Leadership

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Scott Christensen

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Christensen was named CEO of King’s Daughters Medical Center in August of 2022. Christensen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. His career has been defined by his innovative response to changes in the healthcare landscape and by his marked success in varied settings, including rural healthcare and small community hospitals, large urban hospitals, and system-based healthcare.  He joins KDMC after a career in various senior leadership roles with hospitals, medical centers, and physician practices in the Mississippi delta, the gulf coast of Florida, and central Illinois.

He is committed to achieving financial and quality outcomes for his facilities, chiefly through investing back into a hospital’s greatest asset – its employees and caregivers – and through fulfilling its mission to improve the quality of life for the surrounding area.

Christensen was born and raised in a small Midwestern town on the Mississippi River, where he was taught the values of family, education, and hard work alongside the importance of community leadership and adherence to the quality of his own moral character.

Christensen is currently Chairman of the Mississippi Hospital Association. He has been honored by his peers as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has earned statewide recognition as a Community Legend and Top CEO (twice). He has also been published in the Healthcare Financial Management Association for his strategic planning efforts in a challenging market. Christensen is active in the industry and communities he serves through various healthcare and community boards, the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Mississippi Trauma Care System, Chamber & Economic Alliance, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Rotary Club.

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Ronny Humes

Chief Financial Officer

Ronny Humes joined King’s Daughters Medical Center as Chief Financial Officer in August 2020. He is primarily responsible for the finances and financial stability of the hospital and clinical system. Humes is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association, MHA Medicaid Advisory Committee and has served on the MHA Legislative Committee, Myraid Health ACO Board, and as a member of MS True.”

Mr. Humes came to KDMC with over 4 decades of executive and administrative experience in healthcare finance. Most recently he served at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS as their Chief Executive Officer 2013-2019 and Chief Operating officer 2008-2013. He also served as a Regional Vice-President with Quorum Health Resources for over a decade.

Mr. Humes earned his Bachelors in Accounting from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Outside of work, Ronny enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys following the University of Kentucky - Big Blue athletics.

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Jeffrey Ross, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Director of Inpatient Medicine and Chief of Staff

Dr. Jeffrey Ross, a hospitalist and emergency medicine physician, serves as Chief Medical Officer and Director of Inpatient Medicine at King's Daughters Medical Center. As CMO, he is the liaison between administration and medical staff, collaborating on the needs of the hospital. As Director of Inpatient Medicine, he oversees the hospitalist program and communicates with other physicians to coordinate continued care and treatment plans while also providing inpatient care to critical care patients.

A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Ross was in private practice in Brookhaven for approximately 10 years before he started working in the KDMC Emergency Department as the unit's Director. He developed the hospitalist program at KDMC in 2003 and continues his role as its Director.

Dr. Ross received his medical degree at completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He performed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Kentucky. He began practicing medicine in 1990.

Originally from Whitfield, Mississippi, he and his wife, Susan, enjoy being part of the Brookhaven community where they have raised their family of three children.

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Tom Hood

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Hood joined King's Daughters Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer in 2013. He is primarily responsible for the day-to-day operations for the hospital and clinics and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Hood came to KDMC with extensive executive and administrative management experience. His previous positions include Vice President Support Services, Assistant Administrator of Operations, Executive Director of Heart and Vascular Program, Interim Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. He was also an officer in the Army Medical Service Corps.

Mr. Hood earned his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and his Master of Business Administration at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.

He is active in the Brookhaven community through his membership in the Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church. Mr. Hood is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Outside of work, he spends time with his wife, Susan, and their two daughters. He also enjoys traveling to sporting events, fishing, and projects around the house.

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Jaymie Heard, DNP, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Jaymie Heard, DNP, RN, became Chief Nursing Officer in August 2022. Jaymie has been with KDMC since August 2006 and has served as Director of Inpatient Nursing since February 2008.

He attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he obtained his BSN, Masters in Nursing with an emphasis in Leadership, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Jaymie is active with the Mississippi Hospital Association, where he has served as President of the MHA Nurse Executive Committee and on the Board of the MHA Healthcare Quality Committee. He is also a member of the Mississippi and American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Jaymie’s wife Amy is also in healthcare as a radiology tech at KDMC Medical Clinic. They have one son, Jackson. They reside in Wesson and are active members of Clear Branch Baptist.

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Carl Smith

Chief Information Officer

Carl Smith joined King's Daughters Medical Center in 1994, starting as the Data Processing Manager, then Information Systems Director before being named Chief Information Officer. In his current position, he is responsible for all Information Systems including computing, mobility, telecommunications, networking and infrastructure, information security and regulations, and providing direction and vision for technology at KDMC.

Mr. Smith's leadership philosophy is to put God first in all things, serve others with love and compassion, and aim for excellence in everything we do. He is avid in learning about new technologies and quality improvement. Under his IT leadership, KDMC was named a 2016 Most Wired Hospital using technology for a better patient experience.

Mr. Smith is active with numerous professional, community, and church boards and advisory committees including the Technology Advisory Committee with Co-Lin and the Mississippi Scholars Program. He also speaks at various community clubs and events about technology and information security.

He holds an associate's degree in computer technology and a Bachelor in Applied Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Smith also received his Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) certification.

Mr. Smith and his wife, Malisia, enjoy church activities and spending time together with their son, who is attending Mississippi College.

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Clyde Sbravati

Chief Compliance Officer

Clyde Sbravati joined the KDMC management team in 1991 as Director of Pharmacy. He assumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer in July of 2020.  As Chief Compliance Officer, Sbravati is responsible for developing policies and procedures to ensure KDMC is compliant with all applicable federal and state laws governing the medical center.  He has been instrumental in leading the organization’s standards of conduct putting an emphasis on the values established by our mission to always provide quality health and wellness in a Christian environment to our community.

“Growing up in a rural area in north Mississippi, I recognized early the importance of healthcare team members working together.  The town physician and the local pharmacist worked well together to meet the needs of our small community.  My career has always been dedicated to developing healthcare programs that promote cooperative efforts among healthcare team members to provide safe and fiscally sound patient care. “

Mr. Sbravati has served several roles during his tenure with KDMC. He has worked as Division Manager for Ancillary Services which included Pharmacy, Material Management, Clinical Laboratory Services, Radiology, Cardiopulmonary Services, and Emergency Medical Services.  Recently he served in a position responsible for managing the Pharmacy, Material Management, and as the Organization’s Safety Officer.

Prior to his work at KDMC, Mr. Sbravati was the director of the Drug Information Services and Coordinator of the Pharmacy Computer Systems, Pharmacokinetics Services, and Quality Assurance programs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson Mississippi. While there he held positions of Assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy services with the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and served on the Board of the Medical Center’s Poison Control Center.

He is a member of the Mississippi Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and served as President of that organization as well as Continuing Education Coordinator for several years. He is also a member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, American Society of Healthcare Engineers, Mississippi hospital Association and Mississippi Pharmacist Association.