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Liz Prien, RN in the Emergency Department at North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka, has been selected by her peers as NMMC-Iuka’s most recent Employee of the Quarter.
Prien joined the hospital staff in 1991.
She received her associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College in Fulton. She is also a paramedic.
In her nomination, Prien was praised for being kind and genuine, and for going above and beyond for her patients and coworkers.
“I love helping others in their time of need,” Prien said. “There are a lot of sick and hurting people and I believe God’s purpose for us is to help each other and be a witness for him. We can always make a difference in other people’s lives with compassion and love.”
Prien is married to Leonard Prien. She has one daughter, Valerie Davis, and one grandson, Bobby Davis. She attends Antioch Baptist Church in Golden.
Jon Wadkins, RN
Jon Wadkins, RN, works in the Emergency Department at North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka. Wadkins joined the hospital staff in February 2015.
In his nomination, Wadkins was commended for being compassionate, patient and an exemplary employee.
“He sees patients as individuals and helps care for their needs,” his nomination stated. “He is never rushed, and we are proud to have him on our team.”
Jeannie Spencer, RN
Jeannie Spencer, RN, joined NMMC-Iuka in 2005. She graduated from Tishomingo County High School. She earned her associate’s degree in nursing at Northeast Mississippi Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of North Alabama. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Course.
“What I love most about my job is the ability to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it is just one person,” Spencer said.
In her nomination, Spencer was praised for her kindness and consideration toward patients, passion for delivering high-quality care and her high energy while performing duties. “We are lucky to have a dedicated person like her,” her nomination stated.
She is married to Jason Spencer and has two children, Jackson and Joshua. She is a member of Iuka Baptist Church.
Brenda Vandiver, CLPN, joined NMMC-Iuka in April 1985.
“Brenda is one of the best nurses I have had the pleasure to work with,” said a coworker who nominated Vandiver. “She’s one of the hardest working employees, and she is loved by the patients. She gives excellent care and sees that all the patient’s needs are met.”
Jerry Patterson serves as a groundskeeper in the Facility Operations Department.
Tammy Holloway, RN, joined NMMC-Iuka in March 2002.
"Tammy is one of the finest nurses we have,” said a coworker who nominated Holloway. “She is caring, compassionate, thorough and professional. She works any shifts that are asked of her and helps out where needed. Her patients love her, and she has a wonderful attitude.”
Willie Coman serves as floor technician in Environmental Services.
Coman joined NMMC-Iuka in July 1993.
“Willie is always dependable, efficient and willing to help others at all times,” said a coworker who nominated Coman. “He handles difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact. He works hard and lifts people’s spirits.”
Jerry Miller is an EMT in Ambulance Services at NMMC-Iuka, where he has served since 2007. He is a graduate of Alcorn Central High School.
"Jerry has a great positive attitude," said a coworker who nominated Miller. "He is always smiling and is a pleasure to be around. He exceeds what is expected of him and is great to the patients."
"The best part of my job is assisting and lending a helping hand to those in need," Miller said. "I also love the friends that I have gained from my fellow coworkers."
He and his wife, Susan, have two children - Jason and Jamie, and four grandchildren. The family attends East Corinth Baptist Church.
Stephanie Carr is a registered respiratory therapist, and has worked at NMMC-Iuka since 2009. In October 2010 she completed the Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification.
She is a graduate of Belmont High School and received her associate's degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.
"The best part of my job is getting to take care of my patients," Carr said.
"Stephanie is always going out of the way to help people," said a coworker who nominated Carr. "She is very kind to her patients and gets along well with her coworkers. Plus, she always has a smile on her face."
Carr and her husband, JT, have three sons - Luke, Jayden and Caleb. The family attends Tishomingo Baptist Church.
Kimberlie Knight, RN, serves as nursing supervisor in med/surg. She joined NMMC-Iuka in 2004, and became supervisor in 2008.
"Kimberlie regularly goes above and beyond for her patients," her nomination reads. "She is always very helpful and has a very positive attitude. She helps in other areas whenever needed. She is a great asset to NMMC."
Alisa Parsons is a certified respiratory therapist at NMMC-Iuka. She joined the organization in 1979.
"Alisa shows patience and guidance under all circumstances," her nomination reads. "She is very supportive and an inspiration to others. She is friendly, helpful, welcoming and compassionate."
Judy Stanley, RN, serves as the nursing supervisor in med/surg. She joined NMMC-Iuka in 1992.
"Judy is so knowledgeable and able to do so many different things," Stanley's nomination reads. "She keeps us close as a group by doing things together at special times when we are not at work. She helps patients and families when they are in need. She has been a great team leader and an asset to the hospital."
Scott Puckett has served as an emergency medical technician at the hospital since May 2007. He graduated from Alcorn Central High School in 2003, and in 2006 received an associate's degree in liberal arts and a certificate as an EMT from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. He is currently pursuing an associate's degree in EMT paramedic technology at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. He is certified in CPR and first aid, and is a basic life support instructor.
