds research and maintains an extensive national database of cancer information.
Tickets are available at the Endville Bakery or by calling the American Cancer Society office at (662) 844-8544.

NMMC physicians earn quality honors
North Mississippi Medical Center recently presented the Quality Physician awards based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services evidence-based measure data.
A winner was awarded for each core measure at NMMC-Tupelo, as well as an overall winner for the combined core measures at each community hospital.
NMMC-Tupelo winners in each category are Dr. Steve Carroll, acute myocardial infarction (heart attacks); Dr. Brady Russell, heart failure; Dr. Marianne Barnes, inpatient psychiatry; Dr. Shailesh Patel, pneumonia; Dr. David Brooks, stroke; Dr. Robert Derveloy, surgical care /cardiac surgery; Dr. Jimmy Hamilton, surgical care/colon/vascular surgery; Dr. Laura Crecelius, surgical care/gynecologic surgery; Dr. Clyde Phillips, surgical care/orthopaedic surgery; and Dr. Hunt Bobo, surgical care /other major surgery (neurosurgery).
NMMC community hospital top performers are Dr. Sue Simmons, Eupora; Dr. Douglas Martin, Hamilton, Ala.; Dr. Thomas Draper, Iuka; Dr. Renee Wilson, Pontotoc; and Dr. John Shields, West Point.