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You are holding the premiere issue of Arkansas InCharge, a first-of-its-kind di ectory of statewide healthcare executives that is the culmination of months of planning and gathering of information on current key players in our state’s healthcare arena. While the science of medicine is the primary focus throughout the year of Arkansas Medical News, this annual directory recognizes those who are responsible for managing our systems so that physicians and nurses can focus on providing quality care for all Arkansans. At a time of massive change and transition in the way medicine is delivered and measured, Arkansas physicians and executives are going through some of the most challenging times of their careers. Challenging times call for innovative leadership, and Arkansas is fortunate to have some of the most extraordinary talent in the U.S. When it comes to top-notch talent in healthcare administration, we had no problem selecting five accomplished individuals to featu e on our cover and interview for the feature story in the pages that follow. Ryan Gehrig became president of Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith in April of 2012. As one of the state’s most capable healthcare leaders, he is using a Lean Hospital Quality Improvement Program to empower his employees to become problem solvers and create an atmosphere of teamwork. Dr. Alan Wilson is a general surgeon, a licensed pilot, serves in the Civil Air Patrol, is an extra class amateur radio operator and in his spare time, he serves as President of the Arkansas Medical Society, the state’s leading physician organization. Chad Aduddell has proven himself to be an innovative healthcare executive in just the short time he’s been with CHI St. Vincent, a system with a large footprint in Arkansas that includes four hospitals and clinics in 17 different communities. Just recently, Chad was named Interim CEO of the CHI St. Vincent system. Dr. Roxane Townsend became CEO of UAMS in February of 2013, and will no doubt use her experience as a nurse, a physician and a hospital administrator to lead the state’s largest public employer and its only Level 1 Trauma Center. Tyler Zeigler heads up the Clopton Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic in Jonesboro. He’s an adjunct professor at ASU teaching healthcare administration in their MBA program and has been very involved with the Arkansas Medical Group Management Association, including being voted their “Administrator of the Year” in 2014.

On The Cover L to R:  Ryan Gehrig, President Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith; Alan K. Wilson, MD, President, Arkansas Medical Society; Chad Aduddell, Interim CEO, CHI St. Vincent;

You can read more about these dynamic leaders in our cover story: RX for Healthcare in Arkansas. We took this opportunity to glean from them their thoughts and strategies for improving healthcare in our state. I think you’ll fin their comments interesting and perhaps useful as they apply to the challenges facing our medical community. It is our intention that this directory will be a valuable resource you’ll turn to often to tap into our vast statewide expertise. Creating this list and making it accurate was of prime importance to us, but we also acknowledge that change is constant and there are other deserving leaders who will be included in future issues. If you know of one, please let me know. I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Roxane Townsend, MD, CEO, UAMS; Tyler Zeigler, Administrator, Clopton Clinic, Jonesboro

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R x F or Healthcare in Arkansas:

Five Top Healthcare Executives Discuss the Fix

There has never been a better, more challenging time to be involved in healthcare

By BECKY GILLETTE

The state of Arkansas is faced with daunting challenges providing healthcare in a poor, largely rural state with the highest rate of stroke in the country, and the third highest rate of obesity. How does the state meet these needs while at the same time providers’ reimbursements are steadily declining? Healing healthcare in Arkansas today may require a magic wand more than an Rx. “Let’s start by waving the wand to engage the community in lifestyle related partnerships with the healthcare system,” said Ryan Gehrig, CEO of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. “It may sound too simple, but if we could form a partnership with the folks with known health risks, with a family history of certain diseases, with chronic conditions and with risky behavior, we would be delivering a more proactive care model that is more preventive and more impactful on the quality of life.”

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Chad Aduddell, interim CEO of CHI St. Vincent, also sees it critical to transition from sick care to managing the health of a population. “We must move from the fee-forservice environment to fee-for-value, which includes improving quality, safety, access, the patient experience, and reducing cost,” Aduddell said. “In order to do that, we are going to have to partner with physicians, hospitals and the community to develop the infrastructure to manage the population. We need to create more access to the outpatient environment and shift some of the focus away from the hospital. That all sounds great, but how do you pay for that? The structures right now are not in place to financially support the populatio health that I just described.” It is a steep curve. “We have to improve the quality of care, the patient experiences and access all while reducing waste and

reducing cost,” Aduddell said. “It is not just taking cost out of the system to be financially sustainable. It is abou improving quality while reducing cost.” A companion concern is that too many components of healthcare reform are funded by reductions in payments to providers. “If you consider the education and skills of physicians, the medical technology and robotics, the pharmaceuticals and the promising research, there has never been a better time to be involved in healthcare,” Gehrig said. “However, if you add up the non-patient care processes required to document care, to get paid, to provide some services and to maintain a state-of-the-art healthcare environment, you can sometimes feel like patient care is becoming less and less of what we do.” Roxane Townsend, MD, CEO of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), agrees it is critical to evolve from the historic

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fee-for-service payment model that rewards providers for doing more for patients when often, less is better. “A prime example is the ‘super bugs’ we’re dealing with today that are the result of overuse of antibiotics,” Townsend said. “Organisms that are no longer susceptible to routine antibiotics cause many infections, especially in the hospital setting. New, more expensive agents are necessary and people become sicker with many of these infections. We need to get to the point where the payment system rewards quality of care and not quantity.” Townsend said some of the best avenues to reduce costs include the following: Utilizing electronic tools to eliminate redundancy in care such as duplicate lab tests, repeat x-rays and duplication of therapeutic effects from medications that have the same purpose. These are often prescribed by multiple providers who don’t know what the patient has already had done. Getting patients to receive care at the lowest cost and most appropriate setting. An emergency department should not be utilized for primary care. Using a team of healthcare professionals that include the physician as well as other physician extenders to manage patients in a Patient Centered Medical Home or Chronic Care Medical Home. Developing clinical pathways and evidence-based practices to manage common conditions. Judicious use of high cost operations and procedures allows them to be used only when the patient stands to benefit The private option Medicaid expansion in Arkansas has been controversial. But the bottom line so far is that it has substantially decreased the number of uninsured patients being cared for at hospitals including the UAMS Medical Center. Since the expansion, the uninsured rate has dropped from nearly 14 percent to 3 percent. “This means we have been able to deal with all of the other cuts in

healthcare at the federal and state level while maintaining a small margin of about 1.5 percent,” Townsend said. “Although a very modest margin, it is certainly an improvement over the operating loss we experienced in state fiscal year 2014. As the major healthcare workforce educator and only College of Medicine in Arkansas, UAMS believes that it is good health policy to try to insure the entire population. “It allows people the opportunity to receive care in low-cost, appropriate settings,” Townsend said. “Without health insurance, people have very limited options and are often forced to seek care in emergency rooms. They also tend to defer care until they are sicker, and the conditions are more costly to treat.” While there has been considerable political opposition to the private option Medicaid expansion, the program is providing healthcare to many who had no access before. “Overall, the Medicaid expansion is better for the patients and that is what we are all about,” said Alan Wilson, MD, a general surgeon in Crossett who is the current president of the Arkansas Medical Society. It has also helped the bottom line of providers, said Gehrig. “Arkansas doctors and hospitals

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are now seeing patients with private option benefits that we e seen last year with no means to pay,” Gehrig said. “It is important and appropriate to reduce the burden of uncompensated medical care that has been borne by doctors and hospitals.” From where Wilson sits practicing in a rural area, one of his biggest concerns is the shortage of physicians. There are shortages in all kinds of specialties, not just primary care. “Even with surgeons, the vast majority are going into specialties,” Wilson said. “We don’t have enough surgeons for trauma, gall bladder, hernia, colon and other types of surgeries. We need to start with increasing our pool of physicians available to treat the patients we have. Medicare, which provides most of the funding for graduate medical training, needs to put more money into hiring more residents.” Another frustration is electronic medical records (EMRs), which were supposed to make it more efficient to communicate betwee different providers. But the lack of standardization makes it difficult. A example Wilson gives is that another healthcare provider in his community has the same EMR software. But to transfer records from the provider, the information has to be faxed and then scanned in because of the lack of an interface. “We scan and use more paper now with our electronic system than we did before,” Wilson said. “If we had everything standardized, that would curtail a lot of costs.” All healthcare leaders interviewed for this article see continuing trends for mergers of hospitals and physician practices. “Consolidation, mergers, downsizing and closings are all likely trends for healthcare facilities,” Gehrig said. “The reason is the constant pressure of the cost of necessary improvements. We are in an era where providing care demands capital investment in medical technology, information technology, logistics, continued on page 7

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InCharge human resources and modern facilities.” With the fast changing healthcare environment, the shift toward outcomes-driven reimbursement is going to reshape the physicianprovider landscape, said E. Tyler Zeigler, MBA, CEO, St. Bernards Clopton Clinic. “Physician practices will need to merge together to meet the exhaustive burdens of collecting data via information technology, care management, reporting requirements, etc. which are necessary components in this new world of healthcare,” Zeigler said. “Evidence over the past couple of years demonstrates the proliferation of physician-owned practices merging with other like practices or with larger healthcare systems to ensure viability and sustainability in the future.” Zeigler said economies of scale are usually the first thing that come to mind when you think of grouping multiple specialties, or even single

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specialty providers, together. Processes that lend themselves rather easily to integration are information technology, billing, transcription, diagnostic testing (such as radiology and lab) and administrative services.

