Russ SwordDrew Memorial Hospital has begun the search for an interim chief executive officer, interviewing the first candidate Tuesday afternoon during an hour-long executive session.

The hospital board interviewed Russ Sword, former CEO at Ashley County Medical Center and former interim CEO at Chicot Memorial Hospital. Sword, pictured above, currently lives in the Tyler, Texas area.

The board took no action after the executive session. Sword is one of a number of candidates the board will likely interview.

Meanwhile, the board is also searching for a permanent chief executive officer following Mike Layfield’s resignation Friday afternoon.

Linda Orrell, Drew Memorial Hospital’s director of nursing, has been acting CEO since Layfield’s resignation.