Newcomer says he ‘fell in love’ with Greenwood

Newcomer says he ‘fell in love’ with Greenwood

By RUTHIE ROBISON
Lifestyles Editor | Posted: Monday, January 4, 2016 2:00 pm

Tylertown native Alex Langhart said he is feeling right at home in Greenwood.

The 25-year-old moved to the Delta about five months ago after being hired as the director of clinical operations at Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

“I like Greenwood,” Langhart said. “I went to Parklane Academy, so we used to come up here and play Pillow all the time. I knew a little bit of Greenwood. Of course when I got here, I fell in love.”

His job at the hospital is his first — other than an internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford — out of graduate school at the University of Mississippi.

“I was looking for my first job, and I’ve always been interested in the clinical side of health care,” he said. “I kind of wanted to branch out, and this opportunity came up.”

At Ole Miss, Langhart received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in biology and a master’s degree in health care administration.

 As the director of clinical operations, Langhart is responsible for making sure 21 of the hospital’s clinics are running smoothly each day.

“I make sure that there are no bottlenecks in our work flows and that everything is working right,” he said.

Going from academics and his internship to being fully engulfed in the health-care field was a transition, but he has enjoyed it, he said.

“It’s been a crash course in everything health care, but I’ve really had a great team around me and a great supervisor and just great resources,” he said. “I’ve learned so much in a short time span that I feel like I’m in it, and I’m hitting the ground running.”

When he’s not at work, Langhart is spending time with his chocolate Labrador retriever, Maverick.

“I take him up and down Grand (Boulevard), and he loves it,” said Langhart. “It’s a very dog-friendly community here, and he’s adjusted well.”

He’s also a big Ole Miss football fan and recently purchased a telescope for his newfound hobby of stargazing.

Langhart has also brought some spunk to Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

“I started wearing crazy socks to work, and it started in administration, and now they are all wearing them, so I feel that I brought funky socks to this hospital,” he said. “Now on Mondays, we have our leadership development. … That’s turned into ‘Show Your Socks’ Monday, so whoever has the best ones wins. It’s just for bragging rights, but it’s hilarious.”

Although Langhart has been a Greenwood resident for only a short time, he said he has never felt like a stranger.

“Everywhere I went, everyone remembered my name somehow. I’ve never been in any place that was like that, and I just felt like I was home,” he said.

Contact Ruthie Robison at  581-7233 or rrobison@gwcommonwealth.com.