Meridian Star

February 23, 2014

Business Beat

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The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Great Southern National Bank promotes Sykes

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    Great Southern National Bank has announced the promotion of Dancy D. Sykes to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, according to Jeff McCoy, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    A resident of Meridian, Sykes is a graduate of Meridian High School and Mississippi State University. She became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1984 and began her financial career with Great Southern National Bank in 1987 as Vice President and Accounting Manager. She has served as Chief Financial Officer since 1993.    

    Sykes is a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Meridian, Meridian Chapter No. 11, Order of the Eastern Star, Pushmataha Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Lauderdale Association of Women Shooters.  

    Sykes is a supporter of the American Cancer Society through Great Southern National Bank’s Relay for Life team. She and her husband, Brad, attend First Baptist Church of Meridian, where she has served on the Finance Committee and Music Program with choir and hand bells.

    Great Southern National Bank, originally founded in 1902 as Bank of Quitman, holds assets totaling over $266 million and has over 120 employees that operate 13 retail banking locations in Meridian, Decatur, Quitman, Pachuta, Enterprise, Waynesboro and Hattiesburg.   

Bell Joins ARMC

as Chief Medical Officer

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    Anderson Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of William Scot Bell, MD, JD, MMM, FACP, FAIHQ, CPE as Chief Medical Officer.

    “Dr. Bell’s vast knowledge, expertise and experience will be invaluable to the Anderson Team,” said L. Ray Humphreys, President and CEO. “His close relationship with the medical staff and the executive staff will provide an innovative partnership that will further increase ARMC’s ability to serve this community.”

    Bell is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1989. Bell completed an internship in Categorical Internal Medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. His residency in Internal Medicine was also completed at Baptist.

    After completing his medical education, Bell obtained a Masters of Medical Management from Tulane University in 1999 and Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in 2008.

    His previous work experience includes employment with Rush Health Systems as Chief Medical Officer; Inpatient Physicians of Meridian as a hospitalist; Neshoba General Hospital as an emergency room physician; Physicians Review Network in Phoenix, Ariz., as a Certified Physician Advisor; Southcrest Medical Associates in Southaven, Miss.,, as an internal medicine physician; and Baptist Memorial Hospital of Memphis as a clinical instructor.  

    Bell is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. He is a Certified Physician Executive, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Medical Quality, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Healthcare Quality.

    Bell has served as Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor for the Department of Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Health Sciences.  

    Bell is a member of the American College of Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, American College of Medical Quality, and American College of Legal Medicine.

    A father to five children, Bell and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Meridian.

    Anderson Regional Medical Center is the largest health care facility in East Mississippi/West Alabama and is home to the most established heart care center and the region’s only comprehensive cancer center.