East Texas hospital snags NMMC-Tupelo leader

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – After four years leading North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo, Steve Altmiller is headed back west.
The NMMC-Tupelo president will leave July 15 to become the president chief executive of Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas.
“Steve has done an excellent job here, and he will be sorely missed,” said John Heer, chief executive for North Mississippi Health Services.
Altmiller joined NMMC-Tupelo in August 2009 after serving as chief executive at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. During his tenure, he has earned the respect of physicians and hospital staf members, said Dr. Ronny Young, NMMC-Tupelo chief of the medical staff.
“Steve works hard daily to make NMMC a better place to work and a top-notch hospital for patients,” Young said. “He has been outstanding in his ability to deal with many complex issues to seek resolutions that keep patient care as a top priority.”
The move back to Texas brings Altmiller back to familiar territory. His career has included hospitals in Port Arthur, Texas, and Houston.
“I certainly agree with his decision to move closer to family and wish him the best of luck in his new role,” Heer said.
The Good Shepherd system includes a 425-bed regional referral center in Longview, a 149-bed community hospital in Marshall, Texas, and a 25-bed critical access hospital in Linden, Texas.
“Longview, Texas, will be getting a man of great character,” Young said.
NMMC-Tupelo will not be the only hospital in the region hunting for a new leader. Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth will be searching for a new chief executive when current leader Rick Napper steps down on July 12 to take over Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.
Altmiller is the second high-level departure from North Mississippi Health Services since the hospital system won the prestigious 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award. Karen Koch, administrator of organization performance, accepted a new position earlier this spring.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com