On September 30, 2015 a Monroe County jury rendered a verdict of $148,566 in Cooper v. Pioneer Health Services. The verdict was the result of a three day trial.

The plaintiff (Lisa Cooper Elgin) was a former nurse practitioner at Pioneer Hospital in Abderdeen. The jury found that Pioneer breached its employment contract with the plaintiff, failed to pay her for accrued paid time off and fired her because she reported abuse of an elderly patient in the hospital’s senior care unit.

Plaintiff’s attorneys were Jim Waide and Rachel Pierce Waide of Waide & Associates in Tupelo.

J. Tucker Mitchell and Stephen D. Stamboulieh of Mitchell Day in Ridgeland represented Pioneer.

Circuit Judge Jim Pounds presided in the case.