Meridian Star


October 27, 2013

Brolick, Rush employee of 50 years, honored

MERIDIAN —     When Maybelle Brolick began working Rush Foundation Hospital in 1963 as a cytotechnologist she was the first formally-trained cytotechnologist in her field at Rush and remained the only one until 1996.  

    A cytotechnologist is a laboratory professional who studies cells and cellular anomalies. Using a microscope, they examine slides of human cells for any indication that a cell is abnormal and/or diseased (i.e., cancerous or precancerous lesions, infectious agents or inflammatory processes). Maybelle graduated with an associate degree from Hinds Junior College in 1959 and attended a special certificate course in cytotechnology from the University of Tennessee/Memphis (the only formal training offered in the field at that time).

    In honoring Maybelle during ceremonies held at the hospital on Oct. 24, deemed as Maybelle Brolick Day by proclamation of Mayor Percy Bland, Rush leaders shared the following thoughts:

    “Maybelle’s dedication to her work and her outstanding work ethic, along with her strong desire to learn as much as she could about her field on her own, makes her an exemplary employee. Maybelle is greatly admired and respected by all of us, particularly the pathologists and other laboratory employees who work closely with her.  

    "When I think of Rush employees whom I consider to be role models for others, Maybelle is one of those who immediately comes to mind. If Mr. J.C. McElroy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rush Health Systems and former CEO of the system hears Maybelle’s name or we happen to run into her when he is on the hospital grounds, he always compliments her and takes time to point out that it is the hard work and dedication of employees like Maybelle that has allowed this health system grow and prosper” said Wallace Strickland, president and CEO of Rush Health Systems.

    “Maybelle has seen so many technological changes take place during her career at Rush. While new technology often speeds up the processes of the laboratory technologists, it also almost always comes with its own stringent set of requirements and processes of checks, re-checks and quality control measures that require technologists to be extremely competent and dedicated to excellence in their work.  

    "Maybelle certainly demonstrates those traits. She is one of those quiet individuals who make a huge difference in others’ lives every day,” said Chuck Reece, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rush Health Systems.

    Chris Rush, vice president of Rush Health Systems/Administrator of Rush Foundation Hospital and great-grandson of the hospital’s founders voiced his sentiments saying, “It means a great deal to me personally to have the opportunity to work with Maybelle and other long-term, dedicated employees like her who have been a part of Rush. There is no doubt that her dedication and excellence have helped move Rush forward. Employees like her are the engine that keep departments and the hospital humming through the years.”

    Doctors Francis (Bucky) Phillippi and Lee Dean, pathologists with Rush Foundation Hospital, along with Laboratory Services Director Leann Kitchens summed it all up with their comments saying collectively, “Maybelle has been a faithful, dedicated employee for all these years. She has been completely reliable and done a great job. She is very conscientious and has skillfully adapted to many changes in cytotechnology.  

    "She is a role model to us all; a model of dedication, loyalty and professionalism. We consider ourselves very lucky to have Maybelle Brolick here at Rush.”

    Rush Health Systems is headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi with healthcare facilities in East Mississippi and West Alabama. The organization includes Rush Foundation Hospital; Specialty Hospital of Meridian; Medical Foundation, Inc.; Rush Medical Group; Laird Hospital, Union; H.C. Watkins Hospital in Quitman; Scott Regional Hospital in Morton; John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital; DeKalb; and Choctaw General Hospital in Butler, Ala.

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