JACKSON, Miss.—Noel Guthrie Jr., a volunteer at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named a 2002 recipient of the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) award. The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services sponsors the award.

For the past 10 years, extraordinary Mississippians have been honored in categories of volunteerism by the GIVE awards. Guthrie, who will receive the award for service to Mississippi’s disabled, will be recognized along with the other category recipients at a March 27 luncheon.


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JACKSON, Miss.—A Jackson hospital is encouraging Mississippians to support an organization that raises and trains dogs to assist the disabled.

Methodist Rehabilitation Center will present a $2,500 bone-shaped check to the Florida-based Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in the hospital’s two story Atrium Mall. That money and other donations made by Mississippians ranging from $250 to $5,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Dennis Cagle, facility manager at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been appointed by the board of directors of the International Code Council to a one-year term on the International Fire Code Committee.

IFC members are responsible for providing leadership and direction on matters of fire and life safety to meet government, industry and public needs. The board of 16 from around the U.S. makes recommendations on fire codes throughout the world.


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JACKSON—Dr. Mark Sherer, director of the neuropsychology department at Methodist Rehabilitation Center has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR).

The peer-reviewed publication provides information to physicians and others who are involved in clinical management and rehabilitation of those with head injuries.

“It’s quite an honor to become a part of this board,” said Dr. Sherer. “Anytime you’re asked to be a part of something like this, it shows that you are truly recognized in brain injury and rehabilitation.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—Southerners—and Mississippians in particular—love to eat. But if not controlled or prevented, obesity can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippians have the highest occurrence of obesity in the U.S.


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WASHINGTON, DC—The dedication and compassion of volunteers at Methodist Rehabilitation Center will be recognized by the Points of Light Foundation on Feb. 14.

The national organization, founded in 1990 to promote volunteerism, has chosen the volunteers to receive its Daily Points of Light Award on Valentine’s Day.

“I can’t think of a better day for our volunteers to receive such an honor,” said volunteer director Sandra Walker. “Every day of the year they love and care for our patients. On Valentine’s Day the rest of the nation will know how truly fortunate we are.”


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JACKSON, Miss.—A Mississippi physician wants parents and caregivers to make sure they know how to properly use child safety seats and safety belts.

As a part of National Child Passenger Awareness Week, Feb. 10-15, Dr. Rahul Vohra, medical director at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, wants parents to know that children need special protection when traveling in motor vehicles because their bodies are different than adults.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Conversations, a newly released compact disc featuring the chamber music of Angela Willoughby and James Sclater is now on sale in the Methodist Rehabilitation Center gift shop and at other stores in the Jackson area.

“We are really pleased with the response we’ve gotten from the CD,” said Sclater, professor of theory and composition at Mississippi College.

Every other Friday at noon Sclater and Willoughby, an assistant professor of piano at MC, play the piano and clarinet for patients, staff and visitors in Methodist Rehab’s Atrium Mall.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Volunteers at Methodist Rehabilitation Center assist staff, comfort patients and even help fund neuroscience research at the Jackson hospital. Each year the profits from the hospital’s volunteer-run gift shop are donated to the Wilson Research Foundation.

This year, the volunteers raised $13,000 that will be used by the Foundation to fund research into ways to improve recovery from spinal cord and brain injuries, stroke and other neurological diseases and disorders.


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JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi school children are encouraged to participate in a statewide poster contest designed to teach them to think first about safety and injury prevention. The contest, with the theme "Safety is Cool," is sponsored by Think First, Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s statewide injury prevention program.

Fourth and fifth grade students in all Mississippi schools may enter the contest which encourages them to wear seat belts, safety helmets and other protective gear.


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