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HEALTH CARE 2017

INSIDE: Listing of Top Healthcare Leaders Improving Health Across The Natural State


Providing an array of services for you and your family. Surgical Care Over 5,600 surgeries were performed last year

New Life Center Over 1,100 babies were born last year

Accredited Sleep Study Program Diagnosing sleep disorders for a better night’s rest

AR Saves Stroke assistance when every minute matters

Cancer Center of Excellence Diagnosing and treating patients with latest technology and medicine

Cardiology Clinic

Home Health In-home care that educates and empowers patients to live full lives

Imaging Services Including an MRI, an Open MRI and a 64-slice CT

Providing more than 38 years of hometown experience

Inpatient Rehab Facility

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therapy with 24-hour nursing care

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Behavioral health programs for ages 12 and older suffering from mental illnesses

Mayo Clinic Care Network

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Through shared resources, more patients get answers to complex medical questions – and peace of mind – while staying close to home

Helps to reduce post-operative pain and speeds up recovery time

Diabetes Education Program

Orthopaedic & Spine Center

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Full-service orthopaedic and spine care from diagnosis to physical therapy

Graduate Medical Education

Over 150 Physicians on Staff

Physician residents in internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine and psychiatric medicine – enhancing quality physician recruits to our rural community

Representing a wide range of specialties

Wound Care Center Dedicated to the treatment of non-healing wounds

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From the Publisher Welcome to the 2017 edition of our InCharge magazine! We’re pleased to bring you not only this one-of-a-kind listing of healthcare executives throughout our great state, but also the valuable advice, strategy and insight of the five dynamic professionals we chose to grace this year’s cover.

Publisher Pamela Z. Harris Editor Pepper Jeter Creative Director Susan Graham Graphic Designers Susan Graham Katy Barrett-Alley Arkansas Medical News is now privately and locally owned by Ziggy Productions, LLC. P O Box 1842 Memphis, TN 38101- 1842 President: Pamela Harris Vice President: Patrick Rains

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One of our state’s most respected, innovative and involved healthcare leaders is Ray Montgomery, who leads the Unity Health System in eight Arkansas counties. Eric Pianalto is a native of Northwest Arkansas who has personally witnessed the phenomenal growth of that corner of the state. He is an effective healthcare leader who has led Mercy’s NWA hospital through the tremendous expansion needed to accommodate the region’s growth. After a national search, Cindy Gillespie was recruited just over a year ago by Governor Hutchinson to head the Department of Human Services, Arkansas’ largest agency, bringing with her an abundance of experience at both the federal and state levels. Dr. Daniel Rahn is a “proven winner” and a nationally recognized researcher, clinician and experienced administrator who arrived in 2009 to lead UAMS Arkansas’s largest public employer with five colleges, a graduate school, eight regional centers and seven institutes. For the past year, Dr. Scott Cooper has served as the President of the Arkansas Medical Society. He’s also an orthopedic surgeon who believes in physician leadership as a strategy to help control healthcare spending and for promoting the best and most fiscally responsible public health initiatives. I hope you’ll enjoy their comments and insights in this year’s cover story, Innovation, Collaboration and the Ever-Changing ACA. We’re hopeful that InCharge 2017 will be an important resource for you in developing partnerships in the industry as we all work toward making our healthcare system the best it can be. A lot of thought and effort went into creating this directory. Still, we know that there are others who could be included in future editions. Please send your comments and nominations for next year. I appreciate your loyal readership which inspires us to continue bringing you local, statewide and national medical news.

ON THE COVER Ray Montgomery, Eric Pianalto, Cindy Gillespie, Dr. Daniel Rahn, Dr. Scott Cooper Cover photo by Mark Mathews This edition of AMN InCharge was proudly printed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Innovation, Collaboration and the Ever-Changing ACA

Arkansas Healthcare Leaders Focusing on Collaboration to Improve Healthcare Outcomes healthcare costs at an acceptable rate of rise while

By BECKY GILLETTE

About 300,000 Arkansans covered under the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were granted a reprieve when the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass a bill in March that would have replaced the ACA. Healthcare leaders in Arkansas also feel relieved. Although they believe the ACA could be improved, there were concerns about an estimated 23 million Americans losing health coverage under the proposed replacement.

rewarding quality improvement at the system level. “Until there is agreement on the desired outcomes (cost, quality, coverage, etc.), there can be little progress toward systemic, sustainable solutions,” Rahn said. “Greater flexibly for states regarding how they achieve the desired outcomes certainly should be part of planning for the future. This is very hard work that can only be accomplished through a collaborative process that involves the federal government, states, the business community, providers and the public.”

“It is essential that insurance coverage be maintained,” said University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Rahn said Arkansas’ experience with the ACA is far superior to the national experience because of the waivers the state secured, first with the Private Option

Chancellor Dan

and then, under Gov. Asa Hutchinson, with Arkansas

Rahn, MD. “The

Works.

proposal in the

Congress is still considering repealing and

House included

replacing ACA.

the definite

“But we don’t know when that will happen or

possibility of

what the changes will look like,” said Cindy Gillespie,

shifting cost

director of the Arkansas Department of Human

from the federal

Services (DHS).

government to

“So Arkansas is

states, companies

being proactive

that provide

by working

insurance or to

with the Trump

individuals and

Administration to

families. Cost

develop a program

shifting will not

that is a better fit

lead to positive

Dr. Dan Rahn

for this state. DHS

health system

is in the process

change. The House proposal did little to address the

of developing a

imperative that insurance coverage be maintained. It

request to waive

contained no recommendations for system change

some federal

that would lead to higher quality and it contained no

Medicaid rules

measures to systemically reduce cost.”

so that we can

Rahn’s proposal would be to maintain the current

establish a work

level of funding while engaging all stakeholders in

requirement for

the development of long-term strategies to control

certain Arkansas

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Cindy Gillespie


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Works beneficiaries, many of whom are healthy, working-age adults. Our hope is that by tying

performance. “The global

healthcare coverage and work together, we can help

payment structure

individuals gain new skills and find better jobs that will

for healthcare is

give them a chance to move up the economic ladder

based on treating

and off of government assistance programs.”

sick people, not

Ray Montgomery, president/CEO, Unity Health,

keeping them

Searcy, said it is unfortunate politics are getting in the

well,” Pianalto said.

way of healthcare

“Converting the

delivery. “We need

payment structure

to keep the good

from volume

components of

to value based

ACA, and fix the

on healthcare

bad,” Montgomery

outcomes would

said.

both help educate

In addition to

patients about

up to 23 million

appropriate care

people losing

and also improve

coverage, there

outcomes.”

was concern that

Eric Pianlto

Scott Cooper, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon in

the proposed

Rogers who is president of the Arkansas Medical

replacement to

Society, can speak knowledgeably about bundled

the ACA that

payment models.

failed to pass in March would have also cut

“To be Ray Montgomery

perfectly frank, the bundled

reimbursements to physicians and hospitals.

payment method

Montgomery said draconian cuts could have had

was imposed

serious consequences, especially for rural areas of the

on us in the

state and country.

beginning with the

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, a healthcare

implementation of

ministry that is part of the Catholic Church, supports

‘episodes of care’

access to medical care.

by Blue Cross Blue

“We feel healthcare is more of a right than a

Shield and some of

privilege,” said Eric Pianalto, CEO, Mercy Hospital

the other payers,

Northwest Arkansas, Rogers. “The expansion of the

in which what the

Medicaid program in Arkansas extended medical care

surgeon is paid

to about 300,000 people including about 16,000

is partly based

in Benton County. I have gotten a lot of questions

on the total cost

whether that increased emergency room traffic

of the ‘episode,’

because people didn’t know how to use their health

beginning 30 days before a hip or knee replacement

coverage. In the beginning, it did. But it gave us the

and ending 90 days after the operation, as well as

opportunity to educate people about how to access

whether or not ‘quality’ goals were met,” Cooper

healthcare in a proactive way and improve care so

said. “We orthopaedic surgeons still have issues with

people don’t end up in a hospital. We believe that is

being penalized over costs we don’t control in this

the way to go, proactive care versus reactive care.”

model, not to mention what’s measured as a proxy

One thing Pianalto said was touted but not accomplished under ACA is incentive care or pay for

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Dr. Scott Cooper

for ‘quality.’ I will say that the enormous overall costs of healthcare, as well as the realization that there

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 are ways to save and prevent the unnecessary waste of resources, has spurred physicians themselves to

Center located in Chesterfield, MO. “Through our expansion and construction, we are

be innovative in developing cost saving strategies

building in technology to help care for patients, not

while preserving excellent patient outcomes and

just in hospitals, but in clinics and homes,” Pianalto

satisfaction.”

said.

At Unity Health, Montgomery said their clinics

Another example of medical innovations in

are beginning to see some early success with the

Arkansas include Unity Health collaborating with

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), CPC Plus

Mayo Clinic Care Network to provide electronic

and Primary Care initiatives that pay primary care

consultations with Mayo Clinic specialists.

physicians to manage the patient population. “Obviously, if you prevent illnesses and sicknesses

Healthcare leaders are also collaborating to train more nurses, physicians and other healthcare

and reduce chronic disease processes, you don’t end

providers to meet shortages in the state. UAMS has

up with a patient in acute trouble who requires more

66 physician residency programs across the state

costly testing, and treatment,” Montgomery said. “It

with about 800 residency positions and is partnering

really makes sense.”

with other providers to help them open residency

Rahn said UAMS has implement patient- and family-centered care across all areas. “We are one of very few academic medical centers

programs to help address the physician shortage. “An expanded number of residency slots is the most important strategy to expand physician supply

in the country to organize our clinical enterprise

in Arkansas because medical school graduates

around patient-centered service lines with everyone

must complete a residency in order to get a license

working collaboratively to improve quality of care and

to practice,” Rahn said. “The number of residency

the patient experience at lower cost,” Rahn said.

positions is not keeping pace with the number of

All UAMS primary care sites around the state have adopted a PCMH model with team-based care

graduates.” Pianalto said another avenue to help meet

that includes physicians, advanced practice nurses,

healthcare worker shortages is to allow RNs to

pharmacists, patient educators, physician assistants

practice at the top of their license by having

and others all organizing care around the patient and

assistance from Certified Nursing Assistants. Team-

families.

based healthcare makes an environment that’s better

Gillespie said Arkansas Medicaid has been a leader

for healthcare providers and better for patients, and

in healthcare innovation for several years with its

puts more people at the bedside for most ill patients,

PCMH program.

he said.

