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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Carrie Helm, MBA Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Surgical Hospital (ASH) 5201 Northshore Drive North Little Rock, AR 72118 501-748-8000 arkansassurgical hospital.com Helm joined ASH as the Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and has been instrumental in the business and strategic growth of the hospital. She works closely with the physician owners in creating an organization that can meets the needs of the patients and responds quickly to the every-changing healthcare marketplace.  Helm’s experience in healthcare leadership began in 1989 when she accepted the role of Chief Financial Officer and worked in several facilities in that role, moving to Chief Operations officer in 1996.  Prior to joining ASH, Helm has most recently served as Group Vice President for Nueterra Healthcare.  

Debbie Henry Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1445


Henry became Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Baxter Regional Medical Center in 2016. Henry has 13 years of hospital financial management experience. She previously served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center. Before her healthcare experience, she was the Director of Finance for Dover Resources, Inc., in Tulsa and Duncan Parking Technologies in Harrison. She began her financial career in public accounting with KPMG serving healthcare and manufacturing clients. Henry earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Missouri State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Michael Herr Chief Administrative Officer Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital

3873 N Parkview Drive Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-7070

www.northwest health.com

Herr is chief administrative officer for Northwest Health Physicians’ Specialty Hospital. Most recently, he served as COO for Starr Regional Medical Center – with facilities in Athens and Etowah, TN. With approximately 14 years of experience in leadership roles, Michael previously worked with Parkview Regional Medical Center in Mexia, Texas, where he was CFO and then COO. Before that, he served as controller at Valley View Medical Center in Fort Mohave, Arizona, and at Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, New Mexico. Herr earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned an MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Texas.

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 AAR 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 heart care 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@unityhealth.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, Tenn. 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.

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