Alumna returns 37 years later to bestow gift for future nurses

Alumna returns 37 years later to bestow gift for future nurses

Before last Thursday, JoAnn McCullar Vandergriff hadn't stepped foot inside the University of Mississippi School of Nursing since she graduated in 1979, but her heart was still within those walls.

When she and her husband, Bill, were planning their retirement, the couple decided to set up a charitable remainder trust, a planned gift that will endow the JoAnn McCullar Vandergriff Scholarship and provide substantial support to the School of Nursing. The couple also made a donation to allow a scholarship to be awarded now to assist two deserving accelerated nursing students.

As the first in her family to graduate from high school and earn a college degree, Vandergriff understands the importance of education to accomplishing one's goals.

“My husband and I worked to get an education in order to get ahead,” said Vandergriff. “That education gave us the means to give back to others so that they can get ahead too.”

Born in Water Valley before the small town had a hospital, Vandergriff attended Horn Lake High School in Desoto County.

She found her passion for nursing during her senior year when her high school hosted its first ever career day.

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Day at the Derby unites transplant community, recipients

Liz Ethridge lives on a small farm in Magee, raising goats, chickens, miniature horses, donkeys and vegetables to her heart's content.

“I love my life,” the 36-year-old says.

She wouldn't have said that 11 years ago, when her congenital cardiomyopathy threatened her life and that of her sister, Kadie Garner. Ethridge's heart transplant on Sept. 12, 2004 changed everything.

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Day at the Derby unites transplant community, recipients

Visiting lectures, Alliance luncheon fill busy weekly slate

Visiting lectures, Alliance luncheon fill busy weekly slate

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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