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Billie Fikes, LPN, works in restorative care in the long-term care facility.
“She does a wonderful job every day for our residents,” said a coworker who nominated Fikes. “She is always willing to lend a hand where needed. You never see her without a smile. She shows everybody respect, care and love.”
Elwonda Evans is a CLPN in the long-term care facility at North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton, where she has worked since 2005. She is a graduate of Sulligent High School and Bevill State Community College. She is also certified in CPR and teaches classes.
"Elwonda is dependable, compassionate and respectful," said a coworker who nominated Evans. "The residents love her and she always takes time to talk to them."
"The best part of my job is bringing a smile to someone's face," Evans said. "I enjoy letting the resident know that I am there and that I care for them."
She and her husband, Billy, have three children - Brandy, Demeatric and Sherita - and four granddaughters.
Amy Butler is a registered respiratory therapist and serves as supervisor for the respiratory department.
She is a graduate of Marion County High School, and she earned her associate’s degree in respiratory care from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She joined North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point in February 2007, and transferred to North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton in October 2008. Butler is currently pursuing a bachelors’ degree at Boise State University.
“The best part of my job is getting to do what I love – helping people,” Butler said. “I enjoy getting to take care of or lend a hand to anyone I can, including patients, their families or fellow employees. I get great enjoyment in helping others improve their health and quality of life, and this job has given me that opportunity.”
Butler and her 4-year-old daughter Ava Brooke Butler, attend Mt. Pleasant Free Will Baptist Church in Brilliant, Ala.
“Amy is always willing to help when needed,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She is a team player and is very knowledgeable. She is very compassionate and concerned about her patients. She has a great attitude.”
Tina Brown, restorative CNA at Marion Regional Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care, joined the NMMC-Hamilton staff in 2000.
“Tina works hard to take care of our residents,” wrote a coworker who nominated Brown. “She is a team player and assists whenever needed without being asked. She speaks to all the residents with compassion and listens even when she is busy. She makes the nursing home a real “home” for our residents.”
She is married to Danny brown and has two children – Colt and Trent, and five grandchildren – Brooks, Hayden, Gavin, Gunner and Bentley.
Sarah McCullar of Environmental Services was named EOQ for Marion Regional Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, where she has worked since May 2007. She is a graduate of Hamilton High School.
A coworker who nominated McCullar said, “Sarah always demonstrates compassion and responds promptly to customer needs. She is very dependable and a great team member.”
“The best part of my job is that there is always someone making me laugh and giving me a hug,” McCullar said. “My grandmother lived with us growing up, so I miss her, which makes me love being around older people.”
Teresa Peterson, clinical quality specialist, was named EOQ for the hospital. She has worked at North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton since May 2002. A graduate of Hamilton High School, she attended Bevill State Community College. Before joining the hospital, she worked at Hamilton Medical Clinic.
A coworker who nominated Peterson said, “Teresa always has a smile and is always willing to help in any department.”
“The best part of my job is the team I work with,” Peterson said. “We are patient-oriented and everyone has a great work ethic. We have strong friendships here and really pull together to support each other.”
Brenda Jean Thompson, RN, has worked at North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton since 2003. A graduate of Lamar County High School, she received her associate’s degree in nursing from Phil Campbell Northwest College. She received her LPN training from Northwest Community College, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama-Florence.
“The best part of my job is being able to give of myself to others,” Thompson said. “I have always believed and been taught to treat other people the way I would like to be treated.”
“Jean provides great care for her patients,” said a coworker who nominated Thompson. “She is always friendly and respectful, and always has a smile on her face and a kind word to say about others.”
Betty Szabo, LPN, has worked at Marion Regional Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care since 2009. She is a graduate of Riverview Community High School in Riverview, Mich. She attended JTPA School of Practical Nursing in Detroit. She is a former EMT, volunteer firefighter, and CPR and first aid instructor.
“I learn something new every day,” Szabo said. “I get more out of caring from my residents than I am sure they get from me.”
“Betty is a wonderful nurse. She brings a vast and varied experience to our facility,” said a coworker who nominated Szabo. “Our residents and staff trust her and depend on her knowledge, skills, kindness and patience. She does everything she possibly can to make their lives better.”
Susan Nixon, RN, has worked at North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton since 2008. She is a graduate of Marion County High School, and received her associate’s degree in nursing from Bevill State Community College. She is certified in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and basic life support.
“I love being able to touch people’s lives in a positive way and hopefully make their hospital stay a little brighter,” Nixon said.
Shayna Pugh, medical records/nursing secretary, was named EOQ for Marion Regional Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. She joined the long-term care facility in August 2009, and previously worked in Home Health for 13 years. She is a graduate of Hamilton High School and is certified in medical dictation.
“I love being able to interact with the residents – it is such a blessing to me,” Pugh said. “I also enjoy working with the staff here. They are very dedicated to our residents.”
Heather Miller, who works in the Emergency Department in admissions, joined the hospital staff in January 2007. She is a graduate of Hamilton High School and has an associate’s degree in office administration from Bevill State Community College.
“The best part of my job is coming to work with all of my wonderful co-workers,” she said. “I love my work family – everyone is helpful, considerate and thoughtful. I feel like I make a difference to each patient from the smallest to the biggest way.”
Sandal Sewell, certified nursing assistant, was named EOQ for Marion Regional Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care. Sewell joined the staff in August 2001. She is a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School and is also a certified physical therapist assistant.
“The best part of my job is making a difference in someone’s life on a day-to-day basis,” Sewell said.
Dale Lay works in environmental services, where he has been employed since April 2000. He is a graduate of Hamilton High School , and has a Class A commercial drivers’ license.
“The best part of my job is talking to the nursing home residents and seeing them smile,” he said.
“Dale is a joy to see each day,” his nomination stated. “It is very evident he loves working here and enjoys doing his job. We really appreciate the excellent job he does in keeping our area clean. He never complains no matter how big the mess!”
Hilary Whisnant, CNA, works at Marion Regional Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care, where she has been employed since 2006.
She is a graduate of Hamilton High School, and she attended Bevill State Community College in Hamilton. She is also certified in CPR.
“What I love most about my job is being able to help our residents learn to walk again,” she said. “It is the best feeling when they tell you every day that they want to walk, and then with the help of a physical therapist, one day they are able to take a few steps.”
“Hilary is very compassionate and displays teamwork every day,” her nomination stated. “Her calm, quiet, gentle approach is reassuring for our residents.”
Melinda Sanderson, certified nursing assistant, was named EOQ for the nursing home. Sanderson joined the hospital staff in March 2008.
She is a graduate of Hackleburg High School and attended Bevill State Community College.
Sanderson said the best part of her job is “seeing the residents smile and laugh.”
Jennifer Pollard, medical laboratory technologist, was named EOQ for the hospital. She joined the hospital staff in April 2000. She is a graduate of Hubbertville High School and attended Bevill State Community College in Jasper, where she received her associate’s degree in clinical laboratory science. She is certified by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association in drug screen collection.
Pollard said her favorite part of her job is being able to interact with patients and the people she works with.