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Vicki Shouse, RN, an Emergency Department employee, was selected North Mississippi Medical Center’s Employee of the Month for March. Shouse joined NMMC in 1983. She worked in EKG as a ward secretary and monitor tech.
The Saltillo High School graduate earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Trauma Nurses Core Courses.
“Vicki Shouse is constantly amazing me with her wonderful rapport with her patients,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She definitely provides patient-centered care and is always offering herself to help her patients and others. She upholds all of our values through compassion, respect and every aspect of our organization’s core values. She is the model nurse for all others to see how a nurse should interact and treat their patients.”
Joyce Armstrong, certified nursing assistant in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, was selected as North Mississippi Medical Center’s February Employee of the Month. Armstrong joined NMMC in 2002.
“I have never seen anyone work harder,” a coworker said of Armstrong in her nomination. “She comes in and gets everything organized and then she goes all out to get her job done. Helping turn patients, giving baths and anything else you ask of her.”
“The best part of my job is having the opportunity to assist with the care of the patients in our unit,” Armstrong said. “I enjoy completing the duties and assignments which are a part of my job each day, while being surrounded by a compassionate and professional staff. Working with the patients, their families and the staff at NMMC has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”
Gary Rushing, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technician in the Radiology Department, was selected North Mississippi Medical Center’s Employee of the Month for January. Rushing joined NMMC in 1986.
“In every aspect of work, Gary is very conscientious,” a coworker wrote in his nomination. “He does his best, every time. He is always willing to help other areas in any way possible. He shows patience with every patient and does his best to make sure they got the best study possible and the best care possible.”
“I enjoy taking care of my patients,” Rushing said. “I really like what I do for a living and enjoy the people I work with.”
Carmen Carnathan, X-ray and Laboratory supervisor at the Family Medicine Residency Center, was selected North Mississippi Medical Center’s Employee of the Month for December. Carnathan joined NMMC in 1997.
“Carmen’s compassion for patients is truly genuine,” one residency center physician wrote in her nomination. “She strives to put our patients first. She has helped our nurses at extremely busy times with checking patients in, obtaining vital signs and answering phone notes. Carmen has never said ‘that’s not my job’ in patient care.”
“The thing I love most about my job is seeing my patients—their smiles, their hurts and getting to know them as people,” Carnathan said. “I try to be a spark in their life to let them know someone cares.”
Doug Liles, a system technician in Facility Operations, was named November’s Employee of the Month at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Liles, a Belmont native, joined NMMC in 2006.
“What I love most about my job is the people, customers and coworkers, that I have the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis,” Liles said. “When you’re surrounded by great people, it makes coming to work something to look forward to. I also have great pride in being an NMMC employee.”
“Doug sincerely desires to help everyone he comes in contact with,” Todd Davis, director of Facility Operations, said in Liles’ nomination. “Regardless of what happens, no day is a bad day. When anyone in our department needs help, Doug is always among the first to volunteer. Doug is an eager learner and sets the expectation of excellence for himself.”
Lillie Wooten, certified nurse’s aide with North Mississippi Medical Center Home Health, was named Employee of the Month for October.
Wooten joined NMMC in 1996.
“Lillie is an excellent employee,” said Leslia Carter, director of NMMC’s Home Health and Hospice. “She is hardworking and dedicated to her job. She is always friendly and wears a smile. Her patients love her and sing her praises. Lillie is truly an asset to the agency.”
Wooten said she strives to go the extra mile for all her patients. “My philosophy is I give all that I know how to give to my patients,” Wooten said. “I use all the training and abilities I have to give them the care they need.”
John Mark Webb, nuclear medicine technologist, was named North Mississippi Medical Center’s Employee of the Month for September.
Webb has worked in NMMC’s Radiology Department since February 2004.
