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Health Care Heroes 2015.

Michael Arinder, NRP

American Medical Response

Hundreds in central Mississippi may be alive today thanks to Paramedic Michael Arinder. From 2011 to September 2015, as clinical education manager at AMR Central Mississippi, Arinder led the care all AMR ambulance crews provided.

In his tenure, Arinder revamped patient protocols; doubled the number of field training officers; introduced new training; strengthened quality control and increased the number of nurses and other practitioners taking AMR courses.

He coordinated creating an "app" for crews--an immediate guide on patient care, a source for online education, a report card, a bulletin board and more.

Bottom line: Under Michael, local AMR medics' now restore a pulse in cardiac arrest patients at a rate appreciably higher than the national average.

Michael was promoted this fall to regional clinical director, supporting AMR operations in numerous states coast to coast. Thus, Arinder now impacts millions of emergency patients every year. And he's still based in Jackson.

Dr. Adair Blackledge

Blackledge Face Center

Adair Blackledge is a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon who established the Blackledge Face Center in Jackson, Mississippi in 2003. Dr. Blackledge's practice and expertise is unique in that he focuses exclusively on the cosmetic rejuvenation of the face, nose and neck. His approach is centered around the belief that natural surgical results should be complimented by a lifelong commitment to intentional skin care that not only makes patients look and feel better, but also prolong their surgical results.

Blackledge's personal touch in patient care which often includes personal letters, phone calls and home visits results in a patient experience that is unparalleled in the field of facial plastic rejuvenation.

His training included an intensive facial plastic surgery fellowship under Dr. Gaylon McCollough as well as studying under Dr. Frank Kamer in Beverly Hills. He is now an invited lecturer across the country to speak about his techniques in facial rejuvenation surgery.

Dr. Blackledge is also a guest instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center teaching residents his approach to facial plastic surgery. Having performed over 4,000 facelifts in his career, he has now operated on patients from 47 of the 50 states.

Rozell Chapman

Mallory Community Health Center

As CEO of Mallory Community Health Center, Rozelle Chapman works to improve my organization's ability to provide quality affordable health care to the communities within Holmes, Leflore, and Madison counties. It is Chapman's responsibility to facilitate the daily functions of the organization to assure that they are meeting these communities' needs.

He is responsible for maintaining a financial sound business while cultivating an ambitious, hardworking staff. He says he is a motivator, an organizer, an innovator, advocate and leader for the staff and patients that frequent our six clinics.

As his most significant accomplishment, Chapman says it would be his move back to Mississippi to practice medicine. Unfortunately, Mississippi has a tendency to lose many of its medical professionals to other states. So, to return and find such a fulfilling position where he really feels he is making a difference is a real reward.

Tina Seymour Demoran

Corporate Management

Tina Seymour Demoran is the founder and managing attorney of Seymour Law Firm, PLLC, and has been a lecturer and columnist since 2004 on medical documentation, assault and battery in the medical field, and HIPAA and OSHA regulations, allied health programs and intensive care conferences. She has degrees in respiratory therapy, psychology, Biblical studies and law, and she is a licensed respiratory therapist and broker. She has written for Compliance Today, Compliance Watch, Corporate Compliance Insights, the Clarion Ledger and See South Mississippi magazine.

She is a mentor to adults diagnosed with colon cancer. She is a guest writer for the Colon Club and Fight Colorectal Cancer. She's been a volunteer and speaker with the American Cancer Association since 2009, raising awareness for all cancers while sharing her story of diagnosis, treatment, and remission.

In July 2015, Demoran became only the second Mississippian to part of the 10th national calendar produced by the Colon Club, aptly named "The Colondar 2.0." It featured 12 survivors diagnosed with Colon Cancer under the age of 50. She was Mrs. July 2015, the month that also marked seven years of remission from her cancer.

