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Interim chief exec. officer impressed with hospital

Interim King’s Daughters Medical Center Chief Executive OfficerGlenn Davis met members of the hospital’s board of trustees andLincoln County supervisors Tuesday during a reception in theCrowley Room.

“You won’t have a problem finding a CEO to come in here. Youhave a beautiful hospital and the right mix of people,” Davis saidafter taking a tour of the hospital and meeting with the managementstaff. “I think you have a very bright future.”

Davis will manage the health care facility until a permanentreplacement for former CEO Phillip Grady can be found, a processthat is likely to take months. Grady’s last day at the hospital wasJan. 26.

Davis was contracted for the temporary position by Quorum HealthResources, a national management company tasked with providing theCEO for the hospital.

Chip Holmes, QHR regional vice president, said the company hasbegun the process of initiating a search for a replacement forGrady.

The first step, he said, is to post the job opening anddescription on national and regional listings. The position hasalready been posted on QHR’s internal list and will soon appear onthe Mississippi Hospital Association list, which both reach anational audience.

The search committee will wait 30 to 45 days before beginning towhittle down the candidates to the few who will come to Brookhavenfor interviews with the committee and the hospital’s board ofdirectors.

“This search is important to the community and the hospital, andwe want to get everyone involved as much as we can,” Holmessaid.

He estimated the entire search process could take from three tofive months.

“You don’t want to go too fast, but you don’t want to go tooslow, either,” Holmes said. “We want to find the right person forthis hospital and this community. This is an amazing hospital. Theraw resources for excellence are right here.”