Published on June 03, 2019

Gasaway Retires from Surgery Career

Peggy Gasaway retirementRegistered nurse Peggy Gasaway of Surgical Services has retired after a combined total of 35 years with North Mississippi Medical Center.

A Fulton native, Gasaway graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in 1974. She worked at the local Charm Step factory then graduated from licensed practical nurse training at Itawamba Community College in 1978. From 1978-1983 she worked as an LPN at the Amory hospital (now NMMC Gilmore-Amory).

She joined the NMMC-Tupelo staff in 1983 as an LPN working on the maternity unit, then transferred to Women’s Hospital when it opened. She left in 1992 to pursue her associate degree in nursing at ICC, which she earned in 1994. She worked for a home health agency for about a year before returning to NMMC in 1995 as a home health nurse. The following year she transferred to Surgical Services, where she worked with urological surgery for four years and spent the rest of her career in cardiothoracic surgery.

Gasaway has witnessed many changes during her tenure. “We got new cardiovascular surgery suites and also a hybrid OR,” she said. “I’ve worked with many new doctors and staff, and I’ve trained a lot of people over the years.”

While NMMC has one of the busiest cardiothoracic surgery programs in the state, new treatments have made surgery no longer the only option for many patients. “It used to be that if you were on call for surgery, you were going to get called in,” Gasaway said. But those who do require surgery have many high-tech and less-invasive options than in years past—and Gasaway has had a front row seat to them all.

Now that she is retired, Gasaway looks forward to spending more time at home with Jackie, her husband of 41 years. Her family includes a daughter, Sandy Popetz of Fulton; two sons, Jeremiah Gasaway of Mooreville and Jedediah Gasaway of Tupelo; a step-daughter, Kim Cleveland of Fairview; and four grandchildren, twins Mason and Preston Tilghman, Sheridan Popetz and Lydia Torres.

In retirement she has big plans to repaint her home, do some flower and vegetable gardening, and travel some. “I have lots of odds and ends that I’ve been wanting to do,” she said.

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