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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 nurse technician, progressing to staff nurse, head nurse, clinic director, associate chief nurse, acting nurse executive and currently serving in the nurse executive role.

J Bryan G. Jackson Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Jackson has 25 years of experience in healthcare finance. He began as an auditor for a regional CPA firm and then progressed through financial management positions at for-profit and non-profit hospitals in rural and small urban settings. Having previously served as Accounting Manager and Controller, Bryan returned to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in March 2011 as CFO. A long-time member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Bryan earned Fellow status in 2009 and is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, with a BBA degree in Accounting from Harding University and an MBA from The University of Alabama. Bryan is a past board member of Fifty for the Future of Pine Bluff. He currently serves on the board of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation and is president of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County.

Drew Jackson President Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7307 drew.jackson@ arheart.com Jackson is President of Arkansas Heart Hospital and oversees the expansion and strategic vision for the organization. He is instrumental in recruiting physicians and surgeons, creating new

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hospital clinics, and implementing new hospital service lines. Jackson was raised in Little Rock and graduated from UA Little Rock with a degree in finance. He joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2014 and previously served as the Chief Strategy Officer.

Jeremy L. Jeffery, CPA CHFP Vice President of Strategy & Business Analytics