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Mississippi Physician Health Program
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What is MPHP?

doc-at-computerThe MPHP is a confidential first line resource for physicians and other licensed health care professionals who suffer from potentially impairing conditions such as substance use disorders. The MPHP coordinates effective detection, evaluation, treatment, and aftercare monitoring of physicians with addictive disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. Our primary focus is on intervention and recovery, with long term, intensive monitoring.
  • Overview of the Program Open or Close
    After an interview with the Medical Director, the physician is offered recommendations for appropriate evaluation and treatment, at his or her own expense, in exchange for MPHP advocacy. The MPHP works closely with the treating facility to develop recommendations for re-entry into practice and ongoing monitoring. Aftercare typically involves monitoring by MPHP for a minimum of 5 years, and all requirements for advocacy are documented in an individualized contract with the physician.
  • Our Mission Open or Close
    The mission of the Mississippi Physician Health Program is to ensure the health of all Mississippians through assurance of healthy physicians and physician assistants.
  • Our Vision Open or Close
    The Vision of the Mississippi Physician Health Program is to ensure a healthy Mississippi served by a healthy physician workforce.
  • Benefits Open or Close
    Physicians receiving advocacy of MPHP practice medicine safely and actually have a lower risk of adverse outcomes, which helps to guarantee a healthy Mississippi physician workforce. Over 90% of MPHP participants have confirmed stable recovery and return to productive medical practices. Advocacy is available for State Boards of Medical Licensure, Medical Staffs, Colleagues, Employers, Provider Panels, Malpractice Carriers, Etc. Ultimately, utilization of MPHP services is a preferable alternative to disciplinary action, in terms of public safety and cost savings, which benefits all Mississippians.
  • Problems Addressed Open or Close
    • Alcoholism and other drug dependencies
    • Other addictions
    • Mental illness/emotional illness
    • Personality disorders
    • Distressed physician issues
    • Physical/cognitive impairments
  • Services Available Open or Close
    • Consultation with Medical Staff Services/Committees
    • Evaluation/Intervention/Monitoring of the Impaired Professionals
    • Assistance with JCAHO Impaired Physician Standards
    • CME Lectures
  • Other Services Open or Close
    MPHP offers assistance to the distressed professional with other psychiatric illnesses, personality issues or problems related to burnout. MPHP is available for consultation and works closely with hospitals, medical schools, and other institutions to provide educational activities related to addiction, prescribing controlled substances, professionalism and a variety of other topics.
  • Program Participants Open or Close
    MPHP services are available to physicians (MDs and DOs), medical students, residents, podiatrists, and physician assistants.
  • Confidentiality Open or Close
    MPHP accepts referrals from any source including colleagues, hospitals, regulatory agencies, office staff, treatment centers, family and friends. MPHP aggressively protects the confidentiality and anonymity of both program participants and referents. The anonymity of our program encourages self-referrals and early intervention, which protects patients and saves the careers of our participants.
  • Relationships Open or Close
    MPHP is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Mississippi State Medical Association, and has served Mississippi physicians since 1978. MSMA and MPHP are contractually affiliated with the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure through a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum affirms the reality that substance use disorders are treatable illnesses.
  • Our Staff Open or Close

    Scott L. Hambleton, M.D., Medical Director

    Scott-HambletonScott L. Hambleton, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He completed the Accelerated Family Practice Residency at the University of Tennessee in 1996. Dr. Hambleton completed the University of Florida Addiction Medicine Fellowship at Pine Grove Behavioral Health in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2007. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Hambleton is the immediate Past President of the Mississippi Society of Addiction Medicine. He has served as Medical Director of The Oxford Centre in Oxford, Mississippi for treatment of adults with chemical dependency; Medical Director at Pine Grove Women's Center for treatment of women with chemical dependence and/or eating disorders; and Medical Director of Pine Grove's Gentle Path Program for treatment of sexual addiction. In November 2010 Dr. Hambleton became the Medical Director of the Mississippi Physician Health Program, which is Mississippi's designated Physician Health Program.




