New CEO says hospital can thrive

Staff Writer

William “Bill” Buck has been named the new interim CEO for the University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada, and he spent the first full week in the city settling in and preparing to head the hospital.
On Monday, Buck was announced the interim CEO at the hospitals in Grenada and Holmes County.
He will serve, pending the hiring of a permanent leader to succeed Don Hutson, who recently accepted another post after leading the two hospitals for almost two years.
“This is a marvelous facility, and it’s in good shape,” Buck said. “The staff and employees here are great and just super to work with.”
As interim, Buck said he does not plan to be in Grenada for an extended period of time as the recruitment process to hire a new CEO has already begun.
“I understand that the job has already been posted,” Buck said. “I’m here to help keep things going.”
Buck has more than 25 years of senior health system leadership experience with proven results in business optimization and financial stabilization, according to UMMC headquarters in Jackson.
“He is a strategic, proactive leader with the ability to rapidly assess organizational processes, solve complex fiscal and operational challenges, and develop and improve board, medical staff and management teams,” said Kevin Cook, Health System CEO.
Over the past two decades, Buck has served more than two dozen hospitals as their interim leader, shepherding their staffs and overseeing growth and service improvements.

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