MHA Official Statements

MHA Board of Governors Official Statement

The Mississippi Hospital Association Board of Governors has announced that Timothy Moore will be leaving his position as MHA President and CEO. Mr. Moore will continue serving as needed until November 30, 2023. Beginning September 25, MHA Chief Operating Officer Kim Hoover, Ph.D., will serve as acting President and CEO until a search can be completed for a successor. The Board is grateful for Mr. Moore’s service over the past 10 years. The Board will immediately begin a search for a new President and CEO to lead the MHA. MHA will continue its mission of serving its members in the promotion of excellence in health through education, public information, advocacy, and service. 


MADISON, MS – December 14, 2021 - MHA Solutions and Healthcare Providers Insurance (HPIC) are collaborating with Magnolia Medical Technologies to further increase patient safety and improve outcomes across the state of Mississippi.
Magnolia Medical Technologies is a Seattle-based medical technology company that develops and markets innovative blood culture collection devices that improve the accuracy and predictability of diagnostic test results for sepsis. Its award-winning Steripath® Initial Specimen Diversion Device® is the only FDA 510(k)-cleared device platform indicated to reduce blood culture contamination for sepsis testing.1 

“The goal of MHA Solutions is to provide the best products and services possible for our members and clients,” said Eddie Foster, President and CEO of MHA Solutions. “Steripath, with its clinically proven results, aligns with our goal. We are excited to join Magnolia Medical in advancing to a higher standard of care for sepsis diagnostic accuracy by providing new technology solutions and practice change to our members that can prevent patient harm due to false-positive blood cultures. We look forward to sharing the results of the HPIC-sponsored Steripath pilot with our membership of over 100 hospitals.”

This new relationship provides educational resources and programs to all Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) members on best practices in blood culture collection and the role of solutions, including Steripath, in virtually eliminating blood culture contamination at the source. Two MHA member hospitals – King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven and Neshoba General Hospital in Philadelphia – have been selected to participate in an HPIC-sponsored pilot program to demonstrate the impact of Steripath on reducing blood culture contamination. The goal of the pilot is to establish a standardized blood culture collection and contamination prevention model that may be followed by other MHA members, improving testing accuracy for bloodstream infections, like sepsis, and preventing unnecessary, avoidable health risks and harm to the residents of Mississippi that may stem from a misdiagnosis. 

MHA Solutions and Magnolia Medical will also be sponsoring roundtable discussions with executives from MHA member hospitals on the national movement to a 1% blood culture contamination rate from the current national average benchmark of 3%. Blood culture is the gold standard for detecting bloodstream infections, including sepsis. An estimated 58 million are performed each year. A reduction in blood culture contamination from 3% to 1% equates to approximately 1.2 million fewer patients impacted by a potential misdiagnosis of sepsis.


1 Indicated to reduce the frequency of blood culture contamination when contaminants are present, compared to standard method controls without diversion.

Assessing the Fiscal Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Mississippi

Prepared in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund

Viewed from a range of different measures, low-income residents of Mississippi are particularly disadvantaged with respect to access to health care, quality of care received, costs of care, health outcomes and income-based health care disparities. Mississippi is also one of the poorest states in the country, with nearly 1 in 5 residents falling below the federal poverty level - the highest rate of any state in the country. Research suggests that cost is a significant barrier to accessing needed care, particularly for low-income and uninsured individuals. 

In a new white paper, prepared in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, Manatt Health estimates the five-year fiscal impact in Mississippi if the state were to expand Medicaid beginning in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023. The white paper examines projected costs and savings associated with the expansion, including added funding available through the American Rescue Plan. 


Dr. Chapman earns FACHE designation

Dr. Patrick Chapman, chief executive officer of Tippah County Hospital in Ripley, became the latest member of the Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to achieve the status of Fellow in November. To achieve Fellow status, candidates must be members of ACHE for one year in good standing and meet certain conditions. They must have at least a master’s degree in healthcare management and then 36 hours of continuing education in healthcare leadership, 12 hours of which must be face-to-face education. Candidates must have an oral interview with a current Fellow and answer questions on leadership, ethics, professionalism, and diversity. Candidates must also document and report efforts in community service and leadership.  Finally, to earn Fellow status, candidates must pass the national American College of Healthcare Executives’ exam, which is a six-hour written exam. Dr. Chapman will be recognized as a new Fellow during ACHE’s Congress on Healthcare Leadership, set for March 28-31 in Chicago.


Anderson named to the MHA Board of Governors

MADISON, MS (November 18, 2021) - The Mississippi Hospital Association recently named John Anderson, FACHE, President/CEO of Anderson Regional Health System, to serve on the Board of Governors as the At-Large Representative of the Central Judicial District through June of 2024. Previously, Anderson has served on the MHA Solutions Board of Directors.

Anderson began his tenure at Anderson Regional Health System in 1990 as a Vice President.  He assumed additional responsibilities in 2008 as Vice President of Operations.  In 2011, Anderson was named Vice President and Administrator of Anderson Regional Medical Center- South, formerly Riley Hospital.  Anderson began his role as President and CEO of Anderson Regional Health System in 2015.  

