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
“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
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