Back Row: Hogan Allen (Immediate Past President), Dan Carleton (Chair of Long-Range Planning), Robert Bickley, Adam Stone, Don Potts (President), Elbert Bivins (Treasurer), Harris Collier, Matt Allen. Middle Row: Ivan Del Prado, Dorothy Bickley, Doris Marquis, Marc Scorca (Opera America President), Robin Roberts (President Elect), Merina Dillard (Chorus Administrator), Connie Roberts, Kristin Johnson(Mississippi Opera Committee on Education chair), Megan West, Ann Simmons, Jay Dean (Artistic Director) Front Row: Sharon Pratt, Constance Cowart, Tippy Garner, Betty Bivins (Guild President), Cynthia Palmer. Present but not pictured: Sherry Castle Boyer (Executive Director), Sandy Mc Kellar (Administrative Assistant), Buster Mobley, Margee Wohner, Marlane Dove (Guild President-Elect). / Special to VIP
MSO Woodwind Quintet (L to R) Sybil Cheesman, Julie Hudik, Nanette and Lamar Weems, Ken Graves, Mimi Linehan and Jon Wenberg / Special to VIP
Dr. Larry D. Field
National arts visionary visits Jackson
Marc Scorca, President of Opera America, led an informative workshop on board member responsibilities at the Annual Retreat for the Mississippi Opera's Board of Directors, Saturday, May 12 at River Hills Club in Jackson.
Tim Mitchell Appointed as CEO of River Oaks Hospital in Flowood
Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) announced recently that Tim Mitchell has been named the chief executive officer of River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. Mitchell is assuming this position in addition to his role as the CEO of HMA’s Jackson market. Mitchell assumed the position of CEO of River Oaks following the retirement of Denny Bruns.
Mitchell has served in the healthcare industry for more than 28 years, including two years as CEO at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center and eight years as the CEO of Biloxi Regional Medical Center. He was selected as HMA’s CEO of the Year in 2004 and 2009 and showed his unique leadership skills and tenacity by guiding Biloxi Regional Center through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
“It is a privilege for me to be the CEO of River Oaks Hospital. River Oaks has a wonderful team of associates and is one of the best hospitals in HMA and the region,” said Mitchell. “I look forward to being a part of the continued success of this hospital."
Mitchell received his Master of Science in health care administration from the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his career in health care in 1984, when he received his certification as medical laboratory technologist from Bluefield Community Hospital. He shares his leadership skills and management expertise with a variety of non-profit and community organizations, including the Mississippi Hospital Association, Rotary Club and American Heart Association. Mitchell and his wife Dana are the parents of Alexis, 12, and Ethan, 9.
The MSO Woodwind Quintet Recently Performed for Students at Magnolia Speech School.
Founded in 1956, Magnolia Speech School is Mississippi's center of excellence for children with hearing impairments and language disorders. From a humble beginning in our founder's home, the school has grown to be one of the pre-eminent programs in the Southeast in testing children for communication disorders. Magnolia serves children statewide as well as many from surrounding states and currently has 94 students. Magnolia's Early Intervention Department is currently serving 60 children, in their home, from DeSoto County to the gulf coast. Magnolia Speech School exists to enable children with communication disorders to develop their full potential through spoken language and literacy.
Sheila and Jim Palmer made a financial contribution to MSO for the Woodwind Quintet to play a private concert for the Magnolia Speech School students. The Palmer's made this gift in honor of Dr. & Mrs. Lamar Weems. Dr. Weems is a Lifetime Magnolia Board Member, and he and his wife, Nanette, are longtime supporters of the school.
Dr. Larry Field Elected to AANA's Board of Directors
Dr. Larry D. Field, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder and elbow surgery and partner at Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center (MSMOC), was recently elected to serve on the Arthroscopy Association of North America’s (AANA) Board of Directors. Dr. Field will serve until May 15, 2015.
