CHATTAHOOCHEE— May 8, 2012 -
The Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the appointment of Marguerite Morgan as Administrator of Florida
State Hospital (FSH), effective today. Morgan is a lifelong member of the Chattahoochee community. She is a graduate from Emory University and has been employed at the hospital for 24 years—her entire professional career.
Morgan has broad clinical and administrative experience and has served as an assistant hospital administrator for the past seven years. In that role she managed eight support areas with supervision of more than 550 employees. Morgan has been the recipient of several Davis Productivity Awards, has been recognized as a past FSH Employee of the Year, and in 2008 graduated from the Certified Public Manager Leadership program through Florida State University.
On a personal note, Morgan has been married for 24 years to Gene Morgan and has a son, Fletcher. She is a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church in Chattahoochee, is active in the local community and has been a volunteer and managed the finances for the Gadsden County Special Olympics since 1988.
We would also like to announce the appointment of Jim McKnight as an Assistant Hospital Administrator at FSH. McKnight has deep experience in community health centers and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for North Florida Child Development in Wewahitchka. Prior to that, he served as an Administrator of Crenshaw Community Hospital in Luverne, Alabama; as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Doctors' Memorial Hospital in Perry; as the Regional Practice Administrator at Tallahassee Community Hospital and the Chief Executive Officer of North Florida Medical Centers, Inc.
Please join us in wishing the best to Diane James, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of work at the hospital. James joined FSH in 1972 as a recreation therapist and became the Hospital’s administrator in 2000. She will remain with FSH through June 14 to ensure a smooth transition. James has been not only a Department leader, but a national leader in public hospital administration. Her commitment and professionalism at FSH and in the community will be missed.