The Donald James (Jim) Blackwood Scholarship Endowment has been established at Northwest Mississippi Community College by the employees of Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston, according to Sybil Canon, associate vice president of Development and Special Projects.
Blackwood is the CEO of Tallahatchie General Hospital and Extended Care Facility (TGH) and is the managing member of Sunflower Management. Since he and his team assumed management of TGH, the hospital has demonstrated four successive years of profitability, significantly reduced the organization’s debt, and added over 200 new jobs in a town populated by less than 2,500 people. They consistently demonstrate best-in-class revenue cycle performance, post quality and patient satisfaction scores over and above the state and national averages and have made significant capital improvements to the facility, including the construction of a new 20,000-square foot wellness facility. They encourage innovation and efficiency through team work, technology, and accountability. Utilizing these proven methods, Blackwood has led teams in performance improvement projects at other rural hospitals in the state.
Blackwood is a member of the Board of Directors of Healthcare Providers Insurance Company, Board of Directors of Delta Trauma Care Region, Inc., the Mississippi Hospital Association Legislative Committee, and the Mississippi Hospital Association Delta Council.
Prior to assuming his role as CEO of TGH, Blackwood practiced law for 14 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Kelly, an attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, live in Oxford, and have two sons.
Canon praised the hospital staff for this tribute. “One of the things that makes this scholarship endowment very special is that the tribute it pays to Jim will last for as long as this college exists. For generations to come, scholarships will be awarded from this endowment, meaning that students will be helped and Jim’s legacy as an outstanding administrator will be remembered. Jim’s colleagues selected one of the best ways to honor him,” Canon said.
The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year to a student who resides in Tallahatchie County and is considering either a business or health care-related career pathway.
Applications must be submitted to the Northwest Foundation Office by 4:30 p.m. on April 1. Applications are available on the Northwest website www.northwestms.edu /scholarships.
For additional information, please contact the Foundation Office at 662-560-1112 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.