Nurses reward Baptist hospitals

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Baptist Memorial Hospitals earned kudos from Mississippi nurses on Monday night.
Baptist Memorial-North Mississippi in Oxford and Baptist Memorial-Booneville were named the hospital of the year in their respective categories at the annual Nightingale Awards reception for the Mississippi Nurses Association and Foundation.
“Katie Morrissette, our chief nursing officer, along with her leadership team and staff create the environment for excellence in all domains of nursing – education, practice, leadership and research,” said Don Hutson, administrator and chief executive for the Oxford hospital, which received the top honor in the 100 beds or more category.
The Booneville hospital won in the less than 100 beds category.
“They work so hard every day to make sure our patients receive the best care possible,” said Kyle Armstrong, hospital administrator and CEO, who praised the nursing staff lead by Judy Ramey.
Registered Nurse Teresa Windham of New Albany received the award for a nurse in a nontraditional setting for her work at Baptist Memorial-DeSoto. Registered Nurse Cheryl Berry of Byhalia was named nursing administrator of the year for her work at Baptist Memorial-DeSoto. They were two of five nurses recognized from the DeSoto hospital.
The late Mickey Aldridge, who had Starkville roots, was named to the Mississippi Nurses Hall of Fame for 2010 for her work at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Holmes County-Lexington.
The nurses association has handed out awards for six years to recognize nurses and hospitals who excel. The winners were chosen from a pool of 86 nominees from across the state.