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“In today’s healthcare environment, being able to offer a quality product to customers in an era of declining reimbursements requires greater efficiency in o der for an organization to remain viable,” Zeigler said. Another benefit of a multispecialt clinic is referrals. Zeigler said the advantage is the ability to provide timely access to various other services within the clinic. Communication among providers is more efficient i regard to obtaining referral information and results. Referral documentation is communicated faster and contained within a common electronic health record, which adds to quality of care. “Let’s not forget the patient also benefits f om having multiple specialties within one group, Zeigler said. “It is convenient for the patient to have all their providers contained within one location. Familiarity with the staff and facility all go handin- hand with a positive outcomes appointment.”

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A Chad Aduddell Interim CEO CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chistvincent.com Aduddell, named Interim CEO CHI St. Vincent in March, is a healthcare executive with 19 years of experience in executive leadership, hospital operations, service line leadership, development and operations of co-management model with physicians, and joint ventures with physicians. Aduddell completed his MBA, with an emphasis in healthcare administration at Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Okla. He earned his bachelor of science with honors at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Okla. Pete Atkinson, MHA Administrator SAMA Healthcare Services PA 600 South Timberlane Drive El Dorado, AR 71730 870- 862-2400 patkinson@samahealthcare.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. Prior to coming to work for SAMA, he worked in a variety of administrative positions with the Medical Center of South Arkansas. 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 Universit . He also worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy.

B Brenda Baird, MSN , RN , CEN P Chief Nursing Executive CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chistvincent.com A senior vice president and chief nursing executive for CHI St. Vincent, Baird provides executive oversight for all nursing practice and strategic direction. She was chief nursing officer a CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corpus Christi and Baptist Healthcare System Birmingham, AL. Baird is a adjust faculty members at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She earned her MSN with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, a BSN with honors from Tennessee State University, Nashville and an ADN with honors.

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Chris B. Barber President, Chief Executive officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4429 cbarber@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Barber, who has served in various capacities at St. Bernards for more than 22 years, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Be nards Healthcare in 2010. He has oversight of all St. Bernards-associated entities. Board certifie in healthcare management, he holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been active in the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Health Executives Forum. Barber is a recipient of an ACHE Regent’s Senior Level Award. Jeremy Barclay Chief Operating Officer Northwest Medical CenterBentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 www.northwesthealth.com Barclay is the chief operating officer of Nort west Medical Center in Bentonville. He became chief operating officer with Community Healt Systems in 2009 as Chief Operating Office i West Virginia and was transferred to Cedar Park, Texas, with the same position in 2011. A graduate of Arkansas State University, he earned master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas Arlington. Barclay is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Chris L. Bariola, MBA Administrator & CEO River Valley Medical Center 200 North Third Street Dardanelle, AR 72834 479-229-6148 cbariola@dardanellehospital. com Eureka Springs Hospital 24 Norris Street Eureka Springs, AR 72632 479-363-8000 cbariola@eurekaspringshospital. com

Bariola is the administrator and CEO of both River Valley Medical Center in Dardanelle and the Eureka Springs Hospital. Prior to accepting that position in 2012, Bariola was CEO Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville, MS. He has a B.A. at the University of Mississippi and a MBA from Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss. Bariola completed an administrative fellowship at Greenwood Leflo e Hospital in Greenwood, MS. He specializes in rural healthcare development, and business development for Critical Access Hospitals.

Brian Bell Chief Operating Officer National Park Medical Center 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501- 321-1000 www.nationalparkmedical.com Bell has been with National Park Medical Center (NPMC) since 1995, serving as chief operating officer since 2008. A native of Arkansas, he i a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. He is a community leader serving on multiple boards and committees, active in his church (First Baptist Church of Hot Springs) were he serves on the deacon board, and is a past chairman of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Bell is directing one of the largest hospital expansions in the state, a 67,000-square-foot addition. David Berry, F ACHE Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 berryd@archildrens.org Berry is senior vice president and chief operating officer of Arkansas Child en’s Hospital, an office he s held since 2007. Except for a four-year period when he was an administrator at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital/American Family Children’s Hospital, Berry has served at ACH since 1981. His ACH roles have ranged from director of pharmacy to vice president of facilities. Berry also serves on the board of the Arkansas Hospital Association and is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow. Mark Bever Executive Vice President and Administrator Washington Regional Medical Center 3215 N. North Hills Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Bever has served as Executive Vice President and Administrator of Washington Regional Medical Center since 2004. He previously served as Administrator/Chief Operating Officer at Northwest Medical Center and Chie Operating Officer at Me cy Health System of Northwest Arkansas. Bever earlier practiced as a registered nurse in a variety of acute care settings, including emergency and trauma care, and as a vice president of patient care. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from John Brown University; an associate’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas.


InCharge K athryn Blackman Vice President of Nursing, Critical Care and Emergency Preparedness St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4257 kblackman@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Blackman has worked at St. Bernards for 36 years and is responsible for oversight of all medical/surgical nursing units, cardiac units, progressive care, critical care/ICU, nursing operations and the emergency department. Her responsibilities include emergency preparedness for the medical center. She serves on the Craighead County Local Emergency Planning Committee and is regional co-leader for the Northeast Arkansas Healthcare Preparedness Coalition and co-leader of the Hospital Standards Committee for Emergency Preparedness. In addition, she serves as secretary/treasurer for the Northeast Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council and is on the Governor’s Trauma Advisory Council. She is certified as a Critical Ca e RN and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. Brad Bloemer, CPA Vice President of Finance\Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 W. Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000 www.myammc.org Bloemer started at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC) in May 2011. Prior to coming to AMMC, he worked at Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray, Ken., where he was the CFO for more than six years. He has also worked at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., and at Price Waterhouse Public Accounting Firm in St. Louis, Mo. Bloemer earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting and finance f om Southeast Missouri State University in 1987. He completed his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 1998 at SEMO in Cape Girardeau, MO. W illiam L. Bradley President and CEO Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd. Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Bradley, who joined Washington Regional in 2004 as President and CEO, has nearly 34 years of healthcare and hospital management experience, with most of those years as a hospital CEO. He holds a master’s degree in business from Troy State University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas. He also completed the in-residence executive development program at Duke University. Bradley serves on the board of Arvest Bank and is past Chairman of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

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Julie Brandt, MSN , 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 Since October 2005, Brandt has held a senior management position at CAVHS, a complex, two-campus medical center. In addition to Nursing Service, she is responsible for Social Work Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service, Chaplain Service, Sterile Processing Service, and the Patient Advocates. Ms. Brandt received a master’s degree in Nursing Administration from Wichita State University. She currently holds the state office of P esident, Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. Janice Burford, MHA President & Chief Executive Officer CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-664-8573 www.carti.com Having first joined CA TI in 1990 as chief operating office , Burford, was named CARTI president and chief executive officer in 1994. native Arkansan, Burford earned her undergraduate degree in biology at Hendrix College before receiving a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Duke University. Prior to joining CARTI, she was associate hospital director and director, ambulatory services for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. CARTI is one of the largest not-for-profit independent cancer care networks in the nation. Under Burford’s leadership, CARTI became the first nonp ofit o ganization in the state to receive the Governor’s Quality Award.

C Christopher Cargile, MD Chief Medical Quality Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-8113 CSCargile@uams.edu As chief medical quality office , Cargile oversees numerous activities focused on all aspects of clinical quality improvement, including effectiveness, patient-centeredness, efficienc and equity, for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the UAMS in 1994 and has held numerous clinical and academic posts in psychiatry.

