MERIDIAN – Rush Health Systems recently announced that Jessica Hardy has been appointed director of nursing of John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Dekalb.

Hardy graduated from Neshoba Central High School and attended college at the University of West Alabama where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing. While working as a nurse, she continued her education and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2011, and in 2014, she graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner. For the last four years, Jessica has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in the emergency department, hospital and the affiliated clinic, Rush Medical Clinic – DeKalb.  

“Jessie lives out the Rush Builders Creed of being your brother’s keeper,” said Justin Palmer, Administrator of John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital. “When it comes to patient care, Jessie’s clinical knowledge and expertise in the medical field has and will continue to benefit the residents of Kemper County and the surrounding area.”

Rush Health Systems is comprised of seven hospitals and more than 30 clinics, with 250 staff and contracted physicians and 95 advanced-practice providers.  Rush is the largest non-governmental employer in the region.  Rush Health Systems includes Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian; The Specialty Hospital of Meridian; Medical Foundation, Inc., Laird Hospital, Union; H.C. Watkins Hospital, Quitman; Scott Regional Hospital, Morton; John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, DeKalb, and Choctaw General Hospital in Butler.  For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.