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Mellie Bridewell

Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Brian Thomas

Chief Executive Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Bruce Murphy, MD

Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital

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Vickie Henderson, MD Chief Medical Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

From a Changing Healthcare Landscape to a Global Pandemic, Arkansas’s Healthcare Leaders Tackle it All! 60 New Leaders Listed!


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Publisher’s Letter Greetings Readers, Since the time we began working on our 2020 InCharge – about midFebruary – the world virtually changed. Most of us wonder if it will ever be the same. Certainly, many parts of our daily lives have been altered indefinitely – no more hugs or handshakes. Literally wearing hazmat suits to work or even to the grocery store. No eating out, no movies, no spring break traveling. And summer vacation will surely be a staycation. For many small business owners, the corona virus is a business killer.

Publisher Pamela Z. Harris Editor Pepper Jeter Executive Assistant Shelley Tinnon

The goal on which we’re all focused is to stay healthy in the midst of the biggest healthcare crisis in our lifetime.

Contributing Writer Melanie Kilgore-Hill

For the healthcare leaders represented in this book, jobs have changed drastically to include the daily management of COVID-19 issues. Hospital and medical practices have put the brakes on their old way of accepting patients, implementing new testing and anti-virus-spreading procedures to protect those who are relying on them for life-saving care. Protecting healthcare staff has become paramount. The previous stressful atmosphere that accompanies emergent and acute care situations has added another thick layer of intensity.

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Mellie Bridewell

Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Brian Thomas

Chief Executive Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Bruce Murphy, MD

Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital

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Vickie Henderson, MD Chief Medical Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

From a Changing Healthcare Landscape to a Global Pandemic, Arkansas’s Healthcare Leaders Tackle it All! 60 New Leaders Listed!

ON THE COVER

Mellie Bridewell, Brian Thomas, Bruce Murphy, MD, Vickie Henderson, MD Cover photos by Mark Mathews

This edition of AMN InCharge was proudly printed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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But the challenges they were tackling before COVID-19 arrived, have not gone away. While some have been tabled temporarily, most are being dealt with right alongside COVID-19. Many patients who have lost their lives to this pandemic had comorbidities caused by things that medical professionals were already dealing with. You’ll see in our cover story, that begins on the next page, what some of those were. I’m thankful to know and introduce you to our 2020 cover honorees. While all the leaders shown on the next 47 pages are making a difference in Arkansas healthcare, we have chosen the following four to spotlight in this sixth edition of Arkansas InCharge. Mellie Bridewell has proven herself to be a champion/ambassador/advocate for rural healthcare in Arkansas. Over a decade ago, Mellie started the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership to help save rural hospitals in the southern part of our state. She is a no-nonsense kind of person who knows how to get things done. With over one out of every five Arkansans lacking access to healthcare, Mellie is making a difference and we applaud her for her efforts!

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The thing I know about the people I know in charge of healthcare in Arkansas is that they are amply equipped to handle these new demands. They are strong, resilient and have the kind of personalities that tend to thrive on difficult challenges.

Brian Thomas has been a game-changer for Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Since officially taking over the helm in February of 2017, he has breathed new life into and created a new culture at JRMC. Employee engagement went from single digits to the 75th percentile in the most recent survey. In addition, he has focused on creating partnerships with specialty groups in central Arkansas to keep patients in Southeast Arkansas from having to travel for those services. His accomplishments are noted and we’re proud to spotlight them for our readers. Dr. Bruce Murphy was the leader of the original group of cardiologists that founded Arkansas Heart Hospital – officially opening its doors in 1997. Since then, he has led the organization through incredible growth and amazing milestones; the latest is being named one of the top 22 performing hospitals in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review. They also have a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and are now expanding to a second hospital opening in Saline County this fall. Arkansas is fortunate to have such outstanding cardiovascular care under the leadership of Dr. Murphy! I first met Dr. Vickie Henderson, CMO of Saint Mary’s Regional in Russellville, last fall when she sat on a panel of experts at Arkansas Hospital Association’s annual meeting to discuss physician burnout. I was moved by her genuine knowledge and understanding of her fellow physicians, and her commitment to aid them performing in high stress situations. And if that’s not impressive enough, during her 20 year career as an OB/GYN she has brought 5000 babies into this world. Kudos to Dr. Henderson! There are no words sufficient to express the deep gratitude we all feel toward healthcare workers these days. We should stop for a moment and also thank the outstanding people who are leading them through these difficult days. God bless you all and see you on the other side of this crisis! Sincerely,

Pamela Z. Haskins Publisher 501.247.9189

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Steady in a Storm, Voices of Leadership and Experience Leaders weigh in on challenges, changes affecting healthcare at home By MELANIE KILGORE-HILL

Mellie Boagni Bridewell

From rural hospital closures to a global pandemic, unprecedented times pose new challenges for Arkansas’s healthcare leaders. Fortunately, there’s no lack of ingenuity or initiative driving the Natural State’s hospitals and healthcare organizations. For this issue of Arkansas Medical News InCharge, we asked our four cover honorees to discuss the long-term vision of challenges facing providers in Arkansas, how their organizations are creating change, and reflections on their careers.

Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership; Regional Director of Strategy, Management and Administration, UAMS Birthplace: Opelousas, Louisiana Experience: Founder, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership; Serves on the National Rural Health Association Congress, board of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, advisory board for the Delta Region Community Health Systems program and Congressman Rick Crawford’s DREAM Council; Named a HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Health Champion in 2016.

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Identifying a Need: “Rural hospital closures in Arkansas have become a growing public concern, with two closing in the past five years. The 2016 iVantage ‘Rural Relevance – Vulnerability Value’ study pointed out that southern states are especially vulnerable and that, out of Arkansas’ 47 rural hospitals, 19 are at risk of closing. The struggle of the rural hospital is real. The growth of larger health systems, the inability to make changes needed for financial viability, the deficient regulatory and reimbursement environment, the inability to maintain competitive workforce compensation, the 4 Arkansas Medical News

lack of community resources, the high costs of equipment, supplies and locums, and the lack of workforce are just a few of the challenges facing our rural hospitals. These challenges, along with undelivered promises of federal health reform, payment cuts by both government programs and private insurers, falling patient volumes, and a declining rural population overall have been tough on rural hospitals. Currently there is little support to assist rural hospitals across the state of Arkansas with the resources they need to thrive. Arkansas must recognize and prioritize the urgency to support

our rural hospitals and rural health clinics by working on longterm solutions for the stability of rural health throughout the state.” Being the Change: “The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership organization itself does not provide direct patient care, but hospital members have been working collaboratively since 2008 to provide coordinated care and healthcare outreach programs across the south Arkansas (mostly Delta) region that foster quality healthcare delivery for patients throughout 14 hospitals and


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 their clinics. ARHP is uniquely increasing needed resources positioned to meet changes in for individuals in our health and the health care environment court system that need help with through collaboration that allows recovery.” each hospital member and the Learned from Experience: rural clinics that they operate “My first lesson career-wise to generate cost savings and is, don’t ever say you ‘will never.’ efficiencies, pool resources, Did I ever believe I would be and provide a wider range of working in healthcare? No, but service in the community, while now I can’t see myself anywhere each hospital member maintains else. In my lifelong quest to make their own independence and change and make a difference ownership. ARHP is the largest I’ve found a home with the horizontal, independently-owned incredible people in healthcare. hospital network in the South So, what I have learned is not that is owned by its member earth-shattering, it simply is, hospitals and provides a platform 1) don’t ever give up on what for its members to collaborate you believe in. Where there is a through professional roundtables will there is a way. And 2) just with participating healthcare because you don’t fit into a leaders and a recently begun particular mold, don’t be afraid Clinically Integrated Network. to make your own. Some of us Through this collaboration, just weren’t meant to thrive in a ARHP has obtained over $12 ‘pre-made model’; and 3) keep million in grant funds to support care coordination initiatives, healthcare provider training and education opportunities, mental and behavioral health telehealth services, patient navigation and assistance services, quality improvement initiatives, and patient education opportunities. A number of current programs advance population health and patient value. In recent Community Health Needs Assessments, ARHP hospitals recognized that their respective communities wanted their hospitals to do something about the drug abuse problem and the lack of mental and behavioral resources in the region. Addressing these issues has been an important Brian Thomas priority for ARHP. We President/Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson currently have four grant Regional Medical Center programs focused on Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana providing mental and behavioral health resources Experience: 22 Years of hospital & healthcare leadership to our hospitals and clinics through telehealth and

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Indentifying a Need: “Hospitals have felt the burden of the challenge to ‘reduce healthcare costs’ for many years. Hospital leaders around the state have reduced excess expenses and services to the core, and there is simply very little left to reduce. No longer are we managing these institutions that once included core hospital services, but we are now in the business of employing the majority of medical staff and operating specialty services. Furthermore, the burden of utilization has also been placed on the shoulders of hospital executives. It is imperative that our insurance payors participate in the arena with us. We need the payors to maintain some level of pace of reimbursement with rising costs of conducting business, as well as help reduce the red-tape and unnecessary hurdles of the revenue cycle process.” Being the Change: “Jefferson Regional has served as the regional hospital to help support the communities in southeast Arkansas for decades. Our hospital is positioned in a unique location in which to serve our population. Many patients are not able to go to Little Rock for services, and we are proud that we can offer services to them here. One of our greatest strengths is our relationship with the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, a coalition of hospitals throughout south Arkansas. This group of hospitals share many unique challenges when compared to other parts of the state, but our

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 leaders work together our support services. in ways that make sense Everyone and every to strengthen everyone position is important in the partnership. to the organization’s Providing healthcare in success.” the delta of Arkansas certainly presents its Bruce Murphy, MD, PhD challenges. The single Identifying a Need: largest challenge is “The most recruitment and retention important thing that of healthcare professionals, needs to change with physicians topping in healthcare is the list. We have many transparency in outstanding physicians in outcomes, indications southeast Arkansas that and costs, so patients have provided exceptional can act like customers healthcare services for in a manner similar to decades. Over the past retail shopping. The several years, there have patient needs to be been a significant number able to mandate what’s of these who retire from in the package of the practice of medicine, care just like reading and many more will soon. the ingredients and The fundamental greatest nutritional assets of task is recruiting the next the food they buy at a generation of medical market.” professionals to this region. Being the Change: I’m proud of the progress “We have two Bruce Murphy, MD, PhD that we have made with advantages that are Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Heart Hospital this over the past few overall differentiators: years, as we have been physician leadership Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas successful with recruiting at all levels, and a Experience: Nine years in administration for Arkansas specialists in primary care, family organization Heart Hospital. Practiced interventional cardiology in cardiology, general surgery, Arkansas for 28 years. that believes in family orthopedics, pulmonology values. We are tackling and rheumatology, just a disease that didn’t to name a few. The challenge is exist when I started the practice ready to take an opportunity to great, but I’m pleased with our of medicine - adult obesity. The lead when it presents itself. At progress so far.” obesity epidemic impacts the the age of 30, I’ll never forget Learned from Experience: patient’s health with vascular the experience to join Howard “I’ve been blessed to have disease, diabetes, visceral organ Memorial Hospital as the CEO had a lot of great mentors in encasement in fat, and wears out to lead through a number of my career path, and I’ve had their musculoskeletal system. For exciting changes. Furthermore, I exposure to good organizations the truly obese, no diets work learned very early that you can in this journey. Ironically, I in a durable fashion. We have learn something from everyone returned to Jefferson Regional launched a fabulous bariatric you encounter if you will just to complete my healthcare surgery program that cures listen. Relationships are the key career in the very place it began type 2 diabetes in 85 percent to this business, and I’ve always 22 years ago. Gaining exposure of our patients and dramatically tried to listen to others just to as many aspects as possible reduces other areas that obesity a little bit more than sharing in the business has proven to causes.” my own opinions. Finally, I’ve be a valuable asset. I started my Learned from Experience: learned that successful CEOs are career in the physician practice “Listen to the patient, they actually humble, approachable management arena, and there usually know what’s wrong. The and always willing to stand up is no doubt that in order to be patient-physician relationship for their people. My team knows successful, you must be able imparts to the patient a unique that I’m going to treat everyone to work well with physicians. feeling of admiration for the the same, whether they are a At some point, you must be doctor that most doctors don’t physician or a team member of 6 Arkansas Medical News


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 fully understand until they become the patient. There is nothing wrong with not knowing, but often wrong if you are not looking. Availability to your patients is more important than your ability.”

care and stroke education is one of our shining stars. School children and civic groups participate in community education programs to quickly recognize the signs of stroke. We partner with our community to implement programs to reduce Vickie Henderson, MD readmissions. In order to meet Identifying a Need: psychosocial needs of our “In general, there is a lot that patients at the time of discharge, needs to change in healthcare there are a number of creative throughout the country: access approaches. For a variety of to care, adequate coverage, reasons, mortality for acute affordability and medical myocardial infarction is higher literacy. In Arkansas we certainly in Arkansas than most states. struggle with all of those due Since time to revascularization to our demographics and improves survival, Saint Mary’s geography. The underlying implemented a pre-hospital challenge we face is the communication platform which ongoing erosion of trust. With reduced intervention times by an unlimited access to information impressive 23 percent.” that is often inaccurate or Learned from Experience: highly academic, the public no “After spending 20 years longer looks to healthcare as a physician, I suddenly professionals as the experts became a patient when they trained extensively to I was diagnosed with become. As administrators myasthenia gravis. My view and providers, we must from the other side of the work to reduce harms, sheets radically changed deliver healthcare with me as a person and affects extraordinary compassion my outlook as a member and improve our ability to of the administrative communicate in order to team. Referring to it win back trust and foster as a panoramic view a cooperative approach to of healthcare, I speak healing.” nationally to healthcare Being the Change: groups about my new “Saint Mary’s is affiliated perspective. If I had I spent with LifePoint, a large time as a patient early in healthcare organization my career, I think I would with 88 hospitals across 30 have been a better doctor. states, which is nationally My advice to anyone recognized for excellence just starting out is to put in quality. Locally this year, yourself in a hospital gown we received multiple awards and see what healthcare including The Governor’s delivery looks like from the Award for Commitment bed. Come alongside friends to Quality. Our stroke and family members who program garnered multiple are on the receiving end recognitions: Outstanding and listen to their concerns. Vickie Henderson, MD Facilitator Award, Site Listening is free and when Excellence Award, Silver you listen, you know twice Chief Medical Officer, Saint Mary’s Regional MediPlus Quality Award, Stroke as much. In the end, people cal Center Elite Honor Roll (American care most about how you Birthplace: Benton, Arkansas Heart Association), Silver made them feel, and that Experience: Four years in hospital administration. Plus, Level 3-Defect Free Practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 20 years. is a vital part of the healing Stroke Care Arkansas Stroke process.”

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Registry and Arkansas Stroke Ready Hospital Certificate of Designation (Arkansas Department of Health).  Turning Point, our behavioral health unit, was recognized nationally as program of the year and director of the year from Horizon. Patient satisfaction for the unit is top box and construction will soon be underway for an expanded facility. However, what really sets us apart is our people. Our team is like family, committed to serving each other, our patients and our communities. Our Mission is, “Making Communities Healthier.” That means focusing not only on treating disease, but prevention as well. We support various organizations, financially and through volunteerism, whose mission is to eradicate food insecurity. Obviously, stroke

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A Peggy L. Abbott President, Chief Executive Officer Ouachita County Medical Center 638 California Ave SW Camden, AR 71701 870-836-1000 www.ouachita medcenter.com Abbott is in her eighth year as the President and CEO of Ouachita County Medical Center, a 98-bed acute care hospital located in Camden. Following a $7 million renovation of the Emergency Department and Surgical Department in 2013, the most recent project was the implementation of a cardiac service line that includes the capability for heart caths, stents, pacemakers, angioplasty, etc. Additionally, the organization opened an Urgent Care Clinic and a Family Practice clinic.  Abbott is a graduate of UALR.  She is a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors and has served as treasurer since 2015.

Chad Aduddell Chief Executive Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chist vincent.com Aduddell became chief executive officer at CHI St. Vincent in 2015. For three previous years, Aduddell served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of CHI St. Vincent and president of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. He came to CHI St. Vincent from St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, in 2012. At St. Anthony, Aduddell served as the president of the Bone & Joint Hospital and as chair and administrator of the Saints Heart and Vascular Institute. Aduddell has a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Tulsa and an MBA in health care administration from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business. He is a member of Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Arkansas

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Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business Advisory Board.

