VPMC's new CEO has plans for hospital's future

By: MICHAEL BORDELON

News Editor

Ville Platte Medical Center’s new CEO, Mississippi native Alan Daugherty, has a solid plan for our local hospital and has been hard at work putting that plan into action.

Daugherty, who is very qualified for his new position, has been working on recruiting doctors. Daugherty is experienced in operating a hospital. He has served as chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief executive officer of River Region Health System in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he also founded, built and was president and CEO of Monroe Surgical Hospital from 2001 to 2008.

Why Ville Platte Medical Center (VPMC)? Daugherty said he is happiest working in smaller hospitals, as they provide 90 percent of health care to the population and are close knit and more like a family.

“In my experience, the larger the hospital, the less personable it becomes,” he said. “I think Ville Platte Medical center is in a unique position to offer great services here in Ville Platte.”

Part of Daugherty’s decision to join VPMC was the fact it belongs to the Lifepoint family of hospitals. Daugherty said after selling Monroe Surgical Hospital, he wanted to work in a Lifepoint hospital and VPMC appeared to be a perfect fit for him.

As far as the people here, Daugherty said it could not be any better.

“I could not have asked for a better reception from the people of this area,” he said. “The people here are great and we have a great staff here at the hospital.”

Daugherty is no stranger to small towns; he was born and raised in Carthage, Mississippi. He is married to Tanya, a registered nurse, and they have three grown sons.

Currently, the Daughertys are looking to purchase a home in the area.

“We hope to be here for a while,” Daugherty said. He added he expects to remain the CEO of the hospital for as long as he can, noting he has worked in only four different places over the course of his 25-year career.

As far as the hospital operation, Daugherty said he is working on bringing in several doctors, including Dr. David Spence, gynecologist, and Dr. Girrig Harris, family practitioner.

“We want to focus on bringing in more physicians to give the full support our staff needs. We are also currently recruiting for several other specialty positions to round out our range of services.”

Another main goal of Daugherty’s is the creation of an intensive psychiatric program. Daugherty said he hopes to begin the program in May or June. The program will provide psychiatric help to those in need and will be an outpatient service.

In addition, Daugherty talked about the upcoming clinic in Pine Prairie, something that has been in the works for quite a while. He stated the clinic will be staffed depending on the volume of visitors it receives.

“We have high hopes for the clinic,” he said. “It will help us provide easy access to basic health care needs to the residents there.”

Daugherty also said he was more than pleased with his staff at VPMC.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better staff. We have good, competent, dedicated people here, and many of them have been here for a while.”

In a pledge to the community, Daugherty reiterated his dedication to VPMC.

“I am committed to this hospital and have no plans to retire any time soon. I really enjoy what I do, and I hope to continue to do it for as long as I can.”

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