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GrandRounds Washington Regional Medical Foundation Announces 2019 Eagle Award Winners​ FAYETTEVILLE - Three Eagle Award recipients were formally recognized during Washington Regional​ Medical Foundation’s Gala at Walton Arts Center. Established in 1994,​the Eagle Award for Outstanding Health Leadership is given to individuals or organizations that make​outstanding contributions to the improvement of healthcare in Northwest Arkansas. This year’s recipients​are Dr. Scott A. Bailey, Dr. J. Thaddeus Beck and Dr. Hugh B. Higginbotham.​ Dr. Scott Bailey, a Bentonville native, received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for​Medical Sciences in Little Rock and completed an OB/ GYN residency at Memorial Medical Center in​Savannah, Georgia. He is board-certified Scott Bailey by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.​ Dr. Bailey launched his career at the Parkhill Clinic for Women in 1988. He was the first robotic certified​physician in Northwest Arkansas and performed the first robotic hysterectomy in the state. Dr. Bailey​played a critical role in the establishment of the Beau Foundation to support the Community Clinic’s​ Prenatal Pathways program, demonstrating his commitment to all patients, but more specifically, those who​ are uninsured and in need.​ Dr. Bailey currently serves as president of Parkhill Clinic for Women. He served as chief of staff at Willow​Creek Women’s Hospital for over a decade and on the Board of Directors of Willow Creek Women’s​Hospital and the Arkansas Perinatal Association. Dr. Bailey is active in medical staff leadership at​Washington Regional, having served as chairman of the OB/GYN and surgery departments. He is a Fellow​of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Arkansas Medical Society.​ Dr. Bailey was Celebrate Arkansas’ 2016 Best OB/GYN and received the 2011 Hawks-Workman Award​from UAMS for outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of mothers and babies in Arkansas.​ Dr. Bailey enjoys spending time and traveling with Leslie, his wife of 33 years, and his three children,​Bridgette Pardo, Kate, Thomas and granddaughter Waverly.​ Dr. Thad Beck received his medical degree and completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Thad Beck in Little Rock. He obarkansasmedicalnews


tained his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Duke University Medical Center and is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology from the American Board of Internal Medicine.​ Dr. Beck, along with Drs. Daniel Bradford and Malcolm Hayward, started the Highlands Oncology Group, PA in June of 1996, transforming the practice of oncology medicine throughout Northwest Arkansas. He is an accredited author of over 90 papers and abstracts and played a part in launching

Highlands Oncology’s Clinical Trials Program. This unique program includes 21 full-time staff and 35 open protocols with approximately 80 active patients who likely would have no alternatives if these trials didn’t exist. Since 2000, Dr. Beck has been the Principal Investigator (PI) in 288 studies and sub-PI in another 52 studies. The trials program has gained the trust of many drug developers, giving Highlands access to some of the most promising developmental therapies.​ Dr. Beck and his wife Melanie were

recognized as the 2018 Philanthropists of the Year by the NWA Association of Fundraising Professionals. In addition, Dr. Beck has served as a board member for Susan G. Komen Ozark, was a founder of Hope Cancer Resources and was a 2010 Gentleman of Distinction for Hope.​ Dr. Hugh Higginbotham earned his medical degree and completed residency in internal medicine at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine, as well as a residency in cardiology with the American Heart Association. (continued on page 6)


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