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Leadership

Executive Director

Dee Howard, RN-BSN

Administrative Assistant

Angie Carter

 

Executive Board Positions

President

Harper Stone, MD-St. Dominic (Central Region)

Vice President

Barry Bertolet, MD-North MS Medical Center (Northern Region)

Secretary/Treasurer

William (Bill) Evans, MD/PhD-SRHS Ocean Springs (South Region)

EMS Director

Clyde Deschamp, PhD-University of MS Medical Center (retired) (Central Region)

Marketing

Cindy Lynch Barth, RN-Independent-Merck (Central Region)

Member at Large

Bryan Barksdale, MD-University of MS Medical Center (Central Region)

 

Mississippi State Department of Health Committees

STEMI System Advisory Committee (SSAC) established by the Mississippi State Department of Health to provide guidance and technical advice in the implementation and execution of the state STEMI Plan

Regional Coordinators may sit on this committee

SSAC Committee-3 year term-meets quarterly

  1. Cardiology Co-Chair
    Harper Stone, MD-St. Dominic Hospital (Central Region)
  2. ED Co-Chair
    Richard Summers, MD-University of MS Medical Center (Central Region)
  3. Emergency Medicine Physician (one from each region)
    Jason Waller, MD- (Northern Region) Baptist Memorial Hospital-NM (North Region)
    VACANT (Central Region)
    Brett Kathmann, MD-Memorial @ Gulfport (Southern Region)
  4. Emergency Nursing (one from each region)
    Debra Cox-Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle (Northern Region)
    VACANT (Central Region)
    Margaret Shore- Memorial @ Gulfport (Southern Region)
  5. Hospital Administration (one from each region—at least one from Non-PCI center)
    Jason Coley-Magnolia Regional Health Center (Northern Region)
    Josh Hammons-Merit Health River Region (Central Region)
    Holly Rodriguez-Memorial @ Gulfport (Southern Region)
  6. Cardiologist (one from each region)
    Barry Bertolet, MD-North Mississippi Medical Center (Northern Region)
    Chris Waterer, MD-Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (Central Region)
    Bob Wilkins, MD-Forrest General Hospital (Southern Region)
  7. STEMI Nursing (one from each region—prefer cath lab or STEMI coordinator nurses)
    Cheryl Berry-Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto (Northern Region)
    Melissa Stampley-University of MS Medical Center (Central Region)
    Ginny Hudson-Forrest General Hospital (Southern Region)
  8. ACTION-GWTG Registry (one from each region)
    VACANT (Northern Region)
    Christy McGregor-St. Dominic Hospital (Central Region)
    Kim Cleland-Merit Health Wesley (Southern Region)
  9. EMS Provider (one from each region—at least one from Air)
    Jada Coker-Priority Ambulance (Northern Region)
    Donna Norris, MED-Com/Air Care-UMMC (Central Region)
    Kevin Smith, ASAP EMS (Southern Region)
  10. EMS Administration (one from each region)
    Leslie Duke-Southaven EMS (Northern Region)
    Bridget Watkins—Carthage Ambulance Service/LifeCare EMS (Central Region)
    Chuck Carter, AAA Ambulance (Southern Region)
  11. AHA Representative
    Kristen Isom
  12. Cardiovascular Surgery Representative
    VACANT

STEMI Regional Coordinators:
Keesha Medley: North Regional STEMI Coordinator
Melissa Stampley: Central Regional STEMI Coordinator
Ginny Hudson: Southern Regional STEMI Coordinator

 

STEMI PI Committee—responsible for PI (Performance Improvement) oversight of the STEMI system

Obligation to perform evaluation functions to assure that the highest level of care is being provided and that improvements are implemented whenever possible in a timely manner

Cardiology Chair

Bob Wilkins, MD-Forrest General Hospital (Southern Region)

Emergency Medicine Vice Chair

Richard Summers, MD-UMMC (Central Region)

Cardiologist (one from each region)

John King, MD-Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle (Northern Region)
William Campbell, MD-University of Mississippi Health Care (Central Region)
Paul Mullen, MD-Memorial @ Gulfport (Southern Region)

ED Physician (one from each region)

Jason Waller, MD-Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto (Northern Region)
VACANT (Central Region)
Brett Kathmann, MD-Memorial @ Gulfport (Southern Region)

Representative from each PCI hospital (minimum of one per region)

Northern Region (7)
BMH-Desoto (Southaven): Lisa Riley
BMH-Golden Triangle (Columbus): Kayla Pruitt
BMH-North MS (Oxford): Terri Tutor
Delta Regional Medical Center (Greenville): John Signa
Magnolia Regional Health Center (Corinth): Jason Coley
Methodist Olive Branch: Stacy Salter
North MS Medical Center (Tupelo): Rhonda Eaton

Central Region (7)
Anderson Regional Medical Center (Meridian): Dennis McDill
Baptist Health Systems Jackson: Chris Waterer or Terri Diffy/John Bellan, MD
Merit Health Central (Jackson): Michelle Dunn
Merit Health River Region: Josh Hammons
Rush Foundation (Meridian): Stacey Davidson
St. Dominic (Jackson): Christy McGregor
UMMC (Jackson): Melissa Stampley

Southern Region (6)
Forrest General Hospital (Hattiesburg): Ginny Hudson
Memorial Hospital @ Gulfport: Margaret Shore
Merit Health Wesley: Kim Cleland
Southwest Regional Medical Center (McComb): Kyle Bacot
SRHS Ocean Springs: Darrah Norsworthy
SRHS Pascagoula: Darrah Norsworthy

