North Mississippi Health Services proudly honored nine employees as its 2021 All Stars on April 21.
These team members have consistently exceeded expectations and are shining examples of service in our health care system. The All Stars were recognized by their peers for specific acts of compassion, accountability, respect and excellence, all done with a smile.
Kim Chaney Corzine, RRT, of Nettleton, has been a part of the North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo Respiratory Care since 1986, and for her, they are family.
“They are with me during good times and not so good times,” said Corzine, who is the assistant director of the Respiratory Therapy department.
Her All Star moments have come in taking care of her Respiratory Care family and supporting them in patient care. When a winter storm was bearing down, Corzine came in on a Sunday to help with scheduling. She stayed overnight two nights to be available to help with staffing needs if icy roads prevented travel for other teammates. When a colleague and her son were both very sick with COVID-19, Corzine put together a care package for them. When Corzine spotted paper towels in a toilet, she gloved up, found cleaning supplies, removed the paper towels and cleaned the area.
Corzine stepped in to handle an unanticipated outpatient testing appointment when no respiratory therapists were available. When an Ambassador wasn’t available to take the patient back to the outpatient waiting area, Corzine transported the patient herself to keep the patient from waiting.
While it can be hard to measure the impact our All Stars make, Corzine affected the bottom line by saving NMMC-Tupelo $15,000 when she noticed the cost of bulk oxygen had increased above the contract price. She alerted Purchasing and Accounting to the issue, and the vendor ultimately agreed to provide oxygen at the agreed rate.
Corzine graduated from Nettleton High School and Itawamba Community College.
She and her husband, Charlie, have been married for 21 years. They have three children, Tyler Corzine (Jessie), Katy Carman Nelson (Alex) and Lindsey Baker (Jeremy), and six grandchildren. They attend Temple Grove Baptist Church in Nettleton.
Jason Clark, NRP, of Tupelo has been a part of the North Mississippi Health Services family since 2007. The paramedic supervisor for North Mississippi Ground Ambulance has literally gone the extra mile for patients and his teammates.
When ice and snow in February 2021 shut down much of Lee County, Clark used his personal truck to reach homes that ambulances could not access and to transport NMMC teammates to and from work. When a disabled patient was ready to be discharged from NMMC-Tupelo, Clark picked up his electric wheelchair from the NMMC Family Medicine Residency Center and brought it to the main unit, so the patient didn’t have to spend an extra day in the hospital.
“Thank you, Jason, for putting the patient first,” wrote a colleague in nominating him.
He graduated from Tupelo High School and Itawamba Community College. He is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician, a certified Basic Life Support instructor and holds a number of EMT certifications.
He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Ashlyn and Zoey. They attend The Orchard in Tupelo.
Kathy Hogan, RRT, of Saltillo joined the NMMC-Tupelo team as director of Respiratory Therapy in 2007 and was previously named an All Star in 2015. Her caring spirit shines through in the way she supports the Respiratory Care team and recognizes their commitment to patient care.
On Mother’s Day, Hogan brought happies to Respiratory Care staff working on the holiday. Ahead of a winter storm, Hogan came in on a Sunday to organize staffing and make accommodations for those who would need to stay over at the hospital. Additionally, she brought in supplies for sandwiches, cereal, snacks and milk to help sustain the staff.
“Kathy did not have to do this for her department, but because of her, no one went hungry!” wrote one of her colleagues in her nomination. “Kathy does not get enough recognition for what she does for her employees, and we are very thankful for her!”
She helped one of her respiratory therapists fulfill a request from a dying patient’s spouse to create handprints for each of their five children before he passed away. Hogan went to Women’s Hospital to gather the materials needed to create the prints.
“It was a minor thing to accommodate but made such a major impact for this man’s wife and children,” a colleague wrote in her nomination.
Hogan has earned an associate degree in respiratory therapy from Pearl River Community College and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Ottawa University.
She is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care.
Hogan, who lives in Saltillo has a son, Jacob Hogan, and a grandson, Caleb Hogan. She attends First Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Blakely Stone Lewis, RRT, of Amory joined NMMC-Tupelo in 2010 and was recognized as an All Star in 2020. Throughout her tenure, she has repeatedly stepped up to support patients and her colleagues.
She brought ice cream and cupcakes to celebrate teammates’ birthdays. When severe winter weather hit in February 2021, she made arrangements to work during the storm, including securing a hotel room at her expense to ensure she was available to care for patients.
During a busy night in the Emergency Department, Lewis jumped in to clean a room following a trauma patient to quickly prep it for an incoming critically ill patient. That night Lewis also had other critically ill intubated patients and made frequent trips between CT scanner and Critical Care Unit.
“That night she was a real asset by helping me and other nurses,” an Emergency Department nurse wrote in nominating Lewis. “She demonstrated what a team player is, and it did not go unrecognized.”
Lewis graduated from Aberdeen High School and Itawamba Community College.
She and her husband, Matthew, have a daughter, Kennedy Claire. They attend Meadowood Baptist Church in Amory.
Angela Middleton, APRN, DHA, FNP-BC, CEN, of Oxford, joined the North Mississippi Health Services team in 2018 as a hospitalist at NMMC-Pontotoc. Her All Star moments came from taking great care of her patients in and out of the hospital and the care she shows her teammates.
