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2016 Employee of the Year
Holland joined NMMC in 2005 in the Payroll Department and transferred to the Marketing Department in 2006. She then joined the clinic system in her current position in 2010. She is a graduate of Nettleton High School. She was Employee of the Month in July.
“The people I work with are the best part of my job,” Holland said. “I love watching them take care of our families.”
“Judy is an encourager,” one coworker said. “She goes above and beyond to meet the needs of her team members and our patients. She is always prompt and displays attributes of a true servant leader.”
“Judy is always helpful, always smiling, always willing to stop what she is doing to help someone else,” says another coworker. “She has such a sweet, sweet spirit and is always very professional. She is the calm in the storm.”
She and her husband, John, have two daughters and five grandchildren. They attend Common Ground Christian Church in Wren.
Heatherly is a radiologic technologist at Saltillo Medical Clinic, where she has worked since 2011. She is a graduate of Baldwyn High School and received her associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She and her husband, Lance, have one child – 14-month-old Case. The family attends East Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
“Brooke always has a positive attitude and a pleasant demeanor,” said a coworker who nominated Heatherly. “She helps in all areas of the clinic as needed. Her personality is always warm and welcoming. She interacts with patients on a personal compassionate level. She makes each patient feel accepted, heard and cared for.”
Heatherly says her favorite part of her job is “taking care of people and the reward that is given in return. Knowing you have helped someone is a great feeling,” she said.
Rupert is an admission/discharge specialist at Verona Medical Clinic. She joined the clinic 10 years ago, and Verona Medical Clinic became part of North Mississippi Medical Clinics in April 2015. She is a graduate of Mooreville High School. She and her husband, Josh, have two children–11-year-old Clayton and 2-year-old Maely Harper. The family attends Saltillo First Presbyterian Church.
“Summer treats every patient with respect and compassion,” said a coworker who nominated Rupert. “She always goes above and beyond to help anyone who comes through our doors.”
Rupert says her favorite part of her job is her personal relationship with the patients. “I treat them like family, because I have known them for 10 years,” she said.
McMasters is a medical assistant at South Madison Medical Clinic. She began her career at Neurology Consultants in 2007. When South Madison Medical Clinic opened in Tupelo, she was one of the first staff members. She is a graduate of Tupelo High School, and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Mississippi State University. She and her husband, Trey, have been married for nine years. She attends Brewer United Methodist Church.
“Elise is positive, hardworking, dedicated and helpful,” said a coworker who nominated McMasters. “She is a dependable employee with good work ethics. Patients love and trust Elise. She is a role model for service at work and in the community.”
McMasters says her favorite part of her job is making a personal connection with her patients and knowing she makes a difference in their lives each day.
Ellis is a radiation technologist at West Tupelo Medical Clinic, where she has worked since 2013. She is a graduate of Saltillo High School and earned her radiation technologist degree at Itawamba Community College. She and her husband, Todd, have been married for 28 years and have two children – 21-year-old Lauren and 18-year-old Braden. They attend First Baptist Church Saltillo.
“Lisa never meets a stranger,” said a coworker who nominated Ellis. “Our patients love her and trust her with their care. She always has a smile on her face and treats all her teammates with kindness and respect.”
Ellis says what she loves most about her job is her coworkers and patients.
Jones serves as office coordinator for the Diabetes Treatment Center. She joined NMHS in 1999 as a unit coordinator on 4 West, and in 2005 she transferred to neurosurgery as an admission/discharge specialist. She joined DTC in 2013. Jones is a graduate of Wheeler High School.
“Tessia is a great part of our team,” said a coworker who nominated Jones. “She makes our work day and the patients’ visits flow better with her hard work, smile and willingness. She demonstrates her complete dedication to patient care every day with her unwavering work ethic, warm smile and kind word to all. She is without a doubt one of the hardest working women that I have had the pleasure to work with and meet.”
Jones says her favorite part of her job is patient interaction and her coworkers.
She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 18 years and have two daughters, 17-year-old Kaylee and 12-year-old Karman. They are members of Casey Creek Baptist Church, where she helps with Team Kid.
Lett is a medical technologist at North Columbus Medical Clinic.
She served as office manager of Lowndes Medical Clinic from 1996-2000. In 2001, she returned to work for North Mississippi Medical Clinics in her current role. She is a graduate of Greenville High School. She attended Mississippi Delta Community College and received her medical technologist training from Weber State University in Utah.
She and her husband, Marc, have been married for 35 years and have two children and five grandchildren. They attend Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, where Lett teaches children’s Sunday School and sings in the choir.
“She is extremely compassionate and polite to patients,” said a coworker who nominated Lett. “She has a unique way of making them smile and feel comfortable. She is always willing to help a patient or coworker in need. She is a hard worker and very consistent in her work every day. Sandra has never been afraid of a challenge and is one of the best medical professionals I have had the chance to meet and work with.”
Lett says her favorite part of her job is the personal interaction she has with her patients every day.
Standfield is an admissions/discharge specialist at Barnes Crossing Urgent Care, where she has worked since February 2008. She is a graduate of Houlka Attendance Center and attended Itawamba Community College. She is a certified nursing assistant and restorative care technician.
She is married to John Standfield, and has two children – Carlissa Lathan and Kayla Standfield. She attends Darden Chapel M.B. Church.
“Markita is always smiling,” said a coworker who nominated her. “She is caring and has a positive attitude. She is always friendly and willing to help any department when things get tough”.
Atkinson is a coding specialist with the Coding and Reimbursement Department. She originally joined North Mississippi Medical Clinics in September 1991 at IMA-Tupelo. She worked as medical transcriptionist supervisor from 1993-2010, when she transferred to Coding and Reimbursement.
A graduate of Mantachie High School, Atkinson earned an associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College. She is a Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders.
She is married to Steve Atkinson and has one son, Josh, and grandsons, Isaiah and Logan.
Coworkers said Atkinson educates health care providers on changes and requirements for proper documentation, and always seeks ways to improve the work process. “Sandra has a very difficult job but handles it with grace and poise, and never seems to let her frustrations surface to the top,” a coworker wrote in her nomination.
“She always has a smile. You can even tell she is smiling over the phone,” wrote another coworker.
Graham is a data analyst at the Central Billing Office, where she began working in 2008. She is a graduate of Mantachie High School, and she received her associate’s degree in computer programming at Itawamba Community College.
She and her husband, Lee, have been married for 14 years. They have two children – 11-year-old Briar and 5-year-old Leah. They attend Zion’s Rest Church of Christ in Marietta.
“Kimberly will do anything you ask her to do with a positive attitude and a smile,” said a coworker who nominated her. “She is a very caring and loving person. She is always more than happy to help her teammates and goes above and beyond for them.”
Graham says what she loves most about her job is getting to help others and being part of a great team of people she loves to work with.