Hellen Receives Clinical Achievement Award
TUPELO, Miss.—Theresa Hellen, speech-language pathologist at North Mississippi Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, has been awarded the prestigious Clinical Achievement Award by the Mississippi Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Hellen assesses and treats pediatric patients at Longtown Medical Park and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women’s Hospital. She is also involved in expanding services for children with autism and NICU patients as well as dyslexia assessment.
“Theresa engages her patients and their families as she would her own family. She is present with them, never seems hurried or distracted, and tends to their needs in a very intentional way,” said Angie Everett, administrator for post-acute and rehabilitation services at North Mississippi Medical Center. She has a calm and nurturing presence about her that is very therapeutic for her pediatric patients. Theresa has the same impact on her coworkers and the culture of the environment in which she works.”
Hellen graduated the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology.
“During my career, I consider my highest clinical achievements to be that I have loved my patients and have devoted myself to providing them with the best care possible by educating myself continually and learning new skills and methods of treatment which I then share with my colleagues and students that I supervise,” Hellen said.
She has given more than 20 presentations across Mississippi in an effort to educate speech therapists and educational staff on how to better serve children with speech and language disorders. She was honored as NMMC’s Rehabilitation Employee of the Year in 2001. She also developed Family Training and Assessment Tools for NICU patients and families at NMMC.
“She is always thinking ahead of how she can help others in the days and years to come, which results in wonderful programs developed within our hospital setting,” a peer wrote in her nomination.
Hellen also assists in the development of services for children with autism and developmental delays in the north Mississippi area, as well as supervises graduate students in practicum sites.
Another peer wrote that she was “a true ‘Mother Theresa’ who reaches out to families with sweet gifts of love and words of wisdom just when it is needed.”
Hellen is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Mississippi Speech and Hearing Association.