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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Susan Perrigin, RN, director of the trauma program at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle and Mississippi North Trauma Care Regional director was recently selected ‘Nurse in Non-Traditional Setting of the Year” at the Mississippi Nurses Association and Mississippi Nurses Foundation Nightingale Awards gala March 4 in Jackson.

The award honors a nurse licensed in Mississippi who best exemplifies the art and science of nursing in a non-traditional employment setting. She was nominated for the award by Lisa Bailey, RN, director of inpatient nursing at Baptist Golden Triangle.

Perrigin began working at Baptist Golden Triangle in 1998 as a nurse in the critical care unit. She worked in several other areas of the hospital including the heart catheterization lab, cardiac rehab, outpatient surgery and pediatrics before transferring to case management and becoming the hospital’s part time trauma nurse coordinator in 2004. The part time position quickly grew, and she was named the fulltime trauma manager in 2006. She was named the hospital’s trauma director and appointed director of the 18-county North Trauma Care Region in 2007.

In that position she oversees the day-to-day operations and administrative affairs of the region, one of seven in the state. She is responsible for coordinating the care and service of trauma patients across the continuum and also serves as a direct link for the North Region to the state’s Trauma Advisory Council.

Upon receiving the award, Perrigin said, “I am honored to have been chosen to represent not only Baptist Golden Triangle for this award, but also the participating hospitals and EMS providers located in the north trauma care region. This award is a tribute to everyone’s hard work and dedication to improve trauma care across our region.”

‘We are extremely proud of Susan. She does an outstanding job directing the trauma program at Baptist Golden Triangle and for the North Trauma Care Region. She certainly deserves to be recognized for her hard work,” said Paul Cade, administrator at Baptist Golden Triangle.

Susan received her associate’s degree in nursing from Nott Community College in Flint, Mich. and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. She is married to Ricky Perrigin and the couple has three children. She also has a step-son. She is an active member of Highland Baptist Church in her home town of Gordo, Ala.

With 315 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. With physicians and surgeons representing almost every medical specialty practicing at the hospital and more than 1,000 health care employees, Baptist Golden Triangle offers a wide range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages.

In addition to the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care – Golden Triangle, the hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department including cardiac rehab and educational programs.

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