 

Non-PCI Hospital Representatives (minimum of one per region…must have working knowledge of ED treatment protocols)

Heather Reid, BMH-Union County (New Albany) (Northern Region)
Karl McCaffrey, River Oaks Hospital-Madison (Central Region)
Blake Munna, South Central Regional Medical Center (Southern Region)

EMS Representatives (minimum of 3)

Hospital-based EMS Provider
Ben Richards, NMMC- CareFlight (Northern Region)
VACANT Central Region)
Wyth Collins, SCRMC Laurel (Southern Region)

Non-hospital based EMS Provider
Christopher Ellis, CareMed EMS (Northern Region)
Ryan Wilson, American Medical Response (Central Region)
Chuck Carter, AAA Ambulance Service (Southern Region)

MS Stroke System Advisory Committee (MSAC) established by the Mississippi State Department of Health to provide guidance and technical advice in the implementation and execution of the  state Stroke Plan

Stroke Regional Coordinators may sit on this committee.

MSAC Committee-3 year term-meets quarterly

  1. Neurology Chair (neurologist; interventional neurologist/radiologist; neurosurgeon)
    Keith Jones, MD, Forrest General Hospital
  2. Emergency Medicine Physician (one from each region)
    Northern Region: Joshua Fenton, MD, BMH-DeSoto
    Central Region: James Kolb, MD, UMMC
    Southern Region: VACANT
  3. Emergency Nursing (one from each region)
    Northern Region: Laura Nikki Kelleway, NMMC
    Central Region: Shea Bishop, Merit Health Central
    Southern Region: Scott Scrimpshire, Merit Health Wesley
  4. Hospital Administration (one from each region—at least one from level 3 center)
    Northern Region: Alicia Grant, BMH-GT
    Central Region: Heather Sistrunk, Merit Health River Oaks
    Southern Region: Katie Schussler, Memorial @ Gulfport
  5. Neurologist (one from each region)
    Northern Region: Paul Bradley, MD, NMMC
    Central Region: Shreyas Gangadhara, MD, UMMC
    Southern Region: Bill Evans, MD PhD, SRHS
  6. Stroke Nursing (one from each region—Stroke coordinator nurses)
    Northern Region: Belinda Sanderson, BMH-GT
    Central Region: Teresa Ellerbusch, Baptist Medical Center
    Southern Region: Ashley Joyner, Memorial @ Gulfport
  7. Stroke-GWTG Registry (one from each region)
    Northern Region: VACANT
    Central Region: David Kiihnl, UMMC
    Southern Region: Vickie Buchanon, SRHS
  8. EMS Provider (one from each region—at least one from Air)
    Northern Region: Sam Marshall, UMMC Aircare
    Central Region: Mickee Ramsey, AMR
    Southern Region: VACANT
  9. EMS Administration (one from each region)
    Northern Region: David Grayson, CareMed EMS
    Central Region: Stephen Sutton, Pafford EMS/Pafford AirOne; Ryan Wilson, AMR
    Southern Region: Scott Stinson, AAA Ambulance
  10. AHA Representative
    Kristen Isom

Stroke Regional Coordinators:
Northern Regional Coordinator:  VACANT
Central Regional Coordinator:  Wendy Barrilleaux, DPT
Southern Regional Coordinator: Heather Suddduth, OTR/L

Stroke PI Committee—responsible for PI (Performance Improvement) oversight of the Stroke system

Obligation to perform evaluation functions to assure that the highest level of care is being provided and that improvements are implemented whenever possible in a timely manner

Neurology Chair: Ruth Fredericks, MD, St. Dominic

Emergency Medicine Vice Chair: Richard Summers, MD, UMMC

Neurologist (one from each region)

North Region: Paul Bradley, MD NMMC
Central Region: Adele Thiel, MD, Merit Health River Oaks
Shashank Shekhar, MD
Southern Region: Bill Evans, MD, PhD, SRHS

ED Physician (one from each region)

North Region: VACANT
Central Region: James Kolb, MD UMMC
Southern Region: VACANT

Representative from each stroke participating hospital (minimum of one per region)

Level 1:
St. Dominic (Jackson): Scott McPherson, MD
UMMC (Jackson): Neal Kiihnl, RN-BSN

Level 2:
Forrest General Hospital (Hattiesburg): Christy Lofton, RN
Greenwood Leflore: Jason Hill
Memorial @ Gulfport: Ashley Joyner, RN-MSN
Merit Health Wesley:  Scott Schrimpshire. RN
MS Baptist Health System (Jackson): Teresa Ellerbusch, RN
NMMC: Hannah Parker, RN
Singing River Health System (Pascagoula/Ocean Springs: Heather Sudduth, OTR/L

Level 3 Representatives by Region:
North Region:
BMH-GT (Columbus):  Jackie Norris, RN
BMH-DeSoto:  Sam Fitzpatrick

Central Region:
Merit Health River Oaks: Heather Sistrunk, RN

Southern Region:
SW MS Regional Med Center (McComb):  Annette Thomas

EMS Representatives (minimum of 3)

Hospital-based EMS Provider
Northern Region: Todd Shettles, NMMC Eupora
Central Region: Clyde Deschamp, UMMC
Southern Region: VACANT

Non-hospital based EMS Provider
Northern Region: Suzanne James, AirEvac
Central Region: Stan Alford, MedStat EMS
Southern Region: Tyler Blalock, Rural Rapid Response

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