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Angie Carlton Chief Financial Officer NEA Baptist Clinic 4802 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-8000 www.neabaptistclinic.com Carlton serves as Chief Financial Officer of NE Baptist Clinic and oversees the clinic’s finance central billing office, and data managemen and information technology departments. She is responsible for all clinic financial operation including management of general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, physician compensation, payroll and budgeting. Carlton has accumulated 20 years of finance exper ence. She also serves in a financial consultin role for Baptist Medical Group (BMG), the physician practice division of Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation of Memphis, TN. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas State University. Scott Childers Assistant Administrator NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptistonline.org/nea Childers joined Baptist Healthcare in 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after a 25 year career in the United States Army. While in the Army, he led field medical units fo several years including a combat tour in Iraq. He subsequently served in Army community hospitals until retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. In his current position as Assistant Administrator of NEA Baptist Hospital, he is responsible for the ancillary and support departments at NEA Baptist. Childers has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Craig A. Comish, MBA, MHA Chief Operating Officer CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-664-8573 www.carti.com Comish joined CARTI in 2012 as chief operating office . Prior to that, Comish was vice president of oncology and neuroscience services for Baptist Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas. He has also served as an executive at healthcare and hospitals systems in Tennessee and Georgia. Comish graduated cum laude with a bachelors in business administration from Mercer University in Macon, GA and later earned Master’s degrees in both business administration and health administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.

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HEALTHCARE Shelly Cordum, RN , MSN Chief Nursing Executive Sparks Health System, including Sparks Regional Medical Center and Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS www.SparksHealth.com

Cordum became chief nursing executive of Sparks Health System in September 2013. She has 30 years of healthcare experience and serves on both the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and Arkansas Technical College (Ozark and Russellville) Advisory Committees on Nursing. Cordum earned both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with honors from the University Of Mississippi School Of Nursing, Oxford, MS. W illiam J. “Bill” Craig, CPA, F HF MA Chief Financial Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8003 williamjc@howardmemorial.com Craig is the chief financial o ficer at Howa d Memorial Hospital and has more than 25 years of healthcare finance experience. Prio 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-for-profits 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 Healthcare Financial Professional. Patsy Crumpton, BSN , RN Chief Nursing Officer National Park Medical Center 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-321-1000 www.nationalparkmedical.com Crumpton’s nursing career at NPMC spans more than 40 years. She has served as the chief nursing officer for National Park Medical Cente (NPMC) since 2006, prior to which she served as the nursing manager for the emergency department, critical care unit, and outpatient department at NPMC. As CNO, Crumpton facilitates the overall function of nursing to enhance the provision of quality patient care and patient satisfaction for a 166-bed acute care facility. T homas Cummins, MD Chief Medical Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chistvincent.com Cummins is senior vice president of medical

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affairs and chief medical officer for CHI St Vincent. Cummins previously served as CMO and director of hospital medicine at White River Medical Center in Batesville. He has extensive clinical experience as a board certified inte nist and group practice partner from 1995 through 2008. Cummins completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and went to medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he did a residency in internal medicine. He earned a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. Paul Cunningham Executive Vice President Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Dr. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 pcunningham@arkhospitals.org Cunningham is the executive vice president of the Arkansas Hospital Association. He holds a BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas (1971), where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He joined the AHA in December 1980, was promoted to senior vice president in 1995 and became executive vice president in 2011. His primary responsibilities include policy analysis, reimbursement issues, federal relations and communications.

D E. Scot Davis Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Urology 1300 Centerview Dr Little Rock, AR 72211 877-321-8452 arkansasurology.com Davis is CEO of Arkansas Urology, joining the clinic in 2013. Having managed physician clinics for more than 20 years, his unique areas of expertise are in physician recruitment, joint-venture arrangements and operational efficienc . Prior to joining AU, Davis was CFO 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). 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 38 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.

Barry L. Davis President/CEO Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 W. Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000 www.myammc.org Davis began his career at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center (AMMC) n 1981 serving as plant manager and later as credit manager. He was named vice president of operations in 1983 and president and CEO in 2012. In 2008, he received the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree with a major in public administration from Arkansas College (Lyon College) and a master of public administration degree from Arkansas State University. Pedro Delgado, MD Director Psychiatric Research Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-8100 pldelgado@uams.edu Delgado was named director of the Psychiatric Research Institute in 2014. The Institute provides comprehensive psychiatric treatment and performs groundbreaking mental health research. A nationally known leader in integrating psychiatric care, research and education, Delgado has been an active NIH-funded investigator throughout his career. Delgado received his medical degree and a master of arts in pharmacology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He is board certified in psychiatr . Chris Dent, MS, RN Vice President, Clinical Services Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Rd. Little Rock, Ar   72211 501- 219-7300 chris.dent@arheart.com Dent is a registered nurse with over 39 years of experience in clinical and hospital administration. She earned her undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University and completed her Master of Science in Health Administration at Kennedy-Western University. Chris initially worked as the Vice President of Clinical Services assisting with the development, planning, building and opening of Arkansas Heart Hospital. Since 2005 she has been as the Vice President of Clinical Services. Marcy Doderer, F ACHE President & Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 dodererml@archildrens.org Doderer has served as president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Child en’s Hospital since July 2013. Prior to her role at ACH, she served


InCharge as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities starting in 2002. She became administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in 2008 and led the effort to transform the facility into the freestanding Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Doderer is an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow. Jeremy Drinkwitz Chief Operating Officer Sparks Health System, including Sparks Regional Medical Center and Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS www.SparksHealth.com Drinkwitz joined Sparks as an associate administrator in 2009 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2011. A native o Alma, Drinkwitz holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Arkansas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

E Craig Earley Assistant Administrator NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptistonline.org/nea As an assistant administrator at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Earley oversees information systems, materials management, clinical engineering, safety and security, transportation, food and nutrition, and pastoral care services. He joined Baptist Memorial Health Care in 2013 as a Frank S. Groner Administrative Fellow. Earley earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. He received master’s degrees in both business administration and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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 Office . 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 Certified Public Accountan and earned a master’s degree in health science from the University of Arkansas in 1998.

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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

Alan J. F inley, F ACHE Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conwayregional.org

Ekeh was appointed associate director of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 2007. Ekeh is charged with overall management responsibility for fiscal, human esources, engineering, logistics and police services. He also serves as liaison for information technology, information security and canteen services. Ekeh sets policy and oversees this facility. He has a graduate degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Finley is Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Conway Regional Healt System. His daily responsibilities involve administration of inpatient and outpatient clinical services, hospital-owned clinics and an 8000-member health and fitness Cente . 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 an Associate of Arts from Florida College, a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s 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. Finley also serves on the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Peter Emanuel, MD Director Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham #623 Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-2272 cancer.uams.edu Emanuel is widely known for his patientcentered research focusing on a rare form of childhood leukemia and how it can serve as a model for more common types of cancer. He became director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in July 2007, which he led through construction of a 12-story expansion and significant p ogram growth. Emanuel received his medical school degree from the University of Wisconsin.

F R .T. F endley Chief Strategy Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 fendleyrt@uams.edu Fendley has served as chief strategy officer fo UAMS Medical Center since February 2014. He works closely with physician leaders to bridge the clinical and business aspects of healthcare delivery. Fendley has been with UAMS 14 years and previously worked as senior associate hospital director. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Dallas Baptist University and an MBA. from Texas A&M in Commerce.

Melissa F ontaine Chief Operating Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-7000 mfontaine@uams.edu Fontaine is chief operating officer of the UAM Medical Center, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hospital. Fontaine provided leadership in planning and coordinating with design teams for the 540,000-squarefoot expansion of the hospital that opened in January 2009. Fontaine received a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a master’s in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Fontaine is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mary Helen F orrest, RN Chief Nursing Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6358 mhforrest@uams.edu Chief nursing officer since 1999, For est has been committed to quality patient care and works hard to make sure nurses at UAMS have a practice environment that enables them to give the best care possible. Forrest holds a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas and a master of nursing science from UAMS. She is certified b the American Nursing Credentialing Center, as Nurse Executive, Advanced.

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HEALTHCARE George S. F ray Vice President of Affiliate Oversight St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4234 gfray@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info

Fray is responsible for administrative liaison functions for CrossRidge Community Hospital in Wynne and serves as administrator for Lawrence Memorial Health Services in Walnut Ridge. He has been at St. Bernards for 10 years. R ebecca F rederick Assistant Vice President of Investments and Benefits St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4294 bfrederick@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Frederick is responsible for monitoring corporate investments, corporate insurance, employee benefit cost and etirement fund investments. She has been at St. Bernards for 14 years.

G Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD. Associate Provost for Society and Health/ Dean, College of Pharmacy University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5558 GardnerStephanieF@uams.edu As associate provost for society and health, Gardner, who is also dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy, works across all colleges to ensure that UAMS is educating and training health professionals to meet changing health needs and to develop inter-professional and community-based educational experiences. She earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. R yan Gehrig, F ACHE President Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR  72903 ryan.gehrig@mercy.net 479-314-6100 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 Moo e Medical Center, one of the system’s hospitals in Norman, Oklahoma. He previously served as chief operating officer of esley Medical Center in Hattiesburg,

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Mississippi, as CEO and chief operating office of Bristow Medical Center in Bristow, Oklahoma, and as chief operating officer of Cushing Regiona 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, TX. Michael Givens Administrator St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4421 mgivens@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Givens, who has been with St. Bernards for 14 years, 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. R . Cole Goodman, MD, F ACS President Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 2901 South 74th Street Fort Smith, AR  72903 479-314-4713 raymond.goodman@mercy.net Dr. Goodman was named to his present position with Mercy Clinic Fort Smith in January 2010. Since that time, the clinic has grown from 26 physicians to 130. Dr. Goodman also serves as director, Wound Management and Prevention, for Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. He has been on the plastic surgery staff of the hospital since 1978. He was chief of surgery at Mercy Hospital in 1985 and again in 1990. He also practiced plastic and reconstructive surgery for Plastic Surgery Specialists in Fort Smith from 1978 to 2009. Dr. Goodman attended the University of Arkansas School of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Carol Gore, RN , BSN Chief Nursing Officer Northwest Medical Center Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 4301 Greathouse Springs Road Johnson, AR 72741 479-684-3000 www.northwesthealth.com Gore serves as chief nursing officer of th Northwest Medical Center--Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. Prior to joining Northwest Health System in 2008, Gore was CNO for the Forrest City Medical Center. She has more than 22 years of nursing experience in various roles including women’s services, nursing education,

infection control, employee health, and school nursing. She received her associate degree in nursing from East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City and earned a bachelor’s degree from South University. Steve Goss, MD President Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-3270 www.mercy.net/nwa Goss has served Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas since 2003. As President, he works with 165+ multi-specialty integrated provider group at 32 clinic locations. Board certifie in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Goss has practiced medicine since 1983. Originally from Pine Bluff, AR, he earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR where he also completed his residency training in Interna Medicine/Pediatrics. Carole Graham Chief Ambulatory Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501- 526-6990 #8767 CLGraham@uams.edu As associate vice chancellor for outpatient services, Graham has provided leadership for UAMS’ outpatient clinics since 2011. The clinics average about 380,000 patient visits annually. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and received a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Bill Greene Chief Executive Officer OrthoArkansas, P. A. 10301 Kanis Road Little Rock, AR 72205 501-604-6900 www.orthoarkansas.com Greene is CEO of OrthoArkansas, a 25-physician full service musculoskeletal practice with locations throughout central Arkansas. OrthoArkansas is the result of a multi-practice merger in 1997. Greene has been the administrator of this group and one of the predecessor groups for 33 years. Greene has Medical Group Management Association CMPE certification. He eceived a BSBA from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in personnel management. He previously worked as a commercial loan officer for nine years


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HEALTHCARE Susan Greenwood Vice President of Quality, Safety, Risk Management/Nurse Executive St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4283 sgreenwood@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info

Greenwood, who has been at St. Bernards for 17 years, is responsible for Quality, Employee and Patient Safety, Risk Management, Lean Healthcare, Epidemiology and the Clinical Education Departments. In addition, she serves as the Nurse Executive for St. Bernards Healthcare. She holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

H T homas G. Harbuck Executive Vice President Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Harbuck joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in 1994, after ten years working as a vice president for the Humana system. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earned his CPA while working for Deloitte. With 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, in both the not-for-profi and for-profit settings, Harbuck s specialties include finance and administration, strategi planning and business development, information technology, risk and quality management, and marketing and communications. Adam Head Chief Operating Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7282 adam.head@arheart.com Head grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Business Administration, he was commissioned as an officer in the Unite States Army through the University’s ROTC program.   After serving in various leadership capacities, he left the Army as a Captain, received an MBA from Capella University, and moved back home to become Assistant Administrator of Arkansas Heart Hospital.  In early 2011, Adam left Arkansas Heart Hospital to become Chief Operating Officer and site Administrator o HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham, AL.  After serving in that role for two years, he returned to Arkansas Heart Hospital as COO in 2013. 

Jeanne Heard, MD, PhD Provost and Chief Academic Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-7000 jkheard@uams.edu Named chief academic officer and p ovost in 2013, Heard works in partnership with UAMS’ five college deans and other leaders ac oss the institution to enrich the campus’ intellectual environment. Heard earned her PhD and medical degree from UAMS. She is a former associate dean for graduate medical education and professor of internal medicine. Louise Hickman Vice President, Patient Care Services & CNO Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Hickman has been with Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) 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 office . She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and is secretary of the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. K evin Hodges Vice President of Affiliated and Senior Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4284 khodges@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Hodges has been at St. Bernards for 25 years and oversees the operations of several divisions for St. Bernards Healthcare. Among those are Senior Services, including Senior Life Centers, St. Bernards Village Retirement Community, St. Bernards Villa Assisted Care (with a dedicated memory center) and Benedictine Manor; Population Health Management, which encompasses Employee Health, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly and Medicare Advantage; Facilities Management, which includes Engineering, Bio-medical, Security and Safety; and Continuum of Care Services, including Home Health, Hospice, Discharge Planning/ Social Work, Senior Health Clinic and Palliative Care. He holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mandy L. Holmes Account Executive SVMIC 460 Hannah Drive Conway, AR 72034 501.339.5325 mandyh@svmic.com Holmes joined SVMIC in June of 2014 to help support policyholders in Arkansas. Her responsibilities include handling issues and questions for current SVMIC Medical Professional Liability Insurance policyholders, as well as ensuring that members are aware of the array of professional practice resources SVMIC offers for physicians, practice administrators, and office sta f. Holmes has a marketing degree from McNeese State University and has over 20 years of sales, account management and customer relations experience. Brent Hubbard, F ACHE Chief Operating Officer Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR  72903 479-314-6103 brent.hubbard@mercy.net Hubbard joined Mercy Fort Smith as hospital chief operating officer in February 2013. H came to Mercy from Texas, where he served as chief operating officer of Medical Center o McKinney. Prior to that, he worked at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville and Woodward Regional Hospital in Woodward, Oklahoma. Hubbard is a native Oklahoman, having received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his master’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Marilyn Hummelstein President St. Bernards Foundation 400 East Street Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-2501 mhummelstein@sbrmc.org www.StBernardsFoundation.org At St. Bernards for eight years, Hummelstein is responsible for working with volunteers in fund development efforts, education and healthcare programs that benefit the community and su port the formal mission of St. Bernards – Providing Christ-like healing to the community through education, treatment and health services. She has served in many volunteer positions as well as serving on boards of a number of civic and community organizations in Northeast Arkansas and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alum by Arkansas State University. David Hunton, MD Chief Medical Officer Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR  72903 479-314-6307 david.hunton@mercy.net Dr. Hunton was named chief medical officer o Mercy Fort Smith in September 2012. As CMO,

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Hunton’s focus is on the quality and safety of medical care. He is a general surgeon who has practiced at Mercy Hospital for 30 years. He has held other leadership roles including chief of staff. Hunton continues to practice on a part-time basis as a general surgeon with Mercy Clinic. Hunton completed medical school and residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Jacque Hurd Vice President for Human Resources St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4328 jballard@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Hurd is responsible for human resource functions that include employment, benefits employee engagement, payroll and corporate education for St. Bernards Medical Center and 12 other entities. She has been at St. Bernards 15 years. Harry Hutchison Vice President and Chief Financial Officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4565 hhutchison@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Hutchison, who has been at St. Bernards for 10 years, is in charge of all accounting, financia planning and budgeting for St. Bernards Healthcare as well as all purchasing and accounts payable and billing and collections for St. Bernards Medical Center. Active in the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, he is a past president of that group and a recipient of the association’s Founders Medal of Honor.

J Bryan Jackson Vice President & CFO Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Beginning in 1998, Jackson worked at Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in the roles of accounting manager, controller and vice president of finance befo e going on to serve as chief financial o ficer (CFO) at Paris Regiona Medical Center and then Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. He returned to JRMC in 2011 as vice president and chief financial o fice . Jackson holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s of business administration from Harding University.

