Published on November 18, 2020

NMMC Presents BEE Award to Stuto

Katie Stuto receives BEE award

Presenting Katie Stuto (center) with NMMC’s BEE Award are (from left) Kristen Long, senior director of nursing; Donna Pritchard, chief nursing executive; Alicia Gardner, 3 West nurse manager; and David Wilson, president.

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has presented certified nursing assistant Katie Stuto of 3 West with the most recent BEE (Beyond Exceptional Expectations) Award.

“After getting caught up with her work, Katie grabbed a pair of scissors and clippers and headed to one of her patient’s rooms. She took the time to give this patient a haircut and shaved his face,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “This patient looked like a brand new man!”

On another occasion, Stuto helped a coworker detangle a patient’s hair that had become extremely matted after weeks in the hospital, many of those on a ventilator. “All this patient wanted was to ‘look nice when her husband came back to visit the next morning,’” her coworker wrote. “Both the patient and her husband were so happy!”

A resident of Mooreville, Stuto joined the NMMC staff in October 2019. She is currently taking prerequisites to apply for nursing school in 2021.

She received a certificate, a BEE Award pin, a bouquet donated by Bishop’s Flower Shop and a cake. The BEE Award is given to a deserving caregiver each month at NMMC. Nomination forms are available throughout NMMC or at For more information, call (662) 377-3431 or email

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