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Regent’s Message: Winter 2018

Posted: March 8, 2018 at 3:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hello, ACHE members! I want to begin my first Regent’s Message by thanking two of our outgoing leaders who served us well, Dodie McElmurray, FACHE and David A. Muns, FACHE. Dodie served as Regent and was an excellent liaison between our Chapter and ACHE. We wish Dodie well in her new role as the COO at West Jefferson Medical Center in Louisiana. I also want to thank Dave Muns for his leadership and the encouragement he provided as our Chapter President. I am excited to continue working with Dave during his tenure as Past President on the Board. Both of these wonderful leaders have done much to improve our Chapter, and I want to offer my personal thanks to both Dodie and Dave for a job well done!

Please join me in welcoming our new Chapter President, Chandler Ewing, FACHE. I have known Chandler for several years and I am confident he will be a great Chapter President and will continue to build off the great work done Dave accomplished with our Board.

Speaking of recognizing leaders, during our Winter Chapter meeting on February 9, it was my pleasure to recognize several of our Chapter members for their contributions to ACHE:

– David Muns, FACHE, Chapter President, 2016-2017

– ACHE Service Awards: 

o David A. Muns, FACHE, Vice President, System Development, Memorial Hospital & Physician Clinics 
o Chandler Ewing, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson 

– ACHE Distinguished Service Award 

o Claude W. Harbarger, FACHE, President, St Dominic Health Services

Once again, congratulations to all of these outstanding leaders! I would also like to recognize the following Chapter Members:

New Members 
Tamuriel K. Brice, Crothall Healthcare 
Randi B. Brooks, King’s Daughters Medical Center 
Shelley Gendusa 
Alison A. Gilbert, North Mississippi Health Services 
John M. Hall, St Dominic Hospital 
Margaret A. Knutson, MS Baptist Health Systems 
William F. Lynch, IV, Community Health Systems 
Shawn A McKinney 
Derrick Melton, University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Shanna Pettie, MD, St Dominic Hospital 
Charla G. Rowley, Southwest Regional Medical Center 
Nicholas B. Shoemaker, Merit Health Biloxi 
Jacqueline Sullins, Merit Health Rankin

New Fellow 
James A. Grantham, Jr, FACHE, Baptist Memorial Hospital

Recertified Fellows 
David C. Henry, FACHE, St Dominic Hospital 
Alvin C Hoover, Jr., FACHE, King’s Daughter Medical Center 
Marcella L. McKay, PhD, FACHE, Mississippi Hospital Association

A very warm welcome to all our new members and congratulations to our new and recertifying Fellows! I encourage each of you to encourage your co-workers to become members of ACHE and to enjoy the many benefits of membership.

I also hope to see many of you at our upcoming ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 26–29, 2018, in Chicago, IL, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The theme for Congress is “Be Part of Something Bigger” and will focus on the privilege we have to become a doorway to bring about positive change in the communities we serve. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

In closing, I want to thank each of you for your creativity and leadership as we continue to provide and manage the care of the wonderful citizens of Mississippi. They trust us to do our best and I am proud to be part of a team of “Leaders who care”! 

Christopher L. Morgan, FACHE
Regent for Mississippi 
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