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Friends of SMSH Awards Scholarships

Two South Mississippi State Hospital employees were awarded scholarships at the hospital's June Employee Celebration.
          Two South Mississippi State Hospital employees received scholarships at the hospital’s June Employee Celebration.  These scholarships are the first to be awarded under a new educational expense reimbursement program.
The program was established by the Friends of SMSH board of directors in late 2013 with the intent of assisting eligible South Mississippi State Hospital employees with expenses for continuing education.  Funding for the project is provided through the Friends budget and contributions by other donors.  The program’s goal is to assist deserving employees with the expense of continuing education that will benefit the student and the hospital. 
            Friends of SMSH is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of mental health and the needs of individuals with mental illness, improving the quality of life for patients and providing recognition and support for hospital employees.  The Friends group does this by advocating for the hospital in the community, meeting needs of the patients and providing support and activities for both the patients and the staff.
            “I am excited about this new program,” said Wynona Wiley, Friends of SMSH president. “It feels good to be able to help these employees in their endeavors, which will in turn help the patients at this hospital. We look forward to awarding more scholarships in future semesters.”
            April Holder was awarded $500 to assist with expenses she has incurred while working toward a Master’s degree in nursing at William Carey College.  Holder has been an RN at SMSH since May 2006. She currently serves as a charge nurse on the ladies’ unit.
            Kevin Childs also received $500 for educational expenses. Childs is enrolled in the graduate program with Northcentral University working toward a Ph.D. in psychology. He has worked as a campus police officer at SMSH since December 2012.
            “Our hospital is fortunate to have such a caring group of volunteers who work toward the betterment of our hospital, the staff, and the benefit of our patients,” said Clint Ashley, hospital director. “These scholarships went to well-deserving employees seeking to improve their work skills, and I am pleased that our Friends board saw fit to establish the program.”
            For information on mental health, South Mississippi State Hospital or membership in Friends of SMSH, please call 601-794-0219.

Article Date:   6/12/2014   |   Expiration Date:   12/15/2014


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