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Don Hutson takes UMMC post

Don Hutson

Don Hutson

Corinth native and veteran health-care administrator Don Hutson has been named chief executive officer of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada and University of Mississippi Medical Center Holmes County in Lexington.

Hutson, currently Medical Center director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Marion, Ill., is replacing CEO David Putt, who will retire in June. Hutson will oversee operations at UMMC Holmes County, licensed for 25 beds, and UMMC Grenada, licensed for 156 beds.

Hutson holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Mississippi and received his master of healthcare administration from Baylor University. He served in the Army from 1985-2006, including service in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

Medical Center director of the Marion hospital since 2013, Hutson managed an annual budget in excess of $300 million and led a medium-sized rural health care system including a Health Care Center in Evansville, nine community-based outpatient clinics, and three administrative and clinical annexes.

Hutson was administrator and chief executive officer of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford from 2008-12 and administrator and chief executive officer of the Union City hospital from 2006-08. From 2003-06, he was chief operating officer of Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Ga.

From 2000-2003, he served as chief operating officer for the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Tokyo, which provides primary and specialty care for the 12,000 federal health system beneficiaries in greater Tokyo.

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