Prior to joining the Anderson system, Anderson served as Assistant Administrator of Tift Regional Medical Center and CEO of Tift Regional Foundation in Tifton, Georgia, as well as Assistant Administrator of Brookwood Medical Center in Homewood, Alabama.  

Anderson is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for health care leaders. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and he has a Master’s of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

Anderson serves as a board member for Mississippi Children’s Museum- Meridian, Community Health Improvement Network, and Mississippi Industry for the Developmentally Disabled- Meridian.  Anderson is also an executive committee member and board member for East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. Anderson is a past board president and campaign chair for the United Way of East Mississippi and a past board member of the Meridian Symphony Association.

Anderson and his wife, Debra, have four children and eight grandchildren.  They are active members of First Baptist Church in Meridian where Anderson serves as a deacon.


38th Annual Maggie Awards

Mississippi Hospital Association is honored to recognize leaders and teams in Mississippi hospitals and health systems that are committed to improving the health of their communities through innovative, high quality care. 

If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting for MHA Society for Marketing and Public Relations, you can access the sessions below:

Maintaining Excellent Patient Experience Performance

Change Management & Marcom's Seat At The Table

View the 2021 Maggie Awards 


Congratulations to all the winners!

Sr. Professional of the Year
Clancy Sanford - Covington County Hospital

Jr. Professional of the Year
Nancy Carol Kidd - Baptist Memorial Hospital - Union County


Publications/External Audience
Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle
PROGRESS | Spring 2021
A Semi Annual Report for the Golden Triangle

Digital Communications-Website
North Mississippi Health Services
Connect Content Hub

Digital Communications-Video
Forrest General Hospital
New Scrubs

Digital Communications-Social Media Campaign
Methodist Rehabilitation Center
Bell Ringer Social Media Campaign

Special Events-Hospital Based
Covington County Hospital
CCH Hospital Week 2021

Special Events-Community Service/Education
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle
Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic A Success!

Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services
Nurses Were Never Taught To Stay 6 Feet Away

North Mississippi Health Services
Art Gentry COVID-19 Feature

Radio Advertising
King’s Daughters Medical Center

Television Advertising 
OCH Regional Medical Center
Enjoy The Season TV Spot


Newspaper Advertising
OCH Regional Medical Center
The Team to Turn to for Complete Urologic Care

Magazine Advertising
Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi
Orthopedic Service Line Ad

Outdoor Transit/Billboard
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle
Leapfrog Ad

Direct Mail Piece
King’s Daughters Medical Center
Dr. Duff Direct Mailer

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville
Booneville Service First Awards

Logo Design
North Mississippi Health Services
Neuroscience Institute Logo

Covington County Hospital 
COVID Testing the Masses

Public Relations Campaign (Internal or External)
Forrest General Hospital 
Win This Car!

Campaign Advertising
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle
Don’t Let Fear Keep You at Home-ER Campaign

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 23rd | 10am-2pm

On October 23, you can return all unused, out-of-date prescription medications to drug stores for proper and anonymous disposal. 

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, sometimes those hands belong to children. If a child finds unused drugs in your home and takes them, the outcome could be tragic. Returning unused meds is an easy action on your part that could prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in your community — more importantly, your home. 

Go to to find a drop-off pharmacy near you. All steps in this process are anonymous and confidential. The only focus of TAKE BACK DAY is the proper destruction of old prescription drugs.

Drop Off Locations for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day can be found at TAKEBACKDAY.DEA.GOV. There are year round sites and those specifically set for October 23. To locate a drop off site set up specifically for October 23, 10a – 2p, follow these instructions: 

►  Go to TAKEBACKDAY.DEA.GOV and click the Collection Site locator tab.

If this is not possible: 
►  Contact your school nurse and find out locations. 
►  Contact your local pharmacy for drop-off site information
►  Check with your local law enforcement to see if they have been set up to host a collection site. 

Questions? Contact Robin Powell. Thank you for preparing to participate in NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY! 


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3M with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

MHA Member Hospitals Register for 2021 Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) Prep Course

MHA’s member hospitals participating in the Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) were given the opportunity to register at no cost for the 2021 Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) Prep Course provided through the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). A total of 25 registrations were provided to our HQIC members at no cost to the employing hospital. The virtual education begins September 17 and completes on October 1. Our 25 participants will then be ready to test and receive their CPHQ certification. Programs such as this further the knowledge and skill of our healthcare professionals which, in turn, increases the quality of service provided by our Mississippi hospitals. It is our desire to provide and support as many educational advancement courses as possible, such as the CPHQ PREP, so that our healthcare professionals excel in the arena in which they serve. 

