Special to SW Rankin News
Mississippi State Hospital held a special ceremony recently to honor three Employees of the Year (EOY) for 2019. Shelli Pitts, a Pearl resident, was the Clinical Service honoree. Pitts is a Licensed Practical Nurse in Inpatient Services. A Hinds Community College graduate, she has worked at MSH since 1997.
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.
Each EOY winner 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.
MSH, a program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, was founded in 1855 and helps the individuals it serves achieve mental wellness by encouraging hope, promoting safety, and supporting recovery. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.