Marcella Long McKay serves in a dual role as Chief Operating Officer for the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) and President and CEO for the MHA Health, Research & Educational Foundation. Her areas of expertise include health policy, regulatory compliance, patient safety, quality of care, and healthcare administration. Dr. McKay has over thirty years of experience in health care in clinical, education, and administrative positions and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Dr. McKay previously served as Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing and served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (1991). She currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a major initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. McKay has been an active member of the Advisory Committee for the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce since its inception in 1996. She currently is a co-lead for the leadership development track of work within the Mississippi Action Coalition.
Dr. McKay has BS degrees in biology and nursing, a Masters Degree in Special Education; a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and PhD in Clinical Health Science. She completed the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellowship, a world-class leadership program to enhance the effectiveness of nurse leaders to impact the U.S. health system. Dr. McKay has received awards including executive leadership designation from the Executive Development Institute of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service (1986); the Mississippi Nurses Association Board of Directors Award for Excellence (2002); recognition as one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s 50 Leading Business Women (2004); and Mississippi Nurses Association 2009 Nurse of the Year in a Non-traditional Setting.
Dr. McKay is married to Bob McKay and has two sons. She is the proud grandmother of three granddaughters – and is expecting another granddaughter in October.