Published on March 18, 2020

Rose Retires with 36 Years of Service

Debbie Rose pictured with co-workers

Coworkers honored Debbie Rose with a retirement reception March 13.

TUPELO - Respiratory therapist Debbie Rose recently retired after 36 years of service at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Born in Chicago, Rose moved with her family to Mantachie when she was 10 years old and graduated from Mantachie High School in 1981. After two semesters in a different major, she changed majors and earned an associate degree in respiratory therapy in 1984. Soon afterward, she began working part-time at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She went full-time and transferred to Women’s Hospital when it opened in 1986. In the late 1980s-1990s she worked in the Critical Care Unit, again at Women’s Hospital, then back to the Critical Care Unit. For 18 years she served as Respiratory Therapy supervisor for NMMC’s five nursing homes, spending most of her time at Baldwyn Nursing Facility.

Rose resigned from her supervisory role and spent the last several years of her career as a floor therapist back at the main hospital. Her last day was March 8.

“Respiratory Therapy has been very good to me. It has helped me raise my family and we’ve been able to afford what we’ve wanted to do, not just what we had to do,” Rose says. “My coworkers are really dedicated to their jobs. They are a great bunch of people, and the hospital is lucky to have such a good Respiratory Therapy Department.”

While working full-time, Rose completed a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. In May she will complete an associate degree in health information technology from ICC.

In retirement, she looks forward to spending more time with her family, which includes her husband Thomas, sons Tyler Smith and Jordan Rose, and grandchildren Annabelle Smith (9) and John Taylor Rose (4), all of whom live in Mantachie. She also plans to travel; tentative trips include Disneyworld with her grandchildren and overseas with her father to see the grave of her grandfather, who was killed in France during World War II.

After taking some time off, Rose plans to start back to work. “God has blessed me with pretty good health,” Rose said. “Health care is a lot of responsibility. I’m looking forward to not being responsible for 20-30 patients a day for a while!”

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