New Team Member

E. Coy Irvin, M.D.

On Monday, Dr. Coy Irvin, joined the McLeod Regional Medical Center leadership team as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  He was chosen for this position after a national search process was conducted to find the right team member for McLeod.  Dr. Irvin will be leading the medical staff matters formerly directed by Dr. Alva Whitehead.  After more than ten years of service, Dr. Whitehead notified us in late 2009 that he wished to move to a part-time position.  Dr. Whitehead will work directly with me and serve as medical advisor for McLeod Health.

Dr. Irvin’s medical training and specialty is Family Medicine. He served patients in a Family Medicine practice for 20 years before joining Baptist Health in Pensacola, Florida, as the Chief Medical Officer in 2005.  Baptist Health is recognized as a previous recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

I would like to introduce you to Dr. Irvin by sharing his thoughts on several questions I had a chance to cover with him recently. Additional information will be available in a formal announcement.

RC: Dr. Irvin, what attracted you to medicine as a career choice?

CI: I grew up in a small town where family friends were General Practitioners.  I was moved by how much they loved caring for their patients and community.

RC: Your previous job was in leadership at Baptist Health in Pensacola, Florida.  As a member of a health system with a national reputation in service excellence, what advice do you have for serving patients and families?

CI: Patients want to know we are here for them, that we will protect them and that we will not hurt them.  They need to see us as “friends.”

RC: How can the health system better support physicians?

CI: Major challenges to practicing medicine include growing bureaucracy and paperwork which takes away time from helping patients.  Anything we can do to give doctors more time to practice medicine will better help them serve their patients.

RC: As a busy leader… a physician and an executive leader, what are your hobbies and outside interests?

CI: I believe in giving back to our communities, so I have long been involved in volunteer work as well as the political process.  I also enjoy boating and, of course, my grandson, Riley.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Coy Irvin and his wife, Angie, to McLeod and the Florence community.



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