“What is particularly innovative about the PCMH

Cooper expects to see continuing growth in the

program is that Medicaid–government–didn’t do it

already burgeoning fields of advance practice nursing,

alone,” Gillespie said. “We partnered with private

as well that of physician assistants.

insurance carriers in the state so that the impact

“These professionals are invaluable to the timely,

would be broader and not limited to Medicaid

efficient practice of medicine that 21st century

providers and beneficiaries. Private industry was at

patients demand, and they can and do provide

the table every step of the way and helped developed

improved access to high quality care as part of a team

the framework for PCMH. That collaboration has been

approach,” Cooper said. “Unfortunately, the idea that

critical to the program’s success and continues today.”

granting full independence to nurse practitioners,

Healthcare providers are also focusing on

without collaboration, an established connection with a

innovations in order to get better outcomes at less

physician, would further improve access is a myth, not

cost. UAMS research funding from outside funding

borne out by the data from other states where they do

agencies for just the first six months of this fiscal year

have full independence. In short, just like doctors do,

totals $112 million.

nurse practitioners tend to clump where the people

Some of the most exciting innovations at Mercy

are. The same economic and social factors that deter a

center around telemedicine, Pianalto said. The Mercy

doctor from practicing in a town with a population of

hospital system created the world’s first Virtual Care

300 apply to nurse practitioners as well.”

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A Peggy L. Abbott President, Chief Executive Officer Ouachita County Medical Center 638 California Ave SW Camden, AR 71701 870-836-1000

www.ouachita medcenter.com Abbott is in her fifth year as the President and CEO of Ouachita County Medical Center, a 98-bed acute care hospital located in Camden. She has been an employee of the organization for 30 years, serving as assistant vice president and vice president prior to being named president and CEO in January 2013. Abbott continuously looks for ways to enhance the Medical Center’s services. The most recent project was a $7 million renovation and expansion of the ER and the surgical department. Abbott is a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association’s Board of Directors and was elected as treasurer in 2015 for a four-year term. She on the board the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, the Camden Area Industrial Development Council and Bancorp South. Under her leadership, Ouachita County Medical Center was named as the Safest Hospital in Arkansas 2015 by Consumer Reports. Abbott was recognized by the American Hospital Association, in conjunction with the Arkansas Hospital Association, as the recipient of the 2015 Grassroots Champion Award for her advocacy efforts on behalf of hospitals, on both the local and national level.

Chad Aduddell Market CEO CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Aduddell became Market Chief Executive Officer at CHI St. Vincent in 2015. For three previous years, Aduddell served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CHI St. Vincent and President of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock. He came to CHI St. Vincent from St. Anthony

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Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK, in 2012. At St. Anthony, Aduddell served as the President of the Bone & Joint Hospital and as Chair and Administrator of the Saints Heart and Vascular Institute. Aduddell has a BS with honors from the University of Tulsa and a MBA in health care administration from Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business. He is a member of Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Arkansas Healthcare Transparency Initiative Board and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business Advisory Board.

Leslie “Bubba” Arnold President CHI St. Vincent Morrilton 4 Hospital Dr. Morrilton, AR 72110 501-977-2300

www.chistvincent.com Arnold became President at CHI St. Vincent Morrilton in 2012 after more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience at CHI St. Vincent. He has served as Vice President of Operations, Administrative Director of Operations, Director of Pharmacy Services and Staff Pharmacist. He earned a Master of Arts in health services management at Webster University and a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). At UAMS he received the Faculty Gold Key in recognition of graduating at the top of his class. Arnold is a member of the Little Rock Executive Association, Leadership Greater Little Rock, the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, the Morrilton Core Connection Committee and serves on the Board for the Morrilton Chamber of Commerce.

Aimee Arzoumanian Assistant Chief Executive Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com As the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Sparks Health System, Arzoumanian oversees operations at Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren.

Arzoumanian joined Sparks in 2009 as a Hospitalist Physician Assistant and later became an Assistant Administrator in 2013. She earned a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mercy College in New York and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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 University. He also worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy.

B 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 about 25 years, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Bernards Healthcare in 2010. He has oversight of all St. Bernards-associated entities. Board certified in healthcare management, he holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 Center-Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000

www.northwesthealth. com Barclay is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. Prior to joining Northwest Health, he served as Chief Administrative Officer of Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas. Prior to that, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in Cedar Park, Texas. He has a BS in business administration from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. Barclay is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ben Barylske Chief Financial Officer NEA Baptist Clinic 4802 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-8000

www.baptistonline. org/nea Barylske oversees the clinic’s finance, central billing office, data management and information technology departments. He is responsible for all clinic financial operations including management of general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, physician compensation, payroll and budgeting.

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Gary Bebow, FACHE Administrator, Chief Executive Officer White River Health System 1710 Harrison St. Bateville, AR 72501 870-262-1200

www.whiteriverhealth system.com Bebow joined White River Medical Center (WRMC) in 1991 as Administrator/CEO. Under his leadership, a single community hospital has developed into White River Health System (WRHS), a regional healthcare organization with two hospitals, outpatient care centers, a satellite emergency room, rural health clinics, primary care and specialty physician offices, and senior citizens centers, serving residents in North Central Arkansas. Bebow has served on the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Batesville/Independence County Economic Development Commission. In 2000, Bebow was named the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association, Administrator of the Year. In 2007, Gary Bebow received the A. Allen Weintraub Award and the North East Arkansas Business Today NonProfit Business Person of the Year.

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 Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas. Bever earlier practiced as a RN 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.

Gregory H. Bledsoe, MD, MPH Surgeon General State of Arkansas 500 Woodlane Street, Suite 120 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-683-6438

www.healthy.arkansas.gov Bledsoe, appointed Surgeon General for Arkansas in January 2015, is board certified Emergency Medicine physician who spent five years on the faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has extensive experience in international travel having visited over 50 countries and has been an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service. He was the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in September 2002, and served in Uganda and Senegal on the advance team of President George W. Bush when the President visited the African continent in July of 2003. Bledsoe’s research has been published in many prestigious medical journals and numerous regional and national news outlets.

Brad Bloemer, CPA Vice President of Finance/CFO Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000

www.myammc.org Bloemer started at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in May 2011. Prior to coming to AMMC, Bloemer was CFO at Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray, KY, for six years. He has also worked at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, MO and Price Waterhouse Public Accounting Firm in St. Louis, MO. As AMMC’s Chief Financial Officer, Bloemer oversees all finance related aspects of the hospital,

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 the foundation, physician clinics and Chateau on the Ridge. Bloemer earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from Southeast Missouri State University in 1987. He went on to complete his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 1998 at SEMO in Cape Giradeau, MO. He has been a certified public accountant (CPA) since 1988.

William Bowes, MS Senior Vice Chancellor, Finance & Administration & Chief Financial Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5670

WRBowes@uams.edu Bowes was named chief financial officer in 2013. Prior to that, he spent 32 years working in higher education finance and immediately before joining UAMS was chief financial officer for the Connecticut Colleges and State Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. Bowes earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, and a master’s degree in urban and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook W. Averill Harriman School for Management and Policy College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

William L. Bradley President, Chief Executive Officer 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 35 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

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program at Duke University. Bradley, past Chairman of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, was elected in 2015 as Chairman of the Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas.

Barry Brady, FACHE, CRA Vice President Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 13 Children’s Way Slot 842 Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-7373

bradyb@archildrens.org Brady has been a healthcare and research operations executive for 30 years, more than half of which has been spent at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. His primary responsibility is for the day-to-day operational activities of the institute in support of research endeavors. Before joining Arkansas Children’s, Brady worked as an administrator for Arkansas hospitals including Conway Regional Medical Center and Ozark Health Medical Center. He has a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of Mississippi and is board certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and Research Administrators Certification Council.

Pamela Brown, RN, BSN Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878

pbrown@arkhospitals.org Brown’s primary duties are to lead in the development, coordination and implementation of the goals and work plan of the AHA’s new Patient Safety and Quality Program for their 100 plus members. Brown joined the AHA in 2012. Prior to joining the AHA, she served as Vice President of Quality Programs for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). Her clinical background is in obstetrics and medical surgical nursing. She served in various hospital and home health

clinical positions such as director of clinical services, case manager, charge and staff nurse.

Salena Wright Brown, MNSc, APRN, RN 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 Wright-Brown was appointed Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive, at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) in September 2016. A native of Arkansas, she began her VA career at the Fayetteville VAMC in 1996, and served as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive from 2007 until 2014 when she was appointed as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UAMS. Wright-Brown was awarded a post graduate Certificate in Forensic Science at Beth El College of Nursing from the University of Colorado, and a post graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing from Duquesne University. She currently represents VISN 16 as one of the triad chairs on the HealthCare Delivery Committee. She has served on the National Nurses Executive Council and as Chair of the Nursing Practice Transformation Workgroup for the Office of Patient Care Services.

John Allen Burnett, MD Chief Medical Officer Families, Inc. Counseling Services 1815 Pleasant Grove Road Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-933-6886

www.familiesinc.net Dr. Burnett received his undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University and his medical degree from the University for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He previously practiced as


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Jeff L. Burton, CPA, MBA Chief Financial Officer CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-296-3431

www.carti.com With 20 years of progressive nonprofit healthcare accounting and finance experience to his credit, Burton has served as a management team member since joining CARTI in 1997 as Director of Accounting. Having previously served as a staff accountant at Baird, Kurtz and Dobson, CPAs, Burton earned a BS in accounting at the University of Central Arkansas and is a graduate of the Academy Fellowship program of the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. In 2000, Burton received his MBA degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Burton was named Corporate Controller in 2013 and promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2016.

C Amy Cahill, MD 2017-2018 President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967

www.genesiscenterfor women.com Cahill has been part of the clinical staff for the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 16 years and has been part of the AHEC clinical faculty in the past. She received her medical degrees from UAMS in 1995 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology as UAMS in 1999. Cahill is affiliated with the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the same

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hospital where she was born. She is in private practice at the Genesis Center for Women in Pine Bluff. She has been a member of the Arkansas Medical Society Board of Trustees since 2007.

