PARIS, TN – Henry County Medical Center is proud of all its partners and the accomplishments they achieve every day for our patients and families. Recently, Suzanne Jackson, Speech-Language Pathologist at the HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation, was recognized by her alma mater, Murray State University with the College of Education and Human Services’ Outstanding Leadership Award for her dedication and commitment to students and her community.
Jackson received her award at the Annual Harry M. Sparks Distinguished Lecture Series at MSU in May. Since 2012, Jackson has supported the MSU Speech-Language Pathology program as a student practicum advisor and has developed programs at HCMC to provide better outcomes for our patients.
Jackson received her bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in communication disorders as well as a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. While at MSU, she was very active in her sorority, Alpha Delta PI, holding many leadership rolls including PanHellenic Chairperson. She has worked at HCMC for 17 years, serving pediatric and adult patients in acute care, outpatient rehabilitation, home health, and the nursing home settings.
At HCMC, she has been very active in helping to achieve better outcomes in speech therapy through the use of music, or sound therapy. Her son was born with a speech delay, so she became interested in this type of therapy and in 2007 began raising funds to establish the Sounds of Hope fund through the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. These monies are used to help provide sound therapy free of charge to anyone in need. Jackson is certified in three sound therapies, including Interactive Metronome, the Listening Program, and Integrated Listening Systems. She has personally seen many patients achieve progress well beyond where they would be with traditional speech therapy alone.
“Suzanne is well deserving of this recognition and award for her excellent treatment skills and academic realm of her discipline,” said Debbie Jelks, Director of Rehab Services at HCMC. “Suzanne is dedicated to her profession and understands how keeping up the Evidence Based Practice is imperative for good outcomes. Suzanne continues to increase her knowledge base and turns around and teaches this to her students. Suzanne is as asset to our organization, as she makes a significant difference in her many patients – while teaching the future Speech-Language Pathologists.”
“I was extremely honored to receive this award,” said Jackson. “I have a passion for my profession and strive to instill this in all of my students.”
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: http://www.hcmc-tn.org.