Back row, from left, Mayor Carlo Martella, Dr. Ed Rigdon, Dr. James Jefferson, Dr. David Flemming, Dr. Gene Henderson, Dr. James Neill, Dr. Galen Poole and John Nikolic; front row, Stephanie Daniels, Cindy Dishongh, Rankin Medical Center chief executive officer, Ruthie Guyton, board chair and Margie Warren. Not pictured are Judy Fortenberry, Benny Hubbard and Dale Armour.
Rankin Medical Center recently announced that the individuals named to its Community Advisory Board. “We feel very privileged to have these individuals serve on our Community Advisory Board,” said Cindy L. Dishongh, chief executive officer for RMC. “Their commitment to the community is to be commended and the diversity of their interests will strengthen our board.”
Carlo Martella is the Mayor of Brandon, an elected position that he has held since July 7, 2005. Prior to becoming our city’s Mayor, he served on the Board of Supervisors for 10 years and as president the Rankin County Board of Supervisors twice before being sworn into Mayoral office. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Municipal League and has served on several other boards. He has been a leader for several organizations – having served as president of the Crossgates Chapter of the Jaycees, vice president for the Mississippi Jaycees and is a member of the Crossgates Exchange Club, the Brandon Historical Society and the Rankin County Historical Society.
Carlo Martella loves kids and highly values education. He has participated in the Boy Scouts of America as a Scout Master and Commissioner and is a member of the Friends of the Boy Scouts. He has served as a deacon at Brandon Baptist Church and actively participated in the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
He and his late wife, Cathy E. Barrett-Martella have three children - Jeff, Mitch and Michelle. He is also the proud grandfather of five grandchildren - Jacob, Michael, Zach, Ryan and Ragan.
Stephanie Daniels, a native of Marion, Louisiana, has resided in Brandon for over 20 years. She and her husband, Noel, are the parents of two girls, Amy Courtney and Allison Ott and the grandparents of three – Daniel, Caroline and Emory.
She has been a long-time supporter of Rankin Medical Center and has been involved with the Rankin Health Foundation since its early years, having served as a past president of the organization and a member of its Board.
Mrs. Daniels has been active in the community through other organizations such as the Center for Violence Prevention, the Brandon Garden Club, of which she served as president for two years; the American Heart Association through Art for Heart and is a member of Brandon Baptist Church, where she also teaches Sunday School.
Galen V. Poole, M.D., FACS, is a general surgeon in private practice at Rankin Surgical Specialists in Brandon, and has been affiliated with Rankin Medical Center since August 2005. He has been a board certified surgeon for over 25 years, including 16 years as a professor at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He is originally from Kentucky and finished medical school at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at Wake Forest University Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a fellowship at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He served his country through the United States Air Force and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. Dr. Poole is a member of various professional associations including the American College of Surgeons, the Mississippi State Medical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, the University of Mississippi Surgical Society and the Southeastern Surgical Congress.
Dr. Poole and his wife Carol reside in Brandon and are the parents of two children, Erin and Matthew.
Dr. James Neill has been at Rankin Medical Center since October 2005, specializing in pathology. He is board certified in family practice and pathology.
A native of Jackson, he attended the University of Mississippi and received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Neill completed an internship and residency at Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital in Georgia in family practice. He also finished a residency in Pathology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and was an active staff member in the Pathologist Department of Anatomic Pathology at Beaumont Medical Center.
Dr. Neill is a member of many professional organizations such as the International Academy of Pathology, Society of Ultrastructural Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the College of American Pathologists.
He lives in Brandon with his wife Melinda, and has four children - Daniel, James, Duff and Meredith.
Other members of the hospital’s Advisory Board include: Dr. David Flemming, Mrs. Judy Fortenberry, Mrs. Ruthie Guyton, Dr. Gene Henderson Mr. Benny Hubbard, Dr. James Jefferson, Mr. John Nikolic, Dr. Ed Rigdon, Mrs. Margie Warren, Mrs. Cindy Dishongh, RMC Chief Executive Officer and Dale Armour, HMA Mississippi Division Senior Vice President and Divisional Chief Executive Officer.