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Baptist North Mississippi CEO announces retirement, replacement named

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Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi’s CEO, Bill Henning, has announced plans to retire on May 26, and his successor has been named.

Henning, who took over as chief administrator in 2013, led construction efforts of the new Baptist North Mississippi facility in Oxford, which opened in 2017.

“Bill Henning has achieved outstanding success during his decade at Baptist North Mississippi, including leading construction of the new hospital, which has perhaps been the greatest and most important project in the hospital’s history,” Dr. Paul DePriest, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Baptist Memorial Health Care said. “I am grateful for his leadership, and he will be greatly missed, but I wish him well on this exciting new phase of his life.”

Brian Welton, CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Crittenden, Ark., has been appointed to take over as Henning’s replacement.

Welton came to Baptist as a Frank S. Groner administrative fellow in 2012 and later served as assistant administrator of Baptist Golden Triangle from 2013 to 2014, operations director for Baptist Medical Group from 2014 to 2017, and CEO/administrator of Baptist Crittenden.

He oversaw the design, construction, and opening of the facility as well as operations after it opened.

“Brian Welton is the right person to lead Baptist North Mississippi at this time,” said Dr. DePriest. “He has the experience and qualifications, and I have every confidence in his ability and commitment to providing quality care for North Mississippians.”

Welton has a master’s degree in health administration and in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2010.

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