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Kathryn Stewart (601) 359-3150

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 25, 2005

Governor Barbour Makes Appointments to the
State Board of Nursing Home Administrators

(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointments of Brian Cain, of Wiggins; Dr. Elizabeth Twiner, of Madison; Mark A. Adams, of Jackson; Dr. James C. Waites, of Laurel; and Virginia Lee Cora, of Jackson, to the Mississippi Board of Nursing Home Administrators. This board is designed to regulate nursing home administrators; its two major administered programs include pre-licensure and examinations, and licensure and regulatory functions.

“These appointees are well-qualified,” said Governor Barbour. “Each has extensive experience in the health care field, and I feel confident they will serve the people of Mississippi well.”

Brian Cain is currently employed as the President of Lakeview Corporation, a nursing home facility. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, earning a Bachelor’s degree in political science. Cain is the owner of C.C. Rider, Inc., and has also owned his own business, Innovative Therapies. Cain has been a member of the Independent Nursing Home Association for seven years.

Dr. Elizabeth Twiner works as an instructor at Mississippi College. She has previously worked as a staff nurse at St. Dominic’s Hospital, an instructor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and a field nurse at Mississippi Home Care. Dr. Twiner received an Associate’s degree from Holmes Junior College in pre-nursing. She went on to earn an Associate’s degree from Florida Junior College and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Twiner is a member of the Mississippi and American Nurses Association, the Baptist Nursing Fellowship, and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics.

Mark A. Adams is the President and CEO of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. He has served as the Executive Vice President of Operations at this facility, and has also worked as the Assistant Administrator at Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Louisiana. Adams graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration. He then attended Centenary College, also in Shreveport, where he earned his Master’s degree in business administration.

Dr. James C. Waites retired from the Westridge Family Clinic in 2003. He is a member of the Laurel Jaycees, the Laurel Exchange Club, the University of Mississippi Alumni Association, and the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. Professionally, Dr. Waites is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Jones County Medical Association, the American Board Family Practice, the Mississippi Academy Family Practice, and the Southern Medical Association. President of the Jones County Medical Association, Dr. Waites also serves as Chief of Staff for South Central Regional Medical Center. He has also served as Chairman of the Mississippi Delegation to the American Medical Association and was appointed by Congress to Practicing Physicians Advisory Council to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). Dr. Waites has received numerous awards, including Laurel’s “Outstanding Man” award, the Sertoma Club’s “Man of the Year” award, and the Humanitarian Award from the Southern Medical Association. Dr. Waites received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his Medical Doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and interned at the University Hospital in Jackson.

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