DMH Welcomes New Board Members 

DMH Welcomes New Board Members 

Upon approval of the Taylor County Board of County Commission’s (BOCC) selection of new board members, Doctors’ Memorial Hospital (DMH) interim CEO Lauren Faison-Clark recently welcomed new members to the DMH board.

The board is made up of nine individuals, five of which are appointed by the Taylor County BOCC. Three terms expired at the end of May, and those seats were filled with appointments finalized at the Commission’s June 5 meeting. Pat Barbaree, current board chair, was reappointed, and Sherri Ellis and Scott Barton were named as new members. Additionally, Andrew Starr was appointed by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) to fill the seat vacated by Faison-Clark when she was named interim CEO in early June. 


Rienzi “Pat” Barbaree was reappointed to the DMH board as his second three-year term came to an end. He is a graduate of Stewart County High School in Lumpkin, Georgia, and the University of Georgia. His career in Perry spanned nearly 40 years working with corporate giants Proctor & Gamble, Buckeye and Georgia Pacific (GP). 

“We have made some very positive steps forward in the last couple of years, and I would like to continue to be a part of helping the hospital survive and thrive in the rural environment in which we live,” he said.


Sherri Ellis is a graduate of Taylor County High School, Florida A&M University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and Central Michigan University with a master of administration and human resources. Ellis has more than 26 years of experience in process management and operations, project planning and implementation. After a successful career in the automotive manufacturing industry, she recently returned to Perry and is looking forward to sharing her vast experience and expertise to help strengthen and support DMH.


Scott Barton is a graduate of Holmes County High School, Chipola College and the University of Florida with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. Barton has worked with GP’s Foley Cellulose, Taylor County’s largest employer, for 27 years. He also served as a board member for Buckeye Federal Credit Union, chairman of First Baptist Church in Perry’s stewardship committee and the campaign and allocation team for the Taylor County United Way.


Andrew Starr currently serves as Vice President and Chief Health Operations Officer for TMH. With over 20 years of experience, Starr is a collaborative leader who has demonstrated operational and fiscal results in multiple complex healthcare systems. He is a graduate of State University of New York at Oswego and Xavier University where he earned a master of business administration and master’s in health services administration.

New board members were welcomed to DMH June 24 for orientation and began their board service at the June 27 board meeting.

“DMH is fortunate to have the strong leadership and strategic vision of our board members as a foundation for success,” Faison-Clark said. “We appreciate the commitment of our new members and look forward to working together for the good of our hospital and our community.”.

About Doctors’ Memorial Hospital

Founded in 1957, Doctors’ Memorial Hospital (DMH) is a private, nonprofit, 48-bed hospital committed to being a trusted leader in healthcare. DMH offers emergency services, primary care, short-term inpatient rehabilitation, a full line of radiology services, wound care and additional outpatient services. DMH contracts with Alliant Management Services for administrative operations and has a formal partnership with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) to enhance service capabilities and resources available to DMH. For more information, visit