Willie Barbier, Courtney Bates, Irene Scruggs
Irene Scruggs, Shanell Faust, Willie Barbier, Patricia Skipper
Two Medical Center employees will start school this Fall with an extra
$1,000 toward tuition. Shanell Faust and Courtney Bates were selected
from a group of nominees for the Southwest Quxiliary Scholarships following
an applicaiton process and interviews.
Shanell has been with the Business Officer for nearly 19 years and is the
face we love to see upon entering the Main Lobby. She serves as our Patient
Portal Adviser. She took some classes offered by Southwest Regional at
Southwest MS Community College, but was a bit afraid of going "all
in" and taking a full load of classes toward a degree. As she was
helping her son Donnie, the SMCC Counselor, Pat Young, suggested Shanell
would enjoy classes there as well. That semester, the one class Shanell
had on campus ended up being in her son's same class!
Her hope is that degree in Businss Administration will broaden her growth
at Southwest Regional. Dealing with the daily physical battle of Lupus
has made her more determined to complete a degree. She said, "The
disease weighs on me emotionally, mentally, and physically, but one of
the best medicines I have is being able to interact with the many wonderful
patients at Southwest." She added, "It's therapy for me
and heals me in more ways than one can imagine." She and her husband,
(Markie) Wayne Faust have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Courtney Bates received herAssociated Degree from Southwest MS Community
College last year and has worked in the Physical/Occupational Therapy
Tech Program of Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab Department since 2014.
She plans to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics
at the University of Southern Mississipi in May. She plans to start her
internship and take boards to become a registered dietitian.
When notified of winning the scholarship Courtney said, "It's
such a relief for my dream to further my education becomes less of burden
to my parents who have been so supportive of me!" Her academic honors
and programs include the USM National Honor Society, the Peer Mentor Program
and the Student Nutrition Society. She was Secretary in the SMCC Studen
Government Association and in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and President
of Tri Beta Biological Science Club. She is the daughter of Louis and
We are proud of these two fellow employees!