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Board Names NEW CEO & Chairman

Escambia County (AL) - Escambia County Healthcare Authority Names Chris Griffin Chief Executive Officer, Elects New Officers - Debbie Rowell Chairman.

As part of the ECHCA's recent reorganization of its health system, the Healthcare Authority has named Chris Griffin as the Chief Executive Officer of the ECHCA. In this new role Mr. Griffin will have the overall responsibility for all the Authority's operating entities; the Atmore Community Hospital including its clinics and home health agency, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital and its clinics, D.W. McMillan EMS and D.W. McMillan Home Medical Equipment.

Mr. Griffin has been a part of the ECHCA since 2003 serving as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Office of D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital and was named the hospital's administrator in July of 2008. Prior to joining D.W. McMillan, he served in several financial and leadership positions with Weyerhaeuser a local wood products manufacturer, Bellsouth Business Systems and the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. Mr. Griffin received his undergraduate degree in 1983 from the University of Alabama School Of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.

With Mr. Griffin vacating the Administrator's role at D.W. McMillan, the ECHCA will be naming a new Administrator for D.W. McMillan in the very near future.

The election of officers for the ECHCA Board was held at the Authority's recent meeting on March 28, 2019. Mrs. Debbie Rowell was elected as Charmain, replacing Mrs. Ruth Harrell; Mrs. Sharon Davidson was elected as Vice-Chairman, replacing Mrs. Debbie Rowell and Mrs. Nancy Lowrey was elected as the Treasurer, replacing Mr. Don Ward. Both Mrs. Harrell and Mr. Ward will continue to serve as board members for the ECHCA.

Mrs. Rowell has been serving on the board since 2013, as the district three (3) board appointment. Mrs. Rowell resides in Atmore where she is a real estate broker and the owner of Southern Real Estate in Atmore. Mrs. Sharon Davidson has been serving on the board since 2016, as the at large board appointment for the Brewton area. Mrs. Davidson resides in Brewton, she is a registered nurse and has previously served as a nursing instructor at Coastal Community College, Director at a local Hospice Agency and as a nurse at DW McMillan Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Lowrey has been serving on the board since 2009, as an at large board appointment for the Atmore area. Mrs. Lowrey resides in Atmore and is a founding partner of FS Advisors and serves as their President and CEO.

About Escambia County Healthcare Authority:
The Escambia County Healthcare Authority Board of Directors helps govern public healthcare in Escambia County, Alabama. The board is appointed by the Escambia County Commission. Included responsibilities for the board include D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital and its entities, Atmore Community Hospital (in coordination with Baptist Healthcare) and ownership of medical center buildings in Brewton and Flomaton.