People of the U: Val McCloraPublished on Wednesday, July 15, 2020By: Annie Oeth, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhich Children’s of Mississippi patients are respiratory therapy patients?“Any of them could be,” said registered respiratory therapist Val McClora. “Respiratory therapists cover all of the children’s hospital’s floors, so we consider all Children’s of Mississippi patients our patients.”A University of Mississippi Medical Center employee since 2017, McClora is a graduate of Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Health Sciences with a major in Respiratory Care. Her internship was at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.“UMMC is the only medical center I’ve worked in,” she said, “and I love working with patients who come from all different backgrounds of life. There are so many different people, and that makes working here fascinating. Working at UMMC teaches you humility. It makes you well-rounded.”In 2018, she moved from the adult hospital to caring for patients at the state’s only children’s hospital.“I love pediatric care,” she said. “When in the hospital, children are usually scared; everything is foreign to them—the people, the mask, the medication. Playing a part in helping little ones smile and feel more comfortable in this setting is rewarding on its own. They are great patients and so sweet.”Driscoll DeVaul, DHA, RRT, Children’s of Mississippi director of Respiratory and Pulmonary Services, said McClora’s hard work, dedication, and compassion toward her patients make her an excellent respiratory therapist.“She is an excellent team member that works in various clinical areas throughout the children’s hospital and does so with a smile and a willingness to help in any way,” he said. “Thanks, Val, for all you do. We appreciate you!”Every institution is rich with personal stories. We want to know ours.Do you know a student, staff, volunteer or faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center whose story would make an interesting feature or deserves to be recognized?Know someone who you think more people should know about because of his or her commitment to his or her job and/or the people he or she works with or for? Who has a fascinating hobby? Who participates in a remarkable group? Who has accomplished something amazing?We want to learn more about each individual who makes up our extraordinary UMMC Family, and we want to share what makes each person unique and special in the People of the U section of our dynamic new UMMC Intranet.To nominate someone to be considered for a People of the U feature, just complete and submit this short form. If that person is picked for a feature, a member of the Communications and Marketing staff will contact him or her to learn more about his or her personal story.Soon, the rest of the Medical Center will know why your nominee is an outstanding reminder of what makes this place so special – the People of the U.