“(John Mark) is a key resource working with acutely ill and long term cancer patients,” said David Elliott, manager of NMMC’s Longtown Imaging, said in Webb’s nomination. “He gently but quickly exceeds the demands required of performing nuclear medicine imaging on patients in pain or with life-threatening illness while providing genuine care and concern. His ability to comfort and console patients and family is a gift he uses wisely.”
“John Mark is an outstanding employee. He is very deserving of Employee of the Month,” a coworker wrote in his nomination. “He is willing to do whatever is necessary to help patients and their families.”
Webb said what he loves most about his job is “the opportunity to help people every day and actually getting paid for it.”
Judy Herring, CLPN, who has worked for the last 25 years in the obstetrics/gynecology department at Women’s Hospital, was named Employee of the Month for August at North Mississippi Medical Center. She joined NMMC in 1984.
“Judy’s friendliness and eagerness to do her best is evident whenever she works,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She has helped train many and continues to be helpful to new employees. She is a great example of what nursing at NMHS should be. She makes good judgments quickly, is respected by our doctors and her team members, who call on her often for assistance.”
“Judy performs her job above and beyond what is expected of her,” another coworker wrote. “If I or a family member were a patient in the hospital, I would want Judy Herring to be my nurse. There are so many good things I could say about her that I have witnessed over the years. Words that come to mind when I think of her would be kind, compassionate, hardworking, devoted, honest, friendly and always putting others above herself.”
“I love seeing my patients get better and going home with a sense of having been well taken care of by someone who really cared,” Herring said. “I like to treat my patients like I would like to be treated and how I would like my family to be treated. I love talking with them and learning about their families.”
Shirley Wood, social worker with North Mississippi Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice, was named Employee of the Month for July at NMMC. Wood, who works with the hospice program, joined NMMC in 1987.
“As the hospice medical director I have been in a position to see Shirley at her best when others are going through the worst,” Brady Russell, M.D., hospitalist and Hospice medical director, wrote in Wood’s nomination. “Shirley cares about our patients and their families in practical ways. She goes above and beyond the requirements of the job.”
“Shirley is so deserving of this award,” a coworker wrote in the nomination. “She is such a vital part of our program as well as an asset to the medical center and this community. Shirley is consistently going above and beyond to give the best to our patients and each family member involved with their care.”
“It is an honor to win and be so well thought of by the people you work with,” Wood said. “This work is truly a calling you have to have a passion for. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work in this setting. I learn so much from my patients. I feel they give me more than I do them.”
Deanna Sanders, RN, BSN, charge nurse for 3 South, was named North Mississippi Medical Center’s Employee of the Month for June. Sanders has worked at NMMC since 2002.
“What I love most about my job is the exceptional co-workers that I am fortunate to work with on 3 South from the unit coordinators to the nurse manager and also case managers,” Sanders said. “They have become a second family to me that I love dearly. I equally love the warm feeling that comes when a patient smiles or laughs because they feel better due to the care we provide. My co-workers are thoughtful and caring individuals that deserve recognition because my job becomes much easier when I work with such devoted people. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be part of this awesome team.”
“Deanna is a very caring nurse,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She truly cares for her patients and this is evident in her care. Deanna is dedicated to providing the best care possible to all the patients who arrive on 3 South. Deanna is great to work with and I am proud to have her as my charge nurse.”
Stephanie Ford, point of care coordinator for North Mississippi Medical Center’s Pathology Department, was selected Employee of the Month for May. Ford has been with NMMC since 1996.
“Stephanie’s integrity is always evident in everything that she does,” one coworker wrote in her nomination. “She is able to deal with any issue or problem in an exceedingly serene and professional manner while always keeping her focus on administering extraordinary customer service. You can be assured that Stephanie will always make the right choices.”
“It truly does take a team effort to make anything work smoothly, especially in health care,” Ford said. “I have been very fortunate to work with the greatest team in health care here at NMMC. The best part of my job is getting to work with so many different people and departments throughout North Mississippi Health Services.”