Access Family Health Services, Inc. (AFHSI) is governed by a community board and comprised of three representatives from each of the four counties served: Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, and Monroe. At least 51% of board members are AFHSI patients. Board members are representative of the race, ethnicity, and gender of the patients served by the organization. They each bring a unique expertise in community affairs, and provide guidance & leadership for the organization.
Board members do not get paid for their service, yet they volunteer their time to assure a fiscally sound and managerially strong organization, and are dedicated to improving the health status of our communities.
Board of Directors
Information Technology Manager | Cory Justice
Data & Reporting Manager | Shelia Cowley
Accounts Payable Manager | Debby Capps
Business Manager (Houlka / Tupelo / Nettleton) | Denise Chism
Business Manager (Smithville / Tremont) | Heidi Nelson
Business Manager (Access Family Dental) | Dana McCollum
Nurse Manager (Smithville / Tremont) | Patsy Lyle, RN
Nurse Manager (Tupelo / Houlka / Nettleton) | Phil Edwards, RN
Executive Director | Marilyn Sumerford
Finance Director | Dana Ramey
Medical Director | Dr. James M. Monroe
Dental Director | Dr. Michael Fast
Director of Clinical Quality | Tammy Shelton, RN
Pharmacy Director | Michelle George, Pharm. D.
A brief history...
A charter was granted to Three Rivers Area Health Services on September 6, 1978, by the State of Mississippi. In 1981, Three Rivers received funding from the Bureau of Primary Healthcare, Department of Health and Human Services to operate as a Community Health Center according to the provisions of Section 330 of the Public Health Act. The grant provides resources to expand medical and dental services to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay by offering a sliding scale payment structure. The board voted to change the name from Three Rivers Area Health Services to Access Family Health Services in February 1996.