Kim Arnold Chief Nursing Officer Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 www.northwest health.com Arnold moved to Northwest Arkansas from Woodward, OK, in 2017. With more than 20 years of experience, she was with AllianceHealth Woodward in Woodward, Okla., where she served in many leadership roles, including Chief Quality Officer and then Chief Nursing Officer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on health care management from Southern Nazarene University. She is a member of the Arkansas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Locally, she serves with the NWA American Heart Association.

Leslie “Bubba” Arnold President CHI St. Vincent Morrilton 4 Hospital Dr. Morrilton, AR 72110 501-977-2300 www.chist vincent.com Arnold became president of CHI St. Vincent Morrilton in 2012 after more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience at CHI St. Vincent. He has served as vice president of operations, administrative director of operations, director of pharmacy services and staff pharmacist. He earned a Master of Arts in health services management at Webster University and a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). At UAMS, he received the Faculty Gold Key in recognition of graduating at the top of his class. Arnold is a member of the Little Rock Executive Association, Leadership Greater Little Rock, the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, the

Morrilton Core Connection Committee and serves on the board for the Morrilton Chamber of Commerce.

Marcia Atkinson President CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chist vincent.com Atkinson has served as president of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute since January 2019, leading the practice she has worked at for more than 20 years. Her role with the Heart Institute includes oversight of hospital-based inpatient and outpatient services across the CHI St. Vincent hospitals as well as a network of 30 heart clinic locations across the Arkansas. She holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas.

Pete Atkinson, MHA Chief Executive Officer SAMA Healthcare Services PA 600 South Timberlane Drive El Dorado, AR 71730 870-862-2400 patkinson@sama healthcare.com Since 2008, Atkinson has been administrator of SAMA Healthcare Services PA, the largest primary care physician group in El Dorado and South Central Arkansas and has now been promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to coming to work for SAMA, he worked in a variety of administrative positions with the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Atkinson was the MGMA administrator for 2016. He has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University, and undergraduate degrees in human resources from Saint Leo University and management from Hawaii Pacific University. He also worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Peter Austin Chief Operating Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Austin began his healthcare career at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi, where he served as Director of Finance and Vice President of Practice Management. He first joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 2012 as the Vice President of Physician Practice Management. Austin went on to serve as the Executive Director of Operations for the Physician Enterprise at Piedmont Athens Regional in Athens, Georgia. On November 1, 2017, Austin returned to Jefferson Regional as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Millsaps College and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Mississippi. Austin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is Board Certified in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

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B Scott Bailey Interm CEO, Chief Operation Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 1808 West Main Street Russellville, Arkansas 72801 479-964-2841 saintmarys regional.com Bailey has served as the COO at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville for the last three years. Prior to joining the St. Mary’s team Bailey was the Chief Financial Officer in Muskogee Oklahoma over two campuses with Regional Care, Capella Health. Bailey has served as CFO over a diverse inventory of Hospitals for the past 30 years. From Mat Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer Alaska, to a Regional CFO position with Health

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 South. His experience includes starting up the Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix Arizona to building the Rehab Institute of Tucson in Tucson Arizona. Bailey is dedicated to the community as a strong supporter of the Russellville Child Advocacy Center, the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, Key Club, Rotary Club, United Way, and the New Life Church.

John Ballard, PhD, FACHE Chief Executive Officer Forrest City Medical Center 1601 Newcastle Road Forrest City, AR 72335 870-261-0000 www.forrestcity medicalcenter.com Ballard joined Forrest City Medical Center in May of 2019. He previously served as CEO of Kentucky River Medical Center and brings with him 15 years of rural healthcare experience. Ballard earned his PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology from Walden University, his MBA in finance from Alcorn State University, and his BS in computer science from Louisiana State University.

Chris B. Barber President, Chief Executive Officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Washington Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4429 cbarber@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Barber, who has served in various capacities at St. Bernards for about 25 years, was named president and chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare in 2010. He has oversight of all St. Bernards-associated entities. Board certified in health care management, he holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, serves as chairman of the board for the Arkansas Hospital Association and is active in the Arkansas Health Executives Forum. Barber is a recipient of an ACHE Regent’s Senior Level Award.

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Curtis Barnett President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield 601 South Gaines Little Rock, AR 72201 501-378-2000 arkansasblue cross.com As president and CEO, Barnett serves on the board of directors of the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He also serves as the chairman on the Association’s board of managers for the Federal Employee Program and is a member of the Health Leadership Advisory Committee. Barnett is also chairman of the board of managers for Blue Health Intelligence, a healthcare data analytics and solutions company. Prior to his election as president and CEO in 2017, Barnett served as senior vice president of Enterprise Internal Operations where he was responsible for all aspects of operations, including claims administration, customer service and customer accounts for Arkansas Blue Cross and its subsidiary and affiliate companies. A native of Sherwood, Barnett received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s Advanced Executive Program.

Shawn Barnett Chief Operating Officer and President, Infirmary & North CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Barnett serves as chief operating officer for the CHI St. Vincent system and president for the Infirmary and CHI St. Vincent North hospitals. He came to CHI St. Vincent in 2018 from Lufkin, Texas, where he was president and chief operating officer of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. Before that, he served as regional CFO for two other Texas health systems. A Jonesboro native, he was controller for Methodist Hospital in Jonesboro from

1988 to 1995 and was CFO of the same from 1995 to 1999. He also served as CFO at two other hospitals. Barnett has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas State University, and an MBA from Regis University.

Ben Barylske Vice President and Chief Financial Officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Washington Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4565 bbarylske@ sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info

Barylske is in charge of all accounting, financial planning and budgeting for St. Bernards Healthcare as well as all purchasing, accounts payable, billing and collections for St. Bernards Medical Center. Barylske was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year by Arkansas Business in 2014.

Brent Beaulieu Chief Financial Officer Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 brent.beaulieu@ baptist-health.org Beaulieu, who has spent 21 years in health care, became chief financial officer of Baptist Health in January 2019. He joined Baptist Health in 2007 as assistant vice president of finance and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2008. He received a degree in accounting from Harding University in Searcy.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Alicia Berkemeyer Senior Vice President, Provider Network Services Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield 601 South Gaines Little Rock, AR 72201 501-378-2000 arkansasblue cross.com Berkemeyer is responsible for all programs related to provider networks, value-based programs, primary care and commercial pharmacy for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliates. She joined Arkansas Blue Cross in 1989 and has held several positions in the areas of customer service, sales and marketing and pharmacy. She has more than 28 years of experience in the healthcare industry with a focus on primary care and pharmacy. Berkemeyer has led and managed the development of patient-centered medical homes, employer clinics and pharmacy programs. She played an instrumental role in Arkansas being chosen as one of only seven regions in the United States to participate in the federal Comprehensive Primary Care initiative and assisted our state in receiving significant funding from the Centers for Medicare Services Innovation Center in the form of a State Innovation Model grant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from John Brown University. Also, she is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Global Program at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She is a certified health consultant, a managed healthcare professional and a Professional in the Academy of Healthcare Management.

Sonal Bhakta, MD Vice President of Medical Affairs Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy. net/nwa Dr. Bhakta joined Mercy in 2011 as a hospitalist while also working in clinic-level internal medicine and primary care. She became the medical

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director of hospitalists and division chair of hospital physicians in 2016 before being named vice president of medical affairs in 2019. She also has served as an associate professor in the department of internal medicine at UAMS-Northwest since 2016. Dr, Bhakta earned a Doctor of Medicine and master’s degree in public health from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in 2008. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UAMS and has been board certified since 2012.

Michael Birrer, MD, PhD Director Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham #623 Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-2272 MJBirrer@uams.edu Internationally recognized medical oncologist Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., was named vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller at UAMS in 2019. Birrer specializes in gynecologic cancers. Prior to joining UAMS, he served as director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As director of the UAMS Cancer Institute, Birrer will lead all cancer-related activities for UAMS, whose cancer clinics reported more than 150,000 patient visits during the last fiscal year. There are about 150 UAMS faculty members engaged in cancer-related research and clinical activities.

Brad Bloemer, CPA Vice President of Finance/CFO Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000 www.myammc.org Bloemer started at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in May 2011. Prior to coming to AMMC, Bloemer was CFO at Murray Calloway County Hospital in

Murray, Kentucky, for six years. He has also worked at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Missouri and Price Waterhouse Public Accounting Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. As AMMC’s Chief Financial Officer, Bloemer oversees all finance related aspects of the hospital, the foundation, physician clinics and Chateau on the Ridge. Bloemer earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from Southeast Missouri State University in 1987. He went on to complete his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 1998 at SEMO in Cape Giradeau, Missouri. He has been a certified public accountant since 1988.

Adam Bracks, PT, MBA Chief Executive Officer Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 603 North Progress Ave. Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479-215-3000 Chief Executive Officer Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital 3873 Parkview Drive Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-7070 www.northwest health.com Bracks is the CEO of Siloam Springs Regional Hospital and Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville. Adam moved to Siloam Springs Seminole, Oklahoma, where he was CEO of Alliance Health Seminole. He has nearly two decades of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to joining Alliance Health, he served as CEO of Southeast HEALTH Center of Stoddard County in Dexter, Missouri. He also has significant clinical experience, serving as director of rehabilitation services as well as occupational medicine and primary care at SkyRidge Medical Center in Cleveland, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia, and a senior executive master’s degree in business administration from University of Tennessee.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Barry Brady, FACHE, CRA Vice President & Chief Operations Officer Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 13 Children’s Way Slot 842 Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-7373 bradyb@ archildrens.org Brady has been a healthcare and research operations executive for 30 years, more than half of which has been spent at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. His primary responsibility is for the day-to-day operational activities of the institute in support of research endeavors. Before joining Arkansas Children’s, Brady worked as an administrator for Arkansas hospitals including Conway Regional Medical Center and Ozark Health Medical Center. He has a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of Mississippi and is boardcertified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and Research Administrators Certification Council.

Mellie Bridewell Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) Director of the Office of Strategic Management University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 870-265-6553 melliebridewell@ arruralhealth.org Bridewell currently works for UAMS as the Director of the Office of Strategic Management and serves as the ARHP’s chief executive officer. She has eighteen years of experience in community and organizational networking, grant writing, and program development and implementation. She created the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership organization in 2008

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which began with five critical access hospitals and has grown to twelve member hospitals across the south Arkansas region. Since its beginning, the organization has been recognized nationally as a Rural Health Community Champion for Collaborative Partnerships by the Federal Office of Rural Health and as Outstanding Network of the Year by the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association. Bridewell has a reputation in the state of Arkansas and throughout the country as an ambassador for rural healthcare.  Her ability to convene the appropriate partners and valuable stakeholders has led to state and national recognition. In 2016, Bridewell was acknowledged as a Federal Office of Rural Health’s Rural Health Champion. 

Josh Bright, PharmD Vice President of Operations ​North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4000 www.narmc.com Bright joined the NARMC team in 2011 as a pharmacist. He served as Director of Pharmacy before being promoted to the VP of Operations in January 2020.  Dr. Bright serves on the Board of Directors for the North Arkansas Partnership for Healthcare Education (NAPHE) and currently is a member of Arkansas Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Arkansas Class XIV. He is an Apexus Certified 340B Expert and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Association of Health System Pharmacists as Chairperson of the Programs and Education Council. “Bright has been an asset to the NARMC team for the last nine years. In his role of the Director of Pharmacy, he has shown key leadership skills and values that make him a perfect fit for his new role,” Sammie Cribbs, COO and CNO, said. A native of Jasper, AR, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Chemistry at Arkansas Tech University and received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He is an active member of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the Arkansas Association of Health-Systems Pharmacists

(AAHP), and the Arkansas Pharmacists’ Association (APA). Dr. Bright was named the 2017 Arkansas Pharmacists Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year and was named a 2019 Health Care Professional of the Year Finalist by Arkansas Business.

Troy B. Brooks Chief Financial Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As CFO of Conway Regional Health System, Brooks is responsible for the financial operations of the health system which includes Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Conway Regional Surgery Center, an outpatient imaging center and 10 primary care clinics located throughout north Central Arkansas. He leads Conway Regional’s Accounting, Business Office/Admissions and Medical Information teams. Brooks has more than 38 years of experience in advanced health care financial management and leadership. Brooks holds an MBA from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association where he was awarded the Bronze Merit Award for his chapter.

Pamela Brown, RN, BSN, CPHQ, CPPS Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 pbrown@ arkhospitals.org Brown’s primary duties are to lead in the development, coordination and implementation of the goals and work


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 plan of the AHA’s Patient Safety and Quality Program for their 100 plus members. Brown joined the AHA in 2012. Prior to joining the AHA, she served as Vice President of Quality Programs for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). Her clinical background is in obstetrics and medical surgical nursing. She has more than 20 years of experience in quality and patient safety. She served in various hospital and home health clinical positions such as director of clinical services, case manager, staff and charge nurse.

Jermaine Bucknor Chief Financial Officer Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 Chief Financial Officer Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital 3873 Parkview Drive Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-7070 www.northwest health.com Bucknor is the CFO for NMC-Bentonville and Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville. Before joining Northwest Health in 2019, he served as CFO at Alliance Health Midwest, a CHS-affiliated system in Midwest City, OK. With more than 15 years of financial leadership experience, Jermaine previously served as CFO for Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Ormond Beach, Florida; Florida Hospital in Flagler, Florida; and Ponca City Medical Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Prior to these positions, he held roles as Assistant CFO, Controller, and Finance Manager. Jermaine earned a bachelor’s degree accounting from Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica, and an MBA in financial Management from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.  

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C Brian Cahalan Chief Technology Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7486 Brian.cahalan@ arheart.com Cahalan is the Chief Technology and Information Security Officer at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology consulting industry while at Accenture and Acxiom. Cahalan graduated from the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business where he was the Top Outstanding Graduate.

Darren Caldwell Senior Vice President of Regional Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Washington Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4505 mdcaldwell@ sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Caldwell oversees all the regional efforts of St. Bernards Healthcare. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a former chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association board of directors.

Chanda Chacón Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 ChaconCC@ archildrens.org Chacón has overall executive responsibility for operational leadership and accountability for system operations, which includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in

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Springdale. Chacón graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Biology and Spanish and from Yale University with a master’s degree in Public Health Management. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to Arkansas Children’s, she served at Texas Children’s Hospital for more than 14 years. She is passionate about leadership and developing others and frequently presents on these topics at graduate schools, non-profit organizations, and healthcare professional organizations.

Kay Chandler, MD President Pulaski County Medical Society Physician Cornerstone Clinic for Women 9500 Baptist Health Dr Suite 100 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-5500 Cornerstoneclinic forwomen.com Dr. Chandler is serving as the 2020 President of the Pulaski County Medical Society. She has been an OB/GYN physician for Cornerstone Clinic for Women since 1997. Dr. Chandler graduated from Hendrix College with a BA with Honors in Chemistry. She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and did her residency training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is dedicated to promoting health and wellness through true lifestyle change and has served as Medical Director of Ideal Health NOW! since 2011. She is passionate about helping women of all ages feel and function at their best by helping them navigate health care with an integrative approach and even more importantly, by educating and encouraging them in self-care.

Christina Clark, MBA Vice Chancellor for Institutional Support Services and Chief Operating Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 CLClark2@uams.edu 501-686-5605 Clark was named vice chancellor for institutional support services and chief operating officer at UAMS in 2019. In this role, Clark oversees campus operations, information technology and the UAMS Police Department. She previously served as interim vice chancellor for administration. Prior to that, she was the chancellor’s chief of staff.

Alesha D. Collins, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8909 www.howard memorial.com For the last seven years, Collins been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, as the Chief Nursing Officer. During her career, she has worked in various healthcare settings: home health, hospital, inpatient/outpatient rehab, and long term care, and as a staff nurse and in nursing management positions in the various settings listed. She is an RN with a master’s of science in nursing and a master’s of health care administration. Collins is an active member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives, the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives where she holds the position as President, and the Arkansas Center for Nursing where she holds the position of Organizational Board Member. She was honored as one of the 2016 40 outstanding nurse leaders in Arkansas under 40.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 J. Michael Conerly, MD, FACS, MBA President/CEO LAMMICO One Galleria Blvd., Suite 700 Metairie, LA 70001 800.452.2120 lammico.com Dr. Conerly is President/CEO of LAMMICO, a medical professional liability insurance carrier providing coverage for physicians in Arkansas and Louisiana. As a long-standing member of LAMMICO leadership for the past 23 years, Dr. Conerly became a member of the Board of Directors in 1999 and was elected Board Chairman in 2011. Dr. Conerly practiced surgery in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 1990 to 2018. He was a founding member of Mid Louisiana Surgical Specialists in 2003, where he was President until 2018.

