Friday, November 26, 2021

Gov Appoints Two to Board of Health

 The Mississippi State Department of Health issue the following statement.

 James Patrick “Pat” Chaney, MD, of Amory, and Lee Ann Griffin, PharmD, of Jackson, have both been recently sworn in as new members of the Mississippi State Board of Health after being appointed by Governor Tate Reeves.  

Dr. Chaney, a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) since 1986. He is past secretary/treasurer, vice chair, and chair of the Mississippi Section of ACOG, and also served as the past chair of District VII’s Council of Section Chairs Committee in 2012. 


He is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, a current diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, and is an active staff physician at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus, and at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory, where he has also served as past chief of staff. He currently practices at Physicians & Surgeons Clinic in Amory. 


“I am a native Mississippian, and I love this state and its people. I hope that through this position on the State Board of Health I can have a positive impact on the health of all Mississippians," said Dr. Chaney. 


Griffin received her undergraduate degree and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently employed by Pfizer, where she has worked in a variety of capacities, including a Medical Outcomes Specialist and the Medical Outcomes Specialist team leader of the Gulf Coast/Plains regions.  


She has also served as Director of Quality Improvement for Magnolia Health, National Medical Liaison for Valeritas, Inc., and as the past president of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Board of Directors. She was appointed to the Mississippi Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Board in 2011 to work on the development of the “One, Mississippi” health plan. 


“I believe in the power of Mississippians to improve our collective health. Everyone knows the multitude of challenges we face. There are no simple answers to our problems, but I want to be part of the team determining the solutions. I am honored to be appointed by Governor Reeves and look forward to my time on the Board,” said Griffin. 



Anonymous said...

Very glad to see they appointed two graduates of Harvard and Johns Hopkins to the board instead of the usual UMMC grads.

Anonymous said...

"She is currently employed by Pfizer,"

Things that make you go hmmmmm

Diddywahdiddy said...


That statement is an oxymoron, a "double negative", whatever you wish. Having been a practicing "Health Professional" after UMC and residency/fellowship out of state...the "Magnolia" version of Medicaid is the absolute worst as far as response time, obtaining approval for appropriate diagnostic/therapeutic interventions. Don't even get me started on re-imbursement...80-90% of Medicaid allowable, sometimes up to 110%...but still too little to cover costs of running a practice.
Good God, what an absolute joke of a "health insurance". I continue to have to deal with "Magnolia" only because referring clinicians opt to accept it...and none of us have had any "reasonable and timely" experiences with Magnolia Medicaid. Another bureaucrat on our Board of Health who hasn't had to run their own business, but employed by out of state insurers (Magnolia!!) and employed by Pfizer...and none of those of us who have had to deal with "Mag" have noticed any acceptance of responsibility for the poor re-imbusemts and continued untimely delays in requests for appropriate care. OMG.

Anonymous said...

Pat’s a good guy. I went to school with him and know his wife also. He will do the right thing. Good pick. We need more people like Pat making decisions

Anonymous said...

Hey 7:48, sdo you realize that your entire comment has absolutely nothing to do with the Department of Health?

Your bitches about Medicaid, its approval times, its approval rates, everything - is a factor controlled by either the Department of Medicaid (which is not the Department of Health) of the tightly controlled rules of the Department that is put into state statute by the legislature.

Mississippi's Medicaid rules are controlled almost entirely by state legislatute - we have the most legislatively controlled rates, inclusions, etc. of all the fifty states. But, that's beside the pont.

Your bitching about who is on the Board of Health while bitching about Medicaid times, payments, and everything else does nothing but show your absolute ignorance. Hope you are not practicing medicine, but if you are, please let us all know so that we won't cross your threshold looking for adequate medical care.

Anonymous said...

Dobbs will continue to call the shots (pun intended).

Anonymous said...

Lee Ann is smart and conservative. Her stint at Magnolia was crazy short bc it was not a good fit. She will be a voice of reason on the Board of Health alongside Jim Perry.

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