C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, has received the 2019 Jerald D. Ball “Together We Make a Difference” community service award for its support of the non-profit arm of Mississippi State Hospital.
Hospital executives and community volunteers honored C Spire Wednesday afternoon during the Friends of Mississippi State Hospital annual meeting for its involvement and support of hospital programs that benefit employees, patients and nursing home residents at the Rankin County mental health facility,
“We’re pleased and honored to receive this recognition from employees and volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of people who deal with various forms of mental illness,” said C Spire CEO Hu Meena. “As a company that cares about and is deeply involved in the communities we serve, we’re proud to support the mission of this fine organization.”
The award is named after the late Jerald Ball, who worked at the hospital for many years until his retirement in 2005. He helped create programs that attract hundreds of volunteers from churches, businesses and local groups who share their time and talents with mentally ill patients, substance abuse cases and Jaquith Nursing Home residents.
“C Spire is a great example of the invaluable support we receive from the community for many of the programs and services that benefit our employees and improve the quality of life for our patients and residents,” said James G. Chastain, director of Mississippi State Hospital. “We sincerely appreciate their involvement and continued support for this hospital.”
Friends was formed in 1987 as a non-profit, charitable organization to tell the story of Mississippi State Hospital and Jaquith Nursing Home, increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and solicit contributions and raise funds for projects and programs that recognize employees and improve the quality of life for patients and residents.
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