HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock Medical employees gathered Tuesday to meet their new CEO Thomas Steiner, who comes to the hospital with 20 years experience in healthcare management.
"Our physicians here are competent capable and caring," Steiner said. "Going forward, I think one of the strengths I bring to it is enable, when I say the director I'm talking about the person closest to the bedside, enable them to do a better job in their role to give them better tools."
Steiner wants the staff to focus on patient care and let him take care of the rest.
"In a lot of places, Hancock Medical is not the only one, we are so overwhelmed with regulatory compliance changing healthcare, but there is no more poor pitiful me. I signed up for this; this is my job," Steiner said.
Northshore Region of Ochsner CEO Polly Davenport has been the interim director since Ochsner took over the hospital seven months ago after the county hospital ran into financial troubles.
"I hope everyone else has noticed we have done a lot of things in a very short time, as far as working to improve our clinics and make sure our patients are cared for and that they have access to care," Davenport said. "We have also brought in some new equipment and we continue to bring in very nice state of the art equipment."
Davenport believes the new additions will get more patients through the door and fix the financial woes.
"We feel there's a wonderful trajectory making good progress," Davenport said.
"Come to us, give us the opportunity to win you over," Steiner said. "Let us earn your trust. Don't give it to us, let us earn your trust, and we will do it day in and day out."
Ochsner recently extended the contract to manage Hancock Medical for two years.