Covington County Hospital Lab Director to Represent Mississippi at National Event

February 18, 2016

(Collins, MS) Debbie Bishop, BS, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Director for Covington County Hospital, has been invited to represent the state of Mississippi at a national training course at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

The CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network is sponsoring the event. The network tracks health care-associated infections, which are infections that patients acquire during treatment for other conditions. The CDC, the federal government's lead public health agency, has been campaigning to prevent such infections.

The training course will update health care administrators on the latest infection reporting protocols and the best uses of data for prevention. In addition, the invitation says, "The course will provide a forum for this community of practitioners to gather together to share experiences and network with peers and new colleagues."

Because of limited seating, organizers set aside one space per state. Bishop was chosen as the Mississippi representative. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has been employed at Covington County Hospital since 1990 and was promoted to Laboratory Director in 1993.

"We're very pleased that Debbie will be representing Covington County Hospital and our state on such an important issue for our industry and the people we serve," said Woody White, CPA, MHA, CEO/Administrator of the hospital. "It's an indication of how much the CDC values the role of critical access hospitals like ours in bringing health care to smaller communities all across the country."

Covington County Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital that provides quality medical care to the people of Collins, Covington County, and nearby areas. It also operates four family care clinics, an Outpatient Specialty Clinic, and Arrington Living Center, a skilled nursing facility. Altogether, it employs nearly 300 people. For more information, visit or call 601-765-6711.