Darren Caldwell Vice President/ Administrator Unity Health-Harris Medical Center 1205 McLain Street Newport, AR 72112 870-523-8911

darren.caldwell@unityhealth.org www.unity-health.org Caldwell was welcomed as the VP/ Administrator for Unity Health | Harris Medical Center in Newport just under two years ago. He formerly served as the CEO of DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home and has served Arkansas for more than 26 years through his healthcare career. He was the 2014 recipient of the A. Allen Weintraub Administrator of the Year Award; the highest honor for a hospital executive on the state level. As a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Directors since 2008, Caldwell has served as the group’s treasurer and has chaired the AHA’s Medicaid committee.

Chanda Cashen Chacón Executive Vice President and COO Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

www.archildrens.org Cashen Chacón has overall executive responsibility for operational leadership and accountability for system operations, which includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) campus, currently under construction in Springdale with an opening date of January 2018. Cashen Chacón graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Biology and Spanish and from Yale University with a master’s degree in Public Health Management. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to Arkansas Chil-

dren’s, she served at Texas Children’s Hospital for over 14. She is passionate about leadership and developing others and frequently presents on these topics at graduate schools, non-profit organizations, and healthcare professional organizations.

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 Officer, Cargile oversees numerous activities focused on all aspects of clinical quality improvement, including effectiveness, patient-centeredness, efficiency 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.

Alesha D. Collins, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8909

www.howard memorial.com Collins has worked in various healthcare settings including home health, hospital, inpatient/outpatient rehab, and long term care for eleven years. Seven years were spent as a staff nurse and in nursing management positions in the various settings listed. For the past four years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, as the Chief Nursing Officer. She is an RN with a MSNand a MHA. She is an active member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives and the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives where she holds the position as President-Elect. She was honored as one of the 2016 40 outstanding nurse leaders in Arkansas under 40.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Craig A. Comish MBA, MHA Interim CEO CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-664-8573

www.carti.com Comish joined CARTI in 2012 as COO and was appointed Interim CEO in February 2017. 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 bachelor’s 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.

Scott S. Cooper, MD 2016-2017 President Arkansas Medical Society Mercy Clinic Orthopedics 1101 Horsebarn Rd Rogers, AR 72758 479-271-9607

www.arkmed.org Raised in Harrisburg, Cooper earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and political science from Southern Methodist University. He was graduated from UAMS in 1991, then trained in orthopaedics at Campbell Clinic in Memphis. He was a partner at Ozark Orthopaedics for 17 years before joining Mercy Clinics in 2014. He and his wife Cynthia have one daughter, Bowman, who is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

Patricia Cowan, PhD, RN Dean, UAMS College of Nursing University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-8493

pacowan@uams.edu Named Dean of the UAMS College of

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Nursing in 2015, Cowan has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of nursing including academics, clinical practice and research. Cowan received a BS in nursing from the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating magna cum laude. She received her master’s degree in adult health nursing from the University of Kansas in Kansas City and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.

William J. “Bill” Craig, CPA, CHFP, FHFMA Chief Financial Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8003

williamjc@howard memorial.com Craig is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Howard Memorial Hospital and has more than 25 years of healthcare finance experience. Prior to joining Howard Memorial Hospital in 2010, Craig worked at Mercy Hot Springs for 18 years as Executive Director/Controller and Interim CFO. Specializing in audits for not-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 a Healthcare Financial Professional.

Tina M. Creel Vice President of AHA Services, Inc. Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878

tcreel@arkhospitals.org Creel, who began working for the AHA in 1988, runs the AHA’s for-profit subsidiary, AHA Services Inc., where she coordinates delivery and marketing functions of all endorsement relationships including services in the areas of insurance, human resources, finance, business consulting, education, information and group pricing advantages. She also serves as the

group manager of the AHA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insured Trust. Prior to joining the AHA, she worked for the Mississippi Hospital Association’s MHA Diversified Services. She earned a BS in marketing from Mississippi State University.

Patsy Crumpton, BSN, RN Chief Nursing Officer National Park Medical Center 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-321-1000

www.nationalpark medical.com Crumpton’s nursing career at NPMC spans more than 40 years. She has served as the Chief Nursing Officer for National Park Medical Center (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.

Thomas Cummins, MD Chief Medical Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Cummins became Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for CHI St. Vincent in April 2013. 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 internist and group practice partner from 1995 through 2008. Cummins completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University and earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he completed a residency in internal medicine. He earned a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 Billie Jean Davenport Practice Management Coordinator Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967

www.arkmed.org Davenport has worked in medical profession for 40 years, most of that in management with emphasis on coding, billing and reimbursement. She has a BS in radiology technology from University of Central Arkansas. Davenport also worked as Director of Medical Affairs for Congressman Jay Dickey.

Polly Davenport President CHI St. Vincent Infirmary & North 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Davenport became President of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock in January 2015 and CHI St. Vincent

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North in Sherwood in March 2015. Before joining CHI St. Vincent, Davenport was Chief Executive Officer at Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore Region, Slidell and Covington, LA. Davenport has a BS in nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She completed a MBA at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She earned a Doctorate of Science, health administration at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL. Davenport is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Fellow of the Johnson & Johnson/ Wharton School of Business Nurse Executive Program.

Barry Davis, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7305

www.myammc.org Davis began his career at AMMC in 1981. He was named Vice President of Operations in 1983 and President and CEO in 2012. He is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow, signifying that he is board certified in healthcare management. In 2008, he received the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Public Administration from Arkansas College (Lyon College) and a Master of Public Administration from Arkansas State University. He currently serves on the Paragould Economic Development Council, the board of the VHA Arkansas-Oklahoma region, the Arkansas Hospital Association’s Workers Compensation Trust and the Northeast Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. He is past Chairman of the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Arkansas Hospital Administrators Forum, as well as the former chairman of the Greene County Division of the American Heart Association.

E. Scot Davis Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Urology 1300 Centerview Dr Little Rock, AR 72211 877-321-8452

arkansasurology.com Davis is CEO of Arkansas Urology, joining the clinic in May of 2013. Having managed physician practices for more than 23 years, his unique areas of expertise are in physician recruitment, joint-venture arrangements and operational and financial efficiency. He is currently overseeing a $6-million surgery center development along with an expansion in their North Little Rock location. Prior to joining AU, Davis was a CFO and COO at physician practices in Memphis and Jonesboro. He holds master’s degrees in public administration and business administration. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock (Club 99). Davis and his wife, Amy, have three children.

Pedro Delgado, MD Director Psychiatric Research Institute

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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 psychiatry.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Marcy Doderer, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

dodererml@ archildrens.org Doderer took the helm as president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) on July 15, 2013. Prior to her role at ACH, she served as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities since 2002.Doderer is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and active in many professional organizations. She has served on various boards and committees at the state and national level aimed at improving child health. She is currently a member of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Board of Directors, serves on the Education Committee of the Children’s Hospital Association and the board of Healthy Active Arkansas. She obtained her BS in finance from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and MA in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.

Lyndsey Dumas Vice President of Education Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878

ldumas@arkhospitals.org Dumas has been Vice President of Education at the Arkansas Hospital Association since 2014. Her primary focus is providing educational programs and continuing education for member hospitals and their employees, one of the key benefits of AHA. She came to AHA in 2004 and previously served as Director of Education Operations. Dumas earned both her BBA and MBA from the University of Central Arkansas.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Loretta Duncan, FACMPE Senior Medical Practice Consultant SVMIC’s Medical Practice Services PO Box 94165 North Little Rock, AR 72190 501-864-7454

LorettaD@svmic.com SVMIC.com Duncan joined SVMIC in 2008 to assist Arkansas policyholders with the business side of medicine. Duncan has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, and currently specializes in assisting policyholders with HIPAA compliance. She is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and has a BS in organizational management from Central Baptist College. She is on track to complete a MS in health law and policy from the Cumberland School of Law by August of this year.

E Craig Earley Assistant Administrator NEA Baptist Health System 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.

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Dan Eckels Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000

wregional.com Eckels joined Washington Regional in 1989 as Director of Accounting. He later became Controller and by 2000 was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Washington Regional, Eckels was an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a CPA and earned a master’s degree in health science from the University of Arkansas in 1998.

Nicholas G. Economides, MD, PhD Chief Medical Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com Dr. Economides is a board-certified Physician Executive who serves as a liaison between physicians and hospital administration. Before coming to Arkansas, Dr. Economides was the CMO at Trinity Health Care in Steubenville, Ohio. He also specialized in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for more than 30 years. Dr. Economides received a dual medical degree from Athens University in Athens, Greece and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He later trained at Baptist Memorial and the University of Tennessee, both in Memphis, as well as, Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He also earned a Master of Medical Management from the University of California.

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

EddyLA@archildrens.org Eddy has served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since December 2013. She began at ACH in September 2011 as the vice president of Ambulatory Services.  Prior to joining ACH, she worked extensively at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, at all levels in children’s health from bedside nurse through vice president.  Eddy is board certified Nurse Executive, Advanced and holds an MSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Melanie Edens Assistant Administrator NEA Baptist Health System 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptistonline.org/ nea As an assistant administrator at NEA Baptist, Edens oversees radiology, pharmacy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and radiation oncology. Edens has been with NEA Baptist for 18 years. She started as a CT tech, and was promoted to radiology coordinator then radiology director. Among her many accomplishments include designing the radiology department, complete with 17 new radiology systems, on our medical campus that opened in 2014. Edens has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Related professions and the ACHE’s Early Career award for Healthcare Executives. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University and participates in several community and civic organizations, including the 2015 class of Leadership Jonesboro.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Cyril O. Ekeh, MHA, VHA-CM Associate Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-5400

www.littlerock.va.gov Ekeh has been Associate Medical Center Director of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), Little Rock, since 2007. Arkansas, effective on September 2, 2007. He was the Assistant Medical Center. Ekeh is charged with overall management responsibility for fiscal, human resources, engineering, logistics and police services. He also serves as liaison for the Office of Information and Technology, Information Security and the Veterans Canteen Services. Ekeh is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI), Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI), Leadership VA (LVA), and Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program (ECFCDP). He received a BS in Medical Laboratory Technology from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA, and a graduate degree in Health Care Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1989. Ekeh also served as the Acting Associate Medical Center Director at Alexandria from November 2003 until November 2004.

