November 14, 2013 9:47:14 AM
Debra Reese of North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point has been named to NMMC's All Star Team for 2013.
Reese, a resident of Prairie, is a phlebotomist/clerk in the hospital's Pathology Department. She first joined the staff in 1975 as a ward clerk in nursing service at Ivy Memorial Hospital, the predecessor to NMMC-West Point. When the new hospital opened in 1985, she trained to receive her phlebotomy certification. She was previously named as an All Star in 2004.
Reese was cited by fellow employees for her willingness to go above and beyond. One day when she was picking up blood work from a local clinic, she stepped in without being asked and drew blood from a patient that clinic staff had been unable to draw. On two occasions she took patients home from the clinic or hospital who didn't have a ride home. She was also cited for helping two elderly patients who had driven to a physician's West Point clinic for their appointment when the appointment was actually in Aberdeen, even calling the physician's office to explain what had happened.
Reese graduated from West Point High School and attended East Mississippi Community College. She and her husband, Jerry have two children, Jerry Derrell Reese and Temeka Reese Walker; and 10 grandchildren. She attends Baptist Grove MB Church in Prairie.
Reese was recognized by NMMC's Stars Online program for outstanding performance throughout the year. NMMC launched the Stars Online program in 1999 to recognize employees who exhibit extraordinary care and concern for their patients, customers and coworkers. The All Stars were honored at a banquet Nov. 6.