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Top worker, officers named

April Holder

April Holder

During the recent annual meeting of Friends of South Mississippi State Hospital, April Holder, RN, MSN, nurse chief 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.

The organization also elected new officers and board members. Beginning her second term as president is Missy Gipson of Hancock Bank. Benny Prestridge, a community volunteer, 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. Wynona Wiley, retired former SMSH director, will fill the slot of past president.

Missy Gipson

Missy Gipson

Other board members include: Doug Boutwell (community volunteer), Bill Coll (community volunteer), Debbie Dale (SMSH 2014 Employee of the Year), Ed Felsher (community volunteer), Michael Graham (Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association), Judge Prentiss Harrell (15th Circuit Court District), April Holder (SMSH 2015 Employee of the Year), Pat Lee (Lamar Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center), Harold Myatt (community volunteer), and Steve Reid (Pearl River County Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program). Members elected to the Honorary Board of Directors are Sen. Joey Fillingane, Greg Lowery (Owens Business Machines), and Jeff Mayo (Oak Grove Heating & Air).

Benny Prestridge

Benny Prestridge

Long-time volunteer and Friends board member, Marvin Breazeale, was honored with a memorial stone. He died in October.

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