She has been a on the Board for the Ocean Springs Yacht Club, and for Wild at Heart Wildlife Rescue in Vancleave. Demoran has also provided free or reduced-cost legal services to Coast residents and their families fighting cancer. She is a member of the 70x2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative at UMMC, a statewide effort to ensure that at least 70 percent of all Mississippians are up-todate with colorectal cancer screening recommendations by the year 2020.

Demoran lives in her hometown of St. Martin with her husband, Philip, and has a married stepson, Nick.

Dr. R. A. Foxworth

Foxworth Chiropractic

Ray Foxworth is president of ChiroHealthUSA and is a certified Medical Compliance Specialist. He has served over 25 years on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee. He implemented the Chiropractic Services Program at the G. V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center and served four years as a staff chiropractor.

He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and a three-term past president of the Mississippi Chiropractic Association. He founded ConservaCareCorp, the first chiropractic network selected by the State of Mississippi to serve over 195,000 covered lives under the State Employees and Public School Teachers Health Plans.

Foxworth was the first chiropractor ever appointed to the Mississippi State Board of Health and served for a total of 12 years under Governors Fordice and Musgrove, two of those years as Chairman. He was appointed to Governor Fordice's Task Force for Workers Compensation Reform and Commissioner Mike Chaney's Health Exchange Committee. He has been in practice for 30 years and maintains his practice along with two associate doctors at the NewSouth Professional Campus, which is home to a large multidisciplinary spine center.

Bradford E. Hutto, PT, DPT

Camellia Healthcare

Brad Hutto, a doctor of physical therapy with Camellia Healthcare in Pascagoula, describes himself as a simple man, trying to lead a simple life and striving to help others.

He designs and implements home exercise programs tailored for patients to improve their functional skills.

"I went into this field with the ultimate desire to help people, and I believe I do that on a weekly basis. I cannot describe every success story achieved with my patients, but sometimes, simply teaching a patient how to get in/out of the car safely and independently is a great victory because it is the key to allowing them to no longer be homebound."

Previously, he was a physical therapist at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula.

Hutto earned his BA at the University of Alabama in 2004, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009 at the University of South Alabama.

Jeffrey L. Knight, DDS

Jeffrey L. Knight, DDS

Jr effrey L. Knight, DDS, is a native of Jackson and graduate of Provine High School. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Alcorn University in 1989.

In 1994, Knight received his doctorate of Dental Surgery from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and completed a general practice residency from the University Of Mississippi Medical Center in 1995. He has more than 20 years of practice in Mississippi. Knight lives in Ocean Springs and has had a private practice in Gautier since 1998.

Knight served as President of The Mississippi Dental Society from 2009-2011 and State Delegate for the National Dental Association from 2004-2010. He has volunteered to statewide community events such as "Give a Kid a Smile" and "Mission of Mercy," where over $25,000 of free dental work was performed. Knight has been an advocate for promoting good oral health and educating our community throughout Mississippi.

Michael Manning, MD

Mississippi Vein Institute

Dr. Manning is the founder and owner of Mississippi Vein Institute. Mississippi Vein Institute was created in 2008 with the goal of creating a center of excellence for the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous ulcerations. Dr. Manning has assembled an incredible talented team whose mission is exceptional treatment results coupled with an unsurpassed patient experience. He is passionate about his work and takes great pride in providing his patients with fantastic results.

After completing medical school at the University of Mississippi (1991), Dr. Manning completed his internship at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN (1992). He and Scarlette then moved to Winston-Salem, NC where he began his anesthesia residency at Wake Forest. The anesthesia residency program at Wake Forest is among the the top anesthesia programs in the country. Dr. Manning completed his anesthesia and pain training at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC (1995).

Dr. Manning founded the pain management program at Methodist Hospital in Jackson, MS before joining the staff at St. Dominic's Hospital as an anesthesiologist. He has a tradition of leadership, having served as president of Physicians Anesthesia Group at St. Dominic's Hospital and as president of the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Manning has been married since 1987 and has 2 sons and 1 daughter. He grew up in the Mississippi Delta (Drew) on a cotton farm.

Lori Hill Marshall

Premier Pain Care P.C.