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 patient-centered 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

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significant program growth. Emanuel received his medical school degree from the University of Wisconsin.

F R.T. Fendley 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 for 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.

Alan J. Finley, FACHE Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831

www.conwayregional.org Finley is Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Conway Regional Health System. His daily responsibilities involve administration of inpatient and outpatient clinical services, hospital-owned clinics and an 8000-member health and fitness Center. He also works extensively in new program and facility development, including an 85,000 square-foot OR/OB facility completed in July 2012. Finley received a bachelor’s in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’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.

Jerry Flores Interim Chief Nursing Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com Since 2012 Flores has served as a Project CNO for various healthcare facilities and specializes in ensuring implementation of corporate initiatives and compliance with national health regulations. Flores joined Sparks in 2016 as Interim Chief Nursing Officer. Prior to joining Sparks, he served as Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Facility Privacy Officer at South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton. Flores received his Master of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

Amy Fore, MHSA, FACMPE, FACHE Chief Operating Officer Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 2901 South 74th Street Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-1109

amy.fore@mercy.net Fore was named to her present position with Mercy Clinic Fort Smith in September 2015. She joined Mercy as an administrative fellow in Springfield, MO, in 2008. Most recently, she served as vice president of operations for Mercy Clinic Four Rivers. Fore received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with minor in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She also holds a Master in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Fore is active in the American Medical Group Association, Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has presented extensively on the topic of integrated delivery systems to both regional and national audiences and has even co-authored a book titled, “Integrated Delivery Systems: A Cure for the Healthcare Delivery Crisis.”

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Mary Helen Forrest, 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, Forrest 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 BS in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas and a MSN from UAMS. She is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, as Nurse Executive, Advanced.

David Foster, MD President CHI St. Vincent Medical Group 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501 552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Foster has been President of CHI St. Vincent Medical Group since 2013. His focus is engaging physicians to strengthen and build relationships between aligned physician partners and CHI St. Vincent. Foster joined CHI St. Vincent from CHRISTUS Health where he served as Chief Medical Officer for the CHRISTUS Provider Network. He was also the founding Medical Director of the CHRISTUS Health Plan and a practicing family medicine physician with the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas. Foster served as Executive Vice President of the Medical Staff at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial. In addition to being a board member, Foster served two terms as chair, of the Nueces County Medical Education Foundation, a faculty practice plan affiliated with Texas A&M University. Foster earned a BS from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Rebecca Frederick 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 retirement fund investments.

G Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD Provost and Chief Academic Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5558

GardnerStephanieF@ uams.edu Named chief academic officer and provost in 2015, Gardner works in partnership with UAMS’ five college deans and other leaders across the institution to enrich the campus’ intellectual environment. Gardner works to ensure the university is educating and training health professionals to meet changing health needs and to develop inter-professional and communitybased educational experiences. She earned a PharmD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a EdD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Ryan Gehrig, FACHE President Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-6100

ryan.gehrig@mercy.net Gehrig was named president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in April 2012. He came to Mercy from Norman Regional Health System where he served as vice

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president of enterprise systems and chief administrative officer for Moore Medical Center, one of the system’s hospitals in Norman, Oklahoma. He previously served as chief operating officer of Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as CEO and chief operating officer of Bristow Medical Center in Bristow, Oklahoma, and as chief operating officer of Cushing Regional Hospital in Cushing, Oklahoma. Gehrig graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. He received his master’s in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

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

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


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Michael Givens Administrator St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4421

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

Jonathan (Jon) Goldberg Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

www.archildrens.org Goldberg has more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience spanning health systems, technology start-up, and consulting. Goldberg is responsible for technology, telecommunications, and Health Information Management. Currently, he is overseeing a transformative set of initiatives underway to redefine how care is provided to children in the state through the use of technology and analytics. Goldberg is a founder and former board member of Hixny, a health information exchange in New York. He holds certifications with the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). A major

health information systems thought leader, he is a frequent presenter and industry commentator on current topics related to information technology in health care. He is a 2006 recipient of the Albany Business Review “40 under 40” award. Goldberg holds a BA in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and a MHA from Long Island University.

R. Cole Goodman, MD, FACS 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 131. Dr Goodman has been on the plastic surgery staff of the hospital since 1978. He was chief of surgery at Mercy Hospital in 1985 and

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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. Dr. Goodman is Vice Chairman of the Board of Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and Chairman of the Board of the United States Marshals Museum.

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+ multispecialty integrated provider group at 34 clinic locations.   Board certified 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 Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.

Susan Greenwood Nurse Executive/Vice President of Nursing St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4283

sgreenwood@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Greenwood is responsible for inpatient medical, surgical and observation units, intensive care, emergency and patient transfer center. In addition, she serves as the Nurse Executive for St. Bernards Healthcare. She holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Paula Grimes Chief Nursing Officer NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptistonline.org/ nea Grimes has been a member of the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital team since 1996. Currently the chief nursing officer, she previously served as director of ICU and CV services for the hospital. As chief nursing officer, Grimes is responsible for planning, implementing, directing and controlling activities and operations in nursing and rehabilitation services as well as in patient care areas on the main hospital campus and at the Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro. Grimes earned a BS in nursing degree from Arkansas State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing. She received the NEA chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, “Excellence in Nursing of the Critically Ill Patient” award in 1999 and 2001. She also served on the American Heart Association board from 2000-2003.

H Charles Hall Assistant Chief Executive Officer Physician’s Specialty Hospital 3873 Parkview Dr. Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-7070

www.northwesthealth. com Hall was named Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital in August 2016. Hall came to Northwest Health from College Station Medical Center where he served as ACNO for two years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Emergency Services at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2002 from

Washington State University in Pullman, WA and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In addition to serving in several ED leadership positions in his career, Charles was a Commissioned Naval Officer and Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy from 1994 to 2010.

Ray Hanley President and Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 1020 W. 4th Street, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-212-8610

rhanley@afmc.org www.afmc.org Hanley joined AFMC in 2010 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the executive leadership team. Prior to joining AFMC, he spent 28 years with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, 16 of which were as director of Arkansas Medicaid. He then spent seven years as the client industry executive for the State Health and Human Services business aspect of HP, working exclusively outside the state of Arkansas. In 2007, the company recognized Mr. Hanley as Global Client Industry Executive of the year. He has served as chair of the National Association of Medicaid Directors for five years and remains an active alumnus of that association. He served as chair of the Central Arkansas Sierra Club and as a member of the American Public Welfare Association Board of Directors. He serves on the board of directors for the American Healthcare Quality Association. He is author or co-author of 16 books on historical perspectives in Arkansas, the proceeds of which he donates to local historical societies and museums. When he is not working, Mr. Hanley centers his life around his family, travel, hiking, photography and writing. He has traveled to more than 30 countries and worked all over the U.S.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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. Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas with a degree in business administration, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. 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 head left Arkansas Heart Hospital to become Chief Operating Officer and site Administrator of HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham, AL, for two years, before returning to Arkansas Heart Hospital as COO in 2013.

John Henderson, MD Chief Medical Officer Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1006

john.henderson@unityhealth.org www.unity-health.org Henderson is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He practiced cardiology in Searcy for 37 years. He led efforts to bring the first cardiac catheterization laboratory and the first interventional cardiology program to Searcy. Henderson served on the board of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (Quality Improvement Organization for Arkansas) for twelve years and served the last three years as Chairman of the Board. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2012 by the Arkansas Hospital Association for his service to healthcare in Arkansas for forty years. Dr. Henderson became the first Chief Medical Officer for Unity Health/ White County Medical Center in January, 2014. He was instrumental in the development of the first multidiscipline residency program in Arkansas outside of University of Arkansas

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for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also served as Associate Professor for the PA program at Harding University in Searcy from 2012-2015.

Louise Hickman Vice President, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100

www.jrmc.org Hickman has been with Jefferson Regional 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 Officer. Hickman is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and is President of the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. She was a past board member of the Arkansas Association of Healthcare Quality.

Connie Hill Vice President of Heart Care and Cancer Center Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4550

Chill@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info A registered nurse practitioner who also holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University, Hill oversees both heartcare and cancer service lines and plays a key role in long- and short-range planning, policy development, establishing missions and setting priorities for the medical center. She also coordinates appropriate utilization of nursing resources in the provision of patient care. Hill has been recognized by her peers as a recipient of the Arkansas College of Healthcare Executives

Senior Level Career Regent’s Award and has been honored as a finalist for the Nurse of the Year in the Healthcare Heroes program sponsored by Arkansas Business.

Stuart Hill Vice President/ Treasurer Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001

stuart.hill@unity-health. org www.unity-health.org Hill started at Unity Health | White County Medical Center in 1988 as Vice President/Treasurer and continues to hold that position. He began his healthcare career with Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN in 1977. During his tenure, the system’s balance sheet has grown from $7 million to over $270 million. Unity Health currently holds a Standard and Poors rating of A/stable and has won multiple financial awards which recently included the Community Value 5-Star Award from Cleverly + Associates putting Unity Health as one of only eight hospitals who received this recognition.

Tim Hill Vice Chancellor for Regional Programs University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5265

TEHill@uams.edu Named Vice Chancellor of Regional Programs in 2015, Hill 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. In 1982, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business, finance and accounting from St. Cloud State University. Hill has more than 30 years of health care finance and operational management experience in nonprofit and proprietary settings.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Kevin 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 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, Information Technology, 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.

Kasey Holder, MD Vice President of Medical Affairs St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4423

kholder@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Dr. Holder serves as physician representative for the medical staff, including serving on a number of medical staff and administrative committees, and is involved in credentialing, quality review, performance improvement, physician recruitment and development as well as oversight of day-to-day medical staff operations. She earned a medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and completed a Family Medicine residency at the UAMS Area Health Education Center-Northeast in Jonesboro. She

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has served on the AHEC faculty and also has served as director of the St. Bernards hospitalist program.

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 staff. Holmes has a marketing degree from McNeese State University and has over 20 years of sales, account management and customer relations experience.