Laura Cook Senior Vice President, Foundation & Marketing CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com As CHI St. Vincent’s senior vice president for the CHI St. Vincent Foundation, Cook oversees fundraising for the nonprofit foundation that supports CHI St. Vincent’s mission and ministry. Before joining CHI St. Vincent six years ago, she was senior vice president for marketing for Alltel Wireless and marketing vice president for Verizon. Cook has a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Tim Copeland Chief Quality Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 1808 W. Main Street Russellville, Arkansas 72801 479-964-2841 saintmarys regional.com Copeland began serving as Saint Mary’s Director of Quality in 2005 and was named Chief Quality Officer in

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2011. He was named, “Team Leader of the Year” twice during his tenure and received the “CQO of the Year” for Capella Healthcare in 2013.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Carrie Cornett Chief Financial Officer Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 603 North Progress Ave. Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479-215-3000 Chief Financial Officer Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 4301 Greathouse Springs Road Johnson, AR 72762 479-684-3000 www.northwest health.com Cornett joined Northwest Health in 2019, coming from College Station Medical Center where she had served since 2018. Previously she served for 12 years at Barstow Community Hospital, a Quorum Health Corporation facility in Barstow, California, where was Controller, Assistant CFO and CFO. With more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, Cornett’s previous experience also included leadership positions at Affiliated Doctors of Orange County, an Independent Provider Association (IPA) in Garden Grove, California; and USI Administrators, a third party insurance administrator in Garden Grove, California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in administration with a concentration in accounting from California State University in San Bernardino, California.

Patricia Cowan, PhD, RN Dean, UAMS College of Nursing University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-8493 pacowan@uams.edu Named Dean of the UAMS College of Nursing in 2015, Cowan has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of nursing including academics, clinical practice and research. Cowan received a BS in nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating magna cum laude. She received her master’s degree in adult health nursing from the University of Kansas in Kansas City and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

William J. “Bill” Craig, CPA, CHFP, FHFMA Chief Financial Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8003    williamjc@howard memorial.com Craig is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Howard Memorial Hospital and has more than 30 years of healthcare finance experience. Prior to joining Howard Memorial Hospital in 2010, Craig worked at Mercy Hot Springs for 18 years as Executive Director/Controller and Interim CFO. Specializing in audits for not-forprofits, Craig was previously a senior auditor at Baird, Kurtz and Dodson, CPAs in Little Rock.  In 2014, he earned a fellowship in Healthcare Financial Management Association and certification as a Healthcare Financial Professional. Craig currently serves as Co-Chair of the CAH (Critical Access Hospital) Committee for the Arkansas Chapter of HFMA, President of the Board of Directors for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, PresidentElect of the Nashville Rotary Club, and member of the MHCA Advisory Board for UA Fort Smith.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Tina M. Creel AHA Vice President of Member Services, President AHA Services Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 tcreel@ark hospitals.org Creel, who began working for the AHA in 1988, runs the AHA’s for-profit subsidiary, AHA Services Inc., where she coordinates delivery and marketing functions of all endorsement relationships including services in the areas of insurance, human resources, finance, business consulting, education, information and group pricing advantages. She also serves as the group manager of the AHA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insured Trust. Prior to joining the AHA, she worked for the Mississippi Hospital Association’s MHA Diversified Services. She earned a BS in marketing from Mississippi State University.

Executives, Cribbs was named one of Arkansas’s Outstanding 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 in 2015.

D Billie Jean Davenport Practice Management Coordinator Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Davenport has worked in medical profession for 40 years, most of that in management with emphasis on coding, billing and reimbursement. She has a BS in radiology technology from University of Central Arkansas. Davenport also worked as Director of Medical Affairs for Congressman Jay Dickey.

Sammie Cribbs Chief Nursing Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4000 www.narmc.com

Barry Davis, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7105 www.myammc.org

Cribbs was appointed Chief Nursing Officer of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in July 2014, and Vice President of Clinical Services and CNO in 2016. With her extensive nursing experience, she leads a team of dedicated clinical staff. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Louisiana Tech University, bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern State University and master’s degree in Nursing Adult Heath from the Arkansas State University. Cribbs is a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse and holds a certification in healthcare finance. She currently serves on the board of the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education and Nursing Advisory Board for College of the Ozarks. A member of both the American Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare

Davis began his career at AMMC in 1981. He served as plant manager and later as credit manager, organizing the first Credit and Collection Department for the medical center. He was named Vice President of Operations in 1983 and President and CEO in 2012. He is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow, signifying that he is board certified in healthcare management. In 2008, he received the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Public Administration from Arkansas College (Lyon College) and a Master of Public Administration degree from Arkansas State University. He currently serves on the Paragould Economic Development Council, the board of the Vizient Arkansas-Oklahoma region, the

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Arkansas Hospital Association Board, the Arkansas Hospital Association’s Workers Compensation Trust and the Northeast Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. He is past Chairman of the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Arkansas Hospital Administrators Forum as well as the former chairman of the Greene County Division of the American Heart Association.

E. Scot Davis Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Urology 1300 Centerview Drive Little Rock, AR 72211 877-321-8452 arkansas urology.com Davis is CEO of Arkansas Urology, joining the clinic in May of 2013. Having managed physician practices for more than 25 years, his unique areas of expertise are in physician recruitment, joint-venture arrangements and operational/financial efficiency. He recently supervised the construction and opening of a $6-million surgery center development along with an expansion in their North Little Rock location and currently planning a new facility in Conway.  Prior to joining AU, Davis was a CFO and COO at physician practices in Memphis and Jonesboro. He holds master’s degrees in public administration and business administration. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock (Club 99), sits on the Board of Directors of the Heart Association and the Arkansas Italian Culture and Food Festival. 

Gray Dillard EVP, Chief Operating Officer/Treasurer Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield 601 South Gaines Little Rock, AR 72201 501-378-2000 arkansasbluecross. com Dillard has overall executive responsibility for financial activities for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, HMO Partners, Inc., and USAble Corporation. He also has executive management responsibility for actuarial services,


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 underwriting, capital management, internal audit and controls, and regulatory and marketplace compliance. In addition, he has executive responsibility for consumer and retail products, corporate marketing, sales competence, and the regional offices. Dillard joined Arkansas Blue Cross in March 1994 as senior accountant for Health Advantage and was promoted to accounting manager of Financial Services and controller of HMO Partners, Inc., in 2000. He served as regional executive in the south central regional office in Hot Springs from 2005 to 2008. He was promoted to vice president of Financial Services in 2009 and was named chief financial officer and treasurer in 2011. Dillard earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Harding University. He is a certified public accountant.

Marcy Doderer, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 dodererml@ archildrens.org Doderer took the helm as president and CEO of Arkansas Children›s Hospital, now the Arkansas Children’s Inc. healthcare system, in July of 2013. Before joining Arkansas Children’s, she served since 2002 as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities. Doderer is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and active in many professional organizations. She has served on various boards and committees at the state and national level aimed at improving child health. She is a member of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Board of Directors and sits on the board of Healthy Active Arkansas. Doderer also serves on Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association, for which she is also a member of the Education Committee. She obtained her BS in finance from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and MA in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.

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Hans Driessnack Chief Executive Officer Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Driessnack is CEO for Northwest Medical Center-Springdale, coming from Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, where he was COO. Hans has held executive leadership positions in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Galesburg, Illinois; and Marion, Illinois, serving at two facilities associated with Lovelace Health System, then at Galesburg Cottage Hospital before moving to Heartland. He has valuable experiences in teaching Six Sigma and other continuous quality improvement methodologies to create positive culture changes that support quality care, service and patient satisfaction. Hans earned a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management with a minor in German at the University of Alabama. He earned an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Hans is very active in the local community, serving on the board for the Springdale Chamber of Commerce and the Springdale Downtown Alliance. He also served as United Way Campaign Chair for Washington County. He is a member of the Springdale Rotary Club.

Lyndsey Dumas Vice President of Education Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 ldumas@ arkhospitals.org Dumas has been Vice President of Education at the Arkansas Hospital Association since 2014. Her primary focus is providing educational programs and continuing education for member hospitals and their employees, one of the key benefits of AHA. She came to AHA in 2004 and previously served as Director of Education

Operations. Dumas earned both her BBA and MBA from the University of Central Arkansas.

Jimmy Duncan Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 501-364-1100 duncanjk@ archildrens.org Duncan joined Arkansas Children’s at the end of 2018 with a wealth of strategic experience both in healthcare systems and private sectors like manufacturing, energy and higher education. Duncan has helped Arkansas Children’s consider and implement recommendations of a recent HR organizational assessment in order to build a more robust People Strategy and corresponding organizational structure. He has worked collaboratively with stakeholders to enhance key HR policies that will allow us to become more agile in leading our workforce. He is passionate about growing talent and employee engagement, which have been hallmarks of his career success. His undergraduate degree is from the University of South Carolina, and he earned a master’s degree in organizational management at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.

Nichole Dykes Chief Financial Officer Medical Center of South Arkansas

700 West Grove Street El Dorado, AR 71730 870-863-2095 www.themedcenter.net Dykes has 10 years in executive leadership experience, most recently serving as assistant chief financial officer at Sparks Health Systems in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and previously held key leadership roles with other agencies. She has over 19 years of experience in accounting and finance. Dykes earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Nichole is a member of the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation.

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E Dan Eckels Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Eckels joined Washington Regional in 1989 as Director of Accounting. He later became Controller and by 2000 was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Washington Regional, Eckels was an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a CPA and earned a master’s degree in health.

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 EddyLA@ archildrens.org   Eddy has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since December 2013.  She began at ACH in September 2011 as the vice president of Ambulatory Services.  Prior to joining ACH, she worked extensively at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, at all levels in children’s health from bedside nurse through vice president. Eddy is a board-certified Nurse Executive, Advanced and holds an MSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Melanie Edens Associate Administrator NEA Baptist Health System 4800 East Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptist online.org/nea Edens has been a member of the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital team since 1998. Currently the Associate Administrator of NEA Baptist Hospital and NEA Baptist Clinic, she previously served as director of Radiology services for the hospital. As Associate Administrator for the Health System, Edens is responsible for planning, implementing, directing, and controlling activities and operations for all the clinical ancillary departments in the hospital, cancer center, and medical group. Edens also has operational responsibility for NEA Baptist Clinic operations that expand from clinics within the main medical office building to 11 primary care clinics in various locations throughout the region. Edens has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Related professions and the ACHE’s Early Career award for Healthcare Executives. She earned a BS in Radiologic Sciences from Arkansas State University in 2000 and an MBA in 2020. Edens has been involved in several community and civic organizations, including the 2015 class of Leadership Jonesboro.

Cyril O. Ekeh MHA, VHA-CM Associate Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-5400 www.littlerock. va.gov Ekeh was appointed Associate Medical Center Director for Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVS) effective September 2, 2007. He was the Assistant Medical Center Director at CAVHS from September 2006 to September

2007. He served as Interim Medical Center Director from July 27, 2015 until March 21, 2016. Ekeh is responsible for Fiscal, Human Resources, Engineering, Logistics and Police Services. He also serves as liaison for the Office of Information and Technology, Information Security, and the Veterans Canteen Services. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Health Care Leadership Institute, Leadership VA, and Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Medical laboratory Technology from Xavier University in 1983, and a graduate degree in Health Care Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1989. Ekeh began his career with the VA in 1989 and served as Environmental Management Officer trainee at the Alexandria VA Medical Center in Louisiana. He was then promoted to Assistant Chief of Environmental Management Service. He moved to Albany VA Medical Center in New York as a Health System Specialist Trainee in 1993, and returned to Alexandria as Chief of Performance Improvement Service in September 1993. He served as the Acting Associate Medical Center Director at Alexandria from November 2003 to November 2004.

Duane Erwin Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 duane.erwin@ baptist-health.org Erwin has been senior vice president of hospital operations since March 2019. Reporting to him are Baptist Health’s hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Heber Springs and Stuttgart. Prior to joining Baptist Health, Erwin served as CEO of Aspirus Inc. of Wausau, Wisconsin, a six-hospital health system, until his retirement in 2013. He additionally served as interim CEO for hospitals within the Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Ascension Health in St. Louis, Missouri. Erwin obtained his


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F Rebekah Fincher Chief Administrative Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Administrative Officer, Fincher is responsible for Growth and Business Development for the organization and works alongside the CEO to develop and implement Strategy for the organization. In addition, Fincher provides executive oversight of Medical Staff Affairs, Physicians Relations and Recruitment, Corporate Health Services, Sports Outreach, Wellness and Diabetes Education, and Marketing and Public Relations and serves as the organization’s Designated Institutional Officer (DIO).  Fincher has more than 9 years of experience in health care and leadership.  She holds a master’s degree from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas.  She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as the Association for Staff Physician Recruiters.  She currently serves on the University of Central Arkansas Alumni Board.

Alan J. Finley, FACHE Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org Finley is Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Conway Regional Health System. His daily responsibilities involve administration of inpatient and outpatient clinical services, hospital-owned clinics and

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an 8000-member health and fitness Center. He is administrator for Dardanelle Regional Medical Center. He also works extensively in new program and facility development, including an 85,000 square-foot OR/ OB facility completed in July 2012. Finley received a bachelor’s in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he achieved the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2006. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and achieved that organization’s Early Career Healthcare Executive’s Regents Award.

Amy Fore, MHSA, FACMPE, FACHE Chief Operating Officer Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 2901 South 74th Street Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-1109 Amy.Fore@ mercy.net Fore has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Clinic Fort Smith Communities since September 2015. In this role, she has oversight of the 13-county service areas in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma with more than 250 physicians and advanced practitioners. She serves on the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas State Medical Board’s Centralized Credentials Verification Services Advisory Committee and the Women in Leadership council of the American Medical Group Association. She is a member and fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she serves on the early careerist committee, and the

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Amy Forrest, RN, CCO Compliance/Privacy Officer Northwest Health 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711

www.northwesthealth.com Forrest currently serves as vice president of compliance and privacy for Northwest Health and is a certified compliance professional. Graduating magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in nursing, Forrest has over 30 years hospital experience, 20 of these in management positions. She has received state and national awards for her contributions to healthcare education, has been published by the National League of Nursing and the American Hospital Association and is named as Who’s Who in Professional Nursing. Amy joined Northwest Health in 1991 and has served as VP with administrative duties of education, risk, quality/ patient safety, health information management, plant operations, medical staff/professional services, case management and pastoral care and as director of Human Resources. Prior to coming to Northwest Health, Forrest had varied healthcare experience including chief nursing officer of a psychiatric facility, CNO of long term care facility, community leadership consultant and trainer and director of cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation, as certified nurse epidemiologist/ consultant to Dialysis, Inc. and cardiac intensive care and emergency nursing. Forrest served as a department operations coordinator of ethics & compliance for Triad Hospitals, Inc. from 2003-2007. She has been compliance officer for Northwest Health since 1997 and privacy/security Officer since 2003.

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David Foster, MD President, Medical Group CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501 552-3000 www.chist vincent.com Foster has been president of CHI St. Vincent Medical Group since 2013. His focus is engaging physicians to strengthen and build relationships between aligned physician partners and CHI St. Vincent. Foster joined CHI St. Vincent from CHRISTUS Health where he served as chief medical officer for the CHRISTUS Provider Network. He was also the founding medical director of the CHRISTUS Health Plan and a practicing family medicine physician with the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas. Foster served as executive vice president of the medical staff at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial. In addition to being a board member, Foster served two terms as chair, of the Nueces County Medical Education Foundation, a faculty practice plan affiliated with Texas A&M University. Foster earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Brian Fowler Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Surgical Hospital 5201 Northshore Drive North Little Rock, AR 72118 501-748-8000 arksurgical hospital.com Before becoming CEO, Fowler held the position of chief operations officer and chief financial officer. As CEO, he will be responsible for Arkansas Surgical Hospital continuing to meet and exceed the expectations of their patients.  Fowler has also served as President for the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro and an MBA from Walton College of Business

at the University of Arkansas. He is a certified public accountant and is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

David Fox Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1002 www.baxter regional.org Fox began his professional career in healthcare as a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, and prior to joining Baxter Regional Medical Center, he served in management and executive leadership positions with Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas; Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Baptist Health in Little Rock; and CHI St. Vincent in Central Arkansas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in Tulsa, Okla. He is a board-certified healthcare executive and double board fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, where he served on the national board for six years and as past president for the association.

G Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Provost and Chief Strategy Officer

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5558 GardnerStephanieF @uams.edu Named chief academic officer and provost in 2015, Gardner works in partnership with UAMS’ five college deans and other leaders across the institution to enrich the campus’ intellectual environment. Gardner works to ensure


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 the university is educating and training health professionals to meet changing health needs and to develop interprofessional and community-based educational experiences. As chief strategy officer, she works closely with physician leaders to bridge the clinical and business aspects of health care delivery.

Ryan Gehrig, FACHE President Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-6100 ryan.gehrig@ mercy.net Gehrig was named president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in April 2012. He came to Mercy from Norman Regional Health System where he served as vice president of enterprise systems and chief administrative officer for Moore Medical Center, one of the system’s hospitals in Norman, Oklahoma. He previously served as chief operating officer of Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as CEO and chief operating officer of Bristow Medical Center in Bristow, Oklahoma, and as chief operating officer of Cushing Regional Hospital in Cushing, Oklahoma. Gehrig graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. He received his master’s in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Ryan Geib Chief Operating Officer Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-6103 ryan.geib@mercy.net Geib became chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in January 2020. He served previously as assistant administrator for HCA Healthcare’s West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, HCA director of facility management in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and senior director of facility operations for King’s Daughters’ Health in Madison, Indiana. He

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has a background in strategy involving things such as access points, new service lines and growth within the health-care industry. In his career, Geib has done close to half a billion dollars in construction growth.

Rhonda Gentry, MD Medical Director, Medical Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 www.CARTI.com Dr. Gentry joined CARTI in 2011 when CARTI expanded to become Arkansas’ largest private, not-for-profit comprehensive cancer center. She was named medical director of medical oncology for CARTI in 2017. Dr. Gentry graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she also completed both her residency and fellowship for internal medicine and hematology oncology. Dr. Gentry also serves as a CARTI research department sub-investigator and is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

Amanda George, MHSA, CPA Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501- 686-5670 ADGeorge@ uams.edu Before she became chief financial officer in 2019, George served as associate vice chancellor for clinical finance and CFO of the integrated clinical enterprise. She joined UAMS in 2013 as administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine, then in 2015 became administrator for the Medical Specialties services line. Before joining UAMS, she served as controller for ambulatory services for the East/ Southeast division of Catholic Health Initiatives in Little Rock and assistant controller for St. Vincent Health System hospitals in North Little Rock and Morrilton. George has a Master of Health Services Administration.

Bryan Gibbs Chief Support Services Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Support Officer, Gibbs leads Conway Regional’s facility/ plant operations, Clinical Engineering, Environmental Services, Supply Chain, Nutritional Services, Safety/Security/ Communication, and construction/ renovation projects. Gibbs has over 36 years of health care experience and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

Cindy Gillespie Director Arkansas Department of Human Services P.O. Box 1437, Slot S-201 Little Rock, AR 72203 501-682-8650

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Gillespie joined the administration of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson in March. As director of the Department of Human Services, she oversees Medicaid, child welfare and other state programs that support the wellbeing of the state’s most vulnerable populations. Gillespie has served as a principal in the Washington D.C. office of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and a leader of the firm’s health policy and health insurance exchange teams. Previously she was a senior advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where she led the Commonwealth of Massachusetts interactions with the federal government and oversaw development and implementation of the Administration’s executive branch initiatives, including playing a leading role in the development of Massachusetts health reforms. The Georgia native is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee and has a master’s degree from Auburn University.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Brian Gittens, EdD, MPA Vice Chancellor for Diversity Equity and Inclusion University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-603-1159 BGittens@uams.edu Gittens was named vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion in 2019. He is a seasoned diversity and human resources professional, researcher, educator and consultant who has successfully led and collaborated on the design and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies, community engagement programs, and cultural competency initiatives. He joins UAMS from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he led efforts to advance equity and inclusion as the associate dean for human resources, equity and inclusion.

Michael Givens Administrator St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Washington Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4421 mgivens@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Givens has served as administrator of St. Bernards Medical Center since 2010. He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing operations. He holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, is a member of the Arkansas Healthcare Executives Forum and is a recipient of an ACHE Regent’s Early Career Award as well as the C.E. Melville Young Administrator of the Year Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association. He also has been recognized by Arkansas Business as one of 40 Under 40 Business Leaders.

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Jonathan (Jon) Goldberg Executive Vice President Chief Information and Innovation Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 501-364-1100 goldbergjs@ archildrens.org Goldberg has more than 25 years of health care leadership experience spanning health systems, technology start-ups, and consulting. Since 2015, Goldberg has served as Chief Innovation and Information Officer for Arkansas Children’s, where he is responsible for technology, telecommunications, health technology management, telemedicine, and innovation. He recently oversaw a transformative set of initiatives to redefine how care is provided to children in the state through the use of technology and analytics. Goldberg is a founder and former board member of Hixny, a health information exchange in New York. He holds certifications with the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Goldberg holds a BA in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Long Island University.

John W. Goodman Chief Operating Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 CARTI.com Goodman joined CARTI as chief operating officer in April 2019 after previously serving as the vice president of oncology services for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his healthcare administration career at Piedmont Healthcare in 2003, as an aministrative resident and entered oncology leadership in 2004. During the 15 years since, he has expanded his responsibility and knowledge of cancer services by leading

system expansion efforts in the oncology service line. Goodman received his Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Carol Gore Chief Nursing Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 1808 W. Main Street Russellville, Arkansas 72801 479-964-2841 saintmarys regional.com Gore was named Chief Nursing Officer of Saint Mary’s Regional Health System in 2015.  An Arkansas native, Gore from Northeast Arkansas, has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years and a Chief Nursing Officer for 14 years.  Prior to her arrival at Saint Mary’s, she served as the Chief Nursing Officer for hospitals in East Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas.   

Steve Goss, President Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-3270 www.mercy. net/nwa Dr. Goss has served Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas since 2003. As president, he works with 220+ multispecialty integrated provider group at 48 clinic locations. Board certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Goss has practiced medicine since 1983 and in Northwest Arkansas since 1987. Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he also completed his residency training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Meredith Green, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Formerly Administrative Director in Women and Infants Services, Green was named Senior Vice President and CNO in 2017. Green earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing at the University of Arkansas and received credentialing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult and Geriatric Health. She served in various leadership roles including clinical director and educator and was selected by her peers as Director of the Year in 2017 and 2016, and as Nurse of the Year in Women’s Services in 2009. Green received the ANGELS Award from UAMS for Outstanding Service to Obstetrical Nursing.

William E. “Bill” Greene, III Chief Executive Officer Premier Gastroenterology Associates 1701 Centerview Drive, Suite 312 Little Rock, AR 72211 501.313-5200 pgalr.com In early 2018, Greene joined seven gastroenterologists as their CEO to create a medical practice with a new culture in healthcare delivery.  Premier Gastroenterology Associates (PGA) opened its doors on June 1, 2018.  Greene is responsible for leading the execution of strategic direction & objectives necessary to build an entrepreneurial world class medical organization, and leads the development of administrative structures, operational policies and new service offerings.  He leads a highly skilled management team and has oversight responsibility for the $35 million Premier Medical Plaza development; a new, state of the art medical facility which will be home to PGA’s clinic and Ambulatory Surgery

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Center; as well as a select group of other medical practices and healthcare related businesses.

Michael S. Griffin Market Practice Administrator Northwest Physicians 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR  72764 479-757-8000 www.nwphysicians.com Griffin oversees the primary care and specialty care clinics affiliated with Northwest Physicians, part of Northwest Health, in approximately 50 locations throughout northwest Arkansas. An experienced executive with significant health care work, Griffin has more than 30 years of leadership experience. Before joining Northwest Physicians in 2019, Michael served as director of practice management for Ottumwa Regional Healthcare, where he directed operations of a large multi-specialty physician

practice affiliated with the Ottumwa, Iowa hospital. Prior to that, he was director of practice management for Southeast Health Regional System, where he oversaw operations for approximately 50 physicians and other providers in Cape Girardeau, MO. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and administration from University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration, with a focus on healthcare administration, from Western Governors University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 ing officer, she previously served as director of ICU and CV services for the hospital. As chief nursing officer, Grimes is responsible for planning, implementing, directing and controlling activities and operations in nursing and rehabilitation services as well as in patient care areas on the main hospital campus and at the Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro. Grimes earned a BS in nursing degree from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing. She received the NEA chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, “Excellence in Nursing of the Critically Ill Patient” award in 1999 and 2001. She also served on the American Heart Association board from 2000-2003.

Shanda Guenther, RN, BSN, MSLE, CPPS, CPHQ Chief Quality Officer

Northwest Health 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Guenther is chief quality officer for Northwest Health, coming from a large physician practice where she was chief operating officer. Previously, Guenther had served Northwest Health as assistant CNO, chief quality officer and director of quality management and regulatory compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing as well as a Master of Science in leadership and ethics, and she is a certified professional in healthcare quality as well as a certified professional in patient safety. She also holds a Simpler Bronze certification. Guenther was the 2009 Employee of the Year at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital and the 2012 Non-Clinical Director of the Year for Northwest Health Springdale.

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G Maureen Halligan Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Halligan is the senior vice president, strategy and business development at CHI St. Vincent. She most recently served as vice president, strategic planning and business development, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to that, Halligan served as vice president of strategic planning for the central Texas division of Baylor Scott & White Health for four years. She began her career at Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc, Michigan as director of strategic planning. Halligan earned a bachelor’s in business administration and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ray Hanley President and Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 1020 W. 4th Street, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-212-8610 rhanley@afmc.org www.afmc.org Hanley is President and Chief Executive Officer of AFMC, an established nonprofit health care improvement organization that provides education, outreach, data analysis, information technology, medical case review and marketing/communications services. He joined AFMC in 2010, overseeing the executive leadership team. Hanley spent 28 years with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, 16 of which were as director of Arkansas Medicaid. He served seven years as the client industry executive for the State Health and Human Services business aspect of HP, working exclusively outside the state of Arkansas. In 2007, the company recognized Hanley as Global Client Industry Executive of the year. He served as chair of the

National Association of Medicaid Directors for five years and remains an active alumnus of that association. He is a member of the Healthy Active Arkansas board of directors and a board member of the American Healthcare Quality Association.

Matthew Hardee, MD, PhD Medical Director, Radiation Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 CARTI.com Dr. Hardee began his practice at CARTI as a radiation oncologist in July 2015. After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine, Hardee completed an internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He then completed his residency in radiation oncology at New York University School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident. Hardee was named medical director of radiation oncology at CARTI in 2018.

Misti Harvey, PharmD Vice President of Medical Oncology & Clinical Services CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-4400 CARTI.com Harvey has specialized in oncology for more than 18 years and previously served as CARTI’s director of clinical pharmacists. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy in 1993. She worked as a clinical pharmacist at Baptist Health Medical Center prior to joining Little Rock Hematology Oncology Associates in 2002.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 David Hays, MD Medical Director, Imaging and Interventional Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 CARTI.com Dr. Hays joined the staff of CARTI in 2015 and was recently named medical director of imaging and interventional oncology, overseeing a state-of-theart imaging department at the CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock. Hays has been instrumental in growing the department to include outside referrals to the imaging center and increasing service lines. Board certified in diagnostic radiology, with a subspecialty in vascular and interventional radiology, Hays graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he also completed his residency. Hays then completed his fellowship at the Angio/Interventional Radiology Miami Vascular Institute in Miami, Florida.

Adam Head, FACHE President & CEO CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3485 CARTI.com After more than 12 years’ experience in healthcare administration, Adam Head joined CARTI as president and CEO in September 2017. Adam drives CARTI’s mission for being the most advanced cancer treatment destination in Arkansas. In the past two years, Adam has been instrumental in guiding CARTI through a period of transformation; increasing operational revenue and expanding CARTI’s statewide presence to 16 locations in 14 communities, including four comprehensive cancer centers. Additionally, he has expanded the services that CARTI provides its patients and the general public. Recent specialty clinic openings include The Breast Center at CARTI, The Cancer Genetics and Risk Management Clinic and CARTI Imaging North.

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Vickie Henderson, MD Chief Medical Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 1808 W. Main Street Russellville, Arkansas 72801 870-541-7100 479964-9252 www.saintmarys regional.com Dr. Henderson began her practice at Millard Henry Clinic in 1995. Over her 20 year career as an obstetrician/ gynecologist, she delivered over 5,000 babies. She assumed the role of Chief Medical Officer 4 years ago where she focuses on quality, EMR optimization and combating burn out. Because of a serious illness, she brings a unique perspective to healthcare. She is also an author and national speaker who shares her panoramic view of medicine through the eyes of a physician, patient and administrator.

Debbie Henry Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1445 www.baxter regional.org Henry became Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baxter Regional Medical Center in 2016. Henry has 13 years of hospital financial management experience. She previously served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. Before her healthcare experience, she was the Director of Finance for Dover Resources, Inc., in Tulsa and Duncan Parking Technologies in Harrison. She began her financial career in public accounting with KPMG serving healthcare and manufacturing clients. Henry earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Missouri State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Steve Henson Chief Executive Officer Bradley County Medical Center 404 South Bradley Street Warren, AR 71671 870-226-4303 www. bradleycounty medicalcenter.com Henson was named the CEO of Bradley County Medical Center in January 2017. He is in his 32nd year of serving in Arkansas healthcare and now at his third hospital to serve at the administrative level. He began his career working on ambulances as a paramedic in Little Rock and since then has worked in or with all areas of hospital operations. He earned his undergraduate degree in emergency administration and management from Arkansas Tech University. Additionally, Henson holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Louise Hickman Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Hickman has been with Jefferson Regional since 1988 when she was recruited to help launch a new cardiac program. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arkansas State University, and a master’s in health services administration from Webster University. In 2003, she was named Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. Hickman is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and is President of the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. She was a past board member of the Arkansas Association of Healthcare Quality.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Ashlie Hilbun, EdD, CFRE Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 501-364-1100 hilbunaj@ archildrens.org Hilbun leads planning efforts, advances business strategy and oversees strategic marketing for the state’s only pediatric health system. In the chief strategy officer position, Hilbun is also responsible for new business development and outreach focused on advancing child health initiatives as part of Arkansas Children’s bold new vision: “Our promise: Unprecedented child health. Defined and delivered.” Prior to her promotion, she served as a leader with the Arkansas Children’s Foundation, where she most recently served as vice president of philanthropy, co-leading the system’s overall fundraising strategy and crafting external messaging and storytelling.

Stuart Hill Vice President/ Treasurer Unity Health 3214 East Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001 stuart.hill@unityhealth.org Hill started at Unity Health (formerly White County Medical Center) in 1988 as Vice President/Treasurer and continues to hold that position. He began his healthcare career with Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. in 1977. Mr. Hill obtained his BBA from the University of Memphis and his MBA from Arkansas State University. The Unity Health System is composed of three hospital sites and 22 Physician clinics spanning five counties. Unity Health is a proud partner of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and supports residency programs in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine.

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Melony Hilton Medical Practice Consultant SVMIC P O Box 532 England, AR 72046 501-993-6357 melonyh@ svmic.com www.svmic.com Hilton is a medical practice consultant with the Medical Practice Services Department at SVMIC. She is a Registered Nurse and has a master’s degree in Business Administration. Hilton has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry working in physician practices, hospitals, academic medical centers and home health care. She has held clinical leadership roles as well as business and operational management positions. In her role, she works directly with physicians and staff on business operation strategies as well as, patient experience, clinical operations, and risk management.

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Research University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-7000 shukmeiho@ uams.edu Internationally renowned scientist Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., joined UAMS as vice chancellor for research and a professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2019. Before coming to UAMS, Ho was the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and chairwoman of the Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She recruited over two dozen faculty members, and successfully renewed three times an Environmental Health Sciences Center grant named Center for Environmental Genetics (P30), funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Kevin Hodges Senior Vice President of Administrative Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Washington Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4284 khodges@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Hodges oversees the operations of several divisions for St. Bernards Healthcare. Among those are Senior Services, Population Health Management, Facilities Management, Bio-medical, Information Technology, Security and Safety, and Continuum of Care Services. He holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Michael Howard, BSN, MM, MSN, MHA Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 howardmf@ archildrens.org Howard is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of Nursing/Patient Care services at ACNW. He came from The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where he served as Director of Pediatric Emergency Services. As a nursing leader, Howard led the leadership team that oversaw the operations for two emergency departments, a center for abused children, a forensic nursing program and a staff of 120 personnel. 


