By ALAN TURNER
After serving as CEO for Merit Health’s Central Mississippi facilities, Steve Dobbs has been promoted to CEO for all of Merit’s operations throughout the state of Mississippi.
Dobbs is relatively new to Mississippi, arriving in 2015 after a career spanning decades in health care in Oklahoma, Florida, and Kansas.
“I’m extremely excited about this new opportunity,” he said in a recent conversation. “I will now be responsible for six new markets in Mississippi, and for me, this is a dream opportunity.”
As he sees it, this will enable the Merit facilities in Mississippi to operate “more efficiently, and with better shared resources.”
“The bottom line for me is always the delivery of quality of health care for our patients and their families,” he said. “The more we can employ best practices among our facilities, the better for all.”
Dobbs will be responsible for 12 hospitals, 120 physician practices, and more than 7000 employees in Mississippi. This clearly places him among the top CEO’s in the state, and in terms of the number of facilities, Merit ranks as the largest health care provider in Mississippi.
Dobbs said he’s been spending time getting to know the new facilities and the people who serve in those operations.
“I’m very proud of our team,” he said. “After all, it’s the professionals who work with us who are responsible for delivering quality care.”
Merit’s hospitals range in size from 67-462 licensed beds, with the largest being Merit Central.
Since coming to Mississippi, Dobbs has become active in a number of community and business groups, including the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership and the Mississippi Economic Council. He is also an active member of the Mississippi Business Group on Health and Madison County Business League and Foundation.
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