Merit Health Central CEO moves on to suburban role within system: report

Troubled Jackson, Miss.-based Merit Health Central, which has closed a number of its operations in recent months, has now lost its CEO, according to a Jan. 30 report from Mississippi Today.

CEO David Henry left his post at the Jackson facility to take the reins at Merit Health Madison, the report said, which provides emergency and other services in Canton, about 25 miles from Jackson. Mr. Henry started the new position Jan. 30, according to the report.

Merit Health Central, which has incurred about $16 million in uninsured costs this year, shuttered its burn center in October, the only one in the state, and has also moved neonatal intensive care and cardiovascular services to the suburbs. The hospital, along with eight other Merit facilities in the state, is owned by health giant Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.

Mr. Henry's position at Merit Health Central will temporarily be taken over by the previous interim CEO at Merit Health Madison, Barry Moss, the report said. A national search is now underway for a permanent replacement, the health system said.

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