Senior Leadership

At Pioneer Health Services, we have built a leadership team that is second to none in the field of rural healthcare. The expertise of our executives is a key factors for the success of our company and the critical access hospitals we serve.

 

Joseph S. McNulty, III

Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe McNulty has been a resident of Magee, Mississippi, since 1975. He holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his career in health care as a respiratory therapist and started his first business, Medicomp, Inc., a physical and respiratory therapy company, in 1983. In 1989, he acquired his first healthcare facility S.E. Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest, MS. Joe gained experience leasing and managing several additional rural hospitals and founded Pioneer Health Services in 1996. In September 2000, S.E. Lackey Memorial Hospital became the first Critical Access Hospital (CAH) –designated facility in Mississippi. One year later, Pioneer Community Hospital of Aberdeen followed as the second. Both were guided to CAH status through their partnership with Pioneer Health Services. Mr. McNulty continues to serves as Chairman of the Board for the not-for-profit Lackey Memorial Hospital. Through his leadership and vision, Pioneer Health Services has expanded its operations/management department to serve eight Critical Access Hospitals in four states. Mr. McNulty stands at the helm of the expansion of Pioneer Health Services' provision of contracted services to CAH facilities from Virginia to Hawaii.

 

Julie Gieger

Chief Financial Officer

Julie Gieger is Chief Financial Officer and is a 20-year veteran of Pioneer Health Services and affiliated corporations. Ms. Gieger is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and earned her BSBA in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ms. Gieger joined the Pioneer Organization in 1987 and was promoted to Corporate Controller in 1996. In 2003 she was named Chief Financial Officer.

She is responsible for the financial operations of Pioneer and all affiliated corporations and treasury functions, including corporate finance and supervision of all staff related to reimbursement, revenue cycle, accounting and financial reporting. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Mississippi Society of CPAs and HFMA. A native of Simpson County, she and her husband, Steve, have three children.

 

Morgan Dunn

Vice President of Business Development

Ms. Dunn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and English from the University of Mississippi in 2003. After graduation, Morgan began her healthcare career in sales for Ambulatory Equipment Services in charge of the south central Mississippi region. In 2005, she was promoted to Corporate Business Development for the Revenue Cycle Management Division of Pioneer Health Services, taking on the responsibilities of supervising and managing business office assessments prior to contracting. In 2008, Morgan became responsible for the acquisition of new healthcare facilities, revenue cycle management and behavioral health business development and contracting. Since that time, Pioneer has partnered with over 30 Critical Access Hospitals to provide operational support services. In addition to overseeing this expansion, Morgan's professional accomplishments include recognition as one of Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women in 2008, and membership in the National Rural Health Association, Mississippi Hospital Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

In January of 2011, Morgan was named Vice President of Business Development, charged with directing management of corporate advertising, marketing, and business development throughout the organization, as well as playing a role in the corporation's ongoing strategic planning. She was raised and currently resides in Magee, MS with her 3 small children and husband, Chris.

 

Steve Fontaine

Vice President of Hospital Operations

Steve Fontaine received a Bachelor's degree in English from Clemson University in 1995 and received a Master's in Health Administration & Policy from Medical University of South Carolina in 1998. Steve worked for HCA Healthcare - Trident Medical Center, a 400-bed system in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1998-2002 as a financial analyst and later as an Associate Administrator at HCA Healthcare - Dauterive Hospital, 102-bed in New Iberia, Louisiana , from 2002-2003.

Steve was recruited by Pioneer Health Services in 2003 to be the Hospital Administrator at Pioneer Community Hospital of Aberdeen (CAH) where he provided executive oversight of all daily operations, including financial performance and medical staff relations. In 2008 he was promoted to Director of Regional Hospital Operations for Pioneer Health Services in which capacity he is responsible for the oversight and management of five hospitals. Steve is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association – Finance Committee and previously served as the former President of the Mississippi Hospital Association – Prairie Council.

 

Sydney Sawyer

Patient Services Officer

Sydney Sawyer has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and is a staunch patient advocate. Sydney has worked in many facets of the medical industry, including Critical Care, Emergency Room, Surgery, and Medical Surgical areas. He received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College in 1994. Sydney has worked for Pioneer Health Services since its inception and before that for Medicomp, an affiliated physical and respiratory therapy company. He has served in many capacities of nursing, including as Emergency Room Director, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Services, where he managed not only nursing but all clinical ancillary departments. Sydney has become expert in the clinical aspects of Critical Access Hospitals. He was instrumental in the conversion of Lackey Memorial Hospital and Pioneer Community Hospital of Aberdeen to Critical Access Status in 1999 and 2001, the first and second critical access hospitals in Mississippi. He has served as a consultant for other Mississippi hospitals during their conversion to CAH status.

In January of 2011 he accepted the role of Patient Services Officer, in which capacity he is responsible for the Quality Management System for all patient care divisions of Pioneer Health Services. Although Sydney is aware of and appreciates all areas of hospital management, quality patient care is his priority.

 

Greg Baldwin

Vice President-Human Resources

Greg Baldwin has over 20 years of Human Resources experience with the last 18 specifically in large healthcare systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama and a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore. He has held professional designations in Human Resources (PHR and SPHR) from 1998 through 2012. He grew up in a military family and spent nine years in England before moving back to the United States to live mostly in southern states. He has spent the last 18 years in Mississippi and currently he resides in Magee with his wife, Julie and their five children.

Greg was recruited to Pioneer in June of 2012 to lead the Human Resources function for Mississippi's fastest growing company. He is tasked with recruiting, selecting, training, assessing and rewarding employees, while also overseeing organizational development and culture. He is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the ever changing gambit of employment labor laws.

Greg collaborates with the Corporate Strategy Team on key strategic initiatives dealing with acquisitions, talent management, succession planning and organizational development.