Gravat Honored with BEE Award
TUPELO, Miss.—Jerry Gravat, care coordinator with Case Management, recently received North Mississippi Medical Center’s BEE (Beyond Exceptional Expectations) Award for August.
Gravat was nominated by a nurse manager for his extraordinary actions on behalf of a patient whose condition necessitated a very short haircut. The patient was also suffering from depression and was insecure about losing her hair. “Jerry informed the patient that the only way for her to begin healing would be to have her hair cut very short or possibly shaved,” his nomination states. “He spoke to her in such a compassionate way that she understood what would have to take place.” Matted beyond being able to cut with scissors, the hair required electric clippers, which Gravat purchased with his own money. He continued to reassure the patient throughout the process.
A Houston resident, Gravat received his Emergency Medical Technician training through Itawamba Community College and joined the NMMC staff in 2015. He served as an EMT with Ambulance Services for two years while earning his bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Mississippi. He transferred to Case Management last year.
He received a certificate, a BEE Award pin, a bouquet donated by Bishop’s Flower Shop and a cake. The BEE Award is given to a deserving caregiver each month at NMMC. Nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at www.nmhs.net/bee-award. For more information, call (662) 377- 3431 or email BEEAwards@nmhs.net.