GLH officer passionate about efficiency

By BRYN STOLE

A career in medicine has brought Dodie McElmurray from  a nursing career to hospital administration.

McElmurray, 39, began work as the chief operating officer at Greenwood Leflore Hospital on Feb. 17.

Before joining the administration at GLH, McElmurray spent the previous 12 years working at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, most recently as administrator for clinical services.

Originally a nurse by training, McElmurray said her interests and talents gradually led her to pursue a career in hospital administration.

“I’m a nurse by background, and I just sort of fell into it over time,” McElmurray said. “I enjoy the operations side of health care — how to improve care, improve efficiency. That’s a passion I have.”

She said she was eager to join the hospital’s administration, stressing that she saw important opportunities at the hospital.

“I think this hospital has some great potential moving forward,” McElmurray said.

“We offer a great complement of services. It’s a great community hospital that is supported by the community, and it’s a great leadership team here.”

Her new position has also brought McElmurray back to the Delta.

A native of Belzoni, McElmurray earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Delta State University in Cleveland and began her career as an emergency room nurse at North Sunflower Medical Center in Ruleville.

“We’re excited,” said McElmurray, whose husband, Chip, grew up in Indianola. “We were ready to come back.”

After just over two months on the job, McElmurray said she was excited to contribute to the important work that Greenwood Leflore Hospital is doing in the community.

“The quality of care is as good here as anywhere else that you’ll find, and I think that when you have that base, you can grow most anything,” she said.