The Mississippi Hospital Association recently named Richard G. Hilton, Administrator/Chief Executive Officer of OCH Regional Medical Center, to serve on the Board of Governors as the Prairie Council Representative through June 2020. This is Hilton’s second time to be appointed to the Board.
Hilton has a long tenure with OCH, serving as the Chief Financial Officer/Associate Administrator from March 1983 to February 2012, when he was named CEO/Administrator by the OCH Board of Trustees.
An active member of MHA, Hilton currently serves on several MHA committees including retirement oversite, political action, and Medicaid advisory committees.
Hilton has also been involved in the Prairie Hospital Council, MHA Quarter Century Executive Forum, and currently serves on the Board for the North Mississippi Trauma System as the treasurer and for Vizient Gulf States Region. In 2010, Governor Haley Barbour appointed Hilton to the Mississippi Hospital and Equipment Facility Authority (MHEFA) Board of Directors, representing the 3rd Supreme Court District. Hilton is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and has been a member of the Hospital Financial Management Association and the American Hospital Association since 1983.
Serving on the board of directors of the Greater Starkville Partnership Development and as a member of the Starkville Rotary Club, Hilton is very active in his community. His philanthropic efforts also extend beyond the United States. He and his wife, LaRue, are the founders of Family Life Missions Inc., a benevolent ministry operating children’s homes in Catacamas, Honduras, where he served as president/CEO and board chairman from 1992-2005.
Hilton holds a B.S. in business administration from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and an M.S. in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He and his wife have seven children and 13 grandchildren.