NMMC Chief Flight Nurse Jim Spruiell gives a tour at the opening of Careflight’s Starkville base in May 2016. Spruiell died Nov. 19, 2017, in a medical helicopter crash in Arkansas, while serving with a different medical flight team.

COLUMBUS - Friends and colleagues of late flight nurse Jim Spruiell will raise funds for scholarships given in his name this weekend. 

The first Swings for Scholarships golf scramble will be held at Elm Lake Golf Course in Columbus to benefit the Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship for individuals who are pursing a career in emergency health care. Registration begins at noon; tee-off is 1:30 p.m. The $300 entry fee includes a four-man team, green fees, carts and snacks.

A crawfish boil with live music will immediately follow the tournament; team winners and raffle prizes will be announced there. Tickets for the evening event are $20 per person; golf team registration does not include evening tickets. Tournament participation is not required for the evening event.

Spruiell, who served as North Mississippi Medical Center chief flight nurse, was one of three people who died Nov. 19, 2017, in a medical helicopter crash in rural Arkansas, while working with Pafford EMS and Air Methods. The scholarship was established shortly after his death through the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, which is hosting the tournament. 

Registration for the tournament is available at

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