AANA is made up of over 3,500 orthopaedic surgeons worldwide with expertise in arthroscopic surgery and represents the largest such organization of its kind in the world. Many AANA members are innovators in the field of arthroscopic surgery and have been responsible for pioneering new and more sophisticated surgical techniques, procedures and instruments that benefit patients undergoing arthroscopic surgery.
Dr. Field, a board-certified, fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, serves as MSMOC’s Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship Program Director and remains actively involved in scientific research related to shoulder and elbow conditions. Dr. Field also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery as well as Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Association, and the Mississippi Orthopaedic Society.
The Mississippi Nurses Foundation
The Mississippi Nurses Foundation (MNF) needs your help to raise much-needed funds to support nursing and the lives nurses touch every day. Each of us, in some way, has experienced the power of a nurse. Whether it’s through our children, our parents or our friends, it takes a special person to care for the sick.
In understanding the impact nurses have on patients, Paul Moak Volvo, Mississippi’s exclusive Volvo retailer has teamed up to help us.
By purchasing a ticket for the MNF/Paul Moak Volvo giveaway, you can show your support of nursing by helping us carry out our mission of raising, accepting and dispersing charitable donations to promote professional nursing and better health in Mississippi.
Your $50.00 purchase gives you a chance to win: a 3-year lease of a 2012 Volvo S60, $10,000 cash prize or a seven-day trip to Sweden.
There are three ways to purchase a ticket:
• Online at www.msnursesfoundation.com
• Call the Mississippi Nurses Foundation at 601-898-0850
• Call Paul Moak Volvo at 601-960-2115
The Mississippi Nurses Foundation accepts:
• Cash, check or charge;
• If check, make payable to the Mississippi Nurses Foundation (MNF).
For more information about this successful campaign, view the attached poster or contact MNF at 601-898-0850 or visit our website at www.msnursesfoundation.com
The drawing will take place October 19, 2012, during the Mississippi Nurses Association Annual Convention in Biloxi. One does not need to be present to win.
Stop SMA to Bring Peals of Laughter to Pearl
We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine, so Stop SMA is bringing laughter to the fight against the number one genetic killer of young children.
You are invited to the 3rd annual Laugh Away SMA comedy show on Saturday, August 4th at the Muse Center on the Hinds Community College campus in Pearl.
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a fatal genetic neurological disease that causes the muscles in the body to weaken and waste away. Children with the most severe type of SMA are typically diagnosed by the time they are three months old and are given a life expectancy of two years.
SMA causes affected children to become so weak that they are unable to move, breathe, swallow, talk, or even smile. Currently, there is no cure, but researchers work steadfastly for treatments. The National Institute of Health (NIH) selected SMA as the disease, from more than 600 neurological disorders, closest to treatment. This is why Stop SMA’s goal is to raise awareness and support by introducing the community to this largely unknown disease.
Laugh Away SMA will educate the public and bring awareness that SMA can strike any family. It does not discriminate. One in 40 people unknowingly carries the gene, and one baby in 6,000 born is diagnosed with the disease.
Laugh Away SMA will provide a unique family-friendly comedy event to the Jackson area. This year’s show will feature Henry Cho and Jon Reep.
Cho graciously offered to return and will make his third performance at Laugh Away SMA. Feedback from his past two shows was tremendous. We are also thrilled to have the hilarious Jon Reep (“Last Comic Standing” and ABC’s “Rodney Carrington Show”) perform for this cause. The event will be full of laughter, so come, enjoy and help bring a big boost to the battle against SMA.
The show will begin at 7:00 p.m., but arrive early to peruse the various raffle and silent auction items. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For more information, please visit www.laughawaysma.org
Emmerson Daily Named To Board Of Directors Of Community Trust Bank
Community Trust Bank has announced the appointment of Emmerson Daily to its board of directors. Currently the CEO of Daily Equipment Company, Daily is one of Jackson’s most prominent business and community leaders, currently serving on the board of directors for Kalmar Rough Terrain Center (KRTC) and Affinity Insurance Company. He parallels his business consulting with robust community involvement, which has included roles as vice chairman of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, commissioner of the City of Jackson Redevelopment Authority, president and chairman of Jackson Zoological Park, Inc., chairman of the Convention Center Task Force for the City of Jackson and as a board of directors member for Metro Jackson Habitat for Humanity.
