NMMC-Tupelo finds new president in New Mexico

TUPELO – After nearly a year without a president, North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo has a new leader.
Steve Altmiller, who has served for the past decade as chief executive at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M., has taken over as president of the 650-bed flagship hospital of the North Mississippi Health Services system.
“His work philosophy is a good fit for our organization’s cultural values, servant leadership and balanced scorecard approach,” John Heer, North Mississippi Health Services president and chief executive, said in a statement released Monday.
Altmiller, who started work Aug. 3, takes over the position held by Chuck Stokes, who left Tupelo in August 2008 to become the chief operations officer of the 14-hospital Memorial-Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas.
“This is a proven team that practices excellence in quality, service and community,” Altmiller said in a statement. “There are only a handful of Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award recipients, and I am excited about joining this one.”
Like NMMC-Tupelo, the not-for-profit San Juan Regional serves a large rural area – the Four Corners region of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.
During Altmiller’s tenure, San Juan Regional has been a growing hospital, adding 72 beds in 2006, another 20 in 2008 and a new cancer center in 2009.
Altmiller is a certified public accountant who has a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Alabama. Before his tenure in New Mexico, Altmiller served as an executive with Tenet Healthcare, working at for-profit hospitals in Texas, Alabama and South Carolina.
Altmiller, who is a novice triathlete, comes to Tupelo with his wife, Ginny. The couple has two grown children.
Contact Michaela Gibson Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@djournal.com.

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

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