January 19, 2021—Waco, TX—Missty Pearson, Fish Pond Surgery Center (FPSC), awarded the 2020 Beth Derby STAR Award.
S.T.A.R. stands for service, teamwork, accountability, and respect. Annually, Compass presents this award to the ASC Administrator who most fully embodies these values.
From mid-2019 through the end of 2020, Missty Pearson not only managed her center through pandemic hardships, she also led boldly through an ASC management transition and additions of complex service lines at the center. Known by her peers, staff, and center partners as a hard-working and authentic, Pearson can always be found alongside her staff. She leads her team by demonstrating and modeling values through her actions and communication.
Fish Pond’s Dr. Donnie Stewart and Compass' Beth Derby, Sean Rambo, and Stacy Danahy presented the award to Pearson in a small ceremony in early January 2021, as Pearson’s staff cheered enthusiastically.
Perhaps most moving was Dr. Stewart’s tribute, “If you don’t know her background, she’s one of eight children, worked her way through life, was a fan favorite in the Dairy Queen drive thru. Went to MCC, then UT nursing school, hitchhiked at times back and forth. She has an incredible work ethic—second to none—and an even better attitude. When you combine attitude and effort together, it’s magical,” said Stewart, FPSC partner and medical director. “She makes everything better. She offers hope. When things are at their darkest, she’s at her best.”
Beth Derby presented the 2020 award, saying, "Through it all I’ve been so impressed Missty. Your selfless dedication is obvious. Your team and your partners admire you, respect you, believe in you. As a result of that, I’m pretty humbled being in your company and acknowledge you set the bar high."
In 2019, Compass presented this inaugural award to Beth Derby, naming it for her, in recognition for all she has done in the industry and for Compass. Pearson now joins Derby as the second recipient of the award.