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Foster serves as office coordinator at Work Link. She joined North Mississippi Medical Clinics in 2005 in admissions/discharge at Med Serve. Foster has also worked at West Tupelo Medical Clinic.
“Gidget is a “people person.” She comes to work with a smile on her face and ready to cheer the team on each day,” said a coworker who nominated Foster. “She is compassionate, has a great sense of humor and treats the Work Link team as family. She believes in doing the right thing for the patient every time. She leads by example, making sacrifices for the benefit of her teammates and patients.”
Foster says she loves the opportunity to be helpful to her coworkers and patients.
She is married to Robert Foster, who works in Ambassador Services at North Mississippi Medical Center. They attend Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Verona, where she is a member of the choir and teaches Sunday School.
Lail, a system operator in data processing, has been working for the clinic organization for more than 21 years.
“Michelle takes very good to a whole new level,” said a coworker who nominated Lail. She can handle any request that comes through her department and does so in a kind, efficient manner. She is very dependable! Michelle has an energy and attitude that is one of a kind. She is always willing to help in any way make the job at hand easier."
Lail says the best part of her job is helping people and interacting with all of the clinics.
She and her husband, Mike, have two daughters – Mathilda and Mackenzie. They are members of The Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Wofford serves as a CLPN at IMA-Tupelo, where she has worked since 1999. She joined North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as a nurse in 1993.
“She is a team player, a hard worker and very goal-oriented,” said a coworker who nominated Wofford. “She is reliable and always puts patients first. She is a dependable resource and mentor to all staff. Annette exemplifies what we all should be daily not only professionally but spiritually as well. She is a joy to work with.”
Wofford says the best part of her job is her coworkers. “I also love to educate my patients about their care, lifestyle and medications,” Wofford said.
She and her husband, James, have three grown children and two grandchildren. She is a member of Church of the Living God in Tupelo, where she is involved in Women on the Move and other ministries.
Dye is an admissions/discharge specialist at Pulmonary Consultants, where she has served since 2007.
“Donna is a valued member of our team who is always willing to do more than her share to help,” said a coworker who nominated Dye. “She treats all of our patients with respect and will always go the extra mile to make sure their needs are met.”
Dye says she has a passion to touch each of her patients’ lives.
She and her husband, David, have two grown children and two grandchildren. She is a member of Ellistown Baptist Church in Blue Springs where she keeps the nursery. Dye, her husband, and their daughter Courtney Carroll have worked for North Mississippi Health Services for a combined 48 years.
Kelly is a medical records clerk at IMA-Tupelo Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center, where she has served since 1999. She is a graduate of Saltillo High School.
“Angela is always smiling and speaks to everyone she meets,” said a coworker who nominated Kelly. “She is very kind-hearted, always willing to help and always has a smile! When she’s on the phone you can hear the compassion in her voice.”
Angela says her favorite part of her job is her patients and family of coworkers.
She has two children - 16-year-old Devin and 13-year-old Kelly Ann. The family attends Belden Baptist Church, where she keeps the nursery.
McVay is a radiologic technologist at Chickasaw Medical Clinic, where she has served since 1998. She is a graduate of South Pontotoc High School and attended Itawamba Community College.
“April is a great example of teamwork,” a coworker said in her nomination. “She never complains and always has a smile on her face. She shows respect and is kind to all. April is always cheerful, and puts patients at ease.”
April says her favorite part of her job is getting to know the patients and being able to help them.
She and her husband, Ted, have two children - Bailey and Ryleigh Kate. The family attends Midway Baptist Church in Pontotoc, where April teaches Sunday School.
Hogue is an admissions and discharge specialist at Med Serve in Tupelo, where she has served since 2005. She is a graduate of New Albany High School.
“Megan comes to work with a smile on her face and a kind greeting to everyone,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She is a true team player and always treats everyone with respect and compassion. Megan has made me a better person by working with her. She can make me smile just with her sweet voice and huge heart. She gives 110 percent of herself at all times.”
Hogue says that her favorite part of her job is her coworkers and staff members. “They are always friendly and have all been best of friends from the beginning - just like family,” she said.
She and her husband, Patrick, have two children – 4-year-old Reese and 6-year-old Logan, plus one on the way. The family attends Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Dumas
Kolb is a medical laboratory technician at New Albany Medical Clinic, where she has served since 2009. She joined North Mississippi Medical Center in 1984 in the hospital’s Pathology Department, where she worked until she transferred to New Albany. She is a graduate of Ingomar Attendance Center and received her associate's degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.
“She does exceptional work in all areas,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She treats all co-workers with respect and offers her help before being asked. She stays as long as she needs to. She is extremely efficient with her regular work and goes above and beyond helping manage my patients with chronic illnesses and need routine lab monitoring. She is a pleasure to work with.”
Betty says that her favorite part of her job is the close working relationship she has with the physicians in the clinic. “I love for them to teach me new things,” she said. “I like to learn something new every day.”
She and her husband, Randy, have been married for 40 years and have two grown daughters, two grandchildren and two “four-legged children,” whom she loves. She attends New Albany Presbyterian Church, where she serves in the nursery.
Hughey has served as the office manager at IMA-Tupelo since 2011. Before transferring to IMA, she was the office manager at North Mississippi Neurosurgical Services for three years. She attended Itawamba Community College in Fulton after graduating from Smithville High School.
“Joey has been a positive influence at IMA,” said a coworker in her nomination. “As our clinic evolves and grows, we needed a person with a positive attitude who is willing to analyze our current processes and look for ways to make them better. She has certainly been the right person for that role.”
She said her favorite parts about the job are the employees and the patients. Another coworker said, “Joey is always looking for new and better ways to not only serve our patients, but also ways to make the employees feel they are appreciated.”
She has been married to her husband, Michael, for 21 years. They have three children, Jacob, 16, Hailey, 15, and Addison Grace, 3. She attends Smithville Baptist Church where she works with the youth.
Austin is a registered radiology technologist at Lowndes Medical Clinic, where she has served since January 2001. She received her certification and registry at DCH Regional Medical Center, a hospital-based school located in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“Judy has the most wonderful smile,” said a coworker in her nomination. “She lights up a room! She is always stepping in and assisting every person – coworkers, patients and family. She treats every patient with respect and concern, as if they are a member of her family.”
Judy says that she “has always loved everything about my job here. I love the people I work with, and I love the patients.” She has one son and daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. She also cares for her brother, Tommy. She supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Eagle’s Wings. She attends Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Prather is a certified licensed practical nurse at Barnes Crossing Medical Clinic. She attended Northeast Mississippi Community College where she earned a degree in practical nursing. She was certified in 1998. Prather joined the North Mississippi Medical Center team in 1997, and transferred to Barnes Crossing Medical Clinic in 2000.
“Mitzie is one of the nicest, most pleasant employees we have at Barnes,” said a coworker who nominated Prather. “She is a very dependable nurse who does a great job at whatever she is asked to do.” Another coworker said that Prather “stays busy from the time she gets here in the morning until she says goodbye to her last patient of the day. She truly exemplifies the heart and soul of what it takes to be a great nurse.”
She and her husband, Frank, have been married 27 years. They have two children – John, 21, and Ben, 17. They attend Zion Hill Church in the Alpine community. Prather said her favorite part of her job is working with and helping her patients. She loves to spend time with her mother and her family.