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Melissa G. Ford, RN, President of Interim HealthCare of Birmingham, Alabama

More than 14 years ago, Melissa started her healthcare career as a Certified Medical Assistant. In that job she developed a passion for patient care and decided to further her career by becoming a Registered Nurse. Her experience in the field includes OB, Med/Surg, ER and ICU.

Melissa’s compassion and empathy are the perfect compliment for her latest challenge as President of Interim HealthCare of Birmingham, Alabama. Melissa’s belief that patient care, when delivered in an environment that is comfortable such as the patient’s home, is more effective, less intrusive and significantly less expensive than care delivered in a hospital or nursing home; makes her the ideal person to lead Interim Healthcare of Birmingham.

Lloyd K. Ford Jr. PhD, FACHE, CHSP, Owner of Interim Healthcare of Birmingham, AL

Dr. Ford is a healthcare executive with over 24 years of successful performance operating multi-campus tertiary health systems, hospitals and ancillary healthcare companies with a focus in clinical integration, physician relations and recruitment, network and business development, improving clinical and operational performance and developing high performing teams. He has extensive experience working with large and small proprietary, for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations–in corporate and hospital-based roles. His experience in running healthcare programs in Alabama is extensive and will benefit him greatly in his ownership and administration of Interim HealthCare of Birmingham, AL.

Under Dr. Ford’s leadership, his health systems had the following success: achieved Top 100 hospital for Value and Quality, Best Places to Work , First Full Cycle III Chest Pain Center Accreditation, Top 5% in Nation for Patient Safety by HealthGrades, Most Improved System in Quality by St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition. Also received the only “A” in Northeast Alabama for safety by the Leapfrog Group. MCH was recognized by the University of Louisville for their outstanding performance in the University of Louisville’s Surgical Care Improvement Project and achieving a 96.2 percent colleague satisfaction rating. In 2007 Dr. Ford was awarded the UP & COMERS Award by Modern Healthcare for outstanding healthcare executive under the age of 40. Before that Dr. Ford, was the top executive at Havasu Regional Medical Center, a for-profit facility owned by Province Healthcare.

Also, he has earned the reputation for being a highly skilled team building executive with excellent people relations skills, described as pragmatic and open minded executive and “a CEO who gets it…” by his colleagues, peers and the communities he serves.

Dr. Ford has an extensive educational background: PhD in Business/Healthcare Administration, California Southern University, Master of Public Health Administration, Western Michigan University, BBA in Facilities Engineering and Management , Grand Valley State University . Dr. Ford is faculty at The University of Phoenix and Walden University and teaches in the MSN, MBA MHA, PhD programs. He also chairs the dissertation committee for health sciences and health policy at Walden University. Dr. Ford is board certified in healthcare Management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has held numerous professional and civic positions throughout his career as well as Regent for the American College of Healthcare Executives and is instrumental in state and federal legislation regarding the future of healthcare in the US.

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