Hunt Retires from NMMC-West Point
Those celebrating with Regina Hunt (second from left) included Dr. Charlotte Magnussen, Olivia Mann, Olivia Payne and Meg Young.
WEST POINT, Miss.—Regina Hunt, RN, of Labor and Delivery has retired from North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point after 27 years of service.
Hunt was born in Winona and grew up in the Alva community of Montgomery County. She graduated from Binford High School in Duck Hill near Grenada. After graduation, she worked two years as a nursing assistant at NMMC-Eupora (then Webster General Hospital). It was there in the early 1970s that she attended her first deliveries and “I knew then that I wanted to do Labor and Delivery,” she said.
But instead, she took a quick detour and completed a one-year training program in embalming at Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia. “At the time I went, women weren’t really accepted into the funeral business,” said Hunt, so she never worked in the field.
Her next job was in a woodworking factory, where she met her husband, Paul. “I decided I needed to find another career other than slaving my life away there,” she said.
At age 36, she started nursing school at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She earned her associate degree in nursing in 1993 and became a nurse on the night shift at NMMC-Eupora. When a job opened in Labor and Delivery at NMMC-West Point in 1993, she transferred. The rest of Hunt’s career was spent at the West Point hospital, except for 13 months when she worked for Home Health to be closer to home. She also worked in the hospital’s endoscopy department and on the medical-surgical unit, and served as obstetrical unit manager for more than a year.
“I missed Labor and Delivery,” she said. “We work in the happiest part of the hospital. It gets very busy, sometimes overwhelming, but I have never been burned out. I love it just as much now as I did the day I accepted the position.”
Hunt taught childbirth classes for about 12 years, and she has also trained several nurses along the way. Over the years, Hunt has appreciated the respect the doctors showed staff. “There are no better doctors than we have in West Point,” she said. “They have confidence and faith in our staff.”
She will also dearly miss her work family. “Whenever I look into a coworker’s face, I see a friend,” she said. “I see family.”
Now that she is retired, Hunt looks forward to spending more time with her son Amir, who lives in Mathiston with his wife Susan and their children, Mary Henley, 3; and Ellen, 1; and son Cameron, who lives in Nashville his wife Amy and children, Henry Paul, 2, and Thomas Grady, 4 months. Hunt and all three of her sisters reside in Webster County and live within 10 miles apart.
Hunt also enjoys working in her yard and traveling; she recently returned from a trip to Maine. She is a big Rod Stewart fan, having seen him in concert seven times.
After a few months off, Hunt hopes to return to NMMC-West Point to work PRN. “Would I do this again? At the drop of a hat,” she said. “There’s no place in the world like West Point Labor and Delivery.”