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HEALTHCARE Drew Jackson Vice President, Business Development Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7307 drew.jackson@arheart.com

Jackson grew up in Little Rock and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Finance. He has combined experience in finance and healthca e including banking, lending, and leadership as Administrator for two Arkansas practices over the past 15 years. Jackson joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2014 and oversees opportunities statewide by leading marketing efforts and physician recruiting for the entire organization including new market development, strategy, and advertising. Chris Johnson, MD Vice President of Medical Affairs Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy.net/nwa Johnson has been a Family Practitioner with Obstetrics at Mercy Family Medicine and Obstetrics, formerly Rogers Medical Center, in Rogers, AR for the past 23 years.   He was elected Chief of Staff at Mercy Northwest Arkansas in 2013 serving a 2 year term. Johnson was named Vice President of Medical Affairs in March 2015. He earned his medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO W alter E. Johnson President & CEO Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870- 541-7100 www.jrmc.org Johnson joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in 1994, serving in several executive positions before being named president and chief executive officer of JRMC/Je ferson Hospital Association in 2009. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce and business from the University of Alabama. Johnson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is chairman-elect of the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors.

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K athi Jones Vice President, CARTI Development President, CARTI Foundation CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-664-8573 www.carti.com Since 2005, Jones has served double-duty as both CARTI vice president of development and president of the CARTI Foundation. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University. A member and past president of the Arkansas chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Jones was named by that group as its “Outstanding Fund Raising Executive” in 2000. Prior to joining the CARTI Foundation, Jones had served as executive director of the Centers for Youth and Families Foundation in Little Rock since 1999. R andy Jordan, MD, F ACC Chief Medical Officer Jack Stephens Heart Institute CHI St. Vincent 2 Saint Vincent Cir, Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-1000 rjordan@stvincenthealth.com Jordan is chief medical officer of the Jac Stephens Heart Institute, the largest cardiology group in the state. He graduate from medical school and did his cardiology residency from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also did a residency in internal medicine at the University Medical Center in Shreveport, La. He is past governor of Arkansas for the American College of Cardiology, past member of the board of directors and past president of the Arkansas Affiliate of the American Hear Association. He is also past chief of cardiology at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

K Darrell K ing Executive Director, Arkansas Division Baptist Medical Group 4802 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-8000 www.neabaptistclinic.com With more than 20 years of experience in managing large multi-specialty practices, King came to NEA Clinic in 2007 as chief operating office . In 2010 he was chosen for the role of chief executive officer at NEA Baptist Clinic. I 2012 he was named executive director for the Arkansas division of Baptist Medical Group. He is responsible for managing a practice with approximately 100 physicians and more than 35 specialties across northeast Arkansas. King is a member of the Arkansas Medical Group Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Medi-

cal Group Association. In 2003, he received the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE designation from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Darrell currently serves on the Physician and Hospital Advisory Council for U.S. Representative Rick Crawford. K enny K inley Chief Information Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480    kenny.kinley@arheart.com Kenny Kinley has been the Chief Information Officer at Arkansas Heart Hospital since earl 2013.  Kinley also serves as the Chief Security Office .  He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry.  Kenny is also a Certified Public Accountant and graduated f om the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor›s degree in Accounting. Peter K ohler, MD Vice Chancellor for UAMS’ Northwest Arkansas Campus University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 479-713-8000 PKohler@uams.edu Kohler leads the UAMS campus in northwest Arkansas. The campus was established in 2007 to help meet the state’s growing need for healthcare workers to serve the people of Arkansas. It offers educational opportunities for students in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions. Kohler earned his medical degree in 1963 from the Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina.

L Jim Lambert, F ACHE President and CEO Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conwayregional.org Lambert has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Conway Regional Healt System since April, 2008. He previously served as Conway Regional’s Chief Operating Office for 10 years. Lambert is the President Elect of the Arkansas State Board of Health. He is board certified in healthca e management as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lambert has served as director on the Arkansas Hospital Association Board, the VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas Board and is a member of Rotary. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California in San Diego and his Masters of Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


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the San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, Calif., where he was chief operating office between 2006 and 2011. He holds a bachelor degree from Ottawa University in Kansas and a master of public administration in public health, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

Langford has been with Arkansas Urology since 1993. Prior to joining Arkansas Urology, he served as chief urology resident at UAMS. Langford received his medical degree from UAMS and graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. He is certified b the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the American Urological Association and Pulaski County Medical Society.

John Lieblong Vice President of Physician Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-932-7024 jlieblong@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info

Vincent Leist Chief Executive Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4454 www.nwww.narmc.com Leist has been the president and chief executive officer of the North Arkansas Regional Medica Center in Harrison since July 2011. With more than 30 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in both for-profit and not-fo profit envi onments, Leist previously worked at

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Leiblong provides oversight for 80 physicians employed St. Bernards as well as oversight for operations of 13 different St. Bernards-affiliated clinics. He has been with St Bernards for two years. The clinics represent more than 22 different medical specialties, with physicians seeing patients in 11 different towns and communities throughout Northeast Arkansas.

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M Jerry Mabry Chief Executive Officer National Park Medical Center 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-321-1000 www.nationalparkmedical.com Mabry’s career in hospital administration spans a period of 30 plus years as CEO of various community-based hospitals. He has served as CEO for National Park Medical Center since 1994, prior to which he spent eight years as CEO at St. Mary’s Regional Health Center in Russellville. In 2011, Mabry became President of Capella Healthcare’s Arkansas Market, overseeing both NPMC and St. Mary’s. Mabry has served as chairman of the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. David Mantz, MBA, RRT-N PS President and Chief Executive Officer Chicot Memorial Medical Center 2729 Hwy. 65 & 82 South Lake Village, AR  71563 870-265-9395 www.chicotmemorial.com Mantz has been the president and chief executive 0fficer of Chicot Memorial Medical Cente (CMMC) in Lake Village since August of 2012.

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Prior to joining CMMC, Mantz was the executive director of operations at Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, KS. He received his associate of applied science in respiratory care from the California College for Health Sciences in 1990. He has a bachelor of art in health services management from Ottawa University Kansas City, KS, and a MBA in healthcare management from Columbia Southern University. R honda McCabe, CPA Chief Executive Officer Physician’s Specialty Hospital 3873 Parkview Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-7070 rmccabe@pshfay.com McCabe started as the chief financial o ficer o Physicians’ Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville a year ago and three months later was promoted to chief executive office . McCabe has more than 20 years of progressive operational and leadership experience in a variety of healthcare settings. In addition to her experience in both finance and operations, she has put a bi emphasis on the patient-focused care that Physicians’ Specialty Hospital is known for. McCabe, a CPA, is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. T ina McClain, MD Acting Chief of Staff Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 257-5300 www.littlerock.va.gov McClain was appointed Acting Chief of Staff of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in October 2014. Dr. McClain has responsibility for clinical affairs of 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. McClain received her Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Very active in resident and medical student education McClain has received several teaching awards. R obert McGehee, Jr., PhD Dean UAMS Graduate School/Interim Chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. 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 di-

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rected the multi-institution Arkansas Biosciences Institute since 2007. He received a doctorate in physiology and biophysics at UAMS and trained as a research fellow in molecular endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts’ General Hospital. Dan McK ay Chief Executive Officer Sparks Health System, including Sparks Regional Medical Center and Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS www.SparksHealth.com McKay became chief executive officer of Spark Health System in August 2014. Before joining Sparks, McKay served as CEO of Northwest Health System. McKay has more than 20 years of hospital management experience. Prior to serving as CEO at Northwest, McKay was a vice president at Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation where he supported the management of operations at hospitals across the U.S. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky. Jean McSweeney, PhD, RN Interim Dean UAMS College of Nursing/ Associate Dean for Research University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5374 mcSweeneyJeanC@uams.edu McSweeney is a leader in clinical research on women and coronary heart disease. She published the first major study to identify th most frequent symptoms reported by women with heart disease and to identify that these symptoms are often different from those experienced by men. McSweeney’s groundbreaking findings ga nered worldwide media attention and still provide the most complete description of symptoms to identify potential cardiac symptoms in women. Alison M. Melson, APR Vice President, CARTI Communications & Marketing CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-664-8573 www.carti.com Arriving at CARTI more than 10 years ago as vice president of communications and marketing, Melson, has had a career spanning more than two decades as a professional communicator. She was a public relations associate at Acxiom Corporation before joining CARTI. Melson holds a bachelor’s degree in public information and journalism from the University

of Arkansas at Little Rock and is an accredited member and past president of the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Mark B. Mengel, MD, MPH Vice Chancellor for Regional Programs University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5798 mmgengel@uams.edu Mengel directs University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Regional Programs, a network of eight centers statewide that provides education of family medicine residents and continuing education for healthcare professionals while increasing access to healthcare and health education in rural communities. Mengel received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a master of public health from the University of Washington in Seattle. Stephen Mette, MD Chief Clinical Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-7000 www.uams.edu Mette joined UAMS in April 2015. As chief clinical office , Mette coordinates quality management functions and ensures patient satisfaction and cost-effective care. He most recently served as chief of the Department of Critical Care at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Mette received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. Mary Middleton Vice-President of Revenue Cycle Management Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic #7 Shackleford Blvd. West Little Rock, AR   72211 501-664-5869 mary.middleton@arheart.com Middleton serves as Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management for Arkansas Heart Hospital.  With her extensive 25+ years of experience in physician practice operations and provider based billing, she leads all components of the Revenue Cycle team for the entire operation.


