Department Heads

Department Heads
Betty McCurdy
Administrator
RN, Licensed Administrator

I’ve been employed at Mississippi Care Center of Morton since January of 1992. After receiving my nursing degree in December of 1985, I worked in various areas of nursing including five years of acute care, one year of clinic work and 1 year in the Cardiac Care Unit at St. Dominic before serving as Mississippi Care Center’s Director of Nursing for 15 years. Following a three year stint as a nursing consultant, I returned to Mississippi Care Center as the licensed Administrator in May of 2010. As Administrator, I direct and coordinate all activities of the facility to carry out its objectives and provide the best possible care for each resident in striving to reach their optimal potential while creating a sense of security and contentment. “Working at MSCC provides me an opportunity to serve others and enjoy a relationship with our family of residents and employees. It is a pleasure to be associated with a company that not only believes that the resident comes first but does everything possible to ensure the residents receive the highest quality of care. I am proud of our employees who have so willingly given of themselves to achieve our quality rating.”
Teresa Busby
Director of Nursing
RN, BSN, TB Certified, Certified in FEMA ICS 100/200/300/400/700/800

I came to Mississippi Care Center in July of 2001 as the Assistant Director of Nursing. After serving in this capacity for five years, I assumed the role of Director of Nursing in 2006. I received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Following graduation, I worked in UMMC’s oncology unit for one year before entering the home health industry where I worked for ten years as a field nurse and case manager. As current Director of Nursing, I manage the overall care of the nursing department which encompasses quality assurance, infection control, weight management, and many other areas of resident care. I’m actively involved with the family members of our residents and open to any discussion related to the care of the resident. “I truly feel like it is more than just a job. I think it is a privilege to care for those who are not able to care for themselves. I enjoy the interaction in our facility between the residents and the staff. I love knowing I am able to help make a difference in the lives of others.”
Angel Aitkin
Director of Dining and Food Services
Restaurant Management

I have been employed with the Care Center since September, 2015. I received an Associate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Meridian Community College and had seven years of management experience prior to coming to Mississippi Care Center. My duties include managing the food service in our dietary department, assessing resident’s needs and adapting the services to meet their needs. I love my job because “I am able to serve the residents and get to know each one on a personal level. They bring joy and fun into every day”.
Lynn Burkes
Environmental Services

I have been a part of the Care Center family since 1992. I possess various levels of expertise including a travel and airline degree, 90 hour basic activity director course, and an associate degree in psychology/social work. That experience has served me well in my time at the Care Center where I have served for seven years in housekeeping, ten years in activities, one year in laundry, and in my current role as Environmental Supervisor since 2011. I strives to ensure that our residents have a sanitary, orderly, and comfortable living environment. I love my job because I have been here so long, it feels like my second home to me. I enjoy listening to the residents reminisce about the good ole days. I also love to see them laugh and smile. It makes me feel good knowing that they are happy.
Jessica Herrod
Marketing Coordinator
Associate Degree in Applied Science, Certified Dental Assistant

I am a lifelong resident of Morton. I have two sons, Carter and Troy Ramsey.  I graduated from Hinds Community College with a degree in Applied Science and also hold a Certified Dental Assisting Degree.  I had been working in the Flowood area as a Certified Dental Assistant for the past 15+ years.  I have been employed at MSCC of Morton since September 2017.  As our Marketing Coordinator, I visit many area hospitals, primary care clinics, home health agencies and anywhere there may be a person that needs information on our facility.  I am also our connection into the community where I participate in many local health fairs and city events.  Please let me know if you have an upcoming event that you would like us to participate in.  I love my job because I am able to get out into my community and inform people of a great service we have available right in our on backdoor!  It is very satisfying when you help someone come into our transitional care unit and after intense therapy they get better and are able to return home.  I am very excited about my new career change and look forward to a long satisfying career at MSCC of Morton.
Amy Hollingsworth
Staff Development
RN, Infection Prevention, CPR Instructor, Certified FEMA ICS 100/200/300/400/700/800

