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GrandRounds Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., Named Chief of Breast Oncology at UAMS

LITTLE ROCK – Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., has been named chief of Breast Oncology in the College of Medicine Department of Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She sees patients in the second floor clinics at the UAMS Ronda HenryWinthrop P. Rockefeller Tillman Cancer Institute. Henry-Tillman has served as a member of the UAMS faculty since 1998 and holds the position of professor in the Department of Surgery and co-leader of the Breast Tumor Disease Oriented Committee in the UAMS Cancer Institute. After earning her medical degree at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Henry-Tillman completed her surgical residency in the UAMS Department of Surgery and fellowship training in the UAMS Fellowship in Diseases of the Breast program. She previously served as director of the UAMS Cancer Control program and was instrumental in the development of the university’s mobile mammography program. Her research efforts have focused primarily on colorectal and breast cancer disparities in underserved populations.

She has received numerous awards and honors including being named to Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly’s Exceptional Women in Medicine.

Mercy Hospital President Named to Arkansas Hospital Association Board

FORT SMITH – Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, has been appointed to serve on the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors for a term extending through 2021. A hospital executive since 1999, Gehrig was named president of MerRyan Gehrig cy Hospital in 2012. Mercy Fort Smith is accredited by the Joint Commission and operates six hospitals.

Three Physicians Join CHI St. Vincent Primary Care

HOT SPRINGS & JACKSONVILLE – Three new physicians have joined the team of primary care providers at CHI St. Vincent Primary Care. Dr. Asma Khan has joined CHI St. Vincent Primary Care – Hot Springs and is now accepting patients. The Asma Khan clinic is located at 1 Mer-

cy Lane, Suite 506, in Hot Springs. Dr. Khan specializes in family medicine. She attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons-Ireland in Bahrain and completed her residency at Michigan State University hospital in Marquette, Mich. Dr. Rebecca Luper has joined CHI St. Vincent Primary Care in Hot Springs. Dr. Luper is currently accepting patients at the clinic, located at 1707 Airport Road. As a family practice physician, Dr. Luper treats both adults and children. She completed Rebecca Luper her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center in El Dorado and attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. Before coming to CHI St. Vincent, Dr. Luper worked as a hospitalist and a family practice physician in El Dorado and Junction City. Dr. Julian Hernandez has joined CHI St. Vincent Primary Care – Jacksonville Main Street and is currently accepting patients. The clinic is located 1110 W. Main St. in Jacksonville. Dr. Hernandez completed his residency at the University of ArkanJulian Hernandez sas for Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville. He attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Mercy, Cooper Clinic Integration a Win for Patients Mercy Breaks Ground on $40 Million Multispecialty Facility SPRINGDALE — Nearly 200 people gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of Mercy’s planned $40 million multispecialty facility, which will add almost two dozen primary and specialty care providers in Springdale. Hospital President Eric Pianalto, a native of Tontitown, said the Springdale clinic is the largest of seven in a $247 million expansion that will also add a seven-story tower to the Rogers hospital. He noted that the clinic’s proximity to his hometown deepens the meaning of Mercy’s effort to increase access to health care in the area. The clinic will feature 29 exam rooms dedicated to primary care and 34 exam rooms for specialty care, said Dr. Steve Goss, president of Mercy Clinic. That space will accommodate 10 primary care physicians and 12 specialists “and that’s just to start,” he said. Some of the specialties will be cardiology, urology, pulmonology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat. The clinic will house a 24-hour emergency department with 12 exam rooms and one trauma room. There will be a helipad for acute cases in which a patient would be stabilized for transport to the Rogers hospital or farther away, depending on needs, Dr. Goss said. Dr. Larry Schemel, whose Mercy practice is at 1110 W. Robinson Ave. in Springdale, will transition to the new facility when it opens, Dr. Goss said. Mayor Doug Sprouse said city officials are grateful that Mercy chose to increase its footprint in Springdale. Construction will begin immediately on the 60,000-square-foot building, which is expected to take 15 months to complete. The 31-acre site at Elm Springs Road and 48th Street, just off Interstate 49, allows room for anticipated expansion. Pianalto recognized the Shewmaker family for its contribution of a $1.5 million lead gift that gives a robust start toward Mercy Health Foundation’s goal of raising $5 million for the multispecialty facility’s construction. More details about the campaign will be announced at the Foundation’s O Night Divine Charity Ball on Dec. 2.

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FORT SMITH –A plan to combine Cooper Clinic, P.A., and Mercy Clinic Fort Smith became official November 1, said Dr. Cole Goodman, president of Mercy Clinic. The boards of directors of Cooper Clinic and Mercy Clinic approved the agreement last month, and 61 Cooper Clinic providers, including 48 physicians, elected to integrate with Mercy. Another 400 Cooper Clinic co-workers will join Mercy, and 28 Cooper Clinic practices will become part of the Mercy system. Mercy Fort Smith has grown to serve more than 450,000 residents in 13 counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma through its network of care facilities. Previous to the Cooper Clinic integration, Mercy operated 48 clinic locations across that service area. Mercy Clinic employs 188 providers, including 154 physicians, and another 521 co-workers. With the integration of Cooper Clinic, Mercy will offer several new specialties, enabling a greater level of continuity of care. Those specialties include dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, occupational medicine, and ear, nose and throat, among others. When integration of the clinics is complete, patients new to Mercy will see

the many benefits of Mercy’s investment in technology and a comprehensive electronic medical records system. Among them is the MyMercy online platform where patients can schedule appointments, ask for prescription refills, see test results, directly message their providers and have e-appointments. Physicians and co-workers in both organizations are involved with efforts to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for patients. Most Cooper Clinic doctors will integrate with Mercy, but those who will not have notified their patients of those plans. In addition, few physician offices will move, and affected patients will be told of those relocations. Many business operations already have been combined, while others will be phased in over the coming months. This development will combine the strengths of both Cooper Clinic and Mercy and provide a strong foundation for the continuation of quality healthcare in the River Valley. Visit www.mercy.net/fortsmithFAQ for answers to many of the questions concerning the changes.

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