InCharge Brenda Million Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services and Perioperative Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4269 bmillion@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Million has been at St. Bernards 23 years and has oversight for a number of medical center departments. Those include Surgery, One Day Surgery, Pre-Admission Testing, Sterile Processing, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Gastrointestinal Lab, Inpatient and Outpatient Dialysis, Inpatient and Outpatient Wound Care, Vascular Access Team, Obstetrics, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Services. She serves on the boards of the Arkansas Organization for Nurse Executives and ASU Technical Center and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. R ay Montgomery President & CEO Unity Health 3214 E. Race Avenue Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001 rmontgomery@wcmc.org www.unity-health.org During his 26 years of service at White County Medical Center, Montgomery has led the hospital through extensive facility improvements,

acquisitions and the building of a Cancer Center of Excellence. The recent alignment of neighboring Harris Hospital and growth through the addition of clinic practices brought changes and opportunities for healthcare to citizens in White County, Jackson County, Cleburne County and the surrounding region leading to a system rebranding as “Unity Health.” Montgomery has led WCMC to earn the Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award twice. He is a past recipient of the A. Allen Weintraub Memorial Award, the highest honor for a hospital executive on the state level, as well as the AHA’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Circle of Distinction on a national level. Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD Director Myeloma Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-6990 GJMorgan@uams.edu Morgan is an internationally recognized clinician scientist in the field of molecular genetics o blood cell cancers He came to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2014 from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research in London where he directed the Centre for Myeloma Research. His research aims to cure myeloma and to reduce side effects by targeting treatment to the genetics underlying each patient’s cancer.

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LeAnn Morrow Assistant Vice President of Continuum of Care – Senior Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-972-4372 lmorrow@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Morrow provides administrative support and coordination for a number of Senior Services departments, including Home Health, Hospice, The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House and the Senior Health Clinic. In addition, she oversees case management and social work, focusing on efficient ca e transition for patients. On staff for 20 years, she holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Bruce E. Murphy, MD, PhD, F ACC President and Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital, LLC 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480    Dr. Murphy is President/CEO and founder of the Arkansas Heart Hospital, one of America›s premiere subspecialty cardiology hospitals

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recognized worldwide for their exceptional standard of care, procedure volumes, management efficiencies and financial success. B n in El Dorado, Arkansas, Murphy graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980 with a PhD in Pharmacology and completed his interventional cardiology training in 1986.   He has had intensive interventional training experience with world-renowned cardiologists and has authored and contributed work to many medical publications. He is an invited speaker at International cardiology meetings on topics of coronary disease, peripheral vascular disease and world health.  Douglas L. Murphy, PhD Dean UAMS College of Health Professions University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5730 dlmurphy@uams.edu As dean of the College of Health Professions since 2011, Murphy oversees more than 600 students enrolled in 17 programs at the doctoral, master, bachelor, associate and certificate levels. Murphy is a faculty member i the departments of occupational therapy and clinical laboratory sciences. He received master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

N Beverly N ix Chief Executive Officer St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP) PHO 105 East Matthews Avenue, Suite A Jonesboro AR 72401 870-972-0032 bnix@sharppho.com www.sharppho.com Nix serves as the liaison with commercial payers (both self-insured employers and insurance companies) that contract with the SHARP network of providers as the network of choice for healthcare services. She advises and supports participating providers regarding insurance issues and efficiency in running their practices and oversees and reports utilization and quality data to the SHARP Board of Directors. In addition, she serves as a legislative liaison on healthcare issues. Nix has led the PHO for 21 years and recently was recognized by the publication Arkansas Money & Politics as one of the state’s eight most influential women. In addition, sh has been recognized as a Distinguished Alum by Arkansas State University.

O Sharif O mar Chief Executive Officer Northwest Health System 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479- 553-1000 www.northwesthealth.com Omar began as chief operating officer o Northwest Health System in August 2014. Omar brings more than 15 years of hospital management experience to Northwest Health System including working as CEO and COO of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, in Pottstown, PA. A Louisiana native, Omar earned a bachelor of science in biology from Louisiana State University, Shreveport, LA., and a master’s degree in health administration from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

P T. Glenn Pait, MD Director Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5261 PaitThomasG@uams.edu Pait is a professor of neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. He is a recognized authority in the field of spine su gery. He obtained a medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Pait hosts a weekly segment on NPR called “Here’s To Your Heath” and appears regularly on THV Channel 11 to answer questions from his “Medical Mail Bag.” J. Matt Parker Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4285 mparker@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info At St. Bernards for 18 years, Parker is responsible for developing and evaluating business opportunities on behalf of St. Bernards Healthcare, negotiating contracts with third parties, serving on finance, investment, etirement and recruitment committees and managing acquisitions, development and real estate. Brad Parsons Administrator and Chief Executive Officer NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptistonline.org/nea Parsons was named administrator and CEO of

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NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in June 2012 and oversaw the transition into the new 181-bed acute care hospital in 2014. He is responsible for overall hospital operations and strategic vision in an integrated health care delivery system. He works closely with NEA Baptist Clinic physicians and leadership to establish NEA Baptist as the provider of choice in northeast Arkansas. In 2013, Parsons received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award, given by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Parsons is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham Southern College and Master’s degrees in hospital administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. R obbie Pettey Chief Financial Officer National Park Medical Center 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501- 321-1000 www.nationalparkmedical.com Pettey has been the chief financial o ficer at th National Park Medical Center for more than 25 years. She began working in healthcare as a regional financial manager for AMI in 1984 prior to which she worked for KPMG for four years performing audit work for banking and governmental clients. Pettey oversees accounting, account receivable, payroll, materials management, purchasing, health information management, Information Technology and Plant Operations at NPMC. She was selected as Capella Healthcare’s CFO of the Year in 2012. 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 ten 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 Me cy Clinic in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He attended the University of Arkansas and has a master’s degree in business administration. Laura Pickens Vice President of Marketing/Public Relations St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-7305 lpickens@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Pickens oversees marketing, public relations,


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T homas Powell, MD, MS Chief Medical Information Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501- 686-7000 tpowell@uams.edu As chief medical information office , Powell works to optimize clinical processes, integrating technology resources into the treatment and care of patients. He works closely with physicians to develop efficient practices tha produce better patient outcomes. Powell received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center.

R James M. R aczynski, PhD Dean UAMS College of Public Health University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-526-6700 RaczynskiJamesM@uams.edu Raczynski has served as professor and the founding dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health since 2002. With more than 30 full-time faculty and more than 200 students, the college offers masters and doctoral degrees. It concentrates on community-based public health education to address the health needs of Arkansans. Raczynski is a fellow in the Epidemiology and Prevention Council of the American Heart Association. He earned his PhD from Pennsylvania State University. Daniel R ahn, MD Chancellor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5681 drahn@uams.edu Chancellor since 2009, Rahn leads Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state. UAMS includes five colleges and a grad ate school, eight regional centers, and seven institutes. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees. Rahn is a

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nationally recognized researcher, clinician and experienced administrator. He received his medical degree in 1976 from Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut. Curtis R alston Chief Executive Officer Cooper Clinic, P.A. 6801 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-274-2000 www.cooperclinic.com Ralston serves as chief executive officer (CEO of Cooper Clinic, a large physician-owned multispecialty group founded in 1920. A CPA and a native of Oklahoma, Ralston joined Cooper Clinic in 2011 as chief financial o fice . He was named chief operating officer befo e assuming the role of CEO in 2015. Ralston earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and has 19 years of accounting experience, including nine years in chief financial o ficer positions in th healthcare industry. Charlotte R ankin Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Operations Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy.net/nwa Rankin was named Chief Nursing Office o Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in 2014. A native Arkansan, she assumed the CNO role in addition to her role as Vice President of Operations. Rankin has served as a Mercy leader for 14 years; including helping lead the development of Mercy NWA’s Heart Interventional Program. She earned her Bachelor of Science, BSN, from Northeastern State University, OK and has a master’s degree in health administration. David R atcliff, MD Chief of Medical Affairs Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 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 medical degree 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 inte nal medicine.

