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Published in This Week on February 10, 2014

Putt primed to lead UMMC-Grenada, Lexington

David PuttDavid Putt, an experienced hospital executive who has run health-care organizations large and small, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Medical Center's community hospitals in Grenada and Lexington.

The appointments will take effect March 1 and April 1, respectively.

Formerly a health network relationships advisor to the vice chancellor for health affairs, Putt has been serving as interim CEO of the former Grenada Lake Medical Center since UMMC began managing the facility in September 2013. UMMC entered a long-term lease to operate the hospital - renamed UMMC Grenada - earlier this month.

UMMC has owned Holmes County Hospital and Clinics in Lexington since 2000.

Putt has a long history in health-care management, including 11 years - three as CEO - in senior leadership positions with UMMC's adult hospitals in Jackson. During his 19 years with UMMC, Putt also has served as CEO of the hospital and clinics in Lexington.

"David Putt knows what it takes to run a successful hospital," said Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. "Everywhere he's been, he's earned the loyalty of employees and the confidence of the medical staff.

"He's the right person at the right time to lead these two hospitals that are so vital to their communities."

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