The appointment of the Mississippian is representative of Community Trust Bank’s exponential regional growth and strategy of appointing board members embedded in their communities. Daily will be expected to further the expansion process throughout the southeast and Mississippi using his own company exposure, which has experienced similar regional successes.
“Adding a board member to our organization requires thorough process and mutual understanding,” said Drake Mills, president and CEO, Community Trust Bank. “Mr. Daily plays an integral role in the communities he is involved with, thus increasing our ability to understand and address the needs of individuals and businesses within these communities from a more personal, grassroots level.”
Community Trust Bank is a century-old institution, which provides a wide range of traditional banking services. Daily, a graduate of the University of Illinois, joins a distinguished group on the board of directors, all with diverse professional backgrounds.
“As an organization that closely examines wants and needs of our customers, potential customers and stakeholders, continuing to surround ourselves with quality directors and employees is imperative to our on-going success and what we feel is the backbone of any service-based organization,” Mills added.
About Community Trust Bank
Community Trust Bank, a century year old, Louisiana-chartered bank, provides a wide range of traditional banking services with 31 banking centers throughout north Louisiana, north Texas, and north and central Mississippi. Community Trust Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Trust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company with assets over $2.5 billion. Community Trust Financial Corporation’s common stock is not listed on any exchange and is traded through individually negotiated transactions. To learn more, visit Community Trust’s website at ctbonline.com.
3rd Annual Abita Beer Top Of The Hops Beer Festival
The 3rd Annual Top of the Hops Beer Festival – Jackson returns. Spend the afternoon trying amazing craft beers, listening to great live music, and playing fun games, Saturday, July 28 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The 2012 event will be the finale of Mississippi Craft Beer Week and will be the first beer festival in Mississippi to take place after SB 2878 bill passed, which allows high-gravity beers into the state, beginning July 1.
"We welcome the change because it means beer connoisseurs in Mississippi will have more choices than ever before. Not only will beer lovers be able to sample Abita's higher alcohol brews like Andygator, Jockamo IPA and Abita SOS, but I'm sure we'll soon be seeing some exciting new craft brew choices made in Mississippi, too," said David Blossman, President of the Abita Brewing Company.
General Admission ($35) and VIP ($75) tickets include a commemorative sampling mug and access to unlimited, two-ounce samples of over 150 beers including high-gravity, never-before-seen favorites in Mississippi. Beers such as Abita Andygator, Lazy Magnolia Timberbeast, Sam Adams The Wee Heavy, Yazoo Sue, Sierra Nevada Barley Wine, plus many more will be available at this year’s festival.
The VIP Ticket will give patrons access to the festival one hour early, at 3:00 p.m., to take advantage of a more exclusive beer-tasting experience. The ticket allows entry to the private VIP area with complimentary food from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and an exclusive beer selection not available to the general public.
For those patrons who will not sample beer, general admission designated driver tickets are available for $15.00 or VIP designated driver tickets are available for $25.00.
Top of the Hops Beer Festival will also feature the Sam Adams Brew University Education area, where patrons will enjoy beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Brewing 101 and other beer education sessions.
The Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown (The King Edward) is the official hotel sponsor and will offer exclusive discounted hotel and ticket packages for those who want to stay only a few blocks away from the festival. http://www.kingedwardhoteljackson.com/
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Coliseum box office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Hops & Habanas, with no service charge.
**Top of the Hops Beer Festival – Jackson believes in responsible drinking and does not promote heavy consumption of alcohol. Local taxi companies will be made aware of the event in advance and taxi-service phone numbers will be listed prominently in the festival guide.
For more information, visit www.TopOfTheHopsBeerFest.com.