Owens to retire, Hines to take helm at DWM


Special to Atmore News

The Escambia County Health Care Authority (ECHCA) announced the planned retirement of D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital (DWM) Administrator Rick Owens on December 31, 2021. His successor is Stacy Hines.
Owens has approximately 32 years of healthcare related experience with multiple health systems in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. Owens joined D.W. McMillan in 2004 and served as CFO prior to becoming administrator.
“We are very grateful for all of Rick’s contributions to the success of DWM and for his leadership for the past 17 years,” ECHCA CEO Jeff Booth said. “We wish him and his wife, Sabrina, the very best.”
Stacy Hines will succeed Owens as administrator effective January 1, 2022. Hines joined DWM in 2010, serving as the Clinic Director of Flomaton Medical Center. In 2016 she assumed the role of Business Office and Physician Clinics Director with responsibility for the revenue cycle process for DWM and management of the hospital’s physician-owned clinics. Hines was promoted in February 2019 to Director of Revenue Cycle for the Escambia County Health Care Authority. Since May 2020, she has been serving as Chief Operating Officer at DWM. Hines holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.
Board Chairwoman Debbie Rowell said, “We are very fortunate to have someone of Stacy’s capabilities to assume the role of Administrator for DWM, and I look forward to working with Stacy in her new role.”
According to ECHCA officials, Hines will be responsible for all DWM hospital services and clinics. She will continue to coordinate efforts with the rest of the Health System Leadership team.