George Regional Health System Welcomes New CEO
George Regional Health System (GRHS) welcomed a new Chief Executive Officer in January—Greg Havard. Havard brings more than 18 years of healthcare experience to the growing health system which includes two hospitals, two nursing homes, and five medical clinics. Havard comes to GRHS from Gulfport Memorial Hospital where he served a dual role of Financial Controller and President of Memorial Physician Corporation (Managed Care Division). Prior to that, he was CEO of Pioneer Community Hospital of Early County, Georgia.
Having held diverse positions in the healthcare industry, Havard’s experience includes X-ray and CT Technologist, Manager of CT and MRI, Manager and later Director of Business Development, as well as Director of Finance and Support Services for clinic operations. “I’ve had the opportunity to serve in a number of different settings within the healthcare industry and that broad experience has given me a unique perspective on healthcare. I believe my experience will mesh well with George Regional Health System and the community” Havard adds.
Havard’s philosophy on achieving and sustaining a successful healthcare system starts with: Compliance (state and federal regulations), Quality, and Customer Satisfaction. “Attaining success in these three areas provides us a small opportunity to succeed in the larger area of customer perception; after all, our quality of care ranks as high our higher than other healthcare providers but a customer’s perception of our care is what motivates them to utilize our services instead of going elsewhere.”
As a native and life-long resident of George County, Havard understands how important this health system is to the community. “Our healthcare system will not only serve the healthcare needs of our residents but it will also serve as an economic engine to fuel growth and prosperity for our families and friends in the community,” he emphasizes.
Havard and his wife Shay have two daughters, Faith (12) and Ella (9). “I was actually born at this hospital and have remained a lifelong resident of the county ever since. I’m looking forward to serving alongside our staff and I’m confident our healthcare system has a bright future ahead of it.”
Faye McNeill Named Volunteer of the Year
Long-time volunteer and President of the Auxiliary at George Regional Hospital, Ms. Faye McNeill was named Volunteer of the Year by the Mississippi Hospital Association. Since 1998, when the Auxiliary was first formed, Faye has led the volunteers who selflessly give their time and energy five days a week.
"The Auxiliary was first formed by Linda Holland and Millie Whilhite. They insisted I be the president and I've been here ever since," explains Faye. The volunteers have many jobs throughout the hospital—from assisting patients and family to different departments throughout the hospital, to delivering flowers, to serving coffee as families wait for their loved ones, and even supplying pediatric patients with toys and coloring books. "It's a blessing being able help the doctors and nurses with their patients," Faye adds. "And the hospital makes us feel so special. They feed us a wonderful lunch each day, provide us with free flu shots, and we have a special luncheon every April."
In 2013, the 30 plus active volunteers gave over 10,000 hours of volunteer service.
Throughout its 16 year history, Auxiliary members have raised thousands of dollars for much-needed equipment and services which have touched thousands of patients and their families. They host bake sales, book fairs, and sell cook books to raise funds.Since 1998, the Auxiliary has provided:
- Monitors for the Emergency Room
- A power lift and converter chair for surgery
- Wheel chairs
- Rocking chairs for the nursery and recovery room
- Recliners for the intensive care unit
- Toys for pediatric patients
Their most recent gift to the hospital was three CPR mannequins—a toddler, a child, and an adult—which are used to teach the community life-saving skills. “We have a great group," Faye says proudly “The time we spend at this hospital is such a fellowship for us—we definitely receive as much as we give."