Twenty eight years ago, I pursued a career in the medical field. In 1989, I received my Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing. The majority of my nursing career has consisted of caring for people here in Scott County. I have past Experience in the departments of OR, ER, Outpatient and Gerontology Psychiatric Unit. In July 2005, I came to MS Care Center of Morton as a part-time RN working in the medical records department. In December 2016, I assumed the full-time position as Staff Development Nurse. My duties include providing orientation for all new employees, teaching the CNA certification class, coordinating the employee of the month program and providing monthly staff in-services and education. I love my job because there is no greater reward than caring for and helping God’s children.
Kathy Lee
Quality Performance Nurse
RN, QAPI Coordinator, Quality Performance and Infection Control Preventionist, ACLS Certified

I was employed on May 23, 2016. My responsibilities are to evaluate various aspects of systems of care, infection control, identify problems, and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement. All of these are to promote a safe and good quality care for the residents of MSCC. I graduated from Scott Central High School in 1977, received an Associate degree in Marketing from Hinds Community College in 1979, and an Associate Degree in Nursing at Meridian Community College in 1984. My background is in the hospital setting as staff nurse and management for 13 years and Home Health for 19 years. I love my job because it enables me to work with caring staff who value life and are dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our residents and their families without prejudice or condition.
Farrell Madison
Maintenance Director

I have served as Mississippi Care Center Maintenance Manager since June of 2005. My background includes educational training at East Central Community College along with military training on maintenance, inventory, and supplies. With 36 years in machine shop maintenance and 22 years of service in the Army and Air National Guard, I bring many years experience to the job. My duties include making sure that all utilities and appliances are in good working order along with any preventive maintenance and repairs needed in the facility. I love my job because I enjoy lending an ear and sharing stories with all our residents. I also enjoy working with my hands and serving others.
Jordan Mitchell
Social Services Director
Licensed Master's Social Worker

Employed on February 1, 2016. I hold a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Delta State University, a Master of Social Work Degree from Jackson State University and I am licensed at the master’s level. I have experience in an adolescent mental health capacity at MS State Hospital, in evidence-based psychotherapy at the VA Medical Center and previous experience with the MS Can Program at Magnolia Health Plan. I look forward to a long and fulfilling career at MS Care Center of Morton. My duties include working with the administrator, consultants, facility staff and family members in meeting identified medically-related social needs, arrange for needed personal and adaptive items, provide or arrange for needed counseling, make referrals and obtain outside services, assist in transportation needs, and participate in the assessment and care planning process. “I love my job because I am able to develop positive relationships on behalf of the facility within the community while addressing the social needs of our residents in order to provide them with quality care in a hometown environment.”
Melissa Prestage
Business Office Manager

I came to Mississippi Care Center as Office Manager in December, 2015. I have an Associates of Arts Degree from East Central Community College and over 11 years of bookkeeping and payroll experience. In addition to overseeing the daily duties within the business office, it is my responsibility to execute the facility billing and payroll procedures. I love my job because the atmosphere here is one of kindness and love. Coming in to a job where your goal is to make someone smile is rewarding. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this team. Everyone works together here and Together Everyone Achieves More!
Diane Purvis
Activities Director

I began working at MSCC of Morton 2013 in the Social Services Department. After four years in Social Services, the opportunity came available to transfer to the Activities Director position.

I was born in Canada and raised in Brandon, MS, to a large family of three brothers and one sister, I currently live in Pelahatchie (Crossroads/Walters community) with my husband of 19 years, daughter (18 years old), three dogs (Jack Russell, Chihuahua, and Chocolate Lab), and one Dutch rabbit. I spend my time away from work  traveling, taking weekend trips, spending as much time as possible with family, shopping, going to the movies with daughter and going on ‘dates’ with my husband, camping/being outdoors, playing the piano, playing with my pets, and making people laugh and smile. My motto in life is “Smile, it makes people wonder what you have been up to!”

