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Mims named chief operating officer at Effingham Hospital
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Effingham Hospital Chief Executive Officer Norma Jean Morgan announced that the board has approved a staff reorganization plan and several promotions that are aligned with the growth and expansion of services under way.

One of the most notable staff appointments includes naming Tammy Mims as chief operating officer.  Mims joined Effingham Hospital in April as physician services administrator.

In her new role as COO, she will continue to work closely with all of the organization’s provider practices, as well as provide oversight to all revenue generating areas.

“Mrs. Mims has accepted the position with a wealth of healthcare experience from both the clinical and administrative perspectives with a career spanning over 30 years,” Morgan said. “She has proven to be an outstanding addition to our team.”

Prior to joining Effingham Hospital, Mims was an active respiratory care professional with many years of clinical experience.

She also held several administrative positions in healthcare to include director of occupational medical services, vice-president of CareOne, vice president of CareOne and Managed Care, senior vice president of hospital operations and vice president of ancillary services with Memorial Health in Savannah.

Other staff appointments include naming Vicky Little as executive director of support services, an expansion of her role as director of human resources, Mary Pizzino as executive director of informatics and quality data management, and Marie (Mimi) Livingstone as newly appointed executive director of clinical outcomes and development, a new position for the Effingham Hospital organization. Ed Brown will continue on as chief financial officer and Morgan will continue as chief executive officer and nursing home administrator.

“We are a growing organization and this growth brings more complexity in our operations,” said Tommy Exley, vice chairman and director of finance for the Effingham  Hospital Authority. “This positive shift is an important next step for our future and we feel so fortunate to have these seasoned professionals working on behalf of our community.”

In January, Effingham Hospital broke ground on its $30 million hospital modernization project. This past April, the hospital’s Board of Trustees also announced that it will officially change the name of the organization to Effingham Health System once the modernization project is deemed complete, scheduled to occur during the latter part of January 2012.  Follow the Effingham Hospital modernization project at