During the recent annual meeting of Friends of South Mississippi
State Hospital, May Watson, an RN at the Purvis behavioral health program, was
named Employee of the Year. Selected
from employees of each quarter, the honor was voted on by employees based on
adherence to the hospital’s values system.
Watson has been employed as an RN at SMSH since March 2014 and
currently serves as a unit coordinator. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in Nursing in December 2009 and recently completed a Master’s of Science in
Nursing in the Health Care Systems Management program at Loyola University of
New Orleans School of Nursing.
“May is hard working and very knowledgeable,” said April Holder,
SMSH nurse executive. “She encompasses all our values and her outlook is always
a positive one. She continually goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
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
activities for both the patients and the staff.
The organization elected new officers and board members during the
meeting. Benny Prestridge, a community
volunteer, will serve as president; Pat
Lee, of Lamar Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, will serve as
vice-president. Donna Boutwell and Andy
Tucker, the hospital’s public relations director and fiscal services director,
who are ex-officio officers, will serve as secretary and treasurer,
respectively. Missy Gipson, of Hancock
Bank, will fill the slot of past president.
Other board members include:
Doug Boutwell (community volunteer), Bill Coll (community volunteer), Ed
Felsher (community volunteer), Michael Graham (Pearl River Valley Electric
Power Association), April Holder (SMSH 2015 Employee of the Year), Harold Myatt
(community volunteer), Steve Reid (Pearl River County Hospital Intensive
Outpatient Program), May Watson (SMSH 2016 Employee of the Year), and Wynona
Wiley (community volunteer). Members
elected to the Honorary Board of Directors are Senator Joey Fillingane, Greg
Lowery (Owens Business Machines), and Jeff Mayo (Oak Grove Heating & Air).
Keynote speaker for the meeting was Teresa Mosley of Clinton, a
member of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health. Mosley is also the owner of TRM Educational
Consulting, Inc. and serves as the lead psychometrist at the Mississippi
College Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center.
Hospital volunteers and Friends of SMSH corporate sponsors were
also recognized. The meeting closed with a reception in the hospital’s
For information on mental health, South Mississippi State Hospital
or membership in Friends of SMSH, please call 601-794-0219.