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Tadd R ichert Chief Financial Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chistvincent.com Richert was named senior vice president and chief financial o ficer for CHI St. incent in March. He is responsible for the financial well being of CHI St. Vincent entities in Arkansas by providing strategic financial p ojections and accounting services. He prepares growth plans and directing staff in achieving the financia goals of the health system. Richert earned a MBA at Harding University, Searcy, and a BS in accounting from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Richert has served as member, board member and president of Health Financial Management Association. Dan R iley Chief Financial Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 driley@uams.edu Riley has served as chief financial o ficer of th UAMS Medical Center since 2000. A native of New Orleans, Riley received a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of New Orleans. Formerly a C.P.A. with Deloitte where he specialized in the healthcare industry, he came to UAMS from Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, where he was CFO.

(HFMA) which he did during the 2013-2014 term, and currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair and Governance Committee Chairperson. Rose is the first Arkansan ever elected as National Officer of this o ganization. He has also served the Arkansas Chapter of HFMA as Director, Secretary, Treasurer, President-elect, and President. He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, Muncie Gold, and Medal of Honor merit awards from HFMA. Mr. Rose is also a Fellow of HFMA and a Certified Publi Accountant.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR. David R othenberger Chief Financial Officer Sparks Health System, including Sparks Regional Medical Center and Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS www.SparksHealth.com Rothenberger joined Sparks as chief financia officer (CFO) in 2009. He later took a positio with Health Management Associates as CFO for division two of the company, which included hospitals in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. In 2012 he was promoted to the Group CFO with Health Management Associates responsible for 24 hospitals in Florida. Rothenberger later returned to Sparks in 2013 as CFO. He has more than 25 years of experience with hospital financial operations

Bob R oberts Executive Vice President and CFO Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-1542 bob.roberts@baptist-health.org

Derek R udkin, CAE Executive Director Pulaski County Medical Society 500 S. University, Suite 311 Little Rock, AR  72205 501.687.0039 derek@pulaskicms.org

Roberts has served as chief financial o ficer fo Baptist Health since 1988. Previous positions with Baptist Health include working as senior vice president and as the system’s assistant vice president of finance. Prior to Baptist Health Roberts worked as a CPA for auditing fi m KPMG and accounting fi m Arthur Andersen. He earned a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Baylor University in Waco and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

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.  The organization currently has 1,379 members.

Steven P. R ose, CPA, F HF MA, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue, Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conwayregional.org Rose has been the Chief Financial Officer a Conway Regional Health System since 1990 and serves as Treasurer of several of its related entities. He served as National Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association,

R obert “Bo” R yall President and CEO Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 224-7878 boryall@arkhospitals.org/www. arkhospitals.org Ryall joined the Arkansas Hospital Association in 2005 as the executive vice president and was named AHA president in 2010. He holds a BSBA from the University of Arkansas and Masters of Public Administration from UALR. Previously, Bo served as executive director of the HomeCare Association of Arkansas. He is a member of the Healthcare Industry Council of


InCharge the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He is an Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Association advisory council member and a past-president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.

S K yle Sanders Chief Financial Officer NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptistonline.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 an budgeting processes. In addition, Sanders serves as the hospital’s Chief Privacy and Security Office . Sanders is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a Certified Healthca e Financial Professional.

Margie Scott, MD Acting Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 257-5400 www.littlerock.va.gov Scott currently serves as acting director for the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. She is accountable for providing exceptional healthcare for Veterans while managing all activities at this complex, two-campus medical center with a budget exceeding $530 million and more than 3,000 employees. When she is not acting director, Scott is the medical center’s chief of staff, a position held since 2007. Scott received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Larry Shackelford Senior Vice President – Outreach Services Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com

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the University of Arkansas and is a Certified Public Accountant, Board Certified Medical Practic Executive and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Shackelford has served as a member of the board of Arkansas Community Foundation, Treasurer and past President of Arkansas Medical Group Management Association, and Treasurer of the Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Daya Seymore Shipman Vice President of Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance Officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4422 dshipman@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Shipman has been on staff at St. Bernards for six years and is responsible for corporate compliance and oversight of the internal audit function. She serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer and is responsible for ongoing education for all employees in compliance-related subjects, working to ensure adherence to patient privacy laws as well as various other laws pertaining to healthcare providers and businesses in general.

Shackelford came to Washington Regional in 2010 from Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, where he served as CEO for 12 years. He holds a BS/BA degree in accounting from

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Sledge serves as chief operating officer fo Northwest Medical Center--Springdale. Prior to joining Northwest Health System, Sledge served as COO of Weatherford Regional Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas. Before that, he was assistant chief executive officer of th Women and Children’s Center in Lake Charles, LA. Sledge has a bachelor degree in criminal justice from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Seton Hall University. H. Scott Smith Director of Governmental Affairs Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR  72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Scott is from Fort Smith. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1991. Scott 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. Scott assumed his current position in 2004, after leading Tennessee Medical Association’s lobbying efforts for seven sessions. Paul Soulsby Chief Financial Officer Physician’s Specialty Hospital 3873 Parkview Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-7070 psoulsby@pshfay.com A skilled financial expert, Soulsby began hi career at Physician’s Specialty Hospital more than two years ago and currently serves as chief financial o fice . Soulsby is responsible for all of the financial services f om capital planning to financial fo ecasting. He has an extensive background in information technology, financ and practice management in the areas of healthcare, law and business. He has advanced many hospital departments through his proven leadership, technology integration and process improvements.

Shane Speights, D.O . Vice President of Medical Affairs St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4423 sspeights@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Speights provides leadership focused on the advancement of quality, evidence-based delivery of medical care, serving as liaison between the medical center and physicians on staff. In addition, he supervises the routine and critical care of adult and pediatric patients in the medical center’s hospitalist program. He has served in his present capacity for two years, having previously served on the faculty and as assistant resident director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Family Practice Residency Program in Northeast Arkansas. Jennifer Styron-R ipa Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Rd.  Little Rock AR 72211 501-219-7301 jennifer.Styron-Ripa@arheart. com Styron-Ripa is Chief Financial Officer and Senio Vice President of Finance and Treasury for the Arkansas Heart Hospital.  She has an exceptionally innovative Finance Team that includes Revenue Cycle, Case Management, Accounting, Decision Support, and Supply Chain leaders.   Styron-Ripa has extensive banking, financ and strategy experience and an Accounting degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2011 and is passionate about financial an clinical synergy at all levels.

T Sharon T heriot Business Development Executive SVMIC P. O. Box 20416 White Hall, AR 71612-0416 870-540-9161 www.svmic.com Theriot joined SVMIC’s Business Development team in Arkansas in 2011.  SVMIC is the premier medical professional liability carrier in the state and is exclusively endorsed by the Arkansas Medical Society.  Prior to joining SVMIC, Theriot worked in Physician Recruitment and Retention for Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff for over 18 years.  She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the UAMS-South Central Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors of Southeast Arkansas Medical Information Center.

Brian T homas Senior Vice President & COO Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870- 541-7100 www.jrmc.org Thomas first joined Je ferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in 1998, as administrative director of operations and physician practices. He went on to serve as chief executive office at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, chief operating officer at J. .K. Memorial Hospital in Indio, Ca. and at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville Ala. before returning to JRMC in 2010 as senior vice president and chief operating office . Thomas holds a master’s degree in both health administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Andy T hompson Chief Operating Officer   Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-3270 www.mercy.net/nwa Thompson was named Chief Operations Office of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas in 2014. He has served as a Mercy leader for ten years, including Executive Director of Finance for Mercy Arkansas and Chief Operating Officer fo Mercy Clinic Hot Springs. Thompson has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Missouri State University. R oxane Townsend, MD Chief Executive Officer/Vice Chancellor for Clinical Programs University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5660 RATownsend@uams.edu Townsend began as chief executive officer o UAMS Medical Center and vice chancellor for clinical programs in February 2013. With 434 beds, UAMS is home to the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state. Townsend brings a unique perspective to the position having worked as a nurse, physician and hospital administrator. She earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. Bob Trautman Chief Executive Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501- 776-6000 www.salinememorial.org Trautman came to Saline Memorial Hospital with more than 35 years of executive-level healthcare experience working in a diverse

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group of healthcare facilities from Mississippi to California. Trautman has experience managing both acute and long-term care hospitals. He received his bachelor’s in Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He received his masters in Hospital Administration from California State University, Northridge. R ichard Turnage, MD Interim Dean, College of Medicine University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6502 RHTurnage@uams.edu Turnage joined UAMS in 2009 as chairman of the Department of Surgery before he was named Interim Dean in 2015. As Arkansas’ only medical school, the UAMS College of Medicine educates and trains the majority of the state’s physicians. Turnage received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, La. in 1983. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Laura Tyler, PhD, LPC Executive Divisional Director UAMS Clinical Enterprise University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501- 686-7000 LHTyler@uams.edu Tyler facilitates the transition team for the integrated clinical enterprise, which includes structuring patient care along service lines to enhance care reliability and quality as well as enriching the collaboration across departments and programs. Tyler earned a doctorate in health services organization and research from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling and sociology from the University of Arkansas. She is also a licensed professional counselor.

