Health Briefs November 2, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ready, set, go for Relay for Life
Lee County Relay for Life is at the starting gate for its 2013 season.
A “Get Started” meeting for teams and volunteers will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the American Cancer Society office at 607 W. Main St. in Tupelo.
Teams are welcome from businesses, churches, neighborhoods and families.
The annual event benefits the American Cancer Society and its mission to create a world with more birthdays.
For more information, contact community representative Paige Kelly at (662) 844-8544.

Hamilton retires after 34 years as surgeon
General surgeon Dr. Jimmy Hamilton recently retired his green scrubs after more than 34 years of practice at North Mississippi Medical Center.
A native of Houston, Dr. Hamilton first served in Tupelo on a four-month rotation during his surgical residency with University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Hamilton joined Drs. Bob Caldwell, Bob Kirk and Benton Hilbun in practice at Surgery Clinic of Tupelo on July 1, 1978. When he retired, Dr. Hamilton’s partners were Drs. Robert McAuley, Charles Pigott, Terry Pinson, Danny Sanders and J.W. “Buddy” Williamson.
After only a weekend off, Hamilton started his new part-time venture Oct. 1 as a physician advisor in NMMC’s Health Information Services. In this new role, he reviews medical charts for accurate documentation and coding, and serves as liaison to the medical staff on related issues. When he’s not working, Dr. Hamilton plans to golf, hunt, shoot skeet or travel with Kathy, his wife of 38 years.
The Hamiltons have two sons – Brian, a general surgeon in Hattiesburg, and Mike, who is a high school teacher and football coach in Athens, Ga.; and two grandchildren in Hattiesburg.

November activities help Sanctuary Hospice House
Several events will benefit Sanctuary Hospice House in November.
Throughout the month, patrons of Romie’s Grocery and Vanelli’s in Tupelo can add a dollar to their bills to benefit the hospice house through the Dine and Donate program.
Local bakeries are participating in Cupcakes for a Cause, donating a portion of the proceeds to Sanctuary when customers order yellow cupcakes. Participating bakeries are GiGi’s Cupcakes, Endville Bakery, Rosie’s Cookies, Cakes and Cream, and Sweet Treats.
Through the Lights of Love initiative, participants can drop off an ornament to be hung on the hospice house’s Christmas tree during the holiday season. With any donation, the ornament will be scribed with a loved one’s name.
For more information on Sanctuary’s services or activities as part of National Hospice Awareness Month please visit www.sanctuaryhospice.org or call (877) 845-2111.