A Plato woman is the new director of public relations, marketing and physician recruiting at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Rachel Davis most recently worked as the executive director of operations for a chief operating officer at Mercy Hospital in Joplin. She has a bachelor’s degree in business with a marketing concentration from Missouri Valley College in Marshall and a master’s degree in health administration from Missouri State University in Springfield.

In her time at Mercy, Davis was responsible for working with and overseeing numerous physicians, clinics and service lines.

“I am thrilled to be back home, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to use my healthcare knowledge to benefit the local hospital and clinics,” Davis said.

Davis and her family made the decision to return to Texas County in 2017 after buying a farm in northeast Wright County, where they are building a home.

“It’s not often that we have the opportunity to hire someone with the knowledge, experience and local ties that Rachel has,” said Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH.

Murray said Davis presented a key opportunity for the hospital to match abilities and skills to the hospital’s personnel needs.

“We don’t always have the luxury of finding people to work here that can meet our current needs and bring additional skills we can use,” Murray said.

Murray said the role requires a calm demeanor, the ability to wear multiple hats and the ability to shift gears drastically without much notice – all traits he believes Davis holds.

“Rachel can help us with our current needs and with the future healthcare needs of our hospital,” Murray said.

Davis and her husband, John, have three children, Callie, Tucker and Marlee. Davis is an award-winning barrel-racer and enjoys riding horses and other outdoor activities in her free time.

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