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Merit Health Wesley recognizes employees of the month

Merit Health Wesley recognized two individuals who were nominated by their peers as Employee of the Month. Megan Smith is the Manager for the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Merit Health Wesley and was named Non-Clinical Employee of the Month. Smith has been with the hospital for more than ten years. “Megan takes ownership in making sure our department has what ...

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Group wants to use former hospital for psychiatric facility

A non-profit organization in Mississippi wants to repurpose a former hospital to provide behavioral and mental health services. A Clear Path: Southwest Mississippi Behavioral Health was planning to establish a crisis stabilization unit at the old Natchez Community Hospital, The Natchez Democrat reported. Patients who are not criminals are temporarily held at the Adams County Jail until they can be taken to ...

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State’s banking industry trying to recruit more young people

By NASH NUNNERY Like other business sectors, the banking industry is struggling to recruit and retain young people. Between the financial crisis of 2008 and negative headlines about ethical missteps, it’s become harder to attract the next generation of professionals to banking. Mississippi Bankers Association president and CEO Gordon Fellows said the banking industry faces plenty of challenges when it ...

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New adult hospitals CEO continues UMMC journey to excellence

Patient safety and quality, excellence in hospital operations and financial stability in health care are all important in Britt Crewse’s book. As the new chief executive officer of the adult hospitals at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he’s detailing performance goals in each of those areas to further the health care enterprise’s commitment to patients statewide. “We have scorecards ...

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Hancock Whitney promotes Mike Otero as company’s chief risk officer

Michael Otero, a Hancock Whitney executive vice president with 32-plus years of leadership experience in financial services audit, compliance, and risk management, is the company’s new Chief Risk Officer. Otero, who came to Hancock Whitney in 2013 as Chief Internal Auditor, was most recently the 120-year-old bank’s Deputy Chief Risk Officer. Mike succeeds Hancock Whitney’s former CRO, Joe Schwertz, who will ...

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Mitchell joins BankPlus Real Estate Group

BankPlus recently announced the addition of Lee Mitchell to the Commercial Real Estate Group in Mobile as Executive Vice President & Chief Real Estate Officer. Mitchell joins BankPlus with over 25 years of banking experience. His most recent position was Executive Vice President at Trustmark Bank, where he oversaw Commercial Real Estate for the Gulf South Region and served as ...

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Case named research analyst officer for Community Bank

Olivia Case has recently been named Research Analyst Officer. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, Case recently served as Research Analyst and has been in banking for a year and a half. In her new role, Case will continue to perform research on special projects for the bank’s senior management team. Case is a graduate of Mississippi College with both a ...

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Eric Wiggins named project manager At The Washington County Economic Alliance

The Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) has announced the appointment of Eric Wiggins as the new Project Manager. Wiggins is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Science in Economic Development from the Trent Lott Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. Most recently, he interned at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in the ...

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Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi announces new board leadership

Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi recently selected new officers and members to its Board of Directors.   Officers are: Chair: Shelby Fox – Director of Operations, Knight Nonprofit Center Chair-Elect: Angie Juzang – Director of Marketing, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Treasurer: Jonathan Woodward – EVP Teaching & Learning, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Secretary: Allison Mitchell – VP of HR, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Past Chair: Guy Johnson – ...

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Johnson named VP for Community Bank

Teresa Johnson has recently been named Vice President. A native of Amory, Mississippi, Johnson recently served as Assistant Vice President and has been in banking for thirty-two years, all of which have been with Community Bank. In her new role, Johnson will continue to oversee the Deposit Administration Department, as well as, oversee reviews and reporting for Community Banks North ...

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