Mid Delta Home Health and Hospice CEO Clara T. Reed will be the speaker for Mississippi Valley State University's 62nd Commencement on Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium on the Itta Bena campus.
MVSU's seventh president, Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., will hand diplomas to close to 500 undergraduate and graduate students during the ceremonies. In addition, Dr. Bynum will confer golden degrees to members of the Class of 1964.
When Reed opened the doors in 1978 to her home health agency in the small town of Belzoni, Miss., she had no idea how instrumental she would become in meeting the health care needs of the Mississippi Delta. As a Humphreys County native concerned about the health problems and needs of her community, Reed organized and opened Mid-Delta Home Health in March 1978. Over the past 36 years, she has transformed Mid-Delta into one of the most active home health delivery agencies in the state of Mississippi.
Reed began her nursing career after graduating in 1963 from Mississippi Valley State University, and she progressed further in the field of nursing, while she remained connected to the institution, supporting it wholeheartedly even today.
Reed accepted her call to the ministry in December 2000. She attended Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Miss. In July 2005, she founded Upper Room Fellowship Ministries and is currently serving as pastor. From sponsoring community-wide events to counseling people struggling with their faith, Reed serves as a beacon of light and hope.
Both Mid-Delta and Upper Room serve as great resources for citizens of the Delta…not only in the area of healthcare but employment as well. Because of her undeniable track record, Reed was inducted into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame in 2009. Ever since that time, she has continued to expand her business, evidenced by her creation and spread of Quality Home Health in Louisiana. This expansion has provided even more jobs in a time when the economy has suffered great job losses.
Reed has received many accolades for her dedication to the community. Among them, some of the most notable ones are her graduation from Leadership Mississippi Class of 2010 and that Mid-Delta Home Health, Inc. has ranged in the Top 25% of all home health agencies nationwide, according to Home Care Elite & Decisions Health – a prestigious publication – for the past eight years. Reed has also been named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.