By GALEN HOLLEY
The University of Mississippi Medical Center officially took over administration of Grenada Lake Medical Center on Sunday, and the new interim CEO says that he’s looking for ways to make an already good hospital even better.
“This week I’m meeting with some of the senior leadership and physicians and listening to what they have to say,” said David Putt, who took over the reigns of the Grenada hospital Monday.
According to County Attorney Jay Gore III, the Grenada County Board of Supervisors, the Board of Trustees of GLMC and officials with UMMC signed the papers setting the lease in motion Friday.
“There are lots of opportunities here, and we want to focus on getting more patients,” said Putt. “We’re certainly glad to be here and we look forward to serving the needs of the community.”
UMMC spokesperson Jack Mazurak said Wednesday that the Grenada hospital could play a key role in developing the next wave of physicians in the state.
“One of the components of our mission is to train healthcare providers, and further down the road we expect to create residency positions in Grenada,” said Mazurak.
Mississippi has the fewest physicians per capita of any state, Mazurak said, and that’s why the school of medicine at UMMC has been increasing its number of students each year since 2004.
One-hundred-thirty-five students will graduate from the school of medicine in May, Mazurak said. Increasing numbers of students means more residency slots will be needed as they graduate, and partnerships like the one between UMMC and the Grenada hospital will play an important role in providing those slots, Mazurak said.
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