Anthony Houston, FACHE President CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs 300 Werner St. Hot Springs, AR 71913 501-622-1000

www.chistvincent.com Houston has been President of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs since December 2014. Previously, Houston was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating officer at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Mo. Houston’s experience with SSM Health includes serving as Corporate Director of Operational Finance where he served as Project Manager for Revenue Cycle Transformation. Prior to that, he was Senior Director for Public Finance for Fitch Ratings from 2006 to 2010. Houston is a graduate of Xavier University of Cincinnati where he completed a BS. He earned a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University of Louisiana. Houston is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Marilyn Hummelstein President St. Bernards Foundation 400 East Street Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-2501

mhummelstein@ sbrmc.org www.StBernards Foundation.org Hummelstein is responsible for working with volunteers in fund development efforts, education and healthcare programs that benefit the community and support 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 Hunton was named chief medical officer of Mercy Fort Smith in September 2012. As CMO, 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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 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 is in charge of all accounting, financial 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 Drew Jackson Chief Strategy Officer 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 healthcare 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 25 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 MD 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.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 LaDonna Johnston Vice President of Patient Care Services Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001

ladonna.johnston@ unity-health.org www.unity-health.org Johnston has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. Having started her healthcare career as a candy striper, Johnston has worked in various facets of patient care. As a registered nurse, she has served as a nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, vice president of nursing services and currently serves as the vice president of patient care services at Unity Health. In addition to her work in healthcare, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Harding University’s College of Nursing. Through her current role as vice president of patient care services, she has served not only on Unity Health’s White County Medical Center campus, but has served as the Interim Vice President for Unity Health’s Harris Medical Center campus after the acquisition and transition of the Newport location. Her hard work has been instrumental in earning the hospital multiple healthcare awards and recognitions such as the CAUTI Reduction Award from the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.

Kathi 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 doubleduty as both CARTI Vice President of Development and President of the CARTI Foundation. She has 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.

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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.

Randy A. Jordan, MD, FACC Chief Medical Officer Jack Stephens Heart Institute CHI St. Vincent Little Rock, AR 501-552-3673

www.chistvincent.com Jordan is Chief Medical Officer of the Jack Stephens Heart Institute at CHI St Vincent and President of Heart Clinic Arkansas, the state’s largest Cardiology group. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he received his MD. He completed his Fellowship in Cardiology at UAMS. He has served as President of the Arkansas Affiliate of the American Heart Association and Governor for the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

John Jordin, MHSA Chief Information Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 571-6780

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

K Gregory L. Kearns, PharmD, PhD, FCP Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer Arkansas Children’s, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

www.archildrens.org Prior to rejoining the faculty at Arkansas Children’s, Kearns was the Marion Merrell Dow / Missouri chair of Pediatric Research and chief research officer at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He received his undergraduate degree (BS Pharm.) from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (1977) and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati (1979). Kearns completed a residency at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati (1977-1979) followed by a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport (1979-1983). In October of 2002, he earned his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from the Erasmus University School of Medicine in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Kearns’ service includes past membership on the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology (1995-2000), presidency of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (200304) and two terms as a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. He serves as a regular member of the Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines for the World Health Organization. Kearns has co-authored over 290 peer-reviewed publications since 1976.

Kenny Kinley Chief Information Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480

kenny.kinley@arheart.com Kinley has been the Chief Information Officer at Arkansas Heart Hospital since early 2013. Kinley also serves as


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 the Chief Security Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Kinley is also a CPA who graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Harrison Kiser Assistant Chief Executive Officer Northwest Medical Center-Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 4301 Greathouse Springs Road P.O. Box 544 Johnson, AR 72741 479-684-3000

www.northwesthealth.com Kiser serves as Assistant Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Medical Center – Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson. Harrison has worked for Northwest Health for more than five years serving as practice manager for several of their clinics and Assistant Administrator at Northwest Medical Center-Springdale. Harrison has a BS in business administration from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in healthcare management from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Shane Knisley Chief Operating Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com Knisley became the Chief Operating Officer of Sparks Health System in January 2017. Knisley has 25 years of healthcare experience and most recently served as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer at Lake Granbury Medical Center near Fort Worth. Knisley graduated from the University of Maryland with Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management and went on to graduate with a Master of Health Administration from ArmyBaylor University. Knisley is also a graduate of the Marine Corps College of Command and Staff located in Quantico, Va.

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L 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 (CEO) of the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison since July 2011. With more than 30 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments, Leist previously worked at the San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, Calif., where he was CEO between 2006 and 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in Kansas and a Master of Public Administration in public health, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. He is a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors, serving as Chairman of the AHA’s Council on Government Relations.

Amy Lesniewski, RN, MS Associate Director for Patient Care Services Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301

www.fayettevillear.va.gov Lesniewski was appointed as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services (ADPCS) for the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) effective December 14, 2014. She was the ADPCS at the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Alexandria, LA prior to this appointment. She has program and practice responsibility for nurses throughout the medical center. She has worked for the VA for more than 30 years. She received her BSN at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a MSN at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

John Lieblong Vice President of Healthcare Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-932-7024

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

Kristen Lienhart, MD President Pulaski County Medical Society Associate Program Director UAMS Department of Anesthesiology 4301 W Markham St # 500, Little Rock, AR 72205 (501) 686-7000

http://pulaskicms.org/ Lienhart has been at UAMS since 2001. She completed medical school and residency at UAMS and has been on staff since 2009. She has been chief resident, vice president of the resident council and now associate program director since 2013. She enjoys mentoring students of various ages (undergraduate, medical students, resident physicians), educating the public about medicine and anesthesia in general, and volunteering at both Holy Souls Catholic Church and school, as well as at the state Capitol. Lienhart has published a number of professional research articles and is 2016-2017 vice president, Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Angie Longing, BSN, MHSM, RN, NE-BC Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831

www.conwayregional.org Longing is the Chief Nursing Officer for Conway Regional Health System. Longing is a proven leader with more than 22 years of nursing and management experience at CHI St. Vincent. Longing served as the Market Director of Hospital Based Physician Practices for CHI St. Vincent Medical Group and Market Director of Nursing for CHI St. Vincent North. She previously served as Executive Director of Nursing at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and CHI St. Vincent North. During her career at CHI St. Vincent, Angie also served as Chief Nursing Officer, Administrative House Supervisor and Recruiter at CHI St. Vincent Morrilton where she began her career as a Labor and Delivery staff nurse. Angie has a Master of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UCA. As chief nursing officer for Conway Regional, Longing oversees the patient care provided by more than 600 licensed and unlicensed nursing staff.

M Jerry Mabry President RCCH Healthcare Partners Arkansas Market 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-321-1000

www.nationalpark medical.com Mabry’s career in hospital administration spans a period of 30 plus years as Chief Executive Officer (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

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Center in Russellville. In 2011, Mabry became President of RCCH Healthcare Partners’ Arkansas Market, overseeing both NPMC, Saline Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s. Mabry has served as chairman of the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

David Mantz, MBA, RRT, NPS President, 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 Officer of Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village, Arkansas since August of 2012. Prior to joining CMMC, Mantz was the Executive Director of Operations at Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, Kansas. He received his Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care from California College for Health Sciences in 1990. In May of 2004, Mantz received his Bachelor of Art in Health Services Management from Ottawa University Kansas City. He received his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Columbia Southern University in 2010.

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA Medical Center Director Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301

www.fayettevillear.va.gov Matthews provides leadership to the Medical Center with an operating budget of over $250 million, with more than 1,400 employees serving nearly 55,000 Veterans. In addition to the main hospital, Matthews is responsible for six community-based outpatient clinics. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years.

Paula Maxwell, RN Chief Operations Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 571-6780

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

Tina McClain, MD Chief of Staff Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 257-5400

www.littlerock.va.gov McClain is charged with overall management responsibility of clinical affairs. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Dr. McClain leads one of the most complex facilities in the VA system which includes a two-campus medical center with 280 operating hospital beds, a 152-bed Nursing Home Care Unit and a 119-bed Domiciliary, eight Community Based Outreach Clinics with an annual operating budget in excess of $573 million and approximately 3,000 employees. She received a medical degree from the UAMS in 1993 and completed psychiatry residency training at UAMS in 1997. McClain is very active in resident and medical student education and has received several teaching awards.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Bill McCrary Chief Executive Officer Pain Treatment Centers of America Interventional Surgery Institute 8907 Kanis Road Ste 400 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-346-8116

bill.mccrary@ptcoa.com McCrary graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Financial Management. He spent years in various management roles in the telecom industry before settling in the medical device sales industry in January of 2004 with Stryker Corporation. In 2009, McCrary joined Medtronic, where he spent the next five and a half years supporting the pain management industry in Central Arkansas. In early 2015 McCrary joined PTCOA, where he brings a lifelong knowledge of and presence in Central Arkansas, a financial and marketing background, and years of successfully supporting the medical industry, including pain management. Since joining, he has helped grow PTCOA into Arkansas’s largest pain management practice, with 9 physicians and 8 mid-levels supporting 5 locations across the state.

Yasmene McDaniel Vice President of Physician Services Sparks Clinic 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com McDaniel began overseeing all clinic operations and administration, including areas such as patient experience and physician satisfaction, in February of 2017. Prior to joining Sparks, McDaniel served as the Associate Vice President of Program Development and Physician Services at Jackson Health System in Miami, Fla. She has more than 15 years of healthcare experience and specializes in growth, development and engagement of staff. McDaniel earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas Women’s University in Denton.

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

Robert 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 directed the multi-institution Arkansas Biosciences Institute since 2007. He received a PhD in physiology and biophysics at UAMS and trained as a research fellow in molecular endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts’ General Hospital.

Dan McKay 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 Sparks 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.

Rhonda McKinnis, J.D. Senior Vice President and General Counsel Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

www.archildrens.org McKinnis serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Arkansas Children’s including Arkansas Children’s, Inc., Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. McKinnis presides over legal affairs, corporate compliance, and enterprise risk management. Her experience includes 17 years of trial practice in medical malpractice defense, medical products liability defense, employment law, civil rights, and constitutional law, including time in private practice, service as an assistant attorney general, and in-house for the University of Arkansas System. McKinnis is licensed to practice before the U.S. States Supreme Court, the 8th and 10th Circuit Courts

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 of Appeal, the U.S. District Courts for Arkansas and Colorado, and the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is vice chair of the American Health Lawyers Association Children’s Hospital Affinity Group. She serves on the Board of the Thea Foundation supporting arts in education, and acts as a moderator for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Alison M. Melson, APR Vice President, Communications & Marketing CARTI P.O. Box 55050 Little Rock, AR 72215 501-664-8573

www.carti.com Arriving at CARTI more than 14 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.  

