Surpora Sparks-Thomas, former senior vice president and chief nurse executive at Children’s Hospital can now add published author to her resume. She is the author of “Equipped to Enjoy Life’s Journey.”
Thomas won the 1995 Pinnacle Award for Innovations in Medical Management and was named the Outstanding Nursing Administrator of the Year by the Alabama State Nurses’ Association in 1987. She was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of fame in 2003, into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2006, and was the first person inducted into the Children’s Health System Nursing Hall of Fame and was the first person inducted into the when it was established in 2008. The Surpora Thomas Pediatric Nursing Education and Research Center at Children’s Hospital is named in her honor.
Mrs. Thomas has been the anointed teacher of the Living Biblical Principles Bible Study at New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church-Dolomite for over 25 years. She serves as a Deaconess, Sunday School teacher of the Adult Class and the Christian Education Director. She is Married to Jule Thomas and the mother of four daughters (Sonya, Sherri, Julena and Leah) two son-in laws (Eric and Tremaine) three granddaughters (Erica, Erin and Taylor) two grandsons (Demaris and Jule) and one great grandson (Kamari).