Thomasville Times Enterprise

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April 2, 2014

A rose named Odom

THOMASVILLE — What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. That phrase was originated by William Shakespeare, and it perfectly encapsulates why Kellie Odom is so special — and why she is an integral part of the City of Roses.

Odom’s ties to Thomasville began at birth. She said, “I was actually born at Archbold, so my ties to Thomasville go back to the very beginning of my life. This is where I have spent my entire life and where I have always wanted to raise my children. Thomasville has a small-town feel and a very outgoing and active atmosphere. I feel very safe here.”

In 1993, Odom decided to compete in the Miss Thomasville Pageant. “I did not expect to win, because I wasn’t really a ‘girly girl.’ I was more of a tomboy and really enjoyed the outdoors. However, my daddy and my uncle — who had passed away a few years back — had always wanted me to just try. My mom was also very supportive and always pushed me to live up to my potential and never sell myself short in life. I figured if I lost, my parents would still be proud of me… so I really didn’t have anything to lose.”

 To her surprise, she won the pageant. “I’m so glad now that I decided to compete. I developed lifelong friendships and grew personally and professionally through that experience. I was so proud to represent Thomasville in the Miss Georgia Pageant in 1994.”

Odom graduated from Thomas Technical Institute — now Southwest Georgia Technical College — and became a licensed practical nurse in 1993. She practiced as an LPN on the medical/surgical floor and the Emergency Department at Archbold.

“In 1997, I obtained an associate’s degree in nursing from Darton College. I was so excited to finally become a registered nurse, but still had a desire to go further in my education,” Odom explained.

While working as Director of Risk Management at Archbold, she acquired certification in Healthcare Risk Management from the Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and became certified as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Several years later, I started  received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Thomas University. She will complete her maser’s degree in nursing administration at Thomas University this fall.

Odom loves what she does for a living, and it shows. “I began working at Archbold as a high school student. My first job was in the snack shop. After graduating from high school, I knew I wanted to get into the health-care field, but wasn’t sure which specialty I was most interested in. I began working at a local insurance agency as a receptionist. It was during this time that I knew nursing was the career for me.”

Director of nursing at Archbold, Odom manages medical/surgical units, including oncology, general surgery, and orthopedics, nephrology services, mother/baby/labor/delivery and clinical education.

She and her husband, Chris, are active in First Baptist Church in Thomasville. Mr. Odom is a deacon and Royal Ambassadors director. She chairs the church’s Weekly Early Education Program. The couple teaches Sunday school for three-year-olds.

 The Odoms also serve on committees where their children attend school.

Said Amy Griffin MSN, RN, vice president of Archbold Patient Care Services, “Kellie is a special leader and possesses many qualities that make her successful, but most importantly, she is a wonderful person who sets an example for all of us to live by each day. I am truly honored to have Kellie working on the nursing leadership team at Archbold.”

Tammy Bryant, RN, MSN, program director at Southwest Georgia Technical College, said, “Kellie is a hard-working, ambitious young woman who has worked hard to achieve her career goals. Kellie is one of those people who bases her decisions on sound work ethics. It’s through her strong work ethic that her leadership style outshines others not only in the clinical setting, but in the administrative role as well.”

“Kellie is one of the most kind and caring people I have ever met. She goes out of her way to help others. As a nurse, she’s very patient-focused and works very hard to assure that our patients receive outstanding care. She is professional and courteous at all times. She steps in to help others whenever needed and wherever the need may arise,” said Jan Croley, RN BA MBA, director of surgery at Archbold.

Odom sees a bright, beautiful future in 2014 and beyond.

“I have hopes and goals personally and professionally. Personally, I pray that I will always be a loving wife and support my husband. He is truly a wonderful gift. Together, Chris and I want to raise our boys to be men of strong character, integrity and that have a desire to serve God and to always be compassionate and caring toward others. Professionally, I want to continue to grow as a leader within the health-care field, providing support to my employees and working together with our leadership team to provide high quality health care to our community and demographic region we serve. When questions are being asked and decisions are made, we always want to base our decisions on what is best for the patient.”



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