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 Officer, 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 MD from Cornell University Medical College in New York.

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Brenda Million Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services, Dialysis and Perioperative Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4269

bmillion@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Million oversees a number of medical center departments. Those include Surgery, One Day Surgery, PreAdmission Testing, Sterile Processing, Post-Anesthesia Care, 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 ASU Technical Center and the March of Dimes and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President and Administrator Arkansas Children’s Northwest 4093 W. Sunset Avenue, Ste. 102 Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-2965

www.archildrens.org Montague is senior vice president and administrator for Arkansas Children’s Northwest now under construction in Springdale, representing a $427.7 million investment over the next five years. Montague has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership in patient care delivery and pediatric nursing practice. Her career has been dedicated to the care of sick children and families. Her previous experience includes building new spaces and programs for children’s hospitals in both New Jersey and Texas. Montague received a BS in Nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver where she started her career at Colorado Children’s Hospital. She continued her formal nursing education with a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Ray Montgomery President, CEO Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501- 380-1001

ray.montgomery@unityhealth.org www.unity-health.org During his 28 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 with neighboring Harris Hospital in Newport and growth through the addition of clinic practices brought changes and opportunities for healthcare to citizens of White, Jackson, Cleburne and Van Buren counties and the surrounding region leading to a system rebranding as “Unity Health.” In 2015 Unity Health launched a Graduate Medical Education program for Osteopathic Medicine which includes internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine and psychiatry. Montgomery has led WCMC to earn the 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. Unity Health is the first healthcare organization in Arkansas to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The formal agreement gives Unity Health access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes collaboration among physicians to benefit patients.

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 of blood cell cancers. He came to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2014 from The Royal Marsden NHS Founda-


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 tion 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.

LeAnn Morrow Assistant Vice President of Continuum of Care 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 care transition for patients. 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.

Pope Moseley, MD Dean UAMS College of Medicine Executive Vice Chancellor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-7599

plmoseley@uams.edu Moseley joined UAMS in 2015. As dean, he oversees all aspects of the College of Medicine, the largest college at UAMS with 682 students, 30 departments and free-standing divisions, more than 1,100 faculty members, a professional practice group and 650 residents and fellows. Moseley received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago; and, in 1983, his master’s degree in preventive medicine from the University of Iowa.

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Bruce E. Murphy, MD, PhD President and Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480

www.arheart.com Murphy is President/CEO and founder of the Arkansas Heart Hospital, one of America’s premiere subspecialty cardiology hospitals recognized worldwide for their exceptional standard of care, procedure volumes, management efficiencies and financial success. Born in El Dorado, Murphy graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980 with a PhD in pharmacology and 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 in the departments of occupational therapy and clinical laboratory sciences. He received master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

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N Andrea Nelson Chief Clinical Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7300

andrea.nelson@ arheart.com Nelson is the Chief Clinical Officer for the Arkansas Heart Hospital. She received her BSN from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and has a MS in Nursing Administration. During Nelson’s career, she has served in a variety of roles throughout the organization. In 2002, she assisted with the development of the first freestanding cardiac cath lab in the state of Arkansas. In Nelson’s current role, she oversees the outpatient clinic operations of Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic including 32 satellite clinics across the state.

O Randall Oates, MD President & CEO SOAPware 4220 N Crossover Rd Fayetteville, AR 72703 800-455-7627

www.soapware.com After practicing Family Medicine for 26 years, Dr. Oates now serves as the President/CEO of SOAPware, Inc. the developer and distributor of the SOAPware EMR and the myHEALTHware patient portal and care collaboration platform. Over the years, Dr. Oates has become widely recognized within the field for his dedication to the ongoing development of health information technology designed to emower health professionals deserving of patient’s trust. His efforts have focused on assisting medical practices transition from outdated systems and processes to fresh and timely new models that focus on collaborative care to empower patient relationships. He has been very much a part of cutting edge change management processes at literally thousands of practices. Serving in multiple roles,

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he has been able to not only facilitate practice transformations, but has been able to focus on how to deliver greater value and quality while still meeting the industry requirements that are increasingly interfering with both.

Thomas J. Olmstead Senior Vice President and General Counsel Washington Regional Medical System 3215 North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000

www.wregional.com Olmstead, who was in private practice with the Fayetteville law firm of Burke & Olmstead from 1995 to 2005, has served Washington Regional as General Counsel since 2001. He joined the Washington Regional executive team in 2005. Olmstead graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in the State of Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. 

Keith Olsen, Pharm.D Dean, UAMS College of Pharmacy University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-6139

kolsen@uams.edu Named dean in 2015, Olsen oversees all aspects of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. Olsen specializes in critical care and infectious diseases, teaching and serving as the Infectious Disease Section coordinator for pharmacotherapy II and is a preceptor for the critical care and infectious diseases clerkships. Olsen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., and in 1980 his Doctor of Pharmacy from UNMC. After receiving his doctorate, he completed a residency in clinical pharmacy at UNMC.

Sharif Omar Chief Executive Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Ave Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711

www.northwest health.com Omar was named Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Health in August 2014. Omar brings more than 15 years of hospital management experience to Northwest Health including working as a CEO and COO of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, in Pottstown, PA. A Louisiana native, Sharif earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Louisiana State University, in Shreveport, LA, and a master’s in health administration from Tulane University.

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 surgery. He obtained a MD 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 Parker is responsible for developing and evaluating business opportunities


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 on behalf of St. Bernards Healthcare, negotiating contracts with third parties, serving on finance, investment, retirement and recruitment committees and managing acquisitions, development and real estate.

Kelvin L. Parks, MA Associate Medical Center Director Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301

www.fayettevillear. va.gov Parks was appointed Associate Medical Center Director of Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in October 2016. In this role, he will oversee the operations of the facility to include operating budget, engineering, safety, logistics, employee education, nutrition and food service, prosthetics, business & finance, and privacy. Prior to his arrival at Fayetteville, he served as the Associate Medical Center Director at the Manchester, New Hampshire VA Medical Center, where he oversaw medical center operations.

Brad Parsons Administrator and Chief Executive Officer NEA Baptist Health System 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptistonline.org/ nea Since June of 2012, Parsons has served as the CEO of NEA Baptist Health System, an integrated delivery system located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In December of 2015, he was also named CEO of the medical group in December of 2015. NEA Baptist Health System is comprised of the medical group with 140 providers and a 216-bed acute care hospital with net revenues of $240M. NEA Baptist completed construction and moved into a $400 million green-site medical campus in January of 2014 to reflect the integration between outpatient and inpatient care and to position the organization for continued growth. Additional expansion projects are in

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process. NEA Baptist installed Epic, an integrated electronic health record, across the health system in August 2014. NEA Baptist is part of Baptist Memorial Health Care, a physician and hospital organization based in Memphis, TN.

Robbie Pettey Chief Financial Officer National Park Medical Center 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501- 321-1000

www.nationalpark medical.com Pettey has been the Chief Financial Officer at the 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 10-year tenure in Northwest Arkansas along with roles in Fort Smith, Oklahoma, and Mercy’s four-state health ministry. Prior to serving as president, Pianalto served as chief operating officer of Mercy Clinic in Arkansas and Oklahoma. He attended the University of Arkansas and has a master’s degree in business administration.

Laura Pickens Vice President of Marketing St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-7305

lpickens@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Pickens oversees marketing, public relations, physician outreach, brand management and strategic planning for St. Bernards Healthcare. She received the 2014 Rising Star Award from the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Marketing Development of the American Hospital Association and has been recognized as one of Arkansas’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders by Arkansas Business.

Thomas 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 Officer, 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 that 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 Durham, NC.

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R James M. Raczynski, 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 Rahn, 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 graduate school, eight regional centers, and seven institutes. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees. Rahn is a nationally recognized researcher, clinician and experienced administrator. He received his MD in 1976 from Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut.

Curtis Ralston 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 of Cooper Clinic, a large physician-owned multi-specialty group founded in 1920. A CPA and a native of Oklahoma, Ralston joined Cooper Clinic in 2011 as chief financial officer. He was named chief operating officer before assuming the role of CEO in 2015. Ralston earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University and has 20 years of accounting experience, including ten years in chief financial officer positions in the healthcare industry.

Charlotte Rankin Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000

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

David Ratcliff, MD Chief of Medical Affairs Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000

www.wregional.com Ratcliff has served as Washington

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Regional’s Chief of Medical Affairs since 2004. From 1991 until assuming the executive role, he was a practicing internal medicine physician at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. He graduated with honors from Hendrix College and earned his MD at Vanderbilt University Medical School. Ratcliff completed his residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he was named chief resident. Ratcliff is board certified in internal medicine.

Tadd Richert Senior Vice President and 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 Officer for CHI St. Vincent in March 2015. He is responsible for the financial well-being of CHI St. Vincent entities in Arkansas by providing strategic financial projections and accounting services. He prepares growth plans and directs staff in achieving the financial 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 Riley 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 officer of the 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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Bob Roberts Executive Vice President and CFO Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-1542

bob.roberts@baptisthealth.org Roberts has served as chief financial officer for Baptist Health since 2008. 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 accounting firms KPMG and Arthur Andersen. He earned a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Baylor University in Waco and a bachelor and master’s degrees from Indiana University.

Chad Rodgers, MD Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 1020 W. 4th Street, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-212-8604

crodgers@afmc.org www.afmc.org Rodgers is a board-certified pediatrician and a partner at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas at Medical Sciences. He is vice president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and secretary to the board of directors of the Arkansas Medical Society. He is the co-founder of Reach Out and Read Arkansas and serves on its board, as well as on the board of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Rodgers also served on AFMC’s board from 2011 until 2015, when he resigned his position. He is the 2015 recipient of Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Tom Ed Townsend Award.

Steven P. Rose, CPA, FHFMA 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 at 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 (HFMA), 2013-2014 term, and currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair and Governance Committee Chairperson. He is the first Arkansan ever elected as a National Officer of this organization. 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. Rose is a CPA with a BS in Accounting from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.

