Bailey Retires from 37+ Year NMMC Career
TUPELO - Radiologic technologist Julie Bailey of Centralized Scheduling has retired from North Mississippi Medical Center after more than 37 years of service.
While a student at Houston High School, Bailey worked part-time in the Radiology Department of Trace Regional Hospital, which sparked her career interest. After graduation in 1978, she attended Itawamba Community College and Meridian Community College in general studies before becoming part of ICC’s second radiologic technology class. She married her husband, Jeff, in 1981 and completed her associate degree at ICC in May 1982.
Bailey joined the NMMC Radiology Department staff that same month. At the time she was primarily responsible for fluoroscopy exams. When NMMC first began offering magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 1988, she was one of two technologists sent for training. She and Pam Brasfield performed MRIs in a mobile unit for many years until the technology found a permanent home inside the hospital. She began performing MRIs at Longtown Imaging when it opened in the 1990s.
Bailey transferred to Centralized Scheduling when the department opened in 2016. She was responsible for checking scheduled procedures to ensure the right test had been ordered for the patient’s diagnosis. Her last day on the job was Feb. 21.
“The hospital is just full of great people,” Bailey said. “I didn’t think I could like anybody better than my coworkers in Radiology, but then I transferred to Centralized Scheduling and I love everybody there.”
Now that she is retired, Bailey looks forward to spending time with her husband; her daughter Lindsey (Blake) Tedford of Nettleton and 18-month-old granddaughter Cullen Claire; and son Alex (Amelia) Bailey and 8-month-old grandson Brock of Tupelo. Interestingly, she has a fraternal twin sister and her husband has an identical twin brother.
In retirement, Bailey looks forward to shopping estate sales, and buying and refurbishing antiques for her booth at Relics Antique Marketplace. She also plans to spend time at their lakeside cabin in Chickasaw County.