Health Care Foundation Awards First Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship
TUPELO, Miss.—The CareFlight staff from North Mississippi Medical Center recently presented the first Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship to his daughter, Madison Spruiell, of Sulligent, Ala. Her father was one of three people who died Nov. 19, 2017, in a medical helicopter crash in rural Arkansas. The helicopter, which was operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods, was en route from Pine Bluff, Ark., to DeWitt, Ark., when the crash occurred.
Jim Spruiell joined the NMMC family in 1992 as a paramedic and later transferred to CareFlight as a flight paramedic. He earned an associate degree in nursing and transitioned into the role of flight nurse in 2000. He was promoted to chief flight nurse in 2015. Spruiell acquired many professional accreditations and graciously shared his knowledge and passion with others.
The Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to individuals who are pursuing a career in a health care-related field. Recipients can include those pursuing a career as a trauma surgeon, emergency medicine physician, registered nurse, paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT). Recipients can be high school seniors preparing to enter college or individuals currently in the workforce about to embark on a second career. The Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship is founded in memory of his impressive work ethic and passion to help others, whether in the field or in the classroom. His wife Lisa will serve on the selection committee each year. To learn more or to donate to the Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship, visit www. nmhsfoundation.org/jimspruiellmemorialscholarship.