Dr. Lori Marshall maintains a pain management practice with Jackson's Premier Health Care. Her special areas of interest include cancer pain, oral and maxillofacial pain, and complex regional pain syndrome. Marshall is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Prior to joining Premier, Marshall served as assistant professor for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She received her M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine after earning her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi. An active member of the Junior League of Jackson, Marshall also is a member of Saint Richard Catholic Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing tennis, reading and playing the harp.

Michael R. McMullan

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Richael McMullen is the Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program at UMMC, the only program of its kind in the state of Mississippi.

He is also a clinical and interventional cardiologist, participating in the UMMC valve program where he places percutaneous aortic valves and do balloon valvuloplasty. He is also an Associate Program Director for the Division of Cardiology, while serving as the physician head for the Evers House, where he serves as a mentor and leader for approximately 40 medical students.

McMullen joined UMMC in 1998 after finishing advanced training in interventional cardiology and Adult Congenital Valvular Heart Disease at Duke University. He was also a faculty member at UMMC from 1998-2007, when he joined the Jackson Heart Clinic. He returned to UMMC in 2014 after being recruited to run the Adult Congenital Heart Program.

He received a BS in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1987 and then graduated cum laude from UMMC in 1991.

Michael is married with two children and in his spare time, he enjoys running, having completed 18 marathons in 13 states.

Makayla L. Merritt

William Carey University

Makayla Merritt is director of clinical rotations at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattie sburg.

She also is an adjunct instructor, teaching classes at William Carey and the University of Southern Mississippi. Previously, Merritt worked at Encore Rehabilition and was a satellite athletic trainer for Pearl River Community College and several area high schools.

She has earned a National Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers and Mississippi State Board of Health Licensed Athletic Trainer.

She received her Associates Degree from Itawamba Coummunity College in Fulton, and her Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from USM in 2008. She has a Master's in Public Health, Health Education from USM, and hopes to complete work on her Doctor of Philosophy Degree next year at William Carey.

Merritt enjoys reading fiction, playing the guitar and spending time with her three children and her family.

Sarah Quilter Mitchell, MD

Delta Regional Medical Center

Sarah Quilter Mitchell is a doctor of obstetrics and Gynecology at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Mitchell graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Physics, and was a Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honor Scholar. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2009.

After doing her internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she moved to Delta Regional in 2013.

While at Ole Miss, she also was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. In addition to the Barksdale honors scholarship, she was awarded the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, the Nina Bess Goss-Moffitt Scholarship and the J.P. "Jake" Mills Award.

In other words, she's pretty smart.

Away from Delta Regional, she is a member of the Junior Greenville Garden Club, First Presbyterian Chuch of Greenville, and the Delta Cotton Belles, which helps with breast cancer awareness and screening.

She also enjoys reading, running and playing tennis.

Elizabeth Bryce Mooney

Genesis Physical Therapy

Elizabeth Bryce Mooney is a physical therapist with Genesis Physical Therapy, and is dedicated to patient care and goes over and above for her patients and coworkers.

Over the years, Bryce has assumed several leadership positions within the company, including managing a clinic and specializing in pelvic rejuvenation care, to mentoring undergraduate students who are preparation for physical therapy school.

Sheila Renee Moore

CVS Pharmacy

Sheila Moore is getting closer to reaching her goal. The Pharmacy technician at CVS in Greenwood is also a graduate student in environmental health at Mississippi Valley State University, where she hopes to become a pharmacist by 2017.

Her goal, however, could come in March, her scheduled opening date for Shedullies, Inc., a medical supply store in Greenville. It's a project that has been two years in the works, and she has been developing her own financial support for the project.

She said the ultimate goal is to have a pharmacy and medical supply business under one roof.

Moore earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Mississippi Valley in 2010. She also studied at Delta State University Mississippi Delta Community College.

She has been affilitated with Health Occupational Students of America since 2001.

She lives in Moorhead and attends Chosen Generation Ministries Church.