I love my job because I get to spend my day having fun and laughing to just about anything with the residents on a regular basis. I am able to be silly and tell my corny jokes with unconditional love and laughter from the residents, even if they don’t ‘get’ my jokes. I love that I have been able to get to really know them on a personal level and the way they make me feel like I am part of their family that means so much to me. Whenever I may take some time off from work, it never ceases to amaze me how many residents and many times they will make sure I know that they missed me. So, being that person that brightens their day and help them forget their ‘woes’ for a little while, that is just one of many reasons why I love my job!
 
Anna Rhinewalt
Admissions Coordinator
LPN

I graduated from East Rankin Academy and I received my Practical Nursing Degree from Hinds Community College.  I have been employed at MSCC of Morton since September 2012.  I have over 7 years experience in healthcare.  I have always known it was my calling.  As Admissions Coordinator, I utilize my nursing knowledge while reviewing referrals and communicating with staff at discharging facilities.  I absolutely love my job because working at MSCC of Morton really does feel like home to residents and staff.  My goal is to show that loving environment to potential admissions and their families.
Amber Tatum
Medical Records Director
LPN

Although I am not a new face at MSCC, I do have a new position here.  I have accepted the position of MEDICAL RECORDS MANAGER. I have been employed with MSCC of Morton for 15 + years from a CNA , Rehab CNA, and a LPN on the floor for 12 yrs. I am married to Lewis Tatum.  We have two kids River and Clay Tatum. I attend All Seasons Church of God.  At MSCC, I enjoy working with others and with other hospitals to collect information on continuing care of all the residents. I have already seen how the different aspects of every division of care here at MSCC can make a vital difference in the care of our residents and your loved one. We have a great team, from Social Services, Activities, Nursing, Dietary, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Physical Therapy and our Transitional Care Team.  I love and am dedicated to MSCC of Morton because to be in this field of work it is more than a job it is a calling.  A verse that I like to remember while I work is Roman’s 12:13″Share with the Lord’s people who are in need practice Hospitality to all.”
Kaye Usry
MDS Coordinator
RN, American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC Certified)

I have been employed with the Care Center since 2013. I received my Associate Degree in nursing from Meridian Community College. I have 25+ years of nursing experience in various areas including acute care, long term care, case management, outpatient surgery, clinics, and home health. As the Staff Development Nurse, I coordinate and hold in-services for staff at Mississippi Care Center. I am also responsible for C.N.A. Training. “It is a joy to come to work every day. I love interacting with the residents and the challenges my job brings. I am truly blessed to be a part of the MS Care Center of Morton family.”
Bro. Tal Vardaman
Chaplain

I have been employed as Chaplain since May, 2014. I have an Associates of Liberal Arts degree from East Central Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Biology, General Science from Mississippi College. I have 11 years of experience in education, 30 plus years in music ministry and have served as pastor in a local congregation for over 10 years. As chaplain, I conduct weekly Bible study services, morale and spiritual support, grief counseling and more to the residents and staff at the Care Center. “I have an opportunity to serve people all day, and that is what we are called to do. Also, we have a wonderful group of people to work with……they are family”.
Sue Wallace
Administrative Assistant

I’ve been with Mississippi Care Center since April of 1990 where I have gained years of long-term care experience. Over my span of employment at the Care Center, I have served in various capacities including my current position as Administrative Assistant. I work closely with the administrator, department heads, and facility staff providing training and in-services to fulfill all regulatory requirements. Along with coordinating the facility’s Quality Assurance program and Worker’s Compensation benefits, I assist residents, staff, and visitors with a helping hand and warm smile. I love my job because getting to know and care for the residents is such a blessing. Just being a part of their lives makes my life complete. The employees are so filled with love and compassion that our facility truly feels like a family atmosphere. MSCC is a great place to call home!