Zeb Atkinson recently was named president of Reed Manufacturing Co.

Atkinson takes over the role from Ed Nelson, who has served as Reed’s president since 1992. Nelson will continue with the company as CEO.

A textile engineer and an MBA graduate of North Carolina State University, Atkinson joined Reed in 2017. He held leadership positions at Milliken & Company and at Ashburn Hill before joining Reed.

Nelson said, “The business model for companies in our market is changing at a rapid pace. Zeb’s technical knowledge and his problem-solving and leadership skills will serve Reed very well as we maintain our tried-and-true philosophy as ‘a little different kind of company’ even as we update and improve our systems for the 21st century.”

Reed Manufacturing is an apparel manufacturer located in Tupelo. The company recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Charge nurse Mary Jo Taylor, RN, of Dumas was selected by her peers as Baldwyn Nursing Facility’s Employee of the Month for May.

Taylor graduated from Pine Grove High School in 1980 and earned her associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College in 1999. She has 20 years of experience as a registered nurse, the last five of which she has worked at Baldwyn Nursing Facility.

North Mississippi Medical Center presented its Excellence in Nursing awards recently at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.

NMMC’s Excellence in Nursing Awards recognize and reward members from the NMMC nursing staff who exemplify standards of excellence. This year’s honorees include:

Unit Coordinator Excellence was presented to Miranda Eddie of Shannon, unit coordinator, certified nursing assistant and monitor technician on 5 Central. She studied computer programming and joined the NMMC staff 12 years ago.

Nursing Support Staff Excellence was presented to Ashley Oakes of Tupelo, unit coordinator, nursing assistant and monitor technician on the Pediatrics unit. A graduate of Tupelo High School, she attended Northeast Mississippi Community College. She also assists Dr. Paul Brezina of Fertility Associates of Memphis with his satellite clinic in Tupelo.

Rookie Excellence was awarded to Chelsea Coker, RN, of Tremont, who joined the NMMC staff last June working on 6 South. Coker graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. She is certified as a tuberculosis nurse and as a preceptor, and is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association.

Non-Traditional Nursing Excellence was presented to Lisa Roper, RN, of Plantersville, who serves as care coordinator for 6 South with the Case Management Department. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. Roper joined the NMMC staff 16 years ago as a surgical technician for cardiovascular surgery. She also worked as a registered nurse, circulating nurse and nurse manager for cardiovascular surgery before assuming her current role.

Advanced Practice Excellence was presented to Eddie Dalton, CRNA, of Tupelo, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the NMMC Women’s Hospital. Originally from Endville, Dalton earned associate degrees in electronics and nursing from Itawamba Community College, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women. He completed his master’s degree and CRNA training at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Dalton joined the NMMC staff 37 years ago as a biomedical technician and also previously worked in dialysis and the Emergency Department. He completed the CREATE Foundation’s Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute and founded Eddie’s Fund through the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, which provides meal tickets for families with extended stays at NMMC Women’s Hospital.

Excellence in Education was awarded to Lana Burnett, RN, of Tupelo, who serves as Continuing Education manager. A Corinth native, Burnett earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women. She is an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support, and is Training Center coordinator for American Heart Association courses taught at NMMC. She has been employed at NMMC for 32 years and was a staff nurse on the cardiology unit and continuing education specialist prior to assuming her current role. She also serves as chair of the Northern Approver Committee for continuing education for the Mississippi Nurses Association.

Excellence in Mentorship was presented to Mary Pruitt, RN, of Tupelo, who works in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. A Pontotoc native, she earned an associate degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College. Pruitt joined the NMMC staff 34 years ago and has served as a preceptor and mentor for many nurses over the years.

Nurse Manager Excellence was presented to Amanda Foster, RN, of Booneville, nurse manager/educator for the Pediatrics unit. A Baldwyn native, Foster joined the NMMC staff 18 years ago. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Northeast Mississippi Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women.

RN Excellence was presented to Jessi Miller, RN, of Smithville, charge nurse on 6 South. A native of Amory, she earned an associate degree in nursing from Mississippi University for Women and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing from MUW. She joined the NMMC staff four years ago and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Stroke Life Support, and is tuberculosis certified.

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