Rowell to take reigns of director of nursing at DWM

Published 11:54 am Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital (DWM) has announced the planned retirement of DWM Director of Nursing, Bob Ellis on December 31, 2022.
Ellis joined DWM in 1977 as an orderly and in 1980, Bob became a Registered Nurse. Over the years, Bob has served as House Supervisor, ICU & Med/Surg Nurse Manager, Assistant Director of Nursing and in 2002 became the Director of Nursing.
“We are very thankful for the wonderful service and leadership Bob has provided in his various roles over the last 45 years,” stated Stacy Hines, DWM Administrator. “We wish him the very best in retirement spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.”
LeAnne Rowell will succeed Ellis as the Director of Nursing for DWM, effective January 1, 2023. Rowell obtained a BSN from Jacksonville State University in 1997 and a MSN from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2022. She has worked at D.W. McMillan for the past 12 years in various nursing roles including the ER, ICU and as House Supervisor. LeAnne has most recently worked as the Intensive Care Unit Nurse Manager and Assistant Director of Nursing.
Prior to DWM, Rowell worked as a flight nurse, rapid response coordinator, ICU nurse and ICU unit coordinator for various companies.
Hines went on to state, “We are privileged to have someone of LeAnnes’s capabilities to assume the role of Director of Nursing for DWM, and I look forward to working with LeAnne in her new role.”
According to DWM officials, Rowell will be responsible for all DWM hospital nursing services.
She will continue to coordinate efforts with the rest of the hospital leadership team. Rowell has lived in Brewton for the past 13 years along with her husband, Terry, and four children, Morgan, Austin, Makenna, and Rebekah. She loves spending time with her family and loves the outdoors.
About D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital:
Governed by the Escambia County Healthcare Authority Board of Director, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital that has been a part of the Brewton, Alabama, community for over sixty years. The hospital’s facilities include an eight-bed intensive care unit; a 24-hour emergency room; general medical, surgical and obstetrical services; and a women and infants unit. In addition, D.W McMillan offers programs and support to area citizens through health education. Please visit their website at

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