The Mississippi Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association held its annual program in on April 18-20. Part of this event was an awards gala, which included the presentation of the 3rd Annual Making It Count Award. The Making It Count Award recognizes individuals within the health care field who have demonstrated leadership and commitment. These honorees are professionals willing to take an extra step take a chance speak up or make a difficult choice because they believe their actions will help a loved one, better their community, improve an organization, or bring about a needed change.
It is a great honor to have two outstanding individuals from Magee General Hospital, Eddy Mahaffey and Suzanne Young, recognized for their significant contributions to the field of health care.
Eddy Mahaffey currently serves a vital role in the organization as the Administrative Director of Clinical Services of Magee General Hospital. Having a professional background in radiological services, he has been the cornerstone to lead this area by being seventh in the State of Mississippi to have a pictorial archival computerized system (PACS). Magee General Hospital was the first small, rural facility in the state to have this advanced technology. The hospital and community it serves have benefited from his accomplishments, which include starting an AASM accredited Sleep Center and development of an off-site Imaging Department with continued technological advancements In imaging studies. His management philosophy revolves around three pillars of success: "Clinical Quality, Financial Soundness, and Service Excellence."
A member of the local Lions Club, Eddy is responsible for reviewing and recommending applicants that need assistance with sight issues. His benevolence continues as a member of a private group that gives financial assistance to the needy and provides support for an abuse shelter. Eddy and his wife Malinda serve at First Baptist Church-Magee, along with their son, John.
Eddy is a vital part of the team that continues to keep the needs of the community central to its role. Althea Crumpton, CEO, adds, "I personally think he is a true person of integrity and honor. He never wants to disappoint anyone and his goal is to one day hear, 'Well done my good and faithful servant.'"
Suzanne Young serves a key role at Magee General Hospital as Administrative Director of Non-Clinical Services. Suzanne is a cum laude graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she obtained a B.S. in Medical Record Administration. After serving as Health Information Management Director at Scott Regional Hospital, she joined the management team of Magee General Hospital in 2007 As the health care system has grown her role has expanded to managing six hospital departments.    In addition to her hospital obligations, she provides Independent Consultation for several healthcare facilities and legal firms. Suzanne also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Meridian Community College.
In addition to the MGH outreach ministry, HealthTrust, Suzanne is also passionate about American Cancer Society and ALS Foundation involvement. Presently, she serves as pianist at First Baptist Church-Raleigh, where she is active in Youth & Children committees. Suzanne and her husband, Greg, reside in Raleigh with their two daughters, Emily an Adair.
As Administrative Director of Non-Clinical Services, Suzanne Young is involved in a wide range of projects. Althea Crumpton, CEO, adds "Suzanne has impeccable technical skills as well as an uncanny knack for process development. She tenaciously tackles any issues that require improvements and does not rest until they are complete. She has a tremendously quick wit and a strong willingness to help others, as well as a naturally strong academic curiosity."