Mississippi State Hospital held a special ceremony on June 3 to honor its three Employees of the Year for 2019. Clarence Williams was the Direct Care winner, Shelli Pitts the Clinical Service honoree and Ben Bradley the Support Services winner.
With the traditional banquet ruled out because of COVID-19 safety measures, MSH took its ceremony outside, where all the 2019 Employees of the Month strolled down a decorated runway one at a time cheered on by a small group of executive leadership. After that ceremony, a parade of vehicles visited the building of each of the EOY winners and delivered cake, ice cream and a large facsimile check.
Williams, a Brandon native, was a Vocational Training Instructor in Inpatient Services in 2019 and is now a supervisor. The Hinds Community College alumnus has worked at MSH for over 23 years.
Pitts, a Brandon native who now resides in Pearl, is a Licensed Practical Nurse in Inpatient Services. A Hinds Community College graduate, she has worked at MSH since 1997.
Bradley, a Jackson resident, is a Programmer Analyst II in Information Management. A Callaway High School and Jackson State University alumnus, he has been employed at MSH for 30 years.
Each of the EOY winners received a personalized plaque and an actual $250 check from Friends of Mississippi State Hospital, Inc., the volunteer organization that sponsors the hospital’s employee recognition program. All of the 2019 Employees of the Month were invited to the ceremony, and each one received a personalized yard sign, a poster featuring all the honorees, a commemorative pin, a gift card from Mangia Bene Restaurant Group, pictures from the event and other assorted goodies.
The Employees of the Month, chosen by a special committee, are nominated by coworkers and approved by supervisors for their outstanding contributions on the job and their embodiment of the hospital’s core values of respect, relationships, accountability, teamwork and diversity. The employee recognition program is sponsored by Friends of Mississippi State Hospital, Inc., a volunteer organization.