Book Signing At Pentimento Books In Olde Town Clinton - Robert Shows, Mississippi Writer
Noted Mississippi writer Robert Shows will sign copies of his newest book, A Sentence of Death: Words That Killed A President, at Pentimento Books in Olde Towne Clinton, Saturday, March 30th from noon till 3:00 p.m.
The fifth book by Shows, this is a character and action driven novel that blends historical fact and fiction surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. “I’ve offered readers and history buffs a thought-provoking analysis of what could have happened before and after that fateful day in Dallas, Texas,” Shows said.
A Sentence of Death: Words That Killed A President paints a plausible, vivid picture of the two men who orchestrated the events that led to the death of the 35th president of the United States. Through the lens of time, Shows weaves together the pieces of tangled thread that form a web of lies, deception and cover-up that brought Kennedy down. The book has received a nomination for an Editor & Publisher EPPY award, which honors the best media-affiliated web-sites in 31 categories.
A fifth generation Mississippian, Robert Shows, M.D., is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi, where he received both his B.S. and M.D. degrees. Medical director of the MEA Medical Clinic in Byram, Shows lives in Jackson with his wife, Janice.
For more information about A Sentence of Death: Words That Killed A President, visit Shows’ Facebook page: Robert Shows, Mississippi Writer. The book is available exclusively in this area at Pentimento Books, 302 Jefferson Street, in Olde Towne Clinton.
WellnessPlus Hires Christianne Brunini As Vice-President
WellnessPlus announced today that Christianne Brunini was hired as vice president and director of program development.
A native of Monroe, La., Brunini has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has an associate degree in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy.
She is married to Anthony Brunini and has three step children, Brockman, Elliott and Adeline.
WellnessPlus, a subsidiary of BankPlus, is a web-based employee wellness program. WellnessPlus seeks to improve the lives of employees by promoting physical activity, healthy eating, disease prevention and other healthy habits. The mission and purpose of WellnessPlus is to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage personal health management by providing comprehensive education, skill sets and tools to equip realistic implementation of healthy habits on a daily basis. With this purpose met, employees and families will enjoy an improved quality of life. For additional information on WellnessPlus, please visit www.WellnessPlus.com.
Olatunji J. Oluwatade, MD, MPH Joins Infectious Disease Associates
Olatunji J. Oluwatade, MD, MPH, has joined Infectious Disease Associates of Central Mississippi and the medical staff of Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and is trained in clinical epidemiology, hyperbaric and wound care, infectious disease and immunology and mycobacterium and respiratory infections.
He completed his fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and completed an internal medicine residency at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., where he was chosen chief resident and served as a clinical instructor. In addition, Dr. Oluwatade is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration in health management and holds a master’s in public health – epidemiology form George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Additional training and experience has been obtained in the areas of emergency medicine, pediatric oncology, hospice and home health care.
Charlotte W. Dupré, chief executive officer of CMMC, said Oluwatade’s expertise in the areas of internal medicine and infectious disease make him a unique to the hospital’s medical staff. “We are pleased to have Dr. Oluwatade as an addition to our talented medical staff at Central Mississippi Medical Center,” said Dupré. “His extensive medical training and depth of expertise in infectious disease will complement the special care we provide our patients.”
Infectious Disease Associates of Central Mississippi is located at 1860 Chadwick Drive, Suite 201 in Jackson. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Oluwatade, call (601) 376-1208.
Michael Berry Named New Wound Care Director At CMMC
Michael Berry, BS, CHT, RMA, LMT has been named director of Central Mississippi Medical Center’s Wound Care Center. Berry will be responsible for all aspects of the center's operations, including ensuring quality patient care, managing all aspects of clinical operations, compliance with federal and state guidelines and patient and community education.
Berry most recently served as program director at Bolivar Medical Center’s Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine in Cleveland. Prior to this, he worked as safety director and hyperbaric technician at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada. In these positions, he gained experience in all aspects of wound care and hyperbaric treatment. One of his most recent accomplishments was meeting patients’ needs through enhanced education and the providing of resources to enhance medical treatment.
Berry earned a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Missouri Baptist University and an associates of applied science degree in medical massage science from Missouri College, both located in St. Louis. Most recently, he obtained certification as a hyperbaric technician from Meridian Testing Center.
Jon-Paul Croom, chief operating officer of CMMC, said Berry is a welcome addition to CMMC’s management team.
“Michael brings a wealth of operational experience to his new role,” said Croom. “We feel confident he will help us continue to build on the strong foundation of excellence in patient care we’ve established in the Wound Care Center as well as our hospital.”
CMMC’s Wound Care Center, located within the hospital, specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions. Additionally, the center offers hospital-based outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The center is staffed by physicians and nurses trained in wound care management. Russell Rooks, MD, is medical director of the center.
“Anytime someone with proven experience in the field of wound care treatment joins our team, it can only strengthen what we are already doing in the area of patient care,” said Rooks. “I look forward to Michael’s contributions, particularly in the area of patient education.”