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Debby Hunt President Arkansas Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Program DirectorHealth Information Technology/ Professional Medical Coding National Park College 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR 71913 501-760-4182 dehunt@np.edu Hunt was inducted as President of ArHIMA at the Annual Business meeting held in Little Rock at the Crowe Plaza on April 4, 2019, this is her second term serving as president of the organization. She has served on the ArHIMA board and held various leadership positions over the years. Hunt is the Health Information Technology Director at National Park College. She has served as an educator for 15 years. Formerly, she worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years in various leadership roles. She holds a

Master of Science in Health Informatics from Arkansas Tech University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from John Brown University. Ms. Hunt has attained the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credentials. ArHIMA is a component state association of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals.

David Hunton, MD, FACS President Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 2901 South 74th Street Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-6307 david.hunton@ mercy.net Dr. Hunton was named Mercy Fort Smith Clinic president in July 2019. He served previously as Mercy Fort

Smith’s chief medical officer since 2012, where his focus was on the quality and safety of medical care. He is a board-certified general surgeon who has practiced at Mercy for more than 30 years. He has held other leadership roles, including chief of staff. Hunton completed medical school and residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas. He is board certified in health care quality management and has been the physician lead of the CMO Specialty Council.

Terry Hurt Chief Financial Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 479-571-6780 www.mana.md As Chief Financial Officer for MANA, Hurt directs the accounting, human resources, tax, and internal audit departments. He administers MANA’s

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 benefit plans and manages all financial aspects of MANA’s operations. Hurt has a BS in Accounting from Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Arkansas. He joined MANA in December of 2019 with 18 years of valuable experience in accounting for healthcare systems. Hurt was the Controller at Sparks Health in Fort Smith, the Assistant CFO at White River Medical System in Batesville, and Controller at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

J Bryan G. Jackson Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Jackson has over 25 years of experience in healthcare finance. He began as an auditor for a regional CPA firm and then progressed through financial management positions at for-profit and non-profit hospitals in rural and small urban settings. Having previously served as accounting manager and controller, he returned to Jefferson Regional in March 2011 as CFO. Jackson recently moved into the Chief Administrative Officer role in a strategic realignment at Jefferson Regional. A long-time member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Jackson earned Fellow status in 2009 and is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, with a BBA degree in Accounting from Harding University and an MBA from The University of Alabama. Jackson is a past board member of Fifty for the Future of Pine Bluff. He currently serves on the board of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation and is president of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County.

Drew Jackson President Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 South Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7307 drew.jackson@ arheart.com Jackson is President of Arkansas Heart Hospital and oversees the expansion and strategic vision for the organization. He is instrumental in recruiting physicians and surgeons, creating new hospital clinics, and implementing new hospital service lines. Jackson was raised in Little Rock and graduated from UA Little Rock with a degree in finance. He joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2014 and previously served as the Chief Strategy Officer.

Laura James, MD Director, UAMS Translational Research Institute Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-364-1418 JamesLauraP@ uams.edu James has been director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) since 2014. She has a 26-year history of translational research in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. As TRI director James oversees development of key services to help researchers achieve their clinical and translational science goals. The Translational Research Institute was established with significant UAMS support after receiving a 2009 Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Mark Jansen, MD Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield 601 South Gaines Little Rock, AR 72201 501-378-2000 arkansasblue cross.com As vice president and chief medical officer for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dr. Jansen has supervisory responsibility for the following teams: Clinical Strategy and Population Health, Corporate Medical Director, Enterprise Quality & Risk Management and Quality & Risk – Strategic Data & Informatics. He has been boardcertified in Family Practice medicine by the American Board of Family Practice since 1984, spent 29 years as a primary care physician in Arkadelphia, Arkansas before joining the UAMS faculty in 2013. Most recently he served as chief medical officer for Regional Programs for the UAMS Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and Arkansas Medical Society. In April 2016, Dr. Jansen was invested as the inaugural recipient of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, George K. Mitchell, M.D., Endowed Chair in Primary Care. The chair was established with a grant to UAMS in 2015 from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. It honors Dr. Mitchell – a UAMS graduate and Arkansas Blue Cross board member and retired president who led the health insurer for nearly 20 years. In 2015, he was named Teacher of the Year in the UAMS Department of Family & Preventive Medicine.

Jeremy L. Jeffery, CPA Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Jeffery has served in various roles in financial and strategic leadership for Jefferson Regional, including Controller and Vice President of Strategy and Business Analytics, prior to being

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 named Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Jefferson Regional in 2008, Jeffery began his career in 2003 as a healthcare auditor and consultant with BKD, LLP in Little Rock, Arkansas, later joining Hudson Cisne & Co. LLP in Little Rock. Jeffery is an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, with 17 years’ experience in his field. He is a past board chairperson for STEP Ministries in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Chris Johnson, MD, FFAFP Vice President of Medical Affairs Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy. net/nwa Dr. Johnson has been a Family Practitioner with Obstetrics at Mercy Family Medicine and Obstetrics, formerly Rogers Medical Center, in Rogers, Arkansas, for 25 years. He was elected Chief of Staff at Mercy Northwest Arkansas in 2013 serving a two-year term. Johnson was named Vice President of Medical Affairs in March 2015. He earned his MD from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.

LaDonna Johnston Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Administrator for Unity Health-Harris Medical Center Unity Health 3214 East Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001 (Searcy office) 501-523-3005 (Newport office) ladonna. johnston@unityhealth.org Johnston has worked in healthcare for more than 30 years. Having started her healthcare career as a candy

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striper, Johnston has worked in various facets of patient care. As a registered nurse, she has served as a nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, vice president of nursing services and currently serves as the vice president of patient care services at Unity Health and well as the Administrator for Unity Health | Harris Medical Center. In addition to her work in healthcare, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Harding University’s College of Nursing. Her hard work has been instrumental in earning the hospital multiple healthcare awards and recognitions such as three Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards and Small Hospital of the Year in 2019 for Harris Medical Center from the Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes awards.

Dr. Gerry Jones Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer, Infirmary CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Dr. Jones serves as vice president for medical affairs for CHI St. Vincent’s Central Arkansas system and chief medical officer for the Infirmary in Little Rock. A cardiothoracic surgeon with extensive administrative experience, Jones is a native of El Dorado, Arkansas. He received his Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Rhodes College and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Cornell University.

Ty Jones Marketing Director NEA Baptist 4800 E Johnson Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www. baptistonline.org/ nea Jones joined NEA Baptist in February 2019. He oversees strategic marketing plans, advertising, marketing events, and communications for NEA Baptist Health System.  Previously, Ty was a professor and coach at Williams Baptist University.  A native of Bono,

Arkansas; Jones has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Williams Baptist University, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management from Columbia Southern University.

John Jordin, MHSA Chief Information Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 479-571-6780 www.mana.md As Chief Information Officer for MANA, Jordin monitors the interactions of business operations for the 17 clinics and manages the Information Systems Department including the implementation of electronic medical records and medical practice software. He was a principal in the formation of MANA in 2000 and served as administrator of FirstCare Family Doctors, one of the initiating physician practices. Jordin is a native of Arkansas, reared in Little Rock. He received his BS in business administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his master’s degree in health service administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Jordin is a state and national member of the Medical Group Management Association. 

L Jeremy Land, MBA, CMD, BSRT (T) (R) (CT) (QM) Sr. Vice President, Radiation Oncology & Imaging Services CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3483 www.CARTI.com Land was named the senior vice president of radiation oncology in September 2017 after serving as the director of oncology services for Porter Adventist Hospital and regional director of radiation oncology for the South Denver Operation Group of

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Centrua Health in Denver. After completing the CARTI Radiation Therapy program in 2004, Land went on to receive his MBA from Colorado State University in 2013. He is registered as a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, and is a Member of ARRT, MDCB, AAMD, ASTRO and SROA.

Katie Lea Chief Nursing Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000 Lea is an experienced nurse leader with a diverse background. She received her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Arkansas State University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Canyon College. Her clinical background includes critical care, emergency and home health and she has over twenty-five years of nursing leadership experience. She was a CNO within the former HMA system in both Florida and Missouri. Most recently, she was with Arkansas Children’s Hospital as the VP of Emergency and Surgery Services.

John Lieblong Vice President of Healthcare Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Washington Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-932-7024 jlieblong@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Lieblong provides oversight for approximately 100 physicians employed by St. Bernards as well as oversight for operations of about 20 different St. Bernards-affiliated clinics. The clinics represent about 25 different medical specialties, with physicians seeing patients in more than a dozen different towns and communities throughout Northeast  Arkansas. He received the American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Regent’s Award in 2015.

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Vince Leist President, Chief Executive Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4000 www.narmc.com Leist was named President and CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in July 2011. He is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 30 years of progressive healthcare management experience. Mr. Leist was named Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association in 2013, and he has long been an advocate for Veterans Healthcare. In 2015, he was selected to represent America’s hospitals testifying for the American Hospital Association in front of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Mr. Leist currently serves on the Board of the Arkansas Hospital Association representing hospitals in the Northwest Arkansas District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in Kansas and a Master of Public Administration in public health from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Roddy Lochala Chief Medical Officer Unity Health 3214 East Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1006 roddy.lochala@ Unity-Health.org Lochala worked in private practice for 17 years before joining Unity Health as associate program director for the Family Medicine Residency program in 2019 then transitioned into the role of Chief Medical Officer. Since beginning his new position, Lochala has focused on providing quality patient care throughout the system. He has been instrumental in implementing a system to improve patient access to Unity Health services, as well as developing a one-call program to get patients admitted as soon as possible. In addition to his role as Chief Medical Officer, he continues to work with Family Medicine residents, is an Air National Guard flight surgeon and currently serves as Chief of Aerospace Medicine for the 164th Airlift Wing in Memphis, Tennessee.

Susan Long, EdD Dean, UAMS College of Health Professions University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5731 LongSusanL@ uams.edu Longtime educator and administrator Susan Long, EdD, was been named dean of the College of Health Professions at UAMS in 2018. The college offers programs that provide education, service and research in the allied health professions. Long joined the UAMS faculty in 1992 as an assistant professor in the college’s dental hygiene program, where she is now a professor. In addition to associate dean for academic affairs in the college, she has been serving as associate director of clinical programs in the UAMS Center for Dental Education.

Angie Longing, BSN, MHSM, RN, NE-BC Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org Longing is the Chief Nursing Officer for Conway Regional Health System. Longing is a proven leader with more than 22 years of nursing and management experience at CHI St. Vincent. Longing served as the market director of Hospital Based Physician Practices for CHI St. Vincent Medical Group and market director of Nursing for CHI St. Vincent North. She previously served as executive director of Nursing at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and CHI St. Vincent North. During her career at CHI St. Vincent, Angie also served as Chief Nursing Officer, administrative house supervisor and recruiter at CHI St. Vincent Morrilton where she began her career as a labor and delivery staff nurse. She is also responsible for nursing services at Dardanelle Regional Medical Center. Longing has a Master


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UCA. As chief nursing officer for Conway Regional, CHI-St Vincent Morrilton and Dardanelle Regional Medical Center, Longing oversees the patient care provided by more than 900 licensed and unlicensed nursing staff. Longing was recognized in 2020 as Administrator of the Year for the North Metro Healthcare Region by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Curtis Lowery, MD Director, UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5847 LoweryCurtisL@ uams.edu Lowery was named founding director of the newly established Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. He

previously served as founder and medical director of the UAMS Center for Distance health and chair of the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Digital health is delivering health care through technology such as smart phones, interactive live video, wearable devices and personal computers. It reduces the cost of health care and improves access for patients, especially in a rural environment like the state of Arkansas.

Sam Lynd Administrator and Chief Executive Officer NEA Baptist Health System 4800 East Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 baptistonline.org/ nea Lynd joins NEA Baptist as CEO and administrator effective April 2020. Most recently, Sam has served as Chief Operating Officer for Baptist

Memorial Hospital-Memphis since January 2019 and Administrator of Baptist’s emergency services system wide since 2014. He joined Baptist Memorial Health Care as a Frank S. Groner Administrative Fellow in 2011 and was an assistant administrator at two Baptist Memorial hospitals, including NEA Baptist, before becoming the Administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in 2014. Lynd holds a Master of Science in health administration and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor of Science in health care management from the University of Alabama. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as President Elect of the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development as well as a member of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Small or Rural Hospital Executive Committee. Lynd was recently named as an honoree of the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 and is a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute.”

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M Melissa Masingill Vice President, Marketing & Business Development CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-660-7630 CARTI.com Masingill joined CARTI as the vice president of marketing and business development in August 2018. She specializes in healthcare advocacy and strategic communications, utilizing her skill set to improve healthcare access and clinical outcomes. In her current role, Masingill works to increase brand awareness and expand CARTI’s reach throughout the region. Before joining CARTI, Masingill served as chief public affairs officer for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care where she led their governmental affairs and policy development efforts. Masingill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Paula Maxwell, RN Chief Operations Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 479-571-6780 www.mana.md Maxwell was instrumental in the formation of MANA in 1999. She is a registered nurse and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. As Chief Operations Officer, she directs administrative services and human resources. She oversees physician recruitment, employee recruitment, and marketing and public relations. Maxwell’s professional associations include the Medical Group Management Association, Society for Human Resource Management, North Arkansas Human Resource Society, and American Society of Training and Development. In the community, she is a Leadership Fayetteville graduate and has served on the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the LifeStyles board of directors.

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Tina McClain, MD Chief of Staff Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 West 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-5400 www.littlerock. va.gov Dr. McClain was appointed Chief of Staff of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), Little Rock, effective November 13, 2016. As Chief of Staff, Dr. McClain is charged with overall management responsibility of clinical affairs including the following services: Medical, Surgical, Psychiatry, Research and Development, Radiology, Physical Medical and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Dental and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Dr. McClain leads one of the most complex facilities in the VA system which includes a two-campus medical center with 280 operating hospital beds, a 152-bed Nursing Home Care Unit and a 119-bed Domiciliary, eight Community Based Outreach Clinics with an annual operating budget more than $573 million and approximately 3,000 employees. Dr. McClain graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, and received a Medical Degree in 1993. She completed Psychiatry residency training, also at UAMS in 1997. She joined the staff at CAVHS and faculty at UAMS in 1998. Dr. McClain is very active in resident and medical student education and has received several teaching awards. She served as the Chief of Inpatient Mental Health Services at CAVHS until 2008 when she was named the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health and in 2013 was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff.

Pearl McElfish, PhD, MBA Vice Chancellor for UAMS’ Northwest Regional Campus University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 479-713-8680 PAMcelfish@ uams.edu McElfish began her position as associate vice chancellor for UAMS’ Northwest Regional Campus in January 2017. In this role, she provides leadership to ensure coordination across UAMS programs in the regions. McElfish also is director of the Office of Community Health Research and co-director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health. She joined UAMS in 2010. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Robert McGehee Jr., Ph.D. Dean, UAMS Graduate School University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5454 rem@uams.edu McGehee has served since 2004 as dean of the Graduate School, which has more than 15 graduate programs in biomedical research. He is also a professor and director of basic science research in neonatology in the College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. He has directed the multi-institution Arkansas Biosciences Institute since 2007. He received a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics at UAMS and trained as a research fellow in molecular endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts’ General Hospital.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Juli McWhorter, RN, MSN Chief Administrative Officer Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 4301 Greathouse Springs Road Johnson, AR 72762 479-684-3000 www.northwest health.com McWhorter is Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Nursing Officer for Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer and has been Chief Nursing Officer since 2015. She has worked with Northwest Health for approximately 30 years. Having begun her career as a charge nurse in the surgical intensive care unit, McWhorter also has experience in cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac stepdown, patient education and flight nursing. She has served in a number of leadership positions for Northwest Health, including as chief quality officer and director of critical care services for Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Western Governor’s University. She is active in the community, supporting organizations including the March of Dimes and Jackson Graves Foundation.

Stephen Mette, MD Chief Executive Officer, UAMS Medical Center University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-7000 SAMette@uams.edu Mette joined UAMS in April 2015. He was named senior vice chancellor for UAMS Health and Chief Executive Officer for the medical center in November 2019. As CEO, Mette is responsible for the 514-bed hospital, outpatient clinics in central Arkansas, digital health clinics, and clinics at regional campuses across the state. He also serves as chair of the board of directors of the Baptist Health-UAMS Accountable Care Alliance. For the past decade, he has worked to create

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effective health care delivery systems in rural states. Mette is a professor of internal medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine.

