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Healthcare Authority names new Compliance Officer

The Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHCA) announced that Debbie Gist has been promoted to the position of Compliance Officer for the Healthcare Authority. Debbie will have overall responsibility for compliance, quality improvement, safety, employee health, infection control, physician credentialing and facility accreditation for the ECHCA’s operating entities; Atmore Community Hospital (ACH) including its clinics, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital (DWMMH) including its clinics, D.W. McMillan EMS and D.W. McMillan Home Medical Equipment.

“Debbie is well qualified for her new role based on her education, professional credentials, and her previous healthcare related work experience. As the Director of Performance Improvement for DWMMH, Debbie played a key leadership role in the areas of Performance Improvement, Quality and Compliance after DWMMH’s disaffiliation from Baptist Healthcare in 2005,” stated Chris Griffin, ECHCA CEO “We are very fortunate to have someone with Debbie’s capabilities to assume the role of Compliance Officer for our healthcare system.”

Mrs. Gist has over thirty years of healthcare related experience with multiple healthcare-based organizations. She has served as the Director of Performance Improvement for DWMMH since 1996. Prior to 1996, Debbie served as the Quality Assurance Coordinator for ACH, the Infection Control Nurse for the Albert P. Brewer Developmental Center in Mobile, Ala. the Quality Management Director for both ACH and DWMMH as well as the Director of Quality Improvement for Angel Community Hospital in Franklin, NC.

Mrs. Gist is a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Faulkner State University, and a Master of Science in Quality Assurance from California State. Gist has been a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality since 2004. She assumed her new role July 15, 2019.f