Published on March 21, 2018

Blakely Lewis Named NMMC’s Employee of the Month

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has named respiratory therapist Blakely Lewis, RRT, as its latest Employee of the Month.

Lewis joined NMMC in 2010. She is a graduate of Aberdeen High School and Itawamba Community College, earning an associate degree in health care science. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

Lewis said that she loves her job and is driven by the challenges that each day holds.

“What I love most about my job is, it’s never done,” Lewis said. “Regardless of how the night before went, the next day is still a challenge. That challenge is what drives me to show up and provide the best care possible. Each day is never the same and provides new learning experiences and opportunities for growth. Complacency is not an option. This job is a double-edged sword in that I can experience someone take their first breath but also their last.

“I will never grow tired of the feeling I get when I am able to help someone during their most vulnerable time. I strive to make a difference, big or small. My job is to lift others up and provide emotional support where needed. The environment we work in promotes a sense of family in that we encourage one another to be the best version of ourselves and to represent our mission and vision here at NMMC. I am proud to say that I take pride in my job. As the old saying goes, ‘if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.’”

Lewis is praised by people who work with her as a dedicated and sympathetic caregiver.

“Blakely is always right on the spot to assist and ready for whatever comes,” one Emergency Department physician wrote in Lewis’ nomination. “Nothing gets in the way of caring for her patient. She always goes the extra mile to do whatever the patient needs. She never utters the phrase ‘that’s not my job.’ She just wants to do all she can to help people.”

“Blakely is a strong patient advocate who always has the patient’s best interest in mind,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “While she primarily provides care in the Emergency Department, she can be found on any of the nursing floors or units providing help when needed. Blakely is also cross trained to work in the CCU, and is a relief supervisor. She helps to precept new employees on night shift, as her skills are admirable and her approach toward patients and their families commendable. As the recipient of our 2018 Respiratory Care Pride award, I have found her to be an excellent example of this organization’s expectation for patient care.”

Lewis and her husband Matthew have one child, daughter Kennedy Claire Lewis, 2. They live in Amory and attend Meadowood Baptist Church.

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