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Cinnamon Foster, FNP- BC was presented the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight Award on Monday, May 10, in honor of her longtime, caring commitment to the community as a Family Nurse Practitioner and owner of the Yalobusha Medical Clinic, affectionately known as “Cinnamed.”
Foster graduated from Water Valley High School with honors and went on to attend the University of Mississippi with band and academic scholarships. She studied Pre-Med for three years and transitioned into Psychology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1997. She since has attended Northwest Community College and Itawamba Community College, where she obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree and became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2005.
After starting work as an RN, she continued her nursing education at the University of North Alabama, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006. She then enrolled at Delta State University and graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. She became a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2009. Foster has since earned 700 hours of continuing education as an FNP.
After working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in hospital settings, an urgent care clinic, providing home visits for Medicare patients in Texas and Mississippi and serving as a Medical Director of a Christian-based free care clinic, she came back to her hometown to open a free-standing Nurse Practitioner Medical Clinic in 2012.
Foster reported she is fulfilling her dream of caring for the needs of the people in her community.
“I wanted to come back home to be near my family and give back to the community that I have always loved,” Cinnamon explained. “There is nothing else that I would rather do other than provide healthcare to the people who mean the most to me. It is harder for people in rural areas like ours to obtain comprehensive healthcare, and I will continue to provide those services here in Water Valley until I retire.”
Foster holds multiple professional credentials and is a member of several professional associations including Mississippi Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and was a charter member of the Mississippi Association of Nurse Practitioners.
She is proud to have been a Chamber of Commerce member since 1992.
“I became a member of the Chamber when I was a teenager. I have always wanted to be an integral part of my community as a civic leader. I consider this community to be my extended family.” Ms. Foster is currently serving on the City of Water Valley Board of Alderman, Ward 3 and holds two certificates as a Certified Municipal Official. She also serves as a member of the Water Valley Main Street Association Board and the Yalobusha County Health Advisory Board.
She has served as a member of the Health Advisory Committee for the Mississippi Municipal League over the past four years. She has served as past president, secretary, treasurer and board member of the Water Valley Rotary Club; past president of the Southern Living Garden Club; and is a past member of the Water Valley Junior Auxiliary. She a current member of O’Tuckalofa Baptist Church, the Mississippi Heritage Trust, Water Valley Business Alliance, and is involved with the local Arts Council and Farmers Market. Foster is also a trained Mississippi Emergency Management Agency First Responder.
The medical clinic is located at 712 South Main Street and serves patients of all ages.
“I am proud to be a Nurse Practitioner serving my hometown community and would like to thank the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for this special recognition,” she told the Herald.
Business Spotlight Drawing for $25 VISA Card
In honor of this Business Spotlight award, the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a $25 gift card to the person who can correctly answer this question:
What is the name of the device that checks your blood pressure?
All correct answers will be compiled, and the winning name will be drawn on May 21. You have “10 days and two ways” to answer between May 12 and May 21. You may reply on Facebook “Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce” or stop by the Chamber of Commerce office any time during regular office hours and leave a written answer. The winner will be called OR notified on Facebook.
The winner’s name and photograph will be published in the following edition of the Herald.