Singing River Health System Announces Leadership Appointments

Singing River Health System announced today appointments to four key leadership positions for Jackson County’s multi-hospital community health system. These are not new positions; rather open positions that needed to be filled.

Chief Nursing Officer: Susan Russell, MSN

Susan Russell, MSN, will serve as Chief Nursing Officer for the Health System, overseeing their award winning team of more than 1,000 nurses and clinical support staff. Russell’s 33 years in nursing at Singing River Health System includes experience in leading critical care, neurology, surgery and pediatrics teams. She has also been instrumental in the system’s designation as a Stroke Center of Excellence.

Chief Operating Officer: Lee Bond

Lee Bond, current Chief Financial Officer, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer for the system. A Certified Public Accountant, Bond has played a pivotal role in the system’s financial and operational turnaround since 2014. In addition to his accounting and finance credentials, Bond brings extensive experience in operations, contracts, marketing, strategic planning and administration to his new appointment.

Chief Financial Officer: Brian Argo

Brian Argo, MBA, will serve as Chief Financial Officer after years of experience in healthcare accounting and finance. Argo served as a Vice President of Revenue for Children’s Hospital of Omaha, Nebraska, before joining Singing River as Executive Director of Finance, where he has been instrumental in managing budgets, contracts and revenue cycle improvements for the past two years.

General Counsel: Melissa DiFatta

Melissa Baria DiFatta, JD, has been selected for the role of General Counsel for the Health System. A University of Mississippi School of Law graduate, she brings many years of experience in health care and employment law as well as contracts administration to her position.

“At this critically important time in our organization’s history, we need proven leaders to support our mission of delivering the very best care to our community,” said Kevin Holland, Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled to complete our team with professionals of this caliber, and look forward to what they will bring to the organization and community in these essentially important roles within our system.”

As one of the area’s largest employers, Singing River Health System delivers award winning care to the citizens of Jackson County and surrounding areas through its hospitals, emergency departments, clinics and outpatient treatment facilities.