The following hospitals will be represented in the CPHQ PREP Course: Anderson Regional Medical Center, Baptist Memorial Hospital Leake, Choctaw Regional Medical Center, Copiah County Medical Center, Field Health System, Greenwood Leflore Hospital, HC Watkins Memorial Hospital, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Laird Hospital, Marion General, Neshoba General, North MS Medical Center Gilmore-Amory, North MS Medical Center Eupora, North MS Medical Center Hamilton, North MS Medical Center Iuka, North MS Medical Center Pontotoc, North MS Medical Center Tupelo, OCH Regional Medical Center, Scott Regional Hospital, Simpson General Hospital, South Central Regional Medical Center, Southwest MS Regional Medical Center, UMMC Holmes County, Winston Medical Center.

If you would like to receive information about the HQIC, please contact LaNelle Weems, executive director of the MS Center for Quality and Workforce, at [email protected].

This material was prepared by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, a Compass Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. [M003] – 09/17/2021.

Nurse Extern Program graduates with their University of Southern Mississippi instructor, Kim Smith, RN, MSN

Students who participated in the 2021 Forrest General Hospital Nurse Extern Program completed their training Friday, July 30. The nursing students, who all attend the University of Southern Mississippi, complimented the program saying they have gained valuable experience during the past two months that will help them better care for patients in the future.

The 2021 Nurse Extern Program, which began at the beginning of the summer, concluded with a reception. The nurse externs are senior-level nursing students who work under an RN preceptor to further develop their nursing skills. They will return to school this fall, with most graduating in December.

This summer program, which ran from May 24 to July 30, is a joint effort between the Mississippi Council of Deans and the Mississippi Hospital Association. Kim Smith, RN, MSN, serves as the instructor for this three-hour summer course for USM.

“The main goal of the program is to enhance the skills the students have already learned such as starting IVs, Foley catheters, compressions as well as time management,” said Smith.
The purpose of the program, which requires 320 work hours, is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance competencies; assist nursing students to experience a typical work environment; prepare nursing students to assume responsibilities of a full-time Registered Nurse and encourage retention of nursing graduates.

Forrest General’s 2021 Nurse Externs are: Brooke Duckworth, Savannah Frieman, Angel Graham, Baylee Grimsley, Jordan Hymel, Ally Mangum, Kelsey Moore, Molly Pausina, Drew Price, Makenzie Rahaim and Destin Yates.
“This program would not be possible without the support of nursing administration, patient care managers, and registered nurses who are willing to serve as preceptors for nurse externs,” said Linda Holmes, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, education specialist at Forrest General. She expressed thanks to this year’s preceptors: Donald Rico, RN, ICU; Delaney McAleer, RN, ICU; Chris Barnett, RN, ICU; Betsy Panella, RN, 2T; Lauren Ward, RN, 5T; Christina McDuffie, RN, Pool; Becky Brazell, RN, Pool; Kadeshia Smith, RN, Pool; Kaitlyn Smith, RN, 4FB; Amarylis Caves, RN, Family Birthplace; Cortney Lewellyn, RN, Pediatrics and Mandi Chance, RN, Pool Nurse.
For Drew Price of Columbia, the externship provided important experience in learning  time management. “A lot of time when you are on rotations in school you only see one patient,” he said. “Working on the floor, I learned how to manage my time with five to seven patients.” Price said he was very grateful for the time and experience he had working on the floor. One day, he would like to work in ICU.
Baylee Grimley of Petal is proud of the experience she gained this summer. “Coming into this (program), we didn’t have a lot of experience on the floor because the middle of our first semester is when COVID-19 started,” Grimsley said. “It meant a lot to us to be able to do this because we’ve been able to practice a lot of skills we’ve been learning about for the last two years. We’ve learned how to manage our time so much better, talk to patients and put everything into practice.”
Grimsley said she always wanted to help people. “A lot of nursing students want to be a social worker or nurse. I really liked science, but for me, by combining the two into nursing. I get to do hands-on patient care while learning about the science of everything. It’s a great way to help people, and I know what I’m doing is making a difference.”
Holmes said the Nurse Extern Program, which is a collaboration between the School of Nursing and the Hospital, is a great way to help senior-level student nurses increase confidence and competence in skills and patient care. “It gives them a realistic picture of providing patient care in a hospital setting, learning time management, prioritizing and documenting care, and it eases their transition into their role as a new registered nurse,” she said.

Forrest General Hospital. (2021 July 30). Press Nurse Extern Program graduates with their University of Southern Mississippi instructor, Kim Smith, RN, MSN [Press Release]

Press Release Provided By:
Linda Holmes, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Education Specialist, Education Department
Forrest General Hospital


“The Mississippi Hospital Association strongly supports hospital and health system policies that require all hospital employees and clinical team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. MHA recognizes that each hospital and health system is unique, but we encourage each to determine the appropriate time to implement a requirement. Clinical data has shown the COVID-19 vaccines to be extraordinarily safe and effective, and the vaccines are currently our best tool to prevent the spread of the disease. 

In Mississippi, more than 97% of recent COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths were among people not fully vaccinated. The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases as the Delta variant becomes increasingly pervasive. Hospital and health system employee vaccination against COVID-19 is vital to safely care for patients and fellow staff members.”

Timothy H. Moore
Mississippi Hospital Association