Mendal Kemp, Director of the MHA Center for Rural Health (CRH) and Director of the Rural Hospital Alliance (RHA), has announced that he will be retiring from MHA effective August 31, 2017. Mendal has been employed by MHA for 15 years and has advocated and provided outstanding support for Mississippi’s small and rural hospitals.
Mendal began his employment with MHA on April 15, 2002, as the Rural Hospital Flexibility Coordinator. Prior to coming to MHA, Mendal served as COO of Millcreek Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Magee, MS, VP for Development at Youth and Family Centered Services in Austin, TX, and Director of Health Facilities Licensing and Certification at Mississippi State Department of Health.
Mendal received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi and Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Mississippi College. He is an U.S. Army veteran, serving one year in Viet Nam. Mendal finished his military career in the Mississippi National Guard and retired as a Master Sergeant. Mendal is a native of Carthage, MS and he and Rita, his wife of 42 years, have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Mendal has provided MHA and the small and rural hospitals of Mississippi with outstanding service and he will be very difficult to replace. He has dedicated his life to serving his country, state, and the health care needs of all Mississippians. Please join MHA in congratulating Mendal Kemp on his retirement.