NMMC to Dedicate Helipad in Spruiell’s Memory
TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center will host a helipad plaque dedication ceremony from 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, to honor the legacy of care provided by Jim Spruiell. The ceremony will take place in the grassy area near the NMMC ambulance bay.
Spruiell, who served as chief flight nurse for NMMC’s CareFlight, 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.
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. He was recognized as an icon in the emergency medical services community, but also as a renowned teacher. His passion was to ensure that anyone in emergency medicine was trained to the best of his or her ability to give the care needed.
Friends and colleagues established the Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship in his memory. His daughter, Madison, of Sulligent, Ala., became the first scholarship recipient in May.