    James Michael Pace, M.D.
    ,
    Associate Medical Directordr-mike-pace

    James Michael Pace, MD graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in chemistry and a minor in biochemistry. He then attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, MS. He completed an internship and residency in the Department of Family Medicine at UMMC serving as Chief Resident during his senior year. Since that time, Dr. Pace has been in private practice in rural Mississippi and is currently working in Richton, MS in solo practice. He is married with four children and has devoted many years to helping physicians in Mississippi successfully recover from addictive illnesses and other psychiatric disorders. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Mississippi Physician Health Committee (MPHC) and works closely with the Medical Director of the Mississippi Physician Health Program (MPHP) to help physicians navigate their path to a meaningful recovery. The MPHP welcomes Dr. Pace as Associate Medical Director.



    Kristin A. Wallace, LMSW
    , Administrator

    Sherry  Stanley, Executive Assistant

    Kristi R. Plotner, LCSW, Clinical Director
     
     
  • 2017 Contributors Open or Close
     
     
    Individual Donors
     
    Pinnacle Society ($3,000 - $6,000)
     
     
    Tower Society ($1,000 - $2,999)
     
     
    Pillar Society ($500 - $999)
     
     
    Cornerstone Society ($200 - $499)
    Carl Bevering, MD
    Joel Brunt, MD
    Camille Jeffcoat, MD
    Samuel P. Robinson, MD
    Chris Wiggins, MD
     
     
    Founders Society ($25 - $199)
    Anthony Cloy, MD
    Allison H. Doyle, DO
    Dan Edney, MD
    Ken Lippincott, MD
    Beverly & John Shields, MD
     
     
     Contributors to the
    Dr. John M. McRae, Jr. Memorial Fund
     
    Chris and Susan Benson
    Gene H. Bishop
    Mr. David Bowen
    Patricia Calabrese
    Anthony Cloy, MD
    John and Nelle Cohen
    Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford
    Jay Crosson
    Mr. and Mrs. Sanjay Dergawen
    Catherine Drake
    Dr. and Mrs. Dan Edney
    Dr. and Mrs. John Fontaine Egger
    Rufus and Frances Gardner
    Billie and Al Green
    Mr. and Mrs. William Trimble Green & Bette
    Wendy Hagarty
    Lynn Hankes
    Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Hartness
    Dr. and Mrs. Edward Hill
    Dr. and Mrs. Allen E. Karstens, MD
    Dr. Eric and Nancy Lindstrom
    Dr. and Mrs. Ken Lippincott
    James Marlowe
    Rob McKinleu
    Mr. and Mrs. Howard McMillan, Jr.
    F. Douglas Montague
    Kathy S. Owens
    Henry Paris
    Dr. William and Mrs. Mollie Pontius
    A.S. and Janet M. Powell
    Leah Pylate
    Barbara M. Redmont
    Mr. and Mrs. Julius M. Ridgway
    Carol Rose
    Debbie Sanford
    Mrs. Pat H. Scanlon
    Dr. and Mrs. J. Larry Smith
    Mary and Chico Taylor
    Judith T. Travis
    Ms. Jackie Triplett
    Mr. Julian Watson
    Alabel M. Wiser
    David and Donna Witty
    Mr. and Mrs. Jack Yates
     
     
     
    Medical Society Donors
     
    Pinnacle Society ($3,000- $6,000)
    Central Medical Society
     
     
    Pillar Society ($500 - $999)
    Alliance-MS State Medical Association
     
      
    Hospital & Clinic Donors
     
    Tower Society ($1,000 - $4,999)
     
     
    Cornerstone Society ($200 - $499)
     
     
    Founders Society ($25 - $199)
     
     
  • 2016 Contributors Open or Close
     
     
    Individual Donors
     
    Pinnacle Society ($3,000 - $6,000)
     
     
    Tower Society ($1,000 - $2,999)
    Joel Brunt, MD
    Tommy Cobb, MD
    Randy & Janie Easterling
    Ted Jordan, MD
    Marcella & Bill Strong
     
