Published on May 19, 2022

Smith Wins Unit Coordinator Excellence Award

Smith receives awardTammy SmithTUPELO, Mississippi—North Mississippi Medical Center recently presented the Unit Coordinator Excellence Award to Tammy Smith of 6 South during National Nurses Week.

Smith has served as a unit coordinator and certified nursing assistant on 6 South since 2015.

“Tammy can effectively multitask and prioritize her responsibilities. She never leaves her desk unattended and relays messages appropriately and promptly,” a coworker wrote in her nomination. “She always takes ownership of her phone calls and call light requests. She ensures the right message is given to the right person. She does all of this with a smile and great attitude!”

“Tammy is cross trained as a nursing assistant and excels in this role as well,” a coworker wrote. “Our patients love having her as their nursing assistant because they know she will take excellent care of them!”

Smith serves as a Safety Coach on 6 South. “With Tammy’s help, we have been able to make some effective changes on our unit that resulted in better outcomes for our patients and a safer environment for our employees,” her nomination states. She also participates in performance improvement projects, assists with chart audits for nursing assistants, and volunteers for the unit’s Feed the Families and charitable projects.

Smith graduated from Saltillo High School in 1989 and completed Itawamba Community College’s nursing assistant program in 2009 and phlebotomy program in 2011. She has two sons, Justin Hutson and Jimmy Smith. She lives in Saltillo and attends Friendship Baptist Church in Baldwyn.

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