Published on November 18, 2016

NMMC Names All Star Team for 2016

TUPELO, Miss.— Three Tupelo residents have been named to North Mississippi Medical Center’s All Star Team for 2016.

Dr. Sarah Barowka, faculty physician at NMMC’s Family Medicine Residency Center; Angela Coggins, Case Management director; and Blanca Johnson, Continuing Education assistant/instructor, were recognized by NMMC’s Stars Online program for outstanding performance throughout the year.

NMMC launched the Stars Online program in 1999 to recognize employees who exhibit extraordinary care and concern for their patients, customers and coworkers. The All Stars were honored at a banquet Nov. 11.

Dr. Barowka joined the Family Medicine Residency Center faculty in July 2016. That marked a return to the program that she attended as a resident beginning in 2013.

A graduate of Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, La., Dr. Barowka earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Rhodes College in Memphis. She received her medical training at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and completed her residency at NMMC’s Family Medicine Residency Center. She is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

“What I love most about my job is having the privilege to care for patients and their families in multiple different settings including but not limited to the hospital, clinic and even in the home,” Dr. Barowka said. “It is so rewarding to work with patients and families to set goals of care and work toward them, be it treating high blood pressure or caring for a loved one at the end of life. It truly takes a village, and I could not do what I do every day without the love and support of all the staff at the Family Medicine Residency Center.”

Coggins joined the NMMC staff in 1993. She started as a staff nurse with the Medical/Surgical Unit before transferring to Home Health and Hospice, where she would work for more than 15 years in numerous roles, including branch manager, education manager and regional manager. Coggins also served as safety specialist with the Performance Improvement Department before assuming her current role. She was named an All Star in 2006 and 2009 as well.

Coggins holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in Fulton and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Alabama in Florence. In 2009, she earned a master’s degree in nursing from Delta State University in Cleveland.

“The best part of my job is the numerous colleagues I work closely with to include the very best Case Management Department ever, Post-Acute services, inpatient nurse leadership, hospitalist team and the community hospital case managers,” Coggins said. “While I don’t have the pleasure of touching patient and family lives directly in my role, I have the unique joy of supporting them as we improve the health of the people in our region while centering the patient and family in the care. And what I love most about my job is the support of my administrator, one of a kind Angie Everett.”

She and her husband Ronald have two children, son Cody, 15, and daughter Claire, 14. The family attends Harrisburg Baptist Church, where she serves as a youth leader. Coggins is a Tupelo Christian Preparatory School Athletic Booster and supporter of the Parent Teacher Fellowship. She is also a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and the American Case Management Association, where she earned her Accredited Case Manager Certification from the National Board of Case Management.

Johnson joined NMMC in 2009 as a financial counselor at Tupelo Service Finance. In 2015 she transferred to her current role in the Education Department.

She is a graduate of Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, N.M. She received a criminal justice degree from International Business College in Las Cruces, and an associate’s degree in social work from Itawamba Community College in Tupelo. She is a certified CPR instructor, a certified human resources practitioner and is multilingual.

“The best part of my job is helping every person I come in contact with but most importantly the people I work beside,” Johnson said. “I love making a difference every day. You never know what kind of day someone is having, but a smile always lifts someone’s spirit.”

Johnson has three daughters and attends White Hill Baptist Church.

For more information about NMMC’s Stars Online program, call (662) 377-3900 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).

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