May 28, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Beverly Hobson, a registered nurse (RN) at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), received the Community Outreach Award and was among the finalists for the Nurse of the Year contest sponsored by The Tennessean.

Hobson has been serving others as a nurse for more than 20 years. She began her career as a nurse tech in 1987 and graduated a short time later from the nursing program at Columbia State Community College. Since 1990, she has worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at MRMC, caring for acutely ill patients.

“For Beverly, nursing is not just a profession; it is a calling. Working in ICU, she has the ability to make an impact on those who have turned to us for help at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. She delivers exceptional nursing care and does so with compassion and a smile that brightens the day of her patients and their families. I am so pleased that her commitment to caring for others has been recognized,” said Ginger Earnest, ICU nurse manager.

In addition to working at MRMC, she gives back to her community in other ways. Hobson takes an active role in educating individuals about early detection and prevention by coordinating health events at her church that focus on a variety of topics from diabetes to breast cancer. Her commitment to community has led her to care for the elderly. In addition to caring for her own father, she has several seniors who she contacts regularly to see if they need anything ranging from guidance on health issues to cooking their favorite meal. Her compassion for others has also called her to travel to Central America on mission trips, using her skills as a nurse to improve the health of individuals with limited access to services.

“We are proud to have Beverly at Maury Regional. She exemplifies what we seek in the nurses who provide care to our patients. Her clinical expertise paired with her compassionate attitude enable her to make a difference in the lives of others. We congratulate her on being recognized for her talents,” said Deborah Lumpkins, chief nursing officer.

Amber Childress, a registered nurse at MRMC, was also nominated for The Tennessean’s Nurse of the Year recognition. Childress has been an employee of the medical center for more than six years, most frequently serving in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

“In addition to earning a Certification for Critical Care Nurses (CCRN), Amber is one of the few nurses in the state to receive a Subspecialty Certification in Cardiac Surgery (CSC). Her nomination is a reflection of her dedication to providing extraordinary bedside care to acutely and critically ill cardiac surgery patients,” said Earnest.