Gregory Oden

Merit Health

Dr. Greg Oden is Chief Medical Officer at Merit Health in central Mississippi, and is considered by Merit Health CEO Steve Dobbs to be a pioneer of hospitalist medicine in the Jackson metropolitan area.

"He has been instrumental in spearheading many new, highly impactful programs, such as Merit Health Central's 'Acute Care for the Elderly' unit with 'Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders' designation, and the expansion of the state's only designated burn program."

As CMO, Oden oversees the clinical integration and implementation of best practices across the organization's members. He also assists in the development of the Merit Health Medical Group.

Oden graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1993, and specializes in Internal Medicine. He has 22 years experience.

Lanay S. Russum

Rush Health Systems

As director of marketing for Scott Regional Hospital, Lanay Russum plans and direct a comprehensive marketing program for the hospital. She develops and implement promotional programs, ideas and activities including health fairs, in-services, and lunch & learns.

Developing a positive working relationship with external contacts and referral sources is a very important part of her job. She represents the hospital with business leaders, physicians, the community and the media.

Russum also volunteers countless hours, participating in numerous activities to promote health and wellness including the Morton Chamber of Commerce, Morton Healthy Hometown Committee, Scott County Local Emergency Planning Committee, MS Tobacco Coalition for Rankin, Scott & Simpson Counties, and committees with the Scott County Extension Service.

In her spare time, Russum enjoys drawing, painting, gardening and spending time with her family.

Peter Schott

NewSouth NeuroSpine

Peter Schott is Director of Physical Therapy at NewSouth NeuroSpine in Flowood, where he has worked since 2009. He was previously a physical therapist at Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Methodist Rehab Center. He has more than 17 years experience.

He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 1995 and his Master's in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University in 1998.

He specializes in Respiratory, Developmental, Rehabilitative and Restorative Service Providers or Physical Therapists.

Dr. J. George Smith

Faces PLLC

Dr. J. George Smith is a dedicated surgeon, board-certified in both facial plastic and head and neck surgery. He was one of the organizers of the first free-standing surgical centers in Mississippi in 1980, and one of the founding physicians of River Oaks Hospital. He was a surgeon at Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe, and clinics in Honduras and Haiti. While board president of Jackson Academy, he helped establish Young Life in the area schools. He continues his involvement in the residence program at UMMC by accepting residents to rotate through his private facial plastic practice.

Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1965 having been selected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, the highest academic award bestowed in medical school. After his internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, he served as flight surgeon in the Air Force. In 1968 he completed his residency in Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery and continued training in facial plastic surgery at the University of Iowa, Tulane and Northwestern Universities.

Dr. Smith was the first board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Mississippi and launched Faces in 1998, the first clinic dedicated exclusively to facial surgery and facial lasers with board certified nurse practitioners and skin care with licensed aestheticians.

Judy L. Stevens

PerforMax Medical Management

Judith L. Stevens is the Chief Operations Officer for PerforMax Medical Management and has been with the company for over 12 years. W Before working with PerforMax Medical Management, she spent 25 years in a variety of medical specialities, including medical assistant, optometric assistant, medical records coordinator, medical coder and biller, manager and administrator.

She oversees organization's billing and management advisory operations. In 2003 she received designation as a Certified Professional Coder by the American Academy of Professional Coders. She provides coding oversight to a variety of medical specialties. For the last two years Stevens conducting seminars around the state educating and preparing physicians for the transition to the ICD-10 diagnosis coding system.

She is president of the Medical Group Management Association of Mississippi, an organization representing over 200 medical office managers and administrators. She is on advisory boards for Antonelli College, Virginia College and Delta Technical College.

April Watson Stringfellow, DDS

Watson Family Dentistry

April Watson Stringfellow of Watson Family Dentistry in Jackson is a believer in offering quality, affordable dental care, and travels the state to offer services in under-served areas. She is graduate of Magee High School and earned her Biologcal Sciences degree at Alcorn State. She earned her DDS at Marquette University in Milwaukee, then returned to Mississippi 2005 for a year-long residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

She is an adjunct faculty member in Dental Assisting Programs at Delta Technical College and Hinds Community College.