    Pillar Society ($500 - $999)
    Andrew Parent, MD
    Dale G. Read, MD
    Joel & Dr. Meredith Travelstead
    John P. Whitecar, Jr., MD, FACP
    Chris Wiggins, MD
     
     
    Cornerstone Society ($200 - $499)
    Freeman T. Bennett, MD
     J. Gray Bennett, Jr., MD
    William P. Burke, MD
    Tom Carey, MD
    Rickey L. Chance, DO
    Dr. Richard Clark, MD
    John C. Clay, MD
    Michael L. Davis, MD
    H. Creed Fox, MD
    Bobby L. Graham, Jr., MD
    Gilliam Swink Hicks, MD
    A. Archie Howard, MD
    John P. Lee, MD
    Philip L. Levin, MD
    William M. Lewis, MD
    James N. Martin, Jr., MD
    F. Mitchell Massey, MD
    Paul H. Moore, MD
    Jason G. Murphy, MD, FACS
    John C. Mutziger, DO
    Dr. Stephen & Caroline Otey
    Mark T. Phillips, MD
    Ann Rea, MD
    Ramon H. Rosenkrans. MD
    J. Woody Sistrunk, MD
    Larry Smith, MD
    Mary Elizabeth & George Smith
    Jennifer Trihoulis, MD
    Drs. Mark and Allison Wall
    Thomas E. Waller, MD
    Steve Zachow, MD
     
     
    Founders Society ($25 - $199)
    Tim Alford, MD
    Pat Burke, MD
    Kathy & Dr. Ben Carmichael
    Robert F. Carter, Jr.
    Anthony Cloy, MD
    Shirley S. Donelson, MD
    Honey East, MD
    Dan Edney, MD
    Raymond P. Girnys, MD
    William E. Godfrey, II, MD
    Dr. James Griffin
    Joe T. Harris, MD
    Dr. Robert Herrington
    J. W. Holmes, MD
    David B. Johnson, MD
    Eric Lindstrom, MD
    Jim McAuley, MD
    Bryant McCrary, MD
    Robert McGuire, MD
    Ann Myers, MD
    Pravinchandra P. Patel, MD
    Eric Pearson, MD
    Amanda Perry, MD
    Mollie & Dr. William F. Pontius
    McWillie M. Robinson, Jr., MD
    Randall Sherman, MD
    John Shields, MD
    Dr. William H. Smith, Jr.
    Dr. Mark Stevens
    Sam Tumminello, MD
    William H. Vaughn, Jr. MD
    Saul Vydas, MD
    Dr. Franklin Waller
     
     
     
    Medical Society Donors
     
    Pinnacle Society ($3,000- $6,000)
    Central Medical Society
     
    Tower Society ($1,000 - $2,999)
    Northeast Mississippi Medical Society
      
    Hospital & Clinic Donors
     
    Tower Society ($1,000 - $4,999)
    King's Daughters Medical Center
    Starkville Orthopedic Clinic
     
    Cornerstone Society ($200 - $499)
    Lucas Family Medical Clinic
     
    Founders Society ($25 - $199)
    Children's Health Center-Columbus, MS
    Radiology Physicians of New Albany, PLLC
  • 2015 Contributors Open or Close
     
    Individual Donors
     
    Pinnacle Society ($3,000 - $6,000)
    Mike Baker, DO
     
    Tower Society ($1,000 - $2,999)
    David Berry, MD
    Tommy Cobb, MD
    Randy Easterling, MD
    Scott L. Hambleton, MD
    Ramon Rosenkrans, MD
    Dr. Bill and Mrs. Marcella Strong
     
    Pillar Society ($500 - $999)
    Douglas R. Bacon, MD, MA
    Camille Jeffcoat, MD
    Mark Phillips, MD
    Charles Slonaker, MD
    G. Lester Tarbutton, MD
    Greg Thalken, MD
    Dr. Meredith M. Travelstead
     
