Access Family Health Services, Inc. (AFHSI) is a community-based organization governed by a community board. The board is comprised of three representatives from each of the four counties in the service area of Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, and Monroe counties. At least 51% of board members are Access patients. Board members are representative of the race, ethnicity, and gender of the patients served by AFHSI. They bring expertise in community affairs and provide guidance and leadership for the organization.
The Access Board is a volunteer board. Members do not get paid for their service, yet they volunteer their time to assure a fiscally sound and managerially strong organization. The Access Family Health Services Board is dedicated to improving the health status of our communities.
Board of Directors
Information & Security 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
Nurse Manager (Tupelo | Houlka | Nettleton) - Phil Edwards
Executive Director – Marilyn Sumerford
Finance Director – Dana Ramey
Medical Director – Dr. James M. Monroe
Dental Director – Dr. Vivian Draper
Director of Clinical Quality – Tammy Shelton
A brief note about our 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.