Quality Hospice was named the 2019 Small Business of the Year by the CDP. Pictured are: Cindy Payne, Jo Ann Tinsley Rounsaville, Quality Hospice President, and Ann Barefield.
Quality Hospice was named the 2019 Small Business of the Year by the CDP. Pictured are: Cindy Payne, Jo Ann Tinsley Rounsaville, Quality Hospice President, and Ann Barefield.

The Community Development Partnership honored its Large Business and the Small Business of the year Monday night during its 66th annual meeting which was held at the Neshoba County Coliseum.

Central Mississippi Electric Power Association was named the Large Business of the Year, while Quality Hospice Care was named Small Business of the Year.




Before those awards and others were given, the crowd enjoyed a motivational presentation from the guest speaker, Jim “The Rookie” Morris.



Central Mississippi Electric Power Association

Central Electric  Power Association general manager Brian Long discussed what an eventful year” 2019  has been for the association.

“Six months ago, Mississippi was dealt the largest outbreak of tornadoes ever in its history,” Long said. “Central Electric’s counties were hard hit and Neshoba County was no exception.”

Central Power serves Attala, Leake, Neshoba, Scott, Newton, Rankin and a small part Kemper County. Sixteen people work in the Neshoba County office.

“At the onset of this, 76 percent of our members were without power,” Long said. “We had to replace 125 poles. That include a numbers of limbs and trees that had to be cleared; the conductors that had to be repair or replaced.”

Long said the award was much appreciated. He thanked the association’s employees and  the customers.

Long discussed ongoing upgrades in the county and thanked everyone for their support during a hard time.


Quality Hospice Care

Quality Hospice Care is a family-owned business that was established by Rex and Jo Ann Rounsaville in 2003.

Jo Ann, a social worker, saw the need for a hospice service in Philadelphia and went to work to establish Quality Hospice Care. Today, the business employs 40 people including CNAs, Registered Nurses, social workers, chaplains and a volunteer coordinator. The company has 12 volunteers. Quality Hospice Care in Joint Commission certified.

The company is located in Philadelphia but is licensed in 20 counties as they provide quality end of life service in a compassionate and individualized manner.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to take care of so many of our families,” Jo Ann Rounsaville said. “With our team, we want to do whatever our patients and families need. It’s not just about the medical care.”

Rounsaville has been involved in hospice since 1990. The company takes care of people at home, in nursing homes   and in personal care homes. She  said most of the company’s referrals come from word of mouth.

She told a story of a patient who wanted to go deep sea fishing during his final days. It wasn’t easy but she arranged to have the man flown to the Coast and taken out on a charter boat to fish.

“Every situation is different,” said Rounsaville. “We strive to be No. 1 in quality care and to keep our patients comfortable.”

Jo Ann is the president of the company. Their son, Tyler, is the vice president. Rex, who retired from Roadway is the secretary-treasurer.

“It’s wonderful to be recognized by the community,” Rounsaville said. “We are excited and very humbled. Philadelphia is our home.

“We have several employees who have been with us since the beginning,” Rounsaville said. “We are a team. We don’t have much turnover. We are more likely to add positions.”