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BEE Award honorees personify NMMC's remarkable patient experience. These individuals consistently demonstrate excellence and are recognized as outstanding role models.


Just as the DAISY cannot survive without the BEE, nurses cannot survive without the oustanding teamwork of other health care professionals. Each BEE Award honoree will be recognized at a public ceremony on his/her unit and will receive a certificate and BEE Award pin.


Click here for 2017 recipients


A BEE Award nominee portrays a positive presence at NMMC. They are respectful, anticipate needs, share information, promote teamwork, and encourage patient and family participation.


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Patients, visitors, physicians and employees may nominate a deserving caregiver by filling out a nomination form and submitting it to:


          North Mississippi Medical Center

          Nursing Leadership Department

          830 South Gloster Street

          Tupelo, MS  38801

For more information, call (662) 377-6554 or email


2017 Recipients


June 2017

Brandon Smith



Smith was nominated by coworkers for the way he took care of a family who was struggling with the impending death of their loved one. “They had a special connection with Brandon. They were sharing their feelings with Brandon, and he sat and listened and comforted them,” his nomination states. “He even went with them to the Critical Care Unit and stayed in the waiting room with them. He truly went above and beyond for this family. We are blessed to have him as a CNA on our unit.”


July 2017

Kaleshia McIntosh

Behavioral Health Center


McIntosh was nominated by a coworker for her extraordinary care of a patient who was very upset and wanted to talk with her. “She was on another unit; however, after completing her duties she came to the Senior Care Unit to talk with the patient, who was tearful and extremely afraid,” the nomination states. The patient thanked McIntosh, saying that she felt safe after talking to her. The patient also assured McIntosh that she was vital to her team and had definitely chosen the correct career path.


August 2017

Teresa Ballard

5 West

Ballard was nominated by her nurse manager for displaying extraordinary compassion toward a recent patient after a specialized piece of equipment was accidentally thrown away. “This inner cannula was unique to his tracheostomy and had to be special ordered,” the nomination states. “She worked immediately to assure one was ordered and then she personally delivered it to the patient’s home when it came in because the patient had already been discharged. This is a perfect example of teamwork and compassion for our patients and their family.”


September 2017

Joyce Ward

Emergency Services Department


Ward was nominated for the award by a patient’s sister. “My brother was in a motorcycle accident. We live six hours away from here,” the nomination states. “She contacted us to let us know my brother was at this hospital and was stable. She told us to drive safe and she would be waiting on us when we made it.”

After a few hours, Ward called again to check on the family and to tell them exactly where to go once they arrived. “When we finally made it, she was there waiting,” the sister wrote. “It was past time for her to get off, but she stayed until we got there. I am very appreciative for all her help and the wonderful care she gave my family and my brother.”

October 2017

Danielle Cunningham

Behavioral Health Center


Cummingham, a certified nursing assistant, was nominated by a patient who said whenever she asked Cunningham for anything, she did it with “a beautiful attitude.” “It was like she was happy to help,” the nomination states. “She has a sweet personality and is like a ray of sunshine. She is certainly an example of a compassionate, kind employee.”


November 2017

Charla Harrell

Medicine Services


Harrell, a managerial assistant for Medicine Services, was nominated for the award by a coworker for giving a patient’s wife gas money so that she could visit her husband in the hospital. “The couple was used to being together,” the nomination states. “This kind act allowed her to be here while her husband was in the hospital.”


December 2017

Robbie Tutor

Inpatient Hospice


Tutor was nominated for the award by a Hospice patient’s daughter from Texas. “Robbie is one of a kind. She is one of the most caring, genuine, loving, bubbly and outgoing people I have met,” the daughter wrote.

She called my mother ‘Mamaw’ each night when she greeted her,” the daughter wrote. “When Mama was alert, she would grin and raise her eyebrows in response to Robbie. Robbie even sang one of mama’s favorite songs with me as we serenaded Mama.” The daughter said Tutor “knew how to break through the sadness and lighten our moods” and took time to address any questions or concerns. “We will never forget that special lady and her kind heart and sweet spirit,” she wrote.