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GrandRounds Baptist Health, Arkansas Urology Welcome Dr. Lauren N. Hendrix CONWAY – Dr. Lauren N. Hendrix is now part of the Baptist Health family after joining Arkansas Urology’s team of urologists in Conway. Hendrix, a native of North Little Rock, received her medical degree from the University of Arkansas Dr. Lauren N. for Medical Sciences Hendrix and had her residency training in Urologic Surgery at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is board-certified by the American Board of Urology. Hendrix is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society, American Urological Association and Society of Women in Urology. She joins Arkansas Urology providers Jeff Marotte, MD, and Robbie Hurtt, MD, in Conway. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Arkansas Urology, the largest urology practice in Arkansas, continues to offer the latest innovative technology

and surgical techniques like the MRI guided prostate biopsy procedure offered only at Baptist Health.

Dr. Jasmine Brathwaite Joins North Little Rock Family Practice NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Jasmine Brathwaite, MD, has joined North Little Rock Family Practice-A Baptist Health Affiliate. Brathwaite, who has spent 12 years in medicine, studied at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and had her resiDr. Jasmine dency at the University Brathwaite of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She also obtained a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at UAMS. North Little Rock Family Practice-A Baptist Health Affiliate is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It offers a wide range of medical services for the entire family in North Little Rock and surrounding communities. At the clinic, Brathwaite works alongside three other people on staff: Hannah Baugh, APRN; Jenny Andrews,

PA; and Adam Grant, DO.

Arkansas Children’s Names Brent Thompson, JD, as Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Children’s has hired Brent Thompson, JD, to lead its Legal Services division as senior vice president and chief legal officer. Thompson currently serves as chief legal officer for Cape Fear Valley Health System Dr. Brent in Fayetteville, NC, a Thompson system with more than 900 licensed beds and 6,000 employees. His experience there – coupled with his previous experience as assistant general counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma – give him an excellent skillset for helping Arkansas Children’s further strengthen its Legal Services division. 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.

Mercy Names Kelli Huntley VP of Finance ROGERS – Kelli Huntley has been named vice president of finance for

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continued from page 10 Conway Regional Board Approves $40 Million Bond Issue CONWAY - The Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors has approved a $40 million bond issue to fund several projects over the next few years including construction of a 42,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building dedicated to Women’s Services. The building will house two of the three primary obstetrics/gynecology practices in Conway: Conway OB-Gyn Clinic and Conway Women’s Health Center. The third major OB/GYN clinic, Renaissance Women’s Center, owns and occupies its own building adjacent to the Conway Regional campus on Robinson Avenue. The second floor will house the practices of the Conway Women’s Health Center which includes Drs. Debra Lawrence, Amy Johnson, Brandie Martin and Josh Ward along with nurse practitioners Theresa “TJ” Moix and Heather White .Their Med Spa will be located inside their clinic offices and the layout of this space will be more efficient than their current clinic space. The third floor will hold the entire practice of the Conway OB-Gyn Clinic, combining their two current locations into one. The providers in this clinic include Drs. Andrew Cole, Katy Cox, Phillip Gullic, Keith D. Holland, Carole Jackson and Lauren Nolen and nurse practitioner Katie Boyd. The new medical office building will be located on the northeast end of the Conway Regional campus. Design options are being developed for an enclosed walkway that would connect the building with the rest of the Conway Regional Medical Campus. Other components of this expansion plan include an expanded Critical Care Unit to be located on a newly constructed story atop the OR building as well as enlarged space for the lab and pharmacy and expansion of the Greenbrier Family Medicine Clinic. Women’s Services is one of Conway Regional’s largest service lines. In 2017, more than 1,800 babies were delivered in the Conway Regional Women’s Center and the Mammography Department added 3D breast imaging technology. The 3D imaging is considered more effective in detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts.




neuro-ophthalmology program inside the Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Named one of the nation’s top neuroscience programs by U.S. News & World Report, the institute treats pediatric patients with various neurological conditions. Surgeons performed 200 brain surgeries there in 2016. In 2017, the institute treated pediatric patients from 32 states. Dr. Ditta sees pediatric patients with common neuro-ophthalmologic conditions and eye-related issues related to neurologic conditions on an inpatient and outpatient basis at Le Bonheur. She said one of the most rewarding aspects of her job is collaborating with other specialists. She works closely with a variety of medical specialists, including pediatricians, genetists, nephrologists, neurosurgeons and occupational therapists. Despite her busy schedule and the amount of research and testing it takes to treat each patient, she said she achieves high job satisfaction through her profession. “This is not a glamorous subspecialty; it’s definitely a labor of love,” Dr. Ditta said. “It’s gratifying to help a patient who has double vision to be able to have normal vision again. I have adult patients tell me, ‘I have a life again.’ It’s highly satisfying to get them functioning again.”

Mercy Hospital and Mercy Clinic in Northwest Arkansas. Huntley was promoted to the position after serving since 2012 as regional executive director of clinic Kelli Huntley finance for Northwest Arkansas, Fort Smith and Joplin. Huntley helped lead strategic planning for Mercy’s ongoing $277 million expansion, which will add seven clinics around the region and a seven-story tower to Mercy Hospital. Huntley has 15 years of financial management experience spanning manufacturing, nonprofit ministry and health care. She earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Arkansas and an Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

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