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Baptist-Golden Triangle announces staff news

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes, assistant director of pharmacy at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, has been named director of the department. Hughes officially began his duties Feb. 4. He replaces long-time former director Bob Waldrop, who is retiring after 35 years with Baptist.

Originally from Prentiss, Hughes received a bachelor’s degree in plant pathology from Mississippi State University in 1980. He taught high school science in Houston, Texas, before attending pharmacy school at the University of Houston where he received a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1990.

Hughes joined the pharmacy team at Baptist in 2004 as assistant director after having served as director of the pharmacies at Bellville General Hospital in Bellville, Texas, and Winston Medical Center in Louisville.

He and his wife, Lorraine, have four daughters and are members of New Covenant church in Starkville where they are active in music ministry.

Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle director of imaging services Tom Bailey has received the credential of Certified Radiology Administrator through the Radiology Administration Certification Commission. Bailey joined the staff at Baptist Golden Triangle in April 2010 as director of imagining. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the department, including quality, regulatory compliance, personnel management and budgetary functions of the hospital’s imaging services.

Bailey is a graduate of Methodist Hospital’s School of Radiologic Technology in Memphis, Tenn. and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in radiology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

He, his wife, Lisa, and two sons live near Caledonia.

Kim Williams has been selection as Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle’s DAISY Award winner for the second quarter. Williams has worked as a registered nurse at the hospital since May 2008. She was working in the hospital’s critical care unit when nominated for the award. She currently works in out-patient surgery.

Williams was commended for the care and concern she showed a terminally ill patient in the hospital’s critical care unit where she was then working and later when the patient was moved to a medical floor. She continued to visit the patient even after the patient was transferred to an inpatient hospice facility.

The DAISY (Diseases Affecting the Immune System) Award is given quarterly at hospitals across the United States to recognize nurses who are caring, professional, compassionate, friendly and responsive and act as a role model.

Richard Mendel

Richard Mendel

Finally, Dr. Richard Mendel, a neurological surgeon with Baptist Memorial Medical Group, recently began practicing medicine at Baptist Memorial Medical Group-Golden Triangle Spine & Neurosurgery. Mendel, who is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, has also joined the medical staff at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Mendel attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his medical degree. He completed his neurological surgery residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma, as well as completing fellowships in spine and skull-based surgery.


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