Kim Miller Western Region President Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 baptist-health.org Miller became president of the Baptist Health Western Region in April of 2020. She most recently served as president and CEO of Beaver Dam Community Hospitals in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. She brings more than 40 years of health care experience along with being a registered nurse and a board-certified fellow from the American College of Healthcare Executives. Miller will oversee the system’s hospitals in Fort Smith and Van Buren as well as affiliated physician clinics. Baptist Health’s western region has approximately 1600 employees. She has a master’s degree in business administration from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.

Trisha Montague, MS, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President, Chief Administrator Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 montaguepa@ archildrens.org Montague joined Arkansas Children’s in November 2015, specifically to oversee the design, build and operations of the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) hospital in Springdale. Prior to joining ACNW, she served as an executive nursing leader in children’s hospitals in New Jersey and Texas. She has dedicated her career to the care of sick children and families and has served on several child and family advocacy boards. Montague received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colo. She continued

her formal nursing education with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Sterling Moore Vice Chancellor for Regional Campuses University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5264 MooreSterlingL@ uams.edu Moore was named UAMS Vice Chancellor for Regional Campuses in 2017. He directs the UAMS network of eight campuses statewide that provides education of family medicine residents and continuing education for health care professionals while increasing access to health care and health education in rural communities. He was previously assistant vice chancellor for administration for Regional Campuses. Moore came to UAMS in 1991 and began as a clinic manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. He graduated with honors with an executive master’s degree in business administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Bruce E. Murphy, MD, PhD Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 South Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480 www.arheart.com Dr. Murphy is Chief Executive Officer and founder of Arkansas Heart Hospital, one of America’s premiere subspecialty cardiology hospitals recognized worldwide for their exceptional standard of care, procedure volumes, management efficiencies and financial success. Born in El Dorado, Murphy graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980 with a PhD in pharmacology and competed his interventional cardiology training in 1986. He has had intensive

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N Balan Nair, MD Chief Medical Director CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501906-3000 CARTI.com Dr. Nair has been practicing as a medical oncologist in Arkansas for more than 20 years. He joined CARTI in 2011 and was named chief medical director in 2017. Nair sees patients in Little Rock and in clinics in El Dorado and Heber Springs. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College, University of Bombay, where he also was in residency training in Pathology. Nair did his fellowship training at Yale University in New Haven, CT and at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Andrea Nelson Chief Operating Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 South Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7300 andrea.nelson@ arheart.com Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer for Arkansas Heart Hospital. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and has a MS in Nursing Administration. During her career, she has served in a variety of roles throughout the organization. In 2002, she assisted with the development of the first freestanding cardiac cath lab in the state. She previously served as Chief Clinical Officer for a number of years before transitioning to Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Nelson oversees operations at Arkansas Heart Hospital and provides clinical oversight of our clinics.

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Aaron Nichols MHSA, FACMPE 2020 President Arkansas Medical Group Management Association Chief Operating Officer Arkana Laboratories 10810 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100 Little Rock, AR 72211 501-604-2695 aaron.nichols@ arkanalabs.com Nichols currently serves as president of the Arkansas Medical Group Management Association and is Arkansas’ representative for the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He also serves as chief operating officer with Arkana Laboratories in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since joining in 2011, he has helped the practice expand beyond their industry leading renal pathology service into neuropathology, molecular pathology, and clinical research. The scope of his responsibilities have grown to include leading contract administration, regulatory compliance, information technology, supply chain and logistics as well as provider credentialing for the twenty pathologist group. Nichols received his Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozeman College of Public Health and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

O Thomas J. Olmstead Senior Vice President and General Counsel Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 www.wregional.com Olmstead, who was in private practice with the Fayetteville law firm of Burke & Olmstead from 1995 to 2005, has served Washington Regional as General Counsel since 2001.

He joined the Washington Regional executive team in 2005. Olmstead graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in the State of Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. 

T. Glenn Pait, MD Director, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5270 PaitThomasG@ uams.edu Pait is a professor of neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. He is a recognized authority in the field of spine surgery. His surgical interest focuses on surgical intervention for multiple myeloma, primary and metastatic tumors of the spine, spinal cord tumors, and degenerative disorders. His research interest focuses on anatomy of the spine and virtual reality as an anatomy tool for teaching, training, and self-learning of the human body. Dr. Pait received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and obtained an MD from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Kenneth Pannell Chief Financial Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4000 www.narmc.com Pannell joined the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) team as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer in July of 2019. Pannell comes to NARMC with nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare financial management. “I am excited


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 to have Kenneth join our team,” said Vince Leist, president and CEO. His extensive experience will be an extremely valuable asset to NARMC and will help ensure that we have a financially stable healthcare organization in this community for many more years to come.” Pannell most recently lead the financial team at West Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, Arizona, where he led initiatives to identify expense savings and improve productivity performance. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer for hospitals in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. As CFO, Pannell will oversee several support teams that keep the medical system running smoothly, including Patient Financial Services, Information Services, Human Resources, Decision Support and Materials Management. “North Arkansas Regional Medical Center has a rich history of providing high quality health care to the residents of Boone County,” Pannell said. “I look forward to joining the team at NARMC and being part of that continued tradition.”

Denten Park Market Chief Executive Officer Northwest Health 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Park is an accomplished healthcare leader with more than 20 years of executive management experience at hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in Arizona, Wyoming and Utah. Prior to joining Northwest Health in 2018, he served as CEO of Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he was a founding member of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as the president of the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation. Park earned his master’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University and his bachelor’s degree in business management and social business from Utah State University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Rogers/ Lowell Chamber of Commerce and an ex-officio member of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is also a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council as well as

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an inaugural member of the Northwest Arkansas Healthcare Transformation Steering Committee. Park was a founding member of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as the president of the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation.

J. Matt Parker Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Washington Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4285 mparker@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Parker is responsible for developing and evaluating business opportunities on behalf of St. Bernards Healthcare. He negotiates contracts with third parties, serves on finance, investment, retirement and recruitment committees, and manages acquisitions, development and real estate.

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA Chancellor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5681 chancellor@uams. edu Patterson leads Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state. He came to UAMS in 2018 from Weill-Cornell Medical Center and Komansky Children’s Hospital/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where he was senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2014. Over the course of his career, the renowned cardiologist as principal investigator or co-investigator has received more than $60 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work has been published in 323 peerreviewed scientific publications.

Gary Paxson Chief Executive Officer White River Health System 1710 Harrison Street Batesville, AR 72501 870-262-1200 www.whiteriver health system.com As the President & CEO for White River Health System (WRHS), Gary Paxson, RN, BSN, MS, is creating a new vision and culture for the health system. He is focused on honoring the mission to provide quality healthcare and improve the health for the residents in the systems 10 county service area. Paxson has 25 years of healthcare experience. His career includes positions in nursing, healthcare information systems, and executive management. Paxson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, Ill., and a Master of Science in Information System Management – Healthcare Administration Concentration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Doug Penner Chief Operating Officer Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 2112 South 54th St. Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-3474 www.mercy.net/ nwa Penner was named Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas in 2018. Most recently, Penner was vice president of Elliot Medical Group, a 335-provider organization with 40 locations in Manchester, New Hampshire. Previous to that, he served as chief operating officer of the Washington Township Medical Group in the Washington Hospital Healthcare System of Fremont, California. Penner earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and French from the University of Mississippi.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Ron Peterson President, Chief Executive Officer Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1039 www.baxter regional.org Peterson became President and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center in 2007, after more than 20 years of progressive healthcare experience. Prior to joining BRMC, he worked for Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Kentucky, for 15 years, first as Vice President and then as President. He was also Chief Operating Officer at Incarnate Word Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and vice president of Ancillary Services at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Peterson earned a Master of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Morehead, Minnesota.

Alisa PetetMcElfresh Administrator GastroArkansas Vice President of Operations The GI Alliance of Arkansas 409 N University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-664-6980 alisa@gastro arkansas.com Petet’s robust experience in the healthcare industry makes her uniquely qualified to be the Administrator at GastroArkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2007 with a degree in nursing. She has been a part of the GastroArkansas team since 2000, holding various roles throughout her tenure including Registered Nurse, Clinical Manager, Chief Operations Officer, and now administrator of GastroArkansas and Vice President of Operations for The GI Alliance in Arkansas. As administrator, Petet is responsible for the overall success of all four clinic locations and the three endoscopy centers including pathology and anesthesia services. Pe-

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tet also speaks nationally to independent medical practices and hospital systems to provide education on the changes in the healthcare landscape and also educates medical professionals on the treatment of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She was a nominee for the Arkansas State Board of Nursing Most Compassionate Nurse Award and was the 2016 CCFA Medical Volunteer of the Year.

Paul Phillips, MD Director, UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-364-1888 PhillipsPaulH@ uams.edu Phillips was appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine and director of the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at UAMS in 2020. Phillips was recruited to UAMS in 1997 and has held the rank of professor since 2008. He has served as chief of pediatric ophthalmology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2006 and as director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program since 2015.

Eric Pianalto President Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy.net/ nwa Pianalto was named president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in 2013. A Northwest Arkansas native, he has served as a Mercy leader for 20 years, including a 10-year tenure in Northwest Arkansas along with roles in Fort Smith, Oklahoma, and Mercy’s four-state health ministry. Prior to serving as president, Pianalto served as chief operating officer of Mercy Clinic in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He attended the University of Arkansas and has a master’s degree in business administration.

Reid Pierce, MD Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Dr. Pierce, who grew up in Pine Bluff, established his OB/GYN practice at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 1986. He began service in medical staff leadership as Chief of Staff in 2004 before becoming Medical Director of Credentials and Regulatory Matters in 2006. He continued in this role until 2013 when he took a staff position at Magnolia Regional Medical Center, in Magnolia, Arkansas. In 2015, he accepted an offer to return to Jefferson Regional as the Chief Medical Officer/ Vice-President of Medical Affairs. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and did his residency training at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Julia Ponder, DNP, APRN President Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner Arkansas Heart Hospital P O Box 7887 Little Rock, AR 72217 501-219-7800 jponder@ anpassociation.org Ponder is currently the president of the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association (ANPA), a statewide organization for nurse practitioners across all specialties. She has held multiple leadership positions during her nursing career.  Currently, she is Board Chair of the Arkansas Nurses Foundation; Lead Assistant of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Conference, American Heart Association Training Center Faculty and serves on various nursing committees. Ponder is also a nurse


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 practitioner in the emergency room at Arkansas Heart Hospital, where she sees patients presenting for care and serves as preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students. She was an RN for nearly 25 years before obtaining her DNP with a double major in Adult Geriatric Acute Care and Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of TN Health Science Center.

Q Amir Qureshi, MD Founder Arkansas Spine and Pain 5700 West Markham Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-227-0184 arkansasspine andpain.com Dr. Qureshi (also known as Dr. Q) founded Arkansas Spine and Pain in 2009. Now a leader in pain management and rehabilitation in Arkansas, he attended medical school at Baqai Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Qureshi did his residency at UAMS in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and his fellowship training in interventional spine pain management/orthopedic/sports medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a board member of the American Board of Interventional Pain. Dr. Qureshi has staff privileges at Arkansas Surgical Hospital, St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock Surgery Center, Bradley County Medical Center and Baptist Health Center. Arkansas Spine and Pain has facilities in Little Rock, Conway, Benton, Jacksonville and White Hall.

R Charlotte Rankin Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy.net/ nwa Rankin was named Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Hospital Northwest

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Arkansas in 2016. A native Arkansan, she assumed the COO role in addition to her role as Chief Nursing Officer. Rankin has served as a Mercy leader for 16 years, including helping lead the development of Mercy NWA’s Heart Interventional Program. She graduated as a Diploma RN more than 20 years ago, soon after obtaining her BSN, from Northeastern State University, Oklahoma, and has a master’s degree in health administration.

David Ratcliff, MD Chief of Medical Affairs Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 www.wregional.com Ratcliff has served as Washington Regional’s Chief of Medical Affairs since 2004. From 1991 until assuming the executive role, he was a practicing internal medicine physician at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. He graduated

with honors from Hendrix College and earned his MD at Vanderbilt University Medical School. Ratcliff completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he was named chief resident. Ratcliff is board certified in internal medicine.

Trenda Ray, PhD, RN Chief Nursing Officer Associate Vice Chancellor for Patient Care Services University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6358 RayTrendaD@ uams.edu Ray was named chief nursing officer and associate vice chancellor for patient care services for UAMS Health in 2019. She is responsible for ensuring quality nursing care and has executive oversight for the hospital’s nursing units, respiratory care, international services and pastoral care. She also is

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 responsible for the care management team, including hospital and outpatient services, the inpatient psychiatric social work team, and community health advocates. Ray joined UAMS in 2011 as the ambulatory operations officer and director of ambulatory nursing.

James Reed Chief Information Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Information Officer, Reed is responsible for the information system operations of the health system which includes Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Conway Regional Surgery Center, an outpatient imaging center and 10 primary care clinics located throughout north Central Arkansas. In addition, Reed provides executive oversight of the Pharmacy and Quality Departments and servers as Conway Regional’s Corporate Compliance Officer. Reed has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare and leadership. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as a member of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association.  He has served on the board of directors for the Arkansas Association of Health-system Pharmacists and was recently recognized in 2019 as Administrator of the Year for the North Metro Healthcare Region by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Maurice Rigsby Vice Chancellor for Institutional Relations University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6305 MRigsby@uams.edu Rigsby was appointed vice chancellor for institutional relations in 2017. He came to UAMS in 2014 as a government relations liaison and was later promoted to assistant vice chancellor. Prior to coming to UAMS, Rigsby was the senior assistant attorney general for legislative affairs with the Arkansas attorney general’s office where he managed the attorney general’s policy agenda while working with members of the state Legislature and the governor’s office. Rigsby graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law in 2003.

Benjamin A Riley MCSA MCSE Clinical Administrator Cornerstone Clinic for Women 9500 Baptist Health Drive, Suite 100 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-5500 cornerstoneclinic forwomen.com Riley has been an administrator for over 30 years; 11 in healthcare and four in IT administration. He has recently overseen the building expansion of the Cornerstone Clinic for Women to 40,000 square feet which was completed in 2018. Riley has a BA in Accounting. 

Jacob Robinson Chief Administrative Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 South Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7026 Jacob.robinson@ arheart.com Robinson joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2018 as its Chief Administrative

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Officer. During his career, Robinson has worked in various roles with Baptist Health including starting as an Administrative Fellow in Little Rock and transitioning to the leadership team that opened and operationalized the BHMC Conway Hospital as an assistant vice president and assistant administrator. He is a native Arkansans and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and UAMS.

Chad Rodgers, MD 2020-2021 President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Little Rock pediatrician Chad Rodgers, MD, will serve as the 2020-2021 President of the Arkansas Medical Society.  Dr. Rodgers has been a member of the AMS for 18 years, and has served on the Executive Committee since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Society and completed his residency training at Arkansas Children’s where he served as Chief Resident.  Dr. Rodgers has been at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic since 2002, and also serves as Chief Medical Officer for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. 

Douglas Ross, MD President & Chief Medical Officer CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs & CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Dr. Ross serves as president for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and chief medical officer for the CHI St. Vincent hospitals. He previously was vice president of medical affairs for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. He joined that hospital in 2003 as an emergency medicine physician. He has also served as chief of staff, medical director of informatics and medical director of the emergency department at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. Ross is board certified in emergency medicine and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Lori Paladino Ross Chief Development Officer Conway Regional Health Foundation 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Development Officer, Ross is responsible for the philanthropy operations of the health system, cultivating relationships with existing and prospective donors to the Conway Regional Health Foundation. In addition to leading the Foundation team, Ross leads the organization’s governmental affairs efforts working closely with appointed and elected officials and lobbyists throughout the market area in Arkansas and in DC.  Ross has been a member of the Conway Regional team since 1998.  She has over 25 years of experience in health care. Ross holds an MBA as well as a BBA in Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas.  She is a member of the national Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and has served the Arkansas Hospital Association as Chairman of the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations board.  She has served on and led multiple community boards including the municipally owned utility, Conway Corporation; the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce; Counseling Associates, Inc.; the University of Central Arkansas College of Business Advisory Board; and many others.

