The Board of Supervisors approved interim director Kim McCreless to the position following the recommendation of the 911 Board.
“The board felt she was doing a good job and had really turned the place around,” said 911 board chairman Rickey Gibens. “Kim has always been our go-to person and we feel we are headed in the right direction with her on board.”
McCreless, who has 18 years experience as a dispatcher and deputy director, will be left at her current rate of pay until supervisors meet to discuss salary. She has been serving as deputy director since the resignation of Teresa Burns on Dec. 31.
“She has really made a lot of improvements during a short time,” Gibens told the supervisors.
Magnolia Regional Health Center President/CEO Rick Napper informed supervisors that MRHC will be receiving a national award for its accomplishments to implement technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety and quality of care.
The Stage 6 award will be presented by HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model at its annual conference in Orlando, Fla. next year.
Only 476 hospitals in the United States carry a Stage 6 designation.
“That puts us ahead of 4,500 other hospitals in the United States,” said Napper.
“We know it takes executive commitment, support and a great team of healthcare professional to achieve this advanced level,” said HIMSS President/CEO Stephen Lieber in a letter to the hospital informing it of the honor.
In other board business:
n Five bids were opened in the board’s’ intention to borrow $500,000. Supervisors voted to accept Regions Bank low bid 1.05 percent.
n Approved Jay Hatcher being hired as a part-time dispatcher by 911. Hatcher will fill in while two employees are on maternity leave.
n Rejected a sealed bid of Tony Christian to purchase a dozer in District 3. The dozer instead will now be put in auction.
n Appointed District 2 Supervisor Dal Nelms to the Yellow Creek Port Board of Directors.
The next meeting of the supervisors is set for Monday, March 18 at 9 a.m. in the Alcorn Chancery Building.