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Presents Swan Lake, Act III
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Beasley, will present the third act of the famous ballet Swan Lake at Jackson Academy PAC in Jackson at 7 pm on March 23. The performance will celebrate Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s 20th anniversary and will feature selections of contemporary and neo-classical choreography. Professional guest artists from American Ballet Theatre will dance the leading roles in Swan Lake, Act III.
The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet (MMB) is a non-profit regional ballet company that has made its home in Madison for the past 20 years. The company annually presents The Nutcracker at Jackson Academy PAC and a spring production from its repertoire. MMB is also the only ballet company in Mississippi that is a member of the Southeast Regional Ballet Association, a division of Regional Dance America.
“We chose to perform Swan Lake, Act III to celebrate our 20th anniversary milestone because it is a titan of classical ballet. With its gorgeous music, exciting dancing and lavish sets and costumes, we knew the famous story of love and betrayal would be a treat for audiences to watch and for our dancers to perform,” says Beasley. Audience members may recall the famous pas de deux from the recent hit film Black Swan with Natalie Portman.
Guest artists Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya, both soloists with American Ballet Theatre in New York City since 2007, will perform the roles of the Prince and Odile. Matthews was recently featured on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Kajiya, from Nagoya, Japan, won a prestigious Prix de Lausanne scholarship and studied at the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto.
The evening’s performance will also feature Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s dancers in selections of original choreography ranging from neo-classical to contemporary dance, as well as a piece choreographed by Beasley. Other choreographers contributing to the evening are John Magnus, the former artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York; MMB assistant artistic director Erik Kegler, as well as MMB alumna Cindy Edmonson. The choreographic selections will highlight the talent of the entire company of 75 MMB dancers.
Tickets for the performance range in price from $15 to $20 and can be purchased online at www.msmetroballet.com or by calling (601) 853-4508. Jackson Academy PAC is located on Ridgewood Road, in Jackson.
The Independent Pilots Association Foundation Makes Contribution To Magnolia Speech School
The IPA (Independent Pilots Association) Foundation is dedicated to providing for the well being of children and their basic needs with a focus on making life-changing differences for children with exceptional medical requirements. Since the inception of the association, the IPA leadership has believed in the importance of the membership’s philanthropic endeavor toward the public. Therefore, the IPA Foundation was officially formed in late 1993. The first fiscal year began on July 1, 1994, and since then the foundation has functioned as a separate entity, entirely self-sufficient, operated solely from the donations received through its members.
Most recently the IPA contributed over $5,000 to Magnolia Speech School for much needed technology upgrades for their classrooms so that students can utilize iPads. Apple iPads are capable of supporting applications designed specifically for children who are deaf or hard of hearing or have severe speech/language impairments like apraxia, autism, aphasia, cerebral palsy and syndromes or other neurological developmental diagnoses. The apps selected are based on the individual needs of the students, based on written and spoken language instruction, socialization, literacy and numeracy. Since the children we serve do not have the background knowledge or vocabulary to form a picture in their mind and understand a verbal description, this technology upgrade would significantly increase learning in the classrooms of all the children served at Magnolia who are learning to speak for themselves.
“I feel like we, as UPS pilots, have been blessed with the resources to lend help to children who, through no fault of their own, have been dealt a difficult hand in life. These children have the determination to be a success in life, they just need our help to ensure they also have the resources to be a success,” said MD-11 First Officer Joe Parham.
Magnolia Speech School exists to help children with communication disorders to develop their full potential through spoken language and literacy, and these funds from the IPA will help the staff at Magnolia Speech School continue its work. The school’s goal is to help students acquire the skills necessary to live independent, productive lives in their communities.
March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Colon cancer: It is the second-largest cause of U.S. cancer deaths. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and GI Associates encourages all people age 50 or older to be screened for this life-threatening disease that is 90 percent curable when discovered early.
“Unfortunately, the rate for colon cancer is extremely high in Mississippi, as it compares to the other regions of the country,” says Dr. Vonda Reeves-Darby. She adds that everyone should be screened beginning at age 50, or age 45 for African-Americans.
“Colon cancer is deadly; that’s why it’s so important to get the word out that colonoscopy at the right age can be life saving,” she says. “A person in the early stages of colon cancer may have no symptoms; that is why it is crucial to be screened even if you aren’t having any problems.”
If you are not yet 50, you should be screened for colon cancer if:
• you have blood in your stool or iron deficiency anemia
• you have family history of cancer or polyps in the colon
• you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease
Contact GI Associates for an appointment and be screened for colon cancer. Encourage your loved ones to get screened also. Colon screening saves lives!
GI Associates is the largest gastroenterology group in Mississippi and one of the largest in the Southeast. GI Associates treats all conditions relating to the GI tract, including adult and pediatric specialties. GI Associates is located in Jackson, Madison and Vicksburg. For more information, visit www.msgastrodocs or find us on Facebook.
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