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Memorial Celebrates Black History Month

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This February, Memorial Health System set a goal of reflecting on and celebrating the contributions of those in our community who impact Black Health and Wellness, the theme for Black History Month 2022.

We spotlighted team members spanning our 75-year history, and we hosted a Black Health & Wellness Inaugural Celebration. Learn more about our team and the celebration below.

Caring for our community

Dr. Felix Henry Dunn faced steadfast resistance, significant challenges, and fierce opposition, but he dedicated his life to taking care of his community. He was one of the first physicians in Harrison County and was one of the first Black providers to have admitting privileges at Memorial. 

Whitney Sutton is a registered nurse and manages our ICU. She has been a leader during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitney is from Lucedale, Mississippi, and joined Memorial in 2010. Her philosophy of care is to “listen, educate, and inform”.

Dr. Kerry Scott is a Doctor of Osteopathy specializing in Family Medicine at Memorial. He is originally from Meridian, Mississippi. He says, “Throughout my career, I have always promoted wellness to my patients, especially my African American and minority men. It is important that they maintain good health so that they can be strong leaders for their families and communities.”

Cassandra Brown is from Shreveport, Louisiana, and relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with her family more than 20 years ago.  She has been a member of team Memorial for 18 years and is a project manager in HR operations. She says, “While I am not in a clinical role, I feel that the benefits, wellness strategies, and educational programs that we implement in HR can help address some of the health disparities in African American employees. ”

Celebrating Black Health and Wellness

On Monday, February 21, Memorial team members, Board of Trustees, and community leaders gathered to celebrate Black History Month by sharing stories of the significant contributions made by those dedicated to the health and wellness of our community. The Honorable Felicia Dunn Burkes was keynote of this important discussion.

Volunteering with Delisle Elementary School

Members of our human resources team visited Delisle Elementary School to judge the Black History Month door decorating contest! The theme this year was Black Health & Wellness, and the students did a beautiful job. Check out some of the doors below!

Memorial’s mission is to heal, inspire and transform the health of our community. Learn more about the Memorial Difference.

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