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Permalink to Walking Hand in Hand with Children and Families: Batson’s Child Life Program

Walking Hand in Hand with Children and Families: Batson’s Child Life Program

Imagine being a nine-year-old girl, or a fourteen-year-old boy. Your childhood is rolling along just fine. You go to school. You play with dolls or video games. You visit friends and play dodge ball. Then, one day, an adult tells you something is wrong. “You are sick. You have to … More

Permalink to Century Club Charities, the Viking Classic and LodgeNet: Making Batson Hospital for Children a Home Away from Home

Century Club Charities, the Viking Classic and LodgeNet: Making Batson Hospital for Children a Home Away from Home

In many ways, Tyler Lindsey is a typical teenager. The tall 18–year old likes to watch all the movies he can get his hands on. He is also an avid video gamer. Tyler’s mother, Margie Lindsey, laughs, and is quick to point out: “Tyler and his Xbox 360 are never … More

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Allies In Healing: Hematology & Oncology At Batson

When you sit down with Dr. Gail Megason, Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Batson Hospital for Children, one of the first things you notice is the level of dedication she brings to her work. The motivation and inspiration that drives her to cure disease is … More

Permalink to Nurturing Life When Life is Threatened: Pediatric Palliative Care

Nurturing Life When Life is Threatened: Pediatric Palliative Care

Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, members of the pediatric palliative care team undertake one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks in modern medicine: managing the pain, minimizing the suffering, and enhancing the quality of life for children facing long-term battles with chronic, complex, and life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Rick Boyte, M.D., M.A., Professor of Pediatrics at University of Mississippi Medical Center, leads the team. More

Permalink to Children Enjoy A ‘Room with a View’ At Blair E. Batson’s Pediatric Dental Clinic

Children Enjoy A ‘Room with a View’ At Blair E. Batson’s Pediatric Dental Clinic

Beneath a ceiling tiled with cheery scenes, shooting stars and warm colors, a mother sits beside her daughter as the little girl gets her a dental check-up. In a nearby chair, a twelve-year-old boy has a small cavity filled. In an adjacent dental suite, another child has a baby tooth … More

Permalink to Donations from People with Big Hearts Help Little Hearts

Donations from People with Big Hearts Help Little Hearts

Every time a child is born, it’s a miracle. However, sometimes, babies are born with physical conditions that require an immediate response to ensure their survival – conditions like a congenital heart defect. When this happens, you want a caring, qualified physician on hand – someone like Dr. Jorge Salazar, … More

Permalink to Transforming Health Challenges into Healthy Lifestyles

Transforming Health Challenges into Healthy Lifestyles

In some ways, Jude Manley is a typical five-year-old boy. He is anxious to turn six so he can start karate. He wants to be an artist, a conductor, “an actor like WALL-E,” and a daddy when he grows up. He also loves to smile, talk, and eat – things … More