David Rothenberger 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 financial officer (CFO) in 2009. He later took a position 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

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Derek Rudkin, CAE Executive Director Pulaski County Medical Society 500 S. University, Suite 311 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-687-0039

derek@pulaskicms.org Rudkin has been with the Pulaski County Medical Society (PCMS) since 2012. His responsibilities not only include managing the PCMS, founded in 1866 and the oldest trade association in Arkansas, and the Pulaski County Medical Exchange, but also the PCMS Healing the Healer Foundation. The organization currently has 1,421 members. The PCMS Healing the Healer Foundation which was created to serve the mental health needs of physicians in central Arkansas.

Robert “Bo” Ryall President and CEO Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 224-7878

boryall@arkhospitals.org www.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 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.

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S Kyle 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 and budgeting processes. In addition, Sanders serves as the hospital’s Chief Privacy and Security Officer. Sanders is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a BS in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional.

Fred Scarborough, CFRE Chief Development Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

www.archildrens.org A member of the fundraising profession since 1995, Scarborough has achieved an uncommon level of success among his fundraising peers. Consistently exceeding the most challenging of organizational goals, he has attained success in every major area of resource development, helping to secure more than $400 million for the organizations he has served. In 2002, he was named the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s first Honorary Member and in 2004 was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Scarborough holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of the Ozarks, Point

Lookout, Missouri, and a Masters of Arts from the Fulbright College of Fine Arts in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is highly sought after as a speaker and teacher in the field of fund development, currently serving as Adjunct Faculty for the Clinton School of Public Service where he teaches Fundraising in the 21st Century. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodmark Group, a consortium of 26 freestanding children’s hospitals.

James M. Scoggins Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas State Hospital 305 S. Palm St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-9000

james.scoggins@ arkansas.gov Scoggins became Chief Nursing Officer at the Arkansas State Hospital in 2009. Previous to that, he served as the Interstate Compact Coordinator for Arkansas and Utilization Review Director at ASH from 2006-2009. Scoggins began his career in healthcare in 1996 as a critical care registered nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Hospital in Little Rock. He returned to school and earned his Juris Doctor from the William H. Bowen School of Law in 2003 and then worked for the Law Offices of Gary Green for a year before entering hospital administration with Correctional Medical Services in St. Louis, Mo. He was a guest lecturer at Harding University/Arkansas State Nurses Spring Symposium 2014, an InterRAI Expert Panelist for Adult and Children’s Psyche 2014 and a guest lecturer at Professional’s in Psychiatric Nursing (PiPN) Fall Conference 2015.

Margie A. Scott, MD Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 257-5400

www.littlerock.va.gov Scott was appointed Medical Center Director of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) effective May 1, 2016. Scott has direct


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 line responsibility and full accountability for managing all activities in a healthcare delivery system, which includes a two-campus medical center with 280 operating hospital beds, a 152-bed Nursing Home Care Unit and a 119-bed Domiciliary. CAVHS also manages eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics. She sets policy for the overall budget of the medical center that totals more than $573 million and more than 3,000 employees. Scott graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and received a Medical Degree in 1988. She completed anatomic and clinical pathology residency, fellowship training in surgical pathology, and fellowship training in molecular pathology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Scott is a tenured Professor of Pathology at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and is active in resident education.

Larry Shackelford Senior Vice President – Outreach Services Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N. North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000

www.wregional.com Shackelford came to Washington Regional in 2010 from Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, where he served as CEO for 12 years. He holds a degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas and is a CPA, Board Certified Medical Practice Executive and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Shackelford, a statewide finalist for Healthcare Professional of the Year 2015, is a member of the board of directors for Arvest Bank.

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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 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.

Lori Smith Vice President of Human Resources St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4328

ljsmith@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Smith, who holds degrees from Arkansas State University and William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., is responsible for the strategic planning, administration and overall supervision of the human resources department, recruitment, corporate payroll, employee risk management, employee engagement and corporate leadership development.

Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH Director and State Health Officer Arkansas Department of Health 4815 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-280-4648

www.healthy.arkansas. gov Smith is a member of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s cabinet and serves as Director of the Arkansas Department of Health and the State Health Officer. In this position, he provides senior scientific and executive leadership for the agency, with approximately 2,000 employees and a budget of almost $350 million, delivering health services throughout the state in more than 90 different locations. He has served in this position since May 2013. Dr. Smith has a strong commitment to the mission of the ADH, “to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.” Dr. Smith is board-certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine and also holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He holds adjunct faculty positions at the UAMS College of Medicine and College of Public Health.

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 Smith is from Fort Smith. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 1991. Smith then served as law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Jon McCalla and then clerked for Chief U.S. District Court Judge Odell Horton in Memphis. Later, he was appointed Deputy General Counsel and Legislative Liaison for the Tennessee Department of Health by Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. In 1997 he began serving as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Tennessee Medical Association in Nashville. Smith assumed his current position in 2004, after leading Ten-

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Kevin Spears Chief Operating Officer/Administrator Stone County Medical Center 2106 E Main St. Mountain View, AR 870-269-4361

www.whiteriver healthsystem.com Spears is COO and Administrator of the Stone County Medical Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Mountain View that is an affiliate hospital of White River Health System. Spears has more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience. His career began as an occupational therapist. His personal passion to provide quality healthcare and his commitment to growth of the organization led to the roles of director, and later CEO of a regional rehabilitation hospital. Spears is bringing his expertise in quality, patient satisfaction, and financial accountability to SCMC.

Juli Stec Chief Operating Officer Mercy Hospital Fort Smith  7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR  72903 479-314-6103

julianne.stec@mercy.net Stec was named Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith in October 2016 after serving for seven years as the executive director of post-acute services. Stec has more than 30 years of health care experience, including eight years as Chief Executive Officer for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Smith. Stec received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. 

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Robert W. Steele, MD, MBA Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

steelerw@archildrens.org Steele joined Arkansas Children’s in June 2014 as the senior vice president/ chief strategy officer. He serves as the primary senior leader responsible for business development, market positioning, external relations, and catalyst for unified strategic planning. He is responsible for coordinating development of and implementing the long-range and annual strategic planning process, service line and business planning and implementation, physician/medical staff planning, community needs assessment, and new business development and outreach. Steele also serves as the president of Arkansas Children’s Medical Group. His clinical expertise, coupled with his experience in managed care contracting and ACO development, is currently being utilized to head the formation and operations of a statewide pediatric clinically integrated network in Arkansas.

Beverly Nix Stone 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 Stone 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.

Stone has been recognized by the publication Arkansas Money & Politics as one of the state’s eight most influential women. In addition, she has been recognized as a Distinguished Alum by Arkansas State University.

Paula Storment, CPA, CMPE Chief Financial Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 571-6780

www.mana.md As Chief Financial Officer for MANA, Storment directs the Accounting, Human Resources, Tax, and Internal Audit Departments. Storment administers MANA’s benefit plans and manages all financial aspects of MANA’s operations. She has worked for this group of physicians since 1994 and previously served as Accounting Supervisor and Internal Audit Director. Storment is a 1986 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to joining MANA, she had experience in public practice as a CPA and also worked in the banking and public utility industries. Storment is an active member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the Arkansas Society of CPA’s, and the Medical Group Management Association. She a Certified Medical Practice Executive. She is currently serving as legislative liaison on the Arkansas MGMA Board and also serves as the government advocacy chair on the Northwest Arkansas Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board.  

Jennifer Styron Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7301

js@arheart.com Styron is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasury for the Arkansas Heart Hospital. She has an exceptionally innovative Finance Team that includes


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Business Intelligence, Revenue Cycle, Case Management, Accounting, and Supply Chain leaders.   Styron has extensive banking, finance and strategy experience and an Accounting degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2011 and is passionate about financial and clinical synergy at all levels.

T Leslie W. Taylor Vice Chancellor, Communications & Marketing University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-8998

leslie@uams.edu Taylor oversees UAMS’ external and internal communications, marketing, advertising and media relations. She serves as official UAMS spokesperson, and is the primary contact for national media and for media requests made under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. Taylor has more than 20 years of communications and marketing management experience and previously served as vice president or corporate communications at ALLTEL and vice president of communications and marketing at CARTI. She also spent several years as a writer and editor for publications including the Arkansas Gazette, the Arkansas Times, and the Arkansas Democrat. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Sharon Theriot Business Development Executive SVMIC P. O. Box 20416 White Hall, AR 716120416 870-540-9161

www.svmic.com Theriot joined SVMIC’s Business Development team in 2011 to support Arkansas policyholders. Theriot has an extensive background working with physicians and their practices having

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worked in physician recruitment and retention for more than 18 years prior to joining SVMIC. She has a BS in business administration from Nicholls State University.

Brian Thomas President, Chief Executive Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100

www.jrmc.org Thomas first joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) in 1998, as Director of Physician Practices and Operations Support. He went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, AR, Chief Operating Officer at J.F.K. Memorial Hospital in Indio, CA and later at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, AL before returning to JRMC in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President & CEO in February of 2017. Thomas holds a master’s degree in both Health Administration and Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL.

Andy Thompson 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 Operating Officer of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas in 2014. He has served as a Mercy leader for over 10 years, including Executive Director of Finance for Mercy Clinic Arkansas and Chief Operating Officer for 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.

Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH President & Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Center for Health Improvement Professor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-7000

www.uams.edu Dr. Thompson’s work is centered at the intersection of clinical care, public health and health policy. He is responsible for developing research activities, health policy, and collaborative programs that promote better health and health care in Arkansas. Dr. Thompson has led vanguard efforts in planning and implementing health care financing reform, tobaccoand obesity-related health promotion and disease prevention programs. He has worked with Arkansas’s executive and legislative leadership and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a creative alternative to Medicaid expansion under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In addition, Dr. Thompson is guiding Arkansas’s innovative initiatives to improve health system access, quality and cost including a systematic, multi-payer overhaul of Arkansas’s health care payment system.

Mark Thurman Chief Executive Officer Families, Inc. Counseling Services 1815 Pleasant Grove Road Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.933.6886

mthurman@ familiesinc. net Thurman served as a mental health paraprofessional, then therapist and clinical Supervisor in the Searcy outpatient clinic prior to his promotion to Chief Operations Officer in 2005. In 2010, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Families, Inc, Thurman worked as a RN at the Murray-Calloway County Community Hospital in Murray, KY, for six

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 years. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Arkansas Behavioral Health Providers Association, Vice President for the Arkansas Alliance for Healthcare Improvement, is a member of the Governor appointed Behavioral Health Task Force. He has led a number of mission teams to West Africa and Haiti; he has completed numerous marathons, ultra-marathons, and triathlons. He was recently awarded Ironman All World Athlete status.