W Doug Weeks Executive Vice President and COO Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2366 doug.weeks@baptist-health.org Weeks has been the chief operating office (COO) for Baptist Health since June 2014. Prior to that, Weeks was the senior vice president of hospital operations at Baptist Health and previous to that 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 the current chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association. Weeks earned a master’s

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degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. Jill Weeks Vice President of Access and Medical Staff Support Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4326 jweeks@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Weeks, who has been at St. Bernards for 16 years, provides oversight for Patient Access, Utilization Review, Medical Records and Coding, Health and Wellness and Medical Staff Credentialing. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Arkansas State Medical Board’s Centralized Credentialing Verification Service Jeanne Wei, MD, PhD Chairperson Department of Geriatrics Director UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. 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 board-certifie cardiologist, internist and geriatrician. She is well published and recognized for her work in the field of aging. ei received her medical and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois. Troy Wells President and CEO Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 202-2080 troy.wells@baptist-health.org Wells has been president and chief executive officer of Baptist Health since June 2014. Prio 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 Health Group and vice president of Practice Plus, which are divisions of Baptist Health that specialize in physician staffing withi the system and the management of affiliate 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.

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Christopher Westfall, MD Director UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute Professor and Chair Department of Ophthalmology University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501- 686-5150 WestfallChristopherT@uams. edu Westfall leads the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, a 100,000 square-foot facility dedicated to improving eye health and fightin blindness through patient care, education and research. Westfall specializes in plastic surgery of the eyelids, orbit, tear drainage system and the supporting structures of the eye. He received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Westfall is the inaugural recipient of the Pat Walker Endowed Chair. Jacquelyn W ilkerson, RN , BSN , MBA Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conwayregional.org Jacquelyn Wilkerson RN, BSN, MBA, has served as Conway Regional Health System’s Chief Nursing Officer since May of 2011. Prior to thi achievement, she was interim Vice President of Nursing/CNO as well as Director of Women’s and Infants’ Services at Conway Regional Health System. As Chief Nursing Office , Mrs. Wilkerson is responsible for a nursing staff of 628 licensed and unlicensed employees. Mrs. Wilkerson has a bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Harding University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Memphis and a Master’s Degree in business in Health Administration. She also serves as a board member for the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. Lana W illiams, RN , MSN Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 W. Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000 www.myammc.org/ As the chief nursing office , Williams is responsible for the practice of nursing by ensuring consistency in the standard of nursing practice across all clinical areas. Williams has more than 25 years of nursing and healthcare experience. She holds an associate of nursing degree and a bachelor of nursing degree from Arkansas State University. She has been involved with Quality Management and the Arkansas Association for

Healthcare Quality for more than 15 years. She is currently the past president and has served in several other roles. Alan K . W ilson, MD President Arkansas Medical Society P. O. Box 505 Crossett, AR 71635 870-364-4013 www.arkmed.org/about/ physician-leaders Wilson is a general surgeon who has been in the Crossett area for 17 years. He graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown in Houston, TX, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, in 1995. Prior to coming to Crossett, Wilson practiced in Corsicana, TX. In addition to serving on numerous community boards, Wilson is currently chief of the surgery department at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. His main interests outside of medicine are computers and electronics. In addition to serving in the Civil Air Patrol, he is a licensed pilot and extra class amateur radio operator. Gena W ingfield, C A Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501- 364-1100 WingfieldGG@a childrens.org Wingfield has been chief financial ficer fo Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1998. She has been with the hospital since 1985 and has held previous roles in finance, including cont oller and interim chief information office . Wingfiel previously worked in public accounting for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young). She is a member of the American Institute of Certifie Public Accountants, the Arkansas Society of CPAs and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Vickie W ingfiel Executive Director Arkansas Heart Foundation 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7305 vickie.wingfield@arheart.co Wingfield is embarking on the launch o Arkansas Heart Foundation after a 19 year career with Arkansas Heart Hospital.  She is the Executive Director of the Foundation. Wingfield has over 30 years of experience in th healthcare arena ranging from provider relations to business development, marketing and community outreach. The Foundation offers a robust program of prevention, awareness and educational programs in the form of Community Health Screenings (Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol, Body Fat/BMI) and speaking to civic organizations and community related events on a variety of cardiac related topics as well as other events/functions that further


InCharge Debra J. W right, MSBA, RN Chief Executive Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870- 845-4400 www.howardmemorial.com

the awareness/education  to the public about the number one killer of Americans. Wingfiel serves on the boards of the Central Arkansas American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association, Arkansas Affiliate Edward L. Woody, F ACHE Acting Deputy Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 257-5400 www.littlerock.va.gov Woody was appointed acting deputy medical center director of the Central Arkansas Healthcare System in January 2015. Previously, he served as the acting associate director of the Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System. Woody served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer for mo e than 20 years, retiring in 2007 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He earned a MBA from Webster University, Webster Grove, Mo. Woody is a recipient of the U.S. Army Order of Military Medical Merit.

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for implementing the association’s policies and programs, including overseeing its business and financial a fairs and staff of nine. He also serves as president and CEO of AMS Benefits, Inc. a for-profit subsidiary of the Arkansas Medica Society, which provides various types of insurance and other services to AMS members.

Wright has worked in a hospital setting for over thirty years, twenty-five of which we e spent in a tertiary facility working as a staff nurse, in various nurse management positions, as chief nursing officer and chief clinical o fice . For the past fiv years, she has been Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital. She is a registered nurse with a master’s of science in business administration and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Z Tyler Zeigler, MBA Administrator The Clopton Clinic 300 Carson Jonesboro, AR 72401 (870) 932-1198 stbcloptonclinic.com

David W roten Executive Vice President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR  72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org

Zeigler joined the Clopton Clinic in 1997. He has a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and an MBA from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. He oversees the St. Bernards Clopton Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic that offers the following services: Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Rheumatology and Endocrinology. Zeigler is a past president of the Arkansas Medical Group Management Association and was voted its Administrator of the Year in 2014. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Arkansas State University teaching healthcare administration in their MBA program. 

Wroten began his career with the Arkansas Medical Society in 1983, serving first as p ofessional relations coordinator and later as the assistant executive vice president. In 2005, he became the society’s chief executive office . As executive vice president, Wroten is responsible

Arkansas InCharge Company Index A Arkansas Children’s Hospital 8, 10, 26 Arkansas Heart Foundation 26 Arkansas Heart Hospital 10, 14, 16, 19, 24

Cooper Clinic, PA 22 H Howard Memorial Hospital 10, 27

Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic 18

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Arkansas Hospital Association 10, 22

Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 12, 24

Arkansas Medical Society 10, 24, 26, 27

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 16, 20, 22

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 9, 10, 26

Mercy Clinic Fort Smith, 12

P Physician’s Specialty Hospital 18, 24 Pulaski County Medical Society 22 R River Valley Medical Center 8 S Saline Memorial Hospital 24 Sama Healthcare Services 8

Arkansas Urology 10, 17

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 12, 14

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St. Bernards Foundation 14

Baptist Health 22, 25, 26

National Park Medical Center 8, 10, 17, 20

Baptist Medical Group 16

NEA Baptist Clinic 9

St. Bernards Healthcare 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26

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NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 9, 11, 20, 23

CARTI 9, 16, 18 Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 9, 11, 23, 27

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, 17 Northwest Health System 20

Chicot Memorial Medical Center 17

Northwest Medical Center 8, 12, 24

CHI St. Vincent 8, 10, 16, 22

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OrthoArkansas, PA 12

Conway Regional Health System 11, 16, 22, 26 arkansasmedicalnews.com

Sparks Health System 10, 11, 18, 22

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