Holli Sanders Named NMMC’s Employee of the Month
TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has named nurse practitioner Holli Sanders as August’s Employee of the Month.
Sanders joined NMMC in 1991. She worked for 11 years as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department and one year as a flight nurse. From 2002-2008, she served as a nurse practitioner at the Primary Care Clinic in Ripley, also seeing nursing home patients and working part-time in the ER. She worked in the Skilled Nursing Facility from 2008 until September.
She is a graduate of Pine Grove in Tippah County. Sanders earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama and a master’s degree and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She added a family nurse practitioner certification from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
“The best part of my job is having the opportunity to make a difference in my patients’ lives and just getting to help others,” Sanders said. “I love being a support and resource for older patients and their families who have to make difficult decisions that are often life-changing. Everyone wants to go back to their home but that is not always possible or safe. I just want our patients to feel like they are not alone and that we truly want what is best for them and their families.”
Coworkers praised Sanders as a good listener and a compassionate caregiver.
“Holli goes above and beyond spending quality time getting to know her patients and their needs and goals,” one coworker wrote in her nomination. “She truly listens and her patients feel heard and important. Holli is always considering the patients’ well-being, first and foremost.”
“Holli is very knowledgeable in terms of appropriate care for the patient and in terms of guidelines for the unit,” another coworker wrote. “However, what stands out most is her true dedication and compassion she shows to those we serve. Holli spends time with the patient and their families and gets to know them. This not only helps her develop appropriate treatment plans but provides the patients with confidence that they are being provided excellent care.”
Sanders’ husband, Fred A. (Sandy) Sanders Jr., has been a paramedic at NMMC for more than 25 years. She has three children—Drake, 23; Emilie 22; and 12-year-old Eli. The family attends Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church.