Published on November 08, 2017

Pontotoc Resident Named To 2017 NMMC All Star Team

PONTOTOC, Miss.—Carissa Wages of Pontotoc has been named to North Mississippi Medical Center’s All Star Team for 2017.

She was 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. 3.

Wages is a speech language pathologist in the Acute Rehabilitation Department at NMMC. She joined the NMMC staff in 2011. She is a graduate of Bruce High School. She completed her bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. She has a certificate of clinical competence by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Mississippi State Board of Health.

Wages was nominated for making communication cards to help a young patient with a trach who has having trouble communicating with staff and her family.

On another occasion, the hospital was very full and on diversion. In the ICU, the nurses escort patients to other areas of the hospital when needed. “One nurse was downstairs with one of her patients, and a STAT order was placed for her other patient to go to CT for a scan,” said a coworker who nominated Wages. “Carissa recognized how busy that nurse was and took the patient to CT. She had no obligation to be so kind and helpful. She set a good example of going out of her way when she didn’t have to. She is always willing to lend a hand when needed.”

She helped another coworker by supervising a patient and managing his oxygen while the physical therapist performed gait training with the patient.

One patient, after being told he could drink liquids after several days of not being able to drink or eat, mentioned how much he liked orange Gatorade. Wages took the initiative and her own money to buy the patient orange Gatorade.

“The best part of my job is helping people who have lost the means of communication speak to their loved ones again and those who are unable to eat or drink by mouth to have their favorite meal again,” Wages said.

She and her husband, Corey, have one daughter, Carstyn. They attend The Church at Trace Crossing in Tupelo.

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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