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2015 Employee of the Year
Veal is a CLPN at Saltillo Medical Clinic, where she began working in 2011. She is a graduate of Shannon High School, and she completed her CLPN training at Itawamba Community College in 2001. She and her husband, Joey, have been married for 16 years. They have two sons – 11-year-old Joshua and 8-year-old Michael. They attend Union Grove Family Worship Center in Mooreville, where she helps with the youth ministry.
"Misty is an exceptional team player," said a coworker who nominated Veal. "She helps out in other areas when needed and does not complain. She has a positive attitude and always has a smile on her face.”
Kimbrough is an LPN at Okolona Medical Clinic, where she began working in November 2007. She is a graduate of Smithville High School, and she attended Bevill State Community College in Hamilton, Ala.
“Valerie is a valuable team member,” said a coworker who nominated Kimbrough. “ She provides a smile with friendly service to each patient. Valerie is an excellent role model for those around her.”
Kimbrough says her favorite part of her job is taking care of her patients.
She and her husband, Andy, have two sons – 12-year-old Ethan and 8-year-old Dylan. They attend Smithville Baptist Church.
Thompson is an admissions/discharge specialist at Okolona Medical Clinic. She joined the North Mississippi Medical Center system in 2006, and has worked at Okolona for three years. She is a graduate of Shannon High School. Working in the clinic system is a family affair. Her mother, Shelia works at IMA-Tupelo, and her step-father, Ricky, works at West Tupelo Medical Clinic.
“Her pleasant attitude makes our patients and families feel important and cared about,” said a coworker who nominated Thompson. ““Tia is a very hard worker and she is excellent with her patients and coworkers. She is always smiling and friendly. She makes me want to be a better employee and person.”
Edwards is an admissions/discharge specialist at Lowndes Medical Clinic. She joined the NMHS system in 2006 at the Women’s Hospital before transferring to Lowndes MC. She is a graduate of Hamilton High School, and is also a registered coder.
“Doris is always willing to help out,” said a coworker who nominated her. She is very knowledgeable and is always a big help. She’s a team player and never complains.”
Edwards says her favorite part of her job is helping patients with their insurance and billing questions.
She has two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren. She attends church at New Life Assembly of God in New Hope, where she serves as church secretary.
Long is a CLPN at IMA-Tupelo. She joined North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo in 2003, and joined IMA-Tupelo in March 2014. She is a graduate of Greenville High School and Itawamba Community College. She and her husband, John, have been married for 16 years and have three children – Jennifer, 14; Wyatt, 9; and August, 4. The family attends Auburn Baptist Church, where Monica helps in the nursery.
“She exhibits a positive attitude, a team-centered approach to patient care and a genuine love and true compassion for our patients," said a coworker who nominated Long. "She is the epitome of the mission, vision and values of our organization and consistently demonstrates the positivity, humility and energy that I strive to maintain in my daily profession. She puts the patients’ needs above her own.”
Taylor serves as a CLPN at North Columbus Medical Clinic, where she has worked since 2012. She is a graduate of Victory Christian Academy, and she received her associate’s degree from Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She has her IV and Basic Life Support certifications.
She and her husband, Kyle, have one son named Braxten. The family attends Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus.
“Erin encourages her coworkers daily,” said a coworker who nominated Taylor. “She sends them emails, leaves encouraging notes and is always there when one of them needs a listening ear. Erin goes the extra mile and strives to be the best at everything she does. She is a great motivator to the rest of the staff.”
Taylor says her favorite part of her job is that her coworkers are like family. “I also love getting to know my patients, keeping up with them and creating a relationship with them,” she said.
Williams is a medical technologist at Okolona Medical Clinic. She joined North Mississippi Medical Clinics in 2001 at Barnes Crossing Medical Clinic, where she worked for three years before transferring to Okolona Medical Clinic. She is a graduate of Shannon High School, and she received her bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Mississippi.
She and her husband, Richard, have been married for 13 years, and have two children – 11-year-old Nealy, and 7-year-old J.R. The family attends Old Union Baptist Church in Shannon.
“Ashley’s efficiency, excellent ideas for improvement and warm patient care are tremendous assets for us,” said a coworker who nominated her. “She goes above and beyond to assist the doctors and nurses. She is always smiling and friendly, and such a pleasure to work with.”
Williams says her favorite part of her job is that her patients are like family. “I just love how we know them so well and they know all about us as well,” she said.
Word is a radiologic technologist at IMA-Tupelo, where she has worked for 30 years. She is a graduate of Mantachie High School, and she received her radiologic technology degree from Itawamba Community College. She is certified in Dexa bone density scans.
She has two children – Hope Spears and Jon Derrick Word, and one grandson, Hayden Spears. She has been a member of the Spina Bifida Association for 16 years.
“I have worked with Debbie for many years and one of the most valuable lessons I have learned from her is to put your patient first and foremost,” said a coworker who nominated Word. “She is a very loving and compassionate team member, and truly has her heart in her work.”
Word says she loves working with her patients at IMA-Tupelo. “Having great relationships with my physicians and coworkers makes my job feel very rewarding,” she says.
Heard is an LPN at Lowndes Medical Clinic, where she has served for 16 years. She is a graduate of Caldwell High School in Columbus, and she attended East Mississippi Community College.
She and her husband, Tim, have three children – Chris, Crystal and Amanda Joe, and one grandson – Joel. Her father, Barry Ferrow, was in attendance at her EOM celebration.
She sings in the choir and serves as Sunday School teacher and church secretary at Christ Divine Apostolic Church.
“With Sharon, each patient is special,” said a coworker who nominated her. “She not only builds confidence in her patients regarding their care, but she also builds relationships. She is a great nurse and always puts others before herself.”
Heard says her favorite part of her job is being able to give her patients the best care and making them feel like No. 1 at all times.
Logan works as an LPN at Chickasaw Medical Clinic. She joined North Mississippi Medical Clinics in 2011 at Calhoun County Medical Clinic, and transferred to Chickasaw Medical Clinic in March 2013. She is a graduate of Vardaman High School, and she attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. She received her LPN certification in 2004.
She and her husband, Waylon, have been married for 13 years. They have two children – 12-year-old Landon and 7-year-old Layton. They attend Midway Baptist Church in Vardaman.
“Bridget always treats every patient with a smile on her face,” said a coworker who nominated Logan. “She is compassionate and caring, and treats her patients like family. Bridget’s dedication and drive is inspiring, and the community she serves is benefitting from her passion and commitment.”
Logan says her favorite part of her job is her patients.
Bryant works at Saltillo Medical Clinic as an admissions/discharge specialist. She joined North Mississippi Medical Center in 2000 in the Emergency Room. She worked at North Mississippi Neurosurgical Services before transferring to Saltillo Medical Clinic in 2012. She is a graduate of North Pontotoc High School and she attended Itawamba Community College.
“Shaye helps in every area of the clinic,” said a coworker who nominated Bryant. “She is dependable and willing to help wherever needed without complaining. She always has a smile on her face! She often goes over and above what is expected of her.”
Bryant says her favorite part of her job is the people she works with and the patients they get to help.
She and her husband, Greg, have been married for 11 years, and they attend church at The Orchard in Tupelo. She has one four-legged child – a Boston Terrier named Harley Ray Bryant.