She is a member of Mississippi Association of Women Dentists, Mississippi Dental Association, Jackson Dental Study Group, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Dr. William Truly Jr., MD

Patient Choice of Canton

Dr. William Truly, Jr., of Patient Choice of Canton, is not only a doctor, but also an activist and actor.

Originally from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Truly relocated to Canton in 1978, after completing medical school at Meherry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn.

Truly was elected mayor of Canton in 2009, and served one term. He also is president of the Canton branch of the NAACP.

In 1996, he played the role of "NAACP Man No 1" in "A Time to Kill," the movie based on the John Grisham book.

The person who nominated Truly to be a healthcare Hero, said he health care for all. Kenya Peters said he "has treated clients/patients if they had no insurance and over the years he has paid for their medication and or found alternate treatment for patients. He has improved the lives of many individuals."

Bryant Walker, MD

The Allure Plastics

Bryant Walker was born in Flowood, MS. After graduating from Jackson Academy with highest honors, he then attended Birmingham-Southern College. During his time at BSC, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He obtained his B.S in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College, graduating cum laude and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society.

He returned to Jackson, MS in 2002 to attend the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Walker was extensively involved in the AMA and AMPAC, serving as regional coordinator for medical student lobby day in Washington, D.C. He served as AMA delegate to AMA annual meetings, was Chairman of Legislative Action committee for the University Society, and served as the student representative to the Council on Medical Services. He obtained his MD in 2006 and entered residency in General Surgery at UMMC. After completion, he was inducted as a member of the prestigious Hardy Society.

Dr. Walker began his plastic surgery training at St. Louis University in Missouri. He returned home in 2012 to complete his final two years of Plastic Surgery training at UMMC, where he served as Administrative Chief Resident in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Wayne Woo

Diabetes and Endocrine Institute

Before moving from Albany, Ga., to Jackson in 2001, Wayne Woo had a vision of creating a unique practice that would focus on individualizing therapy to the patient in terms of medications and lifestyle coaching and education. That's when he opened the Diabetes and Endocrine Institute in Flowood.

"My focus is to raise public awareness of diabetes and obesity," said Woo. "I do these via the scheduled classes which I teach twice monthly at the institute, the quarterly symposia, and my involvement with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi pi walk in October annually. My purpose at the annual walk is not only to raise money to the foundation but I want my patients and other diabetic patients to stand up for their diabetes by taking part at such a worthwhile event."

Woo earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He earned his Master's in Biology at San Francisco State Univerisity.

He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist, the Endocrine Society, the Amercican Diabetes Association and the International Society of Densitometry.

Doug Wright Jr.

Community Eldercare Services

Douglas M. Wright, Jr. is the owner and CEO of twenty-six healthcare businesses operating throughout Mississippi and western Tennessee, including skilled nursing homes, retail pharmacies, a closed-door institutional pharmacy, a full service therapy company, and a construction company specializing in home modifications. All companies have a presence in nineteen separate communities in Mississippi, with the remainder in Tennessee. He is also the owner and co-inventor of an institutional pharmacy process, U.S. Patent Pending No. 13/028,385. Wright has served in the health care industry since 1992 in various capacities as general counsel, chief financial officer and chief executive officer.

Prior to full time involvement in the health care industry, Wright practiced law in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. His law practice focused on many current issues including business acquisitions, corporate, commercial, contract, labor law, governmental relations and Medicaid/Medicare provider matters that he now sees daily as the Chief Executive of one of America's top 100 long-term care providers.

Wright is the father of three beautiful and talented daughters and resides in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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Comment:Health Care Heroes 2015.(plastic surgeon Dr. Adair Blackledge)(chief executive officer Rozelle Chapman of Mallory Community Health Center)(Tina Seymour Demoran from Seymour Law Firm, PLLC)
Publication:Mississippi Business Journal
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Date:Jan 1, 2016
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