Local Business Newsmakers August 25, 2013

Judy Ellis, RN, case manager at North Mississippi Medical Center, was named the hospital’s employee of the month for June.

Ellis has been with NMMC since 1987. She previously worked in hospice for 10 years and has worked as a case manager for 15 years.

Ellis received her registered nurse training at Gilfoy School of Nursing in Jackson. She is a certified case manager and also held certification in gerontology.

Dr. Terry Pinson, a general and bariatric surgeon in Tupelo, was presented with the Dr. Bob Schmieg Resident Advocate Award at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

General surgery residents select the award recipient each year by voting on the faculty member who supports them in their education and in preparation for their careers upon completing residency. chmieg was a beloved faculty member until his untimely death, and the award given in his honor is a testament to his ability to be a resident champion.

The award was presented by his widow, Susan Schmieg, and administrative chief residents in general surgery, Drs. Paul Phillips and Kristin D. Patton.

Pinson practices at Surgery Clinic of Tupelo and serves as the medical director of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Bariatric Center. He has been training general surgery residents from UMMC since 1995.

Mary Jo Hinton of Fulton, office manager for Pain Management Center of North Mississippi, PLLC, is the recipient of the 2013 Health LinkTupelo office manager of the year award.

The award was presented at the 17th annual Health Link Managed Care Conference. The conference was attended by Health Link employers and providers from north Mississippi and northwest Alabama.

Hinton has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Walden University. She is also accredited by the American Accreditation of Professional Coders. She has been office manager for Pain Management Center of North Mississippi for five years, and previously served as office manager of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Clinic for 10 years.

Josh Simpson has joined CPA firm Eaton, Babb & Smith, which has offices in New Albany, Ripley and Tupelo.

Simpson graduated from Mississippi College in 2006, and he received his Master of Accounting from the University of Mississippi in 2008.

He has more than two years of experience in the public accounting and in private industry. He was a staff accountant at KPMG in Little Rock before shifting to private industry.

Simpson also has been adjunct accounting professor for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2012.