Attention to the progress notes in a transferring patient’s record led Middleton to find a medication had been omitted from discharge instructions. She worked with physicians to correct the instructions and get the patient the needed medication.
When a patient had to be transported to Jackson for a follow-up appointment, Middleton bought a meal for the patient and the staff members traveling with the patient so they wouldn’t be hungry during the return trip.
After taking a new role as a neurohospitalist at NMMC-Tupelo this fall, she returned to Pontotoc with snacks and a card for her former teammates.
“The staff was very appreciative of the snacks, and it truly helped to boost the morale,” a colleague wrote in nominating Middleton.
Middleton’s nursing career began in 2004 when she earned her associate degree in nursing from Lincoln University. She went on to complete her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She earned her master’s degree and became a family nurse practitioner in 2011, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2019 from the University of Missouri. She is set to complete a doctorate in health administration in May 2022 from the University of Missouri.
Middleton and her husband, Darren, are the parents of quadruplets Brennen, Taylor, Peyton and Darren. They attend Santee Community Church.
Rebecca Parker of Pontotoc joined North Mississippi Health Services in 2015. No matter the role she has held – including Emergency Department tech, EMT, Paramedic, Swing Bed activity director and data analyst – Parker has been quick to respond to the needs of her patients and teammates.
As an activity director, Parker incorporated a hospitalized patient’s birthday into the day’s activities to ensure the patient was recognized and celebrated, even getting the staff to sign a birthday card. A patient left his shoes when he was discharged to another facility; Parker volunteered to deliver his shoes even though the facility was not close to her home. When a patient passed away, Parker came in to help prepare the patient so the family could say good-bye to their loved one before the funeral home arrived.
One nursing assistant was juggling patient care and five discharges on a Friday, and Parker jumped in to help.
“She could have easily said ‘That’s not my job.’ She is the definition of a team player,” a colleague wrote in her nomination.
Parker is a graduate of South Pontotoc High School and earned associate degrees from Itawamba Community College in 2014 and 2016.
She has two children, Bryson and Alexa. She attends Carey Springs Baptist Church in Randolph.
Lauren Thompson, LMSW, of Myrtle joined the North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo team in 2015, serving first as a Child Care Center teacher and then a Business Office follow up clerk before taking on her current role as a social worker.
Her caring heart shines through her effort to meet the needs of her patients. Thompson didn’t let a very busy day keep her from supporting the widow of a former patient during funeral home visitation. Thompson took on a heavy load when a widowed cancer patient who had been homeless and living in a motel moved into a new rental home. A couch had been donated, but the patient had no way to move it. Thompson delivered the couch and a home-cooked meal.
Thompson went more than the extra mile for a fragile cancer patient in an abusive relationship. The patient had mourned the passing of her dog for months, and it was clear to Thompson she would benefit from a new canine companion. She found an adult dog, took personal time to drive two hours on a Friday night to pick up the dog. On Saturday, she drove to Starkville with pet supplies to deliver the dog to its new home.
“The patient was so elated she cried. I think this act of kindness, caring and empathy is what sets Lauren apart,” her colleague wrote in her nomination.
She is a graduate of Myrtle Attendance Center and Northeast Mississippi Community College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in 2018 from the University of Mississippi-Tupelo and her master’s degree in social work from Union University in 2019.
She and husband, Joshua, have a daughter, Elisabeth Jane.
Ronda Jean Turner, CNA, of Plantersville joined the NMMC-Pontotoc team in 2020 and has quickly become a shining star for the hospital.
A patient who had been in the hospital for weeks requested a special item for lunch; Turner brought it in the next day. When a patient wanted to take a walk outside but was uncomfortable because she didn’t have a housecoat to cover her pajamas, Turner gave her the scrub coat off her back.
She shows the same care to her teammates, checking on those who are having difficult days, bringing lunch or pitching in. Although Turner works in the acute care setting, she volunteered to help in the nursing home to cover part of a short-staffed shift.
“She had never worked in the nursing home, and she displayed an outstanding attitude the entire time,” wrote a colleague in nominating her.
Turner graduated from Tupelo High School.
She has four children, Jeremiah, Alajah, Nikki and Nelson. She is engaged to Lamar Mabry. They attend New Life Church in Tupelo.
Brandy Young, RDMS, of Iuka joined the NMMC-Iuka team in 2017. Young’s commitment to helping patients shines through. She is quick to lend a hand to patients in or out of the ultrasound suite.
To help a 4-year-old being treated for wrist pain in the Emergency Department, Young arrived with a bag of toys for the child to choose from. Young shared her personal phone charger with the spouse of a critically ill elderly patient in Emergency Department, so a low battery was one less thing for the spouse to worry about during the crisis.
“Brandy is always going above and beyond for our patients,” a teammate wrote in nominating Young.
A patient with symptoms of a heart attack was leaving the Emergency Department against medical advice to return to his 18-wheel truck. Young, who had overheard conversations with the patient, walked out with him. In five minutes, he returned and received the testing and transfer to the care he needed.
“Brandy saved this patient’s life by getting through to him on his condition and the need to be further evaluated,” her colleague wrote.
Young graduated from Saltillo High School and Itawamba Community College. She began her health care career as a surgical technologist in 2007 and completed her training in sonography in 2010, earning an associate degree in applied science.
She and her husband, Brandon, have two children, Parker and Paxton, two dogs and two cats. They attend Way of Life Worship Center in Tishomingo.