Derek Rudkin, CAE Executive Director Pulaski County Medical Society 500 South University, Suite 311 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-687-0039 derek@ pulaskicms.org Rudkin has been with the Pulaski County Medical Society (PCMS) since 2012.  His responsibilities not only include managing the PCMS, founded in 1866 and the oldest trade association in Arkansas, but also the Pulaski County Medical Exchange, and the PCMS Healing the Healer Foundation.

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The organization currently has 1,600 members. The PCMS Healing the Healer Foundation which was created to serve the mental health needs of physicians in central Arkansas

Robert “Bo” Ryall President and CEO Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 224-7878 boryall@ arkhospitals.org www.ark hospitals.org Ryall is president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association. He has been with the Association since 2005 and was named president in 2010.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Bo also served as the chief lobbyist on the state level for Arkansas hospitals and was previously executive director of the HomeCare Association of Arkansas.  He currently serves as the chairman of the Health Care Providers Forum, is a member of the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is an Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency advisory board member, and is a past-president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.

S Kyle Sanders Chief Financial Officer NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 East Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptist online.org/nea Sanders has worked at NEA Baptist since 2007 as Controller before being promoted to the position of CFO. As CFO of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Sanders is responsible for several departments, including patient financial services, patient access,

health information management, case management, and accounting. He also oversees the hospital’s financial planning and budgeting processes. In addition, Sanders serves as the hospital’s Chief Privacy and Security Officer. Sanders is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a BS in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.

Dave Santoemma Associate Administrator Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000 www.saline memorial.org Santoemma assumed the role as associate administrator at Saline Health System on July 15, 2019. He brings 15 years of healthcare leadership experience to this new role. Santoemma came to Saline Health System from Sovah Health in Martinsville, Virginia, where he was the Director of Physician Relations. Prior to his time at Sovah Health Santoemma served as the director of customer service at Memorial Hospital, also in Martinsville. He received a BSBA and MBA from University of Phoenix.

Bob Sarkar President Arkansas Health Network (CHI St. Vincent) 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501- 552-3592 arkansashealth network.com Sarkar joined CHI St. Vincent in 2015 as president of the Arkansas Health Network. Before that, Sarkar was senior vice president of operations/ value-based care for Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio, and regional vice president and chief strategy officer for Presence Health in Chicago. He has also provided consulting and program implementation services to some of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and has served as the national leader of healthcare and practice vice president for Sogeti/Capgemini. He

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Fred Scarborough, CFRE Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer and Chief Communications Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 ScarboroughF@ archildrens.org A member of the fundraising profession since 1995, Scarborough has achieved an uncommon level of success among his fundraising peers. Consistently exceeding the most challenging of organizational goals, he has attained success in every major area of resource development, helping to secure more than $400 million for the organizations he has served. In 2002, he was named the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s first Honorary Member and in 2004 was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Scarborough holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO, from the Fulbright College of Fine Arts in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is highly sought after as a speaker and teacher in the field of fund development, currently serving as Adjunct Faculty for the Clinton School of Public Service where he teaches Fundraising in the 21st Century. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodmark Group, a consortium of 26 freestanding children’s hospitals.

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James M. Scoggins Chief Executive Officer Arkansas State Hospital 305 S. Palm St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-9000 james.scoggins@ arkansas.gov Scoggins was named Chief Executive Officer for the Arkansas State Hospital in 2019. Prior to being named CEO, Scroggins was Chief Nursing Officer since 2009. Previously, he served as the Interstate Compact Coordinator for Arkansas and Utilization Review Director at ASH from 2006-2009. Scoggins began his career in healthcare in 1996 as a critical care registered nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Hospital in Little Rock. He returned to school and earned his Juris Doctor from the William H. Bowen School of Law in 2003 and then worked for the Law Offices of Gary Green for a year before entering hospital administration with Correctional Medical Services in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a guest lecturer at Harding University/Arkansas State Nurses Spring Symposium 2014, an InterRAI Expert Panelist for Adult and Children’s Psyche 2014 and a guest lecturer at Professional’s in Psychiatric Nursing (PiPN) Fall Conference 2015. Scoggins completed Six Sigma Green Belt training in 2018.

Margie A. Scott, MD Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 West 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 257-5400 www.littlerockva.gov Scott was appointed Medical Center Director of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System effective May 1, 2016. Scott has direct line responsibility and full accountability for managing all activities, including a two-campus medical center, a Nursing Home Care Unit, a 119-bed Domiciliary, and eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics. She sets policy for the $573 million budget and more than 3,000 employees.

Scott graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving her medical degree in 1988. She completed Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency; fellowship training in Surgical Pathology; and fellowship training in Molecular Pathology at Vanderbilt University. After serving as faculty and clinical laboratory director at Vanderbilt for five years, she served full time at CAVHS as laboratory director, assistant chief of p athology & laboratory medicine service, chief of PL&M Service, deputy chief of staff, chief of staff, interim medical center director, and VISN 16 Interim Chief Medical Officer. Scott is a graduate of the Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI) Class of 2007. She is a tenured Professor of Pathology at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and is active in resident education.

J. Larry Shackelford, CPA (inactive), FACMPE President and CEO Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Shackelford was named Washington Regional President and CEO in 2017 after serving as Senior Vice President – Strategy and Outreach Services since 2010.  Previously he was CEO at Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, a multispecialty physician group practice, since its inception in 1998. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and worked for the accounting firm Baird, Kurtz and Dobson before entering healthcare administration at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. He is an inactive Certified Public Accountant and fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Shackelford currently serves as a state delegate to the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association, board member of Healthy Active Arkansas, board member of the Arkansas Hospital Association and Dean’s Executive Advisory Board member at the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. He


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 has previously served as treasurer and president of Arkansas Medical Group Management Association, treasurer for Susan G. Komen-Ozark Affiliate, board member for Arkansas Community Foundation and on the United Way Audit Committee.

Greg Sharp, MD Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 sharpg@ archildrens.org In addition to serving as Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Sharp also serves as a professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine. Sharp has been board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology, and Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. He also holds the John H. Bornhofen, MD Endowed Chair in Child Neurology and serves as co-medical director of the ACH Neuroscience Center, Neuroscience Inpatient Unit and Neurofibromatosis Clinic. He earned his medical degree at UAMS, completed his residency in Pediatrics at UAMS and ACH, and completed a residency/ fellowship in Child Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. with specialized training in clinical neurophysiology.

John Sharp Market Chief Financial Officer Northwest Health 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Sharp is the market chief financial officer for Northwest Health. He came to Northwest Health in 2019 from Laredo Medical Center, where he had served as CFO since 2014. With more than 20 years of financial leadership

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experience, Sharp previously served as CFO for Seton Medical Center Harker Heights in Harker Heights, Texas; St. Mary’s Health System in Waterbury, Connecticut; and Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas. Prior experience includes work as a controller, senior staff accountant and staff accountant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, focusing on accounting and finance, from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

Bruce Shepard Executive Director Community Quality Alliance 601 West Maple Ave. Springdale, AR 72764 www.northwest health.com/ northwestcommunityquality-alliance Shepard is executive director of the Community Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated network (CIN) affiliated with Northwest Health. Founded in 2016, the Community Quality Alliance was one of Arkansas’ first clinically integrated networks. In 2018, the organization launched a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Community Health Alliance of the Ozarks. Shepard oversees both organizations. Prior to joining Northwest Health in 2016, Shepard was vice president of product strategy and implementation for Savvysherpa, Inc, where he built innovative solutions to lowering health care costs. Before that he was director of health and wellness innovations for Walmart. His experiences also include serving as a CEO for Dorminy Medical Center and Clinch Memorial Hospital, both in Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia College & State University. He has also earned national certification as a Healthcare Consumerism Specialist.

G. Richard Smith, MD Director Psychiatric Research Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-8100 SmithGRichard@ uams.edu Smith was named director of the Psychiatric Research Institute in 2018. He was the institute’s first director and served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 2001 to 2013, during which he oversaw the design and construction of the building, which opened in 2008. Smith was named dean of the UAMS College of Medicine and executive vice chancellor in 2013, a position he held for two years before stepping down to become a professor of psychiatry, medicine and public health. The Institute provides comprehensive psychiatric treatment and performs groundbreaking mental health research.

H. Scott Smith, JD Director of Governmental Affairs Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Smith is from Fort Smith. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1991. Smith then served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Jon McCalla and then clerked for Chief U.S. District Court Judge Odell Horton in Memphis. Later, he was appointed Deputy General Counsel and Legislative Liaison for the Tennessee Department of Health by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. In 1997, he began serving as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Tennessee Medical Association in Nashville. Smith assumed his current position in 2004, after leading Tennessee Medical Association’s lobbying efforts for seven sessions.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH Secretary of Health Arkansas Department of Health 4815 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-280-4648 www.healthy. arkansas.gov Dr. Smith has served as Director and State Health Officer for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) since 2013 and as Secretary of Health since July 2019. He is a member of the Governor’s cabinet and provides senior scientific and executive leadership for the agency. Dr. Smith has a strong commitment to the mission of ADH, “To protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.” He currently serves as President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). He is boardcertified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and holds voluntary faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and in the Epidemiology Department at the College of Public Health. His clinical interests include HIV, global health, and emerging infectious diseases.

Stacy Smith-Foley, MD Medical Director The Breast Center at CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-537-6266 CARTI.com Dr. Smith-Foley joined the staff of CARTI in 2019 as the medical director of The Breast Center at CARTI. She brings more than a decade of clinical experience as a dedicated breast imaging specialist practicing in Arkansas, Oklahoma and South Carolina.  She is a graduate of both the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and is a member of the UCA Foundation Board.  Board certified in diagnostic radiology, with a subspecialty in breast imaging, she completed her radiology residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She then completed a fellowship in breast imaging at

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the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA. Dr. Smith-Foley is a leader in her field as a member of the Hologic Scientific Advisory Board and speaker for Myriad.  She is an active member of the Society of Breast Imagers and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. 

Steve Spaulding EVP, Chief Health Management Officer Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield 601 South Gaines Little Rock, AR 72201 501-378-2000 arkansasbluecross. com Spaulding has executive responsibility for payment reform initiatives for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its family of companies. These include establishment of collaborative health ventures and clinically integrated networks, oversight for implementation and support of patient-centered medical homes, provider network contracting, provider reimbursement, commercial pharmacy programs, information management and analytics and medical management. Spaulding joined Arkansas Blue Cross in 1983 as a marketing representative in the Hot Springs region and was named an account executive in 1991 for USAble Administrators. He was named regional marketing manager for eastern Arkansas in 1993. He served as regional executive of the south central region headquartered in Hot Springs from 1994 until 2002, when he was promoted to vice president of Internal Operations. In 2008, he was promoted to vice president of Enterprise Networks. In January 2017, he was named executive vice president and chief health management officer for the enterprise. A native of Breckenridge, Michigan, Spaulding received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College in Michigan.

Kevin Spears Chief Operating Officer/Administrator Stone County Medical Center 2106 East Main Street Mountain View, AR 870-269-4361 www.whiteriver healthsystem.com Spears is the Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Administrator of Stone County Medical Center (SCMC), an affiliate hospital of White River Health System (WRHS). Spears has more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience. His personal passion to provide quality healthcare and commitment to growth of the organization led to the roles of director, and later Chief Executive Officer of a regional rehabilitation hospital. Spears brings his expertise to SCMC, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Scott Stern, MD Medical Director, Surgical Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 www.CARTI.com Dr. Stern joined CARTI in 2011 and was named medical director of surgical oncology in 2017. Stern specializes in surgical oncology of the head and neck and has been in practice for nearly 30 years. After graduating from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Stern completed a residency at UAMS in otolaryngology and then went on to MD Anderson to complete a fellowship for head and neck oncologic surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Michael Stewart Chief Executive Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000 www.saline memorial.org Stewart assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer at Saline Health System


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 in Benton, Arkansas, on November 30, 2018. He brings nearly 15 years of healthcare leadership experience to this new role. Stewart came to Saline Health System from Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas, where he served as CEO since 2014. Prior to his time at Navarro Regional, he spent two years as the COO/Administrator for Northwest Health System in Springdale, Arkansas, and seven years in executive leadership roles at hospitals in California and Florida. Prior to his healthcare career, Stewart spent four years as a member of the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of Captain. He received his MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Cindy Stowe, PharmD Dean, UAMS College of Pharmacy University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6139 CStowe@uams.edu Stowe was named dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 2019. She oversees all aspects of the college. Stowe was on the UAMS faculty for nearly 20 years, from 1995-2014. Since 2014, she has been dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky. She also served as that university’s associate provost since 2018. Stowe earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 1991 from the University of Kentucky, where she previously earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy.

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Scott Street Chief Executive Officer Medical Center of South Arkansas 700 West Grove Street El Dorado, AR 71730 870-863-2095 www.themed center.net Street has served in healthcare leadership roles for over 29 years. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, earning a Master of Healthcare Administration degree and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Street was also an All American and College Quarterback. Street is currently leading Medical Center of South Arkansas in a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion project including second, third, and fourth floor patient rooms, new Café, Bistro, Lobby, Conference Center, three level Medical Office Building, new Medical Service Lines and additional Physician Specialties. In addition, alliances with Arkansas Heart Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Urology, UAMS AHEC Residency, Survival Flight and a partnership with Landmark Cancer Center for a comprehensive Cancer Center on the campus have been established.

Jennifer Styron Chief Financial Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3232 CARTI.com Styron joined CARTI as chief financial officer in 2018, after spending more than seven years at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. She leads an exceptionally innovative finance team that includes business intelligence, revenue cycle, patient advocacy, health information management, accounting and supply chain leaders. Styron has extensive banking, finance and strategy experience and an accounting degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

T Brian Taylor Chief Information Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3436 CARTI.com Taylor joined CARTI in 2018 as chief information officer. Taylor is a highly skilled IT leader with experience in developing strategic initiatives that align business needs with existing and emerging technologies. His more than 20 years of experience in IT has included stops at Edafio Technology Partners, IBM, Accenture and Acxiom among others. Taylor received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Leslie W. Taylor Vice Chancellor, Communications & Marketing University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-8998 leslie@uams.edu Taylor oversees UAMS’ external and internal communications, marketing, advertising and media relations. She serves as official UAMS spokesperson, and is the primary contact for national media and for media requests made under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Taylor has more than 20 years of communications and marketing management experience and previously served as vice president of corporate communications at ALLTEL and vice president of communications and marketing at CARTI. She also spent several years as a writer and editor for publications including the Arkansas Gazette, the Arkansas Times, and the Arkansas Democrat. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Sharon Theriot Business Development Executive SVMIC PO Box 20416 White Hall, AR 71612-0416 870-540-9161 sharon.theriot@ svmic.com Theriot joined SVMIC in 2011 and is responsible for business development efforts in Arkansas.  She has an extensive background in the healthcare and medical professional liability insurance industries.  Theriot has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nicholls State University and over 25 years of experience working with Arkansas physicians, medical practices and hospitals.

Brian Thomas President, Chief Executive Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Thomas first joined Jefferson Regional in 1998, as director of Physician Practices and Operations Support. He went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, Arkansas, Chief Operating Officer at J.F.K. Memorial Hospital in Indio, California and later at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama before returning to Jefferson Regional in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President & CEO in February of 2017. Thomas holds a master’s degree in both Health Administration and Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Brent Thompson, JD Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 archildrens.org Thompson, JD, leads Arkansas Children’s Legal Services division as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Thompson previously served as Chief Legal Officer for Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, NC, a system with more than 900 licensed beds and 6,000 employees. He has also worked as assistant general counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Thompson earned his law degree at the University of Tulsa College of Law and is also an alum of University of Oklahoma in Norman. He has extensive experience in litigation, hospital policies and procedures and hospital compliance with federal laws.