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 group of healthcare facilities from Mississippi to California. Trautman has experience managing both acute and longterm care hospitals. He received his bachelor’s in health education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He received his master’s degree in hospital administration from California State University, Northridge.

Jodiane Tritt, JD Vice President/ Government Relations Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878

jtritt@arkhospitals.org Tritt joined the AHA executive team as Vice President of Government Relations in 2010. Tritt represents the AHA in all state legislative and regulatory activities. Prior to joining the AHA staff, Tritt most recently served as Executive Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (now known as the Translation Research Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to that position, she was Director of Community Support for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). In her

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work at ADH, she played an integral role in public health policy development and was responsible for the agency’s legislative agenda. A board member of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives, she is President of the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists, a member of the South Central Telehealth Resource Center Advisory Council, and on the Advisory Board of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health. She is a graduate of Hendrix College and holds a JD from William H. Bowen School of Law.

Matt Troup, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831

www.conwayregional.org Troup is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Conway Regional Health System. He previously served as CHI St. Vincent’s Vice President, Ancillary and Support Services. He has nearly 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, serving in senior management positions in Little Rock, Tulsa, Dallas and Melbourne, FL. Troup has a BA in Business Administration from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.  He completed a Master of Science, Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has a Six Sigma Green Belt. 

Richard Turnage, 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

RHTurnage@uams.edu Turnage began as CEO of UAMS Medical Center and vice chancellor for clinical programs in December 2016. He was previously associate dean for clinical services in the UAMS College of Medicine. Turnage joined UAMS as chairman of the Department of

Surgery in 2008. He earned his MD from LSU School of Medicine.

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 a 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, Chief Operating Officer Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2366

doug.weeks@baptisthealth.org Weeks has been the chief operating officer 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 past chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association. Weeks earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Jill Weeks Vice President of Patient Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4326

jweeks@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Weeks 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 Services.

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 boardcertified cardiologist, internist and geriatrician. She is well published and recognized for her work in the field of aging. Wei received her MD and PhD from the University of Illinois.

Troy Wells President, Chief Executive Officer Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080

troy.wells@baptisthealth.org Wells has been president and CEO of Baptist Health since June 2014. Prior to that, he served as senior vice presi-

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dent 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 within the system and the management of affiliated physician clinics. Wells earned a master’s degree in health-services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Elisa Masterson White Vice President & General Counsel Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878

elisawhite@ark hospitals.org White provides legal services to the association, as well as education and information to the health care industry, government representatives and association members about compliance, state and federal regulations, accreditation, government audits and other issues. She also serves as the association’s point person on health insurance marketplace planning and implementation and leads communication efforts as the Editor-in-Chief for the AHA’s quarterly magazine, Arkansas Hospitals. Elisa has received her Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Sigma, and Six Sigma Black Belt certificates from Villanova University and supports the association’s quality and patient safety program initiatives. A graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and Arkansas State University, she represents the State of Arkansas as a member of the national Uniform Laws Commission.

Lana Williams, RN, MSN, CPHQ Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 W. Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7000

www.myammc.org Williams is responsible for the practice of nursing by ensuring consistency in the standard of nursing practice across all clinical areas. She has more than 25 years of nursing and healthcare experience in such areas as case management, utilization review, quality improvement, risk management, cardiac rehab, general medical/ surgical and critical care nursing and has worked at AMMC for 11 years total, and as ACNO for the past five years. She holds an Associate of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University. She is currently seeking her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from ASU and expects to be finished in May of next year. 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. She is also a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Jason K. Wilson, CPA, CMPE Chief Executive Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AK 72703 (479) 571-6780

mana.md Wilson serves as CEO of Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas. He was a principal in the establishment of the physician and clinic group in 2000 and served as the Chief Financial Officer for 10 years prior to being appointed to Chief Executive Officer in June 2010. Wilson monitors the business and strategic areas of MANA and works with the physician board of directors to implement the business policies of the physician owned

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 company. Wilson is a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked with several medical clinics in Northwest Arkansas as a senior accountant at Baird, Kurtz and Dobson. Wilson then worked as Chief Financial Officer at MANA’s Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic before the formation of MANA in 2000.

Gina Wingfield Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

WingfieldGG@ archildrens.org Wingfield has been the chief financial officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1998 and is currently executive vice president/finance for Arkansas Children’s. Since joining the hospital in 1985, Wingfield has held previous roles in finance, including controller and interim chief information officer. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in 1983 with a BBA in Accounting, she began working in public accounting for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young) until joining Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Wingfield has served as a member of the Child Health Association (CHA) Audit/ Compliance Committee and the CHA Financial Services Committee. She serves on the Finance Committee for the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety, and has served on the Finance Committee of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.

Vickie Wingfield Executive Director Arkansas Heart Foundation 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7305

vickie.wingfield@ arheart.com Wingfield is embarking on the launch of 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 the healthcare arena ranging from provider relations to business development,

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marketing and community outreach. The Foundation offers a robust program of prevention, awareness and educational programs in the form of Community Health Screenings and speaking to civic organizations and community related events on a variety of cardiac related topics as well as other events/functions that further the awareness/education to the public about the number one killer of Americans.

Beverly Winney, RN, MSN Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer Washington Regional Medical System 3215 North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000

wregional.com Before joining Washington Regional Medical Center in 2008, Winney served as chief nursing officer at Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville and at Helena Regional Medical Center in Helena-West Helena. Winney earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. As chief nursing officer, Winney is responsible for the medical center’s inpatient nursing units, including medical-surgical, cardiology, neuro progressive, intensive care, women’s services, pediatrics, mother-baby, neonatal intensive care and total joint center.

Judith S. Wooten, MHA, CHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Hospice, Inc. 14 Parkstone Circle North Little Rock, AR 72116 501-748-3333

in 1985. Since then, Judy has been a hospital administrator, a managed care executive and a management and healthcare consultant. She has extensive experience in quality and utilization management, process improvement, clinical/financial analysis, reimbursement and regulatory issues, strategic planning and operations management. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Hospice Administrator.

Mark A. Worley, MD, PhD Chief of Staff Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301

www.fayettevillear. va.gov Before becoming Chief of Staff at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Worley worked at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) as a staff psychiatrist, Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Service, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, and eventually as Deputy Chief of Staff. He also served as Acting Chief of Staff at the Alexandria Veterans Health Care System for three months and eight months at CAVHS (2011-2012). He received his Doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology in 1989 and his Medical Doctorate in 1992, both from the University of Oklahoma. He completed his residence training in Psychiatry in June 1996 where he trained at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, AR. Worley has served in several roles in the Arkansas Psychiatric Society including president from 2006-2007.

www.arkansashospice.org Wooten was named President and CEO in 2011. Her healthcare career began as a patient representative in a large, tertiary care, teaching hospital in 1980, where she “fell in love with healthcare.” Wooten earned a Masters of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2017 Debra J. Wright, MSBA, RN Chief Executive Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-4400

www.howardmemorial. com Wright has worked in a hospital setting for over thirty years, twenty-five of which were spent in a tertiary facility working as a staff nurse, in various nurse management positions, as chief nursing officer and chief clinical officer. For the past seven years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital. She is a RN with a Master of Science in Business Administration and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is current serving on the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors.

David Wroten Executive Vice President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967

www.arkmed.org Wroten began his career with the Arkansas Medical Society in 1983, serving first as professional relations coordinator and later as the assistant executive vice president. In 2005, he became the society’s chief executive officer. As executive vice president, Wroten is responsible for implementing the association’s policies and programs, including overseeing its business and financial affairs and staff of nine. He also serves as president and CEO of AMS Benefits, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of the Arkansas Medical Society, which provides various types of insurance and other services to AMS members.

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InCharge 2017 Company Index A Arkansas Center for Health Improvement 37 Arkansas Children’s 15, 16, 19, 24, 27, 28, 34, 41 Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 10 Arkansas Department of Health 35 Arkansas Department of Human Services 18 Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 20, 33 Arkansas Heart Hospital/Clinics 21, 23, 24, 29, 30, 36 Arkansas Heart Foundation 41 Arkansas Hospice, Inc. 41 Arkansas Hospital Association 10, 13, 14, 15, 34, 38, 39 Arkansas Medical Society 12, 13, 14, 35, 42 Arkansas Methodist Hospital 9, 14, 39 Arkansas Spine and Pain 11 Arkansas State Hospital 34 Arkansas Urology 14

B Baptist Health 33, 39

C CARTI 12, 13, 24, 28 Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 10, 17, 26, 34 Chicot Memorial Medical Center 26 CHI St. Vincent 8, 14, 18, 22, 24, 32 Conway Regional Health System 17, 26, 33, 38 Cooper Clinic 32

F Families, Inc. 10, 33, 37 Focus Bank 23

H Howard Memorial Hospital 13, 42

J Jefferson Regional Medical Center 21, 37

M Mark Mathews Photography 40 Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 24, 26, 36, 39 Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 17, 19

Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 20, 37 Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 18, 22, 36 Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 23, 31, 32

N National Park Medical Center 13, 31 NEA Baptist 9, 16, 20, 31, 34 North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 25 Northwest Health 30 Northwest Medical Center Bentonville 9 Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 25

O Ouachita County Medical Center 8

P Pain Treatment Centers of America 19, 27 Physicians Specialty Hospital 20 ProAssurance 15 Pulaski County Medical Society 25, 34

R RCCH Healthcare Partners 26

S Saline Memorial Hospital 38 SAMA Healthcare Services, PA 8 SOAPware, Inc. 7, 30 Sparks Health System 8, 16, 17, 25, 27, 33 State of Arkansas 9 State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co (SVMIC) 16, 22, 37, 43 St. Bernards Healthcare 8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29, 31, 35, 36, 39 Stone County Medical Center 36

U UAMS 10, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30 31, 32, 37, 38, 39, 44 Unity Health 2, 21, 24, 28

V Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks 25, 26, 31, 41

W Washington Regional Medical Center 9, 10, 16, 30, 32, 35 White River Health System 9


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