Mendal Kemp, director of MHA's Center for Rural Health, has been named the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for Mississippi College's MHSA Department. Kemp holds an M.S. in Health Care Administration from MC.
Mendal will be honored during the Homecoming Awards Dinner in October and in Beacon magazine.
Pictured are (l to r) Friends of MSH President Bill Bobbs, MHA Director of Data Services Steve Lesley, McCarty Company architect Tom Saunders and MSH Director James G. Chastain.
Friends of the Mississippi State Hospital presented its Together We Make a Difference Awards during its annual meeting on Wednesday, August 25. MSH Director James Chastain presented the awards to The McCarty Company and the Mississippi Hospital Association.
The McCarty Company was a founding member of the annual Farmer Jim Neal Golf Event, and has been a Friends supporter throughout the years, while Mississippi Hospital Association was a platinum sponsor of the event this year and it sponsors an annual Christmas party for Jaquith Nursing Home residents. Both companies have been longtime supporters of Mississippi State Hospital and the volunteer Friends organization.
Architect Tom Saunders accepted the award for The McCarty Company and Steve Lesley, Director of Data Services, accepted for Mississippi Hospital Association.
“Their generous financial support and the solid reputation of their company name helped establish that event as a quality tournament. Their continued commitment to its success is a primary reason it has become the largest fundraiser for our Friends organization,” Chastain said of The McCarty Company.
Chastain also noted that MHA not only sponsors a yearly Christmas party at the hospital, but that CEO Sam Cameron has also played the part of Santa at the annual Santa Day event.
“Probably the most important thing they do for MSH, however, is give us a voice to promote awareness of mental health issues, and the quality service provided by MSH to citizens of this state,” he said. “Both of these organizations represent the very best of our business community and I am pleased to present the 2010 Together We Make A Difference Awards to McCarty Company and the Mississippi Hospital Association.”
Anxiety and stress are the body and mind’s natural responses to anything that jeopardizes your sense of balance. Your nervous system releases cortisol, adrenaline and other stress hormones that make your heart beat faster, tense up muscles, rise blood pressure, and sharpen the senses to respond to physical or symbolic threats. Your breath becomes faster and shallower.