Amy Triplet, MSNc RN Chief Nursing Officer Medical Center of South Arkansas 700 West Grove Street El Dorado, AR 71730 870-863-2095 www.themed center.net Originally from Stephens, Arkansas, Triplet attended Southern Arkansas University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She received her nursing education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing as a geriatric nurse practitioner. Triplet has been employed at the Medical Center of South Arkansas since 1997, serving in many capacities including staff nurse, charge nurse, rehab admissions coordinator, director of health education, director of CVICU, director of one day surgery/infusion therapy, assistant chief nursing officer, and CNO since 2017. Previously Triplet served on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Content Expert Panel, been recognized as Rehab

Nurse of the Year, Nursing Manager of the Year, Clinical Manager of the Year, and involved in multiple community outreach activities. She is a member of American Nurses Association and American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Jodiane Tritt, JD Executive Vice President Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 jtritt@ark hospitals.org Tritt joined the AHA executive team as vice president of government relations in 2010. She represents the AHA in all state legislative and regulatory activities. Prior to joining the AHA staff, Tritt most recently served as executive director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (now known as the Translation Research Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to that position, she was Director of Community Support for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). In her work at ADH, she played an integral role in public health policy development and was responsible for the agency’s legislative agenda. President of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives, she is pastpresident of the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists, a member of the South Central Telehealth Resource Center Advisory Council, and on the Advisory Board of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health. She is also a past chair of the State Association of Government Relations Officials for the American Hospital Association. Tritt is a graduate of Hendrix College and holds a JD from William H. Bowen School of Law.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Matt Troup, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org Troup is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Conway Regional Health System. He previously served as CHI St. Vincent’s Vice President, Ancillary and Support Services. He has more than 20 years of health care leadership experience, serving in senior management positions in Little Rock, Tulsa, Dallas and Melbourne, Florida. Troup has a BA in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.  He completed a Master of Science, Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has a Six Sigma Green Belt. 

Sarah Tucker Chief Nursing Officer Bradley County Medical Center 404 South Bradley Street Warren, AR 71671 870-226-4304 www.bradley countymedical center.com Tucker was named the Chief Nursing Officer for Bradley County Medical Center in May 2017. As CNO, she is responsible for clinical oversight for nursing practice throughout the medical center and for business and administrative functions related to the nursing departments. She began her career in healthcare in 1991 just before earning her degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1992. Tucker has served in a number of roles in healthcare including charge nurse, house supervisor, case manager, director of nursing and chief clinical officer. She has also worked in hospice and long-term care.

Richard M. Tyler, JD, SPHR Chief Human Resources Officer Conway Regional Foundation 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tyler is responsible for human resources, employee engagement, and education and training functions for Conway Regional Health System which includes Conway Regional Medical Center, primary and specialty clinics located in Faulkner and surrounding counties. Tyler has 36 years of Human Resources experience including over 25 years in Human Resources management in healthcare, banking, and state government and 26 years as an attorney focused on employment law. Tyler has a Bachelor of Arts Political Science from Hendrix College, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Juris Doctor of Law from the University

of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of Arkansas. He is a member and past president and board member of the Arkansas Healthcare Human Resources Association, member of American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, member and past president and board member of the Arkansas Industry Liaison Group, member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and member of the Arkansas Bar.

V Nicole Vaccarella Vice President & General Counsel Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1006 www.baxter regional.org Vaccarella has served as Vice President and General Counsel for Baxter Regional Medical Center since 2000.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Vaccarella oversees legal affairs, corporate compliance, and risk management. She also works closely with the BRMC Board of Directors and medical staff regarding governance issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Wendell VanEs Chief Financial Officer Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 1808 W. Main Street Russellville, Arkansas 72801 479-964-2841 saintmarys regional.com VanEs was named Chief Financial Officer of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in 1995. A Russellville Arkansas native, he has served as a Saint Mary’s leader for 25 years. Over the 25-year tenure, he has played the same role for 5 different hospital companies. He began with Tenet Healthcare.  They divested the hospital to Triad Healthcare, a publicly owned hospital chain located in Frisco, Texas. In 2011 the hospital sold to Community Healthcare which in-turn sold it to a start-up company, Capella Healthcare.  In 2017 Capella merged with RCCH which sold to Life-point Healthcare in November of 2018.  Prior to serving as CFO, VanEs served as a finance/planning officer in the banking industry. He has an accounting degree from the University of Arkansas.

Al Velotta Chief Nursing Officer Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 West Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.north westhealth.com Velotta is the chief nursing officer for Northwest Medical Center – Springdale. He came to Northwest Health from Byrd Regional Hospital, where he served as chief clinical officer. With more than 15 years of clinical leadership experience, Velotta previously served as client services vice president for Schumacher Clinical Partners in Lafayette, Louisiana; regional vice president—clinical operations

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for CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana; and vice president & chief nursing officer for Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Prior experience includes work as a director of clinical services, executive healthcare consultant and management coordinator. Velotta earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

W Steven Webb President, Chief Executive Officer Unity Health 3214 East Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1003 steve.webb@ unity-health.org Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas looks to Steven Webb as the President/CEO. Following his undergraduate degree, Webb chose to pursue a master’s in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After graduation, he served as a fellow at Unity Health (formerly White County Medical Center) and later became a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. His professional career, while spanning under 15 years, has seen exponential growth and a rapid rise, which can only be attributed to his servant leadership and ability to understand the needs of the organization he leads.

Doug Weeks Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 doug.weeks@ baptist-health.org Weeks, who previously served as Baptist Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, became senior vice president of strategy and innovation in March 2019. In the newly created position, he is responsible for overall system strategy deployment, and continues to lead all of Baptist

Health’s partnership and collaborative efforts across the state. Prior to that, Weeks was senior vice president of hospital operations and was the senior vice president and administrator of the system’s flagship hospital, Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock. Weeks has been with Baptist Health since 1988 and is past chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association. Weeks earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.

Jeanne Wei, MD, PhD Chairperson, Department of Geriatrics Director UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5996 WeiJeanne@ uams.edu Wei is a professor and chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS. The institute meets the needs of aging Arkansans with the highest standards of service, research and care available. Wei is a boardcertified cardiologist, internist and geriatrician. She is well-published and recognized for her work in the field of aging. Wei received her MD and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Troy Wells President, Chief Executive Officer Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 troy.wells@ baptist-health.org Wells has been president and CEO of Baptist Health since June 2014. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of administrative services for the Baptist Health system. Wells also previously served as CEO of the Arkansas


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Health Group and vice president of Practice Plus, which are divisions of Baptist Health that specialize in physician staffing within the system and the management of affiliated physician clinics. Wells earned a master’s degree in health-services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Brian Welton Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Baptist Memorial Hospital - Crittenden 2100 North 7th Street West Memphis, AR 72301 870 394-7800 www.baptistonline. org/locations/ crittenden Welton began leading Baptist Memorial Hospital - Crittenden in October of 2017. Prior to that he served as Regional Operations Director of Baptist Medical Group from 2014-2017 and as assistant administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital - Golden Triangle in 2013 and 2014. Welton received his BS in business administration & finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, his MBA and his MSc in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Christopher Westfall, MD Dean, UAMS College of Medicine Executive Vice Chancellor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5150 Westfall ChristopherT@ uams.edu Westfall joined UAMS in 1997 and served in numerous leadership positions prior to his appointment as chair of ophthalmology and director of the UAMS Jones Eye Institute in 2009. As dean, Westfall oversees all aspects of

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the College of Medicine, the largest college at UAMS with 682 students, 30 departments and free-standing divisions, more than 1,100 faculty members, a professional practice group and 650 residents and fellows. Westfall received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and awarded fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.

Elisa Masterson White, JD Vice President & General Counsel Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 elisawhite@ arkhospitals.org White provides legal services to the association, as well as education and information to the health care industry, government representatives and association members about compliance, state and federal regulations, accreditation, government audits and other issues. She also serves as the association’s point person on health insurance marketplace planning and implementation and leads communication efforts as the editor of the AHA’s quarterly magazine, Arkansas Hospitals. Elisa has received her Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Sigma, and Six Sigma Black Belt certificates from Villanova University and supports the association’s quality and patient safety program initiatives.  She is a graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and Arkansas State University.

Bryan Williams Chief Nurse Executive CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chist vincent.com Williams was appointed chief nurse executive for the CHI St. Vincent system in January 2020, previously

serving as vice president for Patient Care Services; chief nursing officer for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and CHI St. Vincent North; and executive director of nursing at the Infirmary. Williams began his career as a staff nurse at CHI St. Vincent before going on to serve in various roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Baptist Health in Birmingham, CHRISTUS Health in Corpus Christi and Community Health Systems in the greater Nashville area. He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nursing Administration from the University of South Alabama, his Master of Science in Nursing at Stanford University and his MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Williams completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas.

Lana Williams, RN, MSN, CPHQ Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000 www.myammc.org Williams started at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center as the director of Performance Improvement in 2001. She was given additional duties as the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer in 2007 and was named the Chief Nursing Officer in 2012.  She has held a certification in Healthcare Quality from the Healthcare Quality Certification Commission since 2005.  She is a member of The Arkansas Association for Healthcare Quality, the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives, Leadership Paragould, Class VIII, and the Paragould Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  As the Chief Nursing Officer, Williams is responsible for the practice of nursing by ensuring consistency in the standard of nursing practice across all clinical areas. As a member of the administrative team, she supports and facilitates a team approach in strategic planning, development, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs and services; assuring appropriate resources for the delivery of quality healthcare to patients, families and the communities AMMC serves.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Mark Williams, PhD Dean, UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-526-6700 MLW@uams.edu Williams was named dean in 2019. His public health career spans over 30 years, having published over 200 peer- reviewed articles and chapters. His research focuses on behavioral epidemiology, disease prevention, and health promotion in underserved and minority populations. Williams comes to UAMS from the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University. Williams was one of the first to study the epidemiology and prevention of HIV in drug users and was an original contributor to the development of community-based prevention interventions with this population.

Robert S. Williams, MD, FAAP Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 williamsrs@ archildrens.org Before becoming Chief Medical Officer for Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Williams served as an assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He worked closely with electronic medical record systems as the information technology medical director at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center before being named the medical director for pediatric emergency medicine. Williams earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of California and received his medical degree from St. George’s University. He completed both his pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Turner Willis Assistant Administrator Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 www.northwest health.com Turner Willis moved to Bentonville in January 2018 and was promoted from Administrative Specialist to Assistant Administrator in April 2019. Previously he served as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for Community Health Systems and then for ProScribe. Willis earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rhodes College then a master’s degree in health care management from Trinity University. Active in the community, Turner is a recent graduate of the Leadership Bentonville program.

Jason K. Wilson, CPA, FACMPE Chief Executive Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703 479-571-6780 mana.md Wilson serves as CEO of Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas. He was a principal in the establishment of the physician and clinic group in 2000 and served as the Chief Financial Officer for 10 years prior to being appointed to Chief Executive Officer in June 2010. Wilson monitors the business and strategic areas of MANA and works with the physician board of directors to implement the business policies of the physician owned company. Wilson is a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked with several medical clinics in Northwest Arkansas as a senior accountant at Baird, Kurtz and Dobson. Wilson then worked as Chief Financial Officer at MANA’s Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic before the formation of MANA in 2000.

Angela Wimmer, MEd Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 West Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-7950 AWimmer@ uams.edu Wimmer was named vice chancellor for institutional advancement in 2019. She leads fundraising for UAMS and manages all development programs, including the annual fund, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts and gift planning, endowment, capital campaigns and alumni and constituent relations. Wimmer, who has more than 20 years of fundraising experience, comes to UAMS from the Texas Tech University System where she served as associate vice chancellor for Central Advancement.

Gina Wingfield Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 WingfieldGG@ archildrens.org Wingfield has been the Chief Financial Officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1998 and is currently Executive Vice President/Finance for Arkansas Children’s. Since joining the hospital in 1985, Wingfield has held previous roles in finance, including controller and interim chief information officer. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in 1983 with a BBA in Accounting, she began working in public accounting for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young) until joining Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Wingfield has served as a member of the Child Health Association (CHA) Audit/Compliance Committee and the CHA Financial Services Committee.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2020 Maria Wleklinski, MSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 603 North Progress Ave. Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479-215-3000 www.northwest health.com Wleklinski is Chief Nursing Officer for Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, where she has served since 2008. During her tenure, she’s also held the position of Emergency Department Director. Wleklinski earned her diploma in nursing from St Elizabeth School of Nursing, then her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s University. She also earned a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on nursing administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Arkansas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association as well as the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.  

Birch G. Wright, MPA Chief Operating Officer and Hospital Administrator Washington Regional Medical Center 3215 N North Hills Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Wright recently joined Washington Regional as Chief Operating Office and Hospital Administrator. He previously served as Associate Medical Director and COO of the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks. He held various leadership roles within the VA Healthcare System including Business and Financial Operations Director and Chief Financial Officer. Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in social work and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in healthcare administration from the University of Arkansas.

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Debra J. Wright, MSBA, RN Chief Executive Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-4400 www.howard memorial.com Wright has worked in a hospital setting for over thirty years, twentyfive of which were spent in a tertiary facility working as a staff nurse, in various nurse management positions, as chief nursing officer and chief clinical officer. For the past 10 years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital. She is an RN with a Master of Science in Business Administration and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is current serving on the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors and serves on the American Hospital Association Council on Rural and Small Hospitals.

Salena WrightBrown PhD, MSNc, APRN, RN Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-5400 www.littlerock. va.gov Wright-Brown’s VA career began at the Fayetteville VAMC in 1996 where she served until appointed as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in Jackson, MS in 2014. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has practiced in emergency department, occupational health and cardiovascular diagnostics. She has served as nursing manager, coordinator of nursing clinical support and as a senior nursing leader.

David Wroten Executive Vice President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Wroten began his career with the Arkansas Medical Society in 1983, serving first as professional relations coordinator and later as the assistant executive vice president. In 2005, he became the society’s executive vice president. Wroten is responsible for implementing the association’s policies and programs, including overseeing its business and financial affairs and staff of eleven. He also serves as president and CEO of AMS Benefits, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of the Arkansas Medical Society, which provides various types of insurance and other services to AMS members.

Y Dennis Yelvington, MD 2019-2020 Immediate Past President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Stuttgart family physician Dennis Yelvington, MD, will serve as the 20192020 president of the Arkansas Medical Society.  Dr. Yelvington has been a member of the AMS for 33 years and has held numerous offices, including a seat on the Board of Trustees representing the physicians and citizens of Arkansas, Cross, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff counties. He received his medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield 10, 11, 16, 28, 42

CARTI 21, 22, 24, 25, 29, 32, 34, 42, 43

Arkansas Children’s 14, 17, 18, 22, 26, 40, 41, 44, 48

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 18, 32, 40, 49

Northwest Medical Center Bentonville 8, 13, 48

Arkansas Children’s Northwest 26, 33, 48

CHI St. Vincent 8, 10, 15, 20, 24, 29, 38, 47

Northwest Physicians 23

Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 12

Community Quality Alliance 41

Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 17, 46

Arkansas Department of Health 42

Conway Regional Health System 12, 19, 21, 30, 38, 39, 45

Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 33

Arkansas Department of Human Services 21

Cornerstone Clinic for Women 14, 38

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Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 24

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Arkansas Health Information Management Association 27 Arkansas Health Network 39 Arkansas Heart Hospital/ Clinics 14, 28, 33, 34, 38 Arkansas Hospital Association 12, 17, 39, 44, 47

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 12, 16, 30, 34 Northwest Health 20, 24, 35, 41

Ouachita County Medical Center 8

Forrest City Medical Center 10

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Premier Gastroenterology Associates 23, 27

GastroArkansas 36, 37

ProAssurance 31

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Pulaski County Medical Society 14, 39

Howard Memorial Hospital 14, 15, 49

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Arkansas Medical Society 16, 38, 41, 49

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Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center 9, 15, 22, 25, 46

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 11, 16, 47

Jefferson Regional Medical Center 9, 25, 28, 36, 44

Saline Memorial Hospital 30, 39, 42

Arkansas Medical Group Management Association 34

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Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 11, 15, 49

Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association 36 Arkansas Rural Health Partnership 12 Arkansas Spine and Pain 13, 37 Arkansas State Hospital 40 Arkansas Surgical Hospital 20 Arkansas Urology 16

LAMMICO 9, 15

M Mark Mathews Photography 51 Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 27, 29, 32, 48 Medical Center of South Arkansas 17, 19, 43, 44 Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 19, 27, 35

SAMA Healthcare Services, PA 8

Snell Prosthetics 23 State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co (SVMIC) 2, 26, 44 St. Bernards Healthcare 10, 14, 22, 26, 30, 35 Stone County Medical Center 42

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Baptist Health 10, 18, 33, 46

Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 22, 35

UAMS 11, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 41, 43, 46, 47, 48

Baptist Memorial Crittenden 47

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 21

Unity Health 26, 29, 30, 46

Baxter Regional Medical Center 20, 25, 36, 45

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 11, 29, 36, 37

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Washington Regional Medical Center 18, 23, 34, 37, 40, 49

NEA Baptist Health 18, 23, 29, 31, 39

White River Health System 35

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Bradley County Medical Center 25, 45

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