FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

GOVERNOR BARBOUR MAKES APPOINTMENTS TO DRUG UTILIZATION REVIEW BOARD

(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointments of Wallace Strickland, of Meridian, and Harold Blakely, of Tupelo, to the Mississippi Division of Medicaid’s Drug Utilization Review Board. The DUR Board is a quality assurance body that seeks to ensure appropriate drug therapy for optimal patient outcomes, cost management analysis on an ongoing basis, and appropriate education for physicians, pharmacists, and patients.

“I am proud that Wallace and Harold are willing to accept placement on the DUR Board,” Governor Barbour said. “Their combined years of healthcare and leadership experience make them great assets, and I feel confident they will serve the citizens of Mississippi well.”

Strickland is president and chief executive officer of Rush Health Systems, where he has worked for the last 36 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama. Strickland and his wife, Judy, have two children, Julie and Jason.

Blakely is president of Delta Area Hospice Care, located in Greenville. He is a member of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy board of directors. Blakely also served as director of pharmacy for Delta Regional Medical Center for over 15 years. He is a member of the American and Mississippi Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Mississippi Pharmacists Association. Blakely graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy.

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