Benton (Ben) Busbee
will begin work at the hospital Aug. 19 and, for him, coming to Troy will be both a reunion and a homecoming.
, have four daughters at Troy State University
, making his
appointment to ERMC
a reunion of sorts.
"I've seen my daughters around several times while I've been here," Busbee
said with a proud father smile."It will be nice to be here where they are."
The Busbees also have three sons, so although the family won't all be living under the same roof, they will be a part of the same community again.As for "coming home," Busbee is a graduate of Troy State University, and the couple has many friends in the Troy area.
"Community Health Systems operates 60 hospitals and, if I could have picked a place where I wanted to go, Troy would have been one of my top selections," Busbee
said."From my years as a student here, we have many friends and some of them have already looked us up.
is a native of Mobile and has 23 years experience in managing health care facilities.His interest in a career in health care services began while he was serving in the Air Force.Busbee was in the ROTC program at Troy State and, after graduation, served 11 years in the Air Force.
Much of that time was spent in the medical service corps.
"That's when I became interested in the health care field," he
said."But, in the 11 years, we moved seven times and that was enough."Busbee
wanted a place to put down roots, but he
wasn't ready to give up the military life completely, so he
enlisted in reserves and continued to serve there for 12 years.His
most recent experience in hospital administration was as assistant CEO of Woodland Medical Center
in Cullman where he
supervised a 100-bed acute care health facility.He also held senior leadership positions at Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile and Mercy Medical Hospital in Daphne.Busbee
appointment to ERMC
is an honor.
"To come into a position of responsibility at a hospital like Edge Regional Medical Center is an honor," he
said."A hospital is only as good as its people and the staff at Edge is outstanding.I am looking forward to getting to know each one of them and to work with them."Busbee
described himself as an out-and-about administrator, not one who confines himself to a desk.
The medical staff and the hospital staff are the ones who make the hospital work, Busbee
said, and he
wants their input and will solicit it.
"They are the ones who make it happened and I want to know what they think, whether it be good, bad or indifferent," he
said."I want Edge Regional Medical Center to be the place people want to go for health care.To do that, I need the input of the medical staff and the senior staff so I can get a feel for what we need to do to make that happen."Busbee
said the reception he
has received has been overwhelming.
"The people make the difference and I'm sure that our experience here is going to be a positive one," he
The Busbee family will be familiar faces in the community.Paula Busbee will teach special education at Charles Henderson High School and their two younger sons will be students at Troy Elementary School.Busbee
enjoys a round of golf when time permits, but, if given a choice, he
would rather do something with his
"I'm a family man," he
has an extended family at ERMC
and a new home in Troy."And, I couldn't be happier."