"He is always willing to help do anything needed and never complains," Puckett's nomination reads. "He even calls on days off to see if we need anything, and he has a great attitude."
"I have been employed at NMMC for close to five years now, and I don't think I have ever seen an organization more dedicated to helping people," Puckett said. "In my short time here the outpouring of help to others in times of need has been astonishing to me. It makes me proud to represent an organization that supports the community the way it does."
Puckett is the son of Regina Coleman Rogers of Corinth and Marty Puckett of Burnsville.
Willie Coman serves as an Environmental Services floor technician, where he has worked since 1992. Coman attended Iuka High School.
“Willie is a hard worker and always has a smile on his face,” said a coworker who nominated Coman. “He is one of the nicest people around and keeps a positive attitude.”
“I like everything about my job,” Coman said. “I enjoy the people I work with, and I enjoy the patients a lot.”
Tasha Harrington is a medical technologist in the laboratory, where she has worked since March 1983.
Harrington attended Scotts Hill High School in Tennessee, and received her associate’s degree from Jackson State Community College.
"Tasha is a strong force in our laboratory,” said a coworker who nominated Harrington. “She is very dedicated and helpful to coworkers inside and outside the lab. She works a hard shift with no complaints or absences and is always on time. She is an asset to our team.”
"What I love most about my job is the feeling of family I get from working so long at a small hospital and knowing almost all the employees,” Harrington said.
Laura Smith works in food and nutrition at NMMC-Iuka, where she has worked since May 2003.
Smith attended Iuka High School. “Laura is always friendly and always has a smile on her face,” coworkers stated in her nomination. “She is an asset to NMMC-Iuka and is very deserving of this award.”
“The best part of my job is interacting with patients and seeing that their needs are met,” Smith said. “It is satisfying to be able to help others. I have also made lifelong friends with my coworkers.”
Tammy Holloway, RN, has worked at NMMC-Iuka since March 2002. She attended Cottonport High School in Cottonport, La. She received her associate’s degree in nursing at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. She is also certified in advanced cardiac life support, basic life support and pediatric advanced life support.
“Tammy could be our poster child for nursing services,” her nomination stated. “I have watched her perform patient care with kindness and compassion for many years. She possesses a quality that reaches above knowledge or skills – it is her spirit for nursing.”
Holloway said the best part of her job is “taking care of patients and their families. I feel that the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to help people and I could not imagine doing anything else.
Angela Hairrell works as a respiratory therapist at NMMC-Iuka, where she has been employed since June 2002.
The Tishomingo County High School graduate went on to receive her associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. In addition to being a certified respiratory therapist, she is also certified in CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
“Angela is willing to help out whenever and wherever she is needed,” coworkers stated in her nomination. “She tries to learn new jobs to help others. She learns and comprehends quickly.”
“The best part of my job is working around local people, young or old,” Hairrell said. “I love my job, and I love helping others – especially my patients and coworkers.”
Elizabeth Prien works as a nurse in the Emergency Department, where she has worked since 2007. She also worked at NMMC in Tupelo as a nurse in the Emergency Department, as well as serving as a paramedic before receiving her nursing degree.
Prien said what she loves most about her job is “getting to know people, lending a helping hand to those in need, sharing Christ with others and enjoying fellowship with my coworkers.”
“Elizabeth is dependable, intelligent and compassionate,” her nomination stated. “She is truly a team player and she is a true asset to the ED. She works extra to fill in gaps in scheduling and keeps excellent patient care her priority in every encounter.”
Amy Middleton serves as a respiratory therapist in the hospital, where she has been employed since 2005.
“I am very blessed to have such a rewarding job,” Middleton said. “I get to help take care of people and see them get well. It’s nice to be able to help others.”
Coworkers nominating Middleton said she goes out of her way to help others and exceeds her job responsibilities. “She jumps right in and helps other departments whenever needed. She takes ownership and responsibility for patient care,” the nomination stated.
Chong Gray works as a unit coordinator in nursing. She joined NMMC-Iuka 17 years ago.
Gray said the best part of her job is the people she interacts with and meets on a daily basis, as well as her coworkers at NMMC-Iuka.
“Chong always has a positive attitude and handles stress very well in her job,” her nomination stated. “She is friendly, dependable and always looking for ways to help others.”
Jayme Davis joined NMMC-Iuka in 2005, where she serves as a licensed physical therapist assistant in the Rehabilitation Department.
When commenting on the honor, Davis said, “What I love most about my job is getting to work in my hometown with such an amazing group of people and being able to make a difference in someone else’s life. It’s a pleasure to see many of our patients improve the quality of their lives and increase their independence with every day activities. I feel truly blessed to work at NMMC-Iuka.”
Coworkers nominating Davis said she is always a team player and works well with everyone in her department as well as in other departments. “She is always smiling and her patients love her,” the nomination stated. “She is always willing to volunteer to help anyone out and she is very encouraging to her patients as well as her coworkers.