     
    Cornerstone Society ($200 - $499)
    Joel Brunt, MD
    Rickey Chance, DO
    Dr. Richard and Mrs. Judith Ellison
    Brent Harrison, MD
    Ken Jones, MD
    Andrew Parent, MD
    Pravinchandra P. Patel, MD, PC
    Dale G. Read, MD
    Dr. Todd and Mrs. Mary Smith
    Jennifer Trihoulis, MD
     
    Founders Society ($25 - $199)
    Mac Addison, MD
    J. Gray Bennett, MD
    John D. Bower, MD
    Duane Burgess, MD
    J.E. Calloway, MD
    Floyd T. Carey, MD
    Richard Clark, MD
    J. Anthony Cloy, MD
    Ben L. Crawford, MD
    A.H. Doyle, DO
    Dan Edney, MD
    Dr. Stanley & Mrs. Beth Hartness
    J.W. Holmes, MD
    D.B. Johnson, MD, PA
    Stephen C. Lambert, MD
    Ken Lippincott, MD
    Dr's Jim and Gloria Martin
    Mitchell Massey, MD
    Wilson E. Moak, MD
    John C. Mutziger, DO
    R. Bruce Newell, MD
    Ann Rea, MD
    Joseph F. Roberts, MD, PA
    Randall Sherman, MD
    Kenneth W. Stubbs, MD
    William H. Vaughn, Jr. MD
    Saul Vydas, MD
    Mark Webb, MD
    Myra Wheaton, MD
    James S. Woodard, MD
    Medical Society Donors
     
    Pinnacle Society ($3,000- $6,000)
    Central Medical Society
     
    Tower Society ($1000 - $2,999)
    MS Medical Association-Alliance Group
    NE Mississippi Medical Society
     
     
    Hospital & Clinic Donors
     
    Tower Society ($1000 - $4,999)
     Clarksdale Family Practice, Inc.
  • 2014 Contributors Open or Close
    Individual Donors

    Tower Society ($1,000 - $4,999)
    Michael Baker, DO
    David Berry, MD
    Scott L. Hambleton, MD

    Pillar Society ($500 - $999)
    Timothy Arnold, DO
    Bob Burns, MD
    Camille Jeffcoat, MD
    Andrew Kellum, MD
    Ramon H. Rosenkrans, MD
    Edward J. Shumski, MD
    Charles E. Slonaker, MD
    Mark B. Stanley, DO

    Cornerstone Society ($200 - $499)
    Freeman Bennett, MD
    Joel Brunt, MD
    Winston T. Capel, MD
    John C. Clay, MD
    Gregory W. Childrey, MD
    Tommy Cobb, MD
    Steven Easley, MD
    Randy Easterling, MD
    Dan Edney, MD
    Sarah French, MD
    Carolyn Gerald, MD
    Brent Harrison, MD
    Ken Jones, MD
    Andrew D. Parent, MD
    Mark T. Phillips, MD
    Tracy B. Pittman, MD

    Founders Society ($25 - $199)
    V. Isacc Aultman, MD
    William M. Barr, MD
    Sarosh Batlivala, MD
    James Gray Bennett, Jr., MD
    Marcus L. Britton, MD
    Pat S. Burke, MD
    Michael H. Carter, Jr., MD
    Rickey Chance, DO
    Anthony Cloy, MD
    Vincent Grant, MD
    J. Edward Hill, MD
    W. Briggs Hopson, Jr., MD
    Clay Hudson, MD
    D.B. Johnson, MD
    Leon Lenoir, Jr., MD
    John William Lewis, MD
    Eric Lindstrom, MD
    R. Bruce Newell, MD
    James M. Shwayder, MD
    Will P. Thompson, MD
    Jennifer G. Trihoulis, MD
    John Turba, MD
    Mark Webb, MD
    Chris Wiggins, MD
    Mohamed E. Zein-Ahmed, MD
    Medical Society Donors
     
    Tower Society ($1000 - $4,999)
    Central Medical Society
    Northeast MS Medical Society


    Hospital & Clinic Donors
     
    Tower Society ($1000 - $4,999)
    Clarksdale Family Practice, Inc.
    Singing River Health System
    The Institute of Addiction Study
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