By Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – North Mississippi Medical Center’s new leader will leave next week to take over the top spot at the Mississippi Hospital Association.
Tim Moore, who formally took the reins of North Mississippi Health Services’ flagship Tupelo hospital in mid-July, confirmed Friday he will be the new president and chief executive of the hospital association, representing the interests of more than 100 health care organizations.
“It’s an opportunity for me to have a lasting effect on health care in Mississippi,” Moore said. “I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities, and we have plenty of both.”
He will succeed current hospital association president and chief executive Sam Cameron, who will serve as president emeritus until June 2014 as he prepares for retirement, said Mississippi Hospital Association spokeswoman Shawn Rossi.
It’s the kind of position that only comes open once in a hospital leader’s career, said Moore, who will transition from his role in Tupelo next week and start in Jackson on Sept. 2.
Moore said he didn’t seek out the role because he was unhappy or dissatisfied at NMMC-Tupelo. When he was tapped to replace the departing Steve Altmiller, he was the first president pulled from the NMMC family in more than 30 years.
“This is the most amazing health system in this region,” said Moore, who served as the vice president for community hospitals and as administrator at NMMC-West Point. “I would have loved to have been a part of that.”
The 48-year-old Moore, a native of Forest, has a 27-year career in health care. He has served in leadership roles with Rush Health System in Meridian and the Greenwood-LeFlore Hospital in addition to his work with North Mississippi Health Services. He will have to step down from his position as chairman-elect of the Mississippi Hospital Association board; no decision has been made on how the elected position will be filled.
A search is under way for a new president for NMMC-Tupelo.