Our Leaders

James Russell Huffman
Administrator and Chief Executive Officer

James Russell HuffmanJames Russell Huffman is the administrator and chief executive officer for Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He comes to the hospital from Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany, Miss., where he served as administrator and CEO for more than five years. Before going to Baptist Union County, he served as chief financial officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, a position he held since 2002. At Baptist Golden Triangle, he oversaw finance, materials management, internal audit, business office, admissions/outpatient registration, the hospitalist program, case management and health information management. His accomplishments include managing and directing computer selections and installations and working with major construction project development and completion at the hospital. Huffman has also helped develop a joint venture surgery center, residential retirement facility and health and wellness center.

Huffman has a bachelor's degree in health care management from Appalachian State University and a master's degree in finance and a certificate in health care finance from the University of South Carolina.

Brian K. Hogan
Assistant Administrator

Brian K. Hogan, Assistant AdministratorBrian K. Hogan is the assistant administrator for Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He comes from Baptist Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital, where he served as CEO and administrator from 2014-2016. Prior to that position, Brian served as administrator and CEO of Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown from 2011-2014. Brian began his career as a nurse and also has held many nursing leadership positions within the Baptist system, including nursing director at Baptist Memphis and chief nursing officer at Baptist Rehabilitation- Germantown. Previously, Brian has overseen a number of hospital departments including admissions, case management, dialysis, cath and electrophysiology labs, wound care, materials management, health information management and radiology. He has been involved in several building projects, including overseeing the construction of the Baptist Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital in Germantown.

Hogan has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences and a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.

JoAnn Phillips Wood
Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer Dr. JoAnn Philips Wood is the physician administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, providing guidance, leadership and oversight for physicians. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry, graduating magna cum laude from Western Kentucky University; earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She completed fellowship training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned her Master of Science in education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif., and her Master of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. With more than 10 years of experience, Wood holds license to practice in the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Mary Townsend-Gervis
Chief Nursing Officer

Mary Townsend-Gervis is the chief nursing officer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Townsend-Gervis most recently was the administrator of Baptist Restorative Care Hospital (located within Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis) and the chief nursing officer of Baptist Rehabilitation-Germantown. At Baptist DeSoto, she is responsible for developing and implementing all nursing and related patient care activities and working with hospital leadership and the Baptist Memorial Health Care system nursing team to support various organizational initiatives and strategies. A Baptist employee since 1986, Townsend-Gervis began her Baptist career working in a lab office and moved up to become a staff nurse, charge nurse, education coordinator, manager of cardiac rehabilitation and director of disease management for Baptist's metro-Memphis market.

She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree from Central Michigan University.

Joe McWherter
Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer Joe McWherter has been part of the Baptist family for 16 years. He began his career as the director of accounting at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City where he quickly was promoted to the role of CFO. Next, he became the CFO for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle as well as interim CFO for multiple Baptist facilities including NEA Baptist, Baptist Germantown and Baptist Booneville. He started working at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in 2005. McWherter earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in accounting from the University of Tennessee. He has served as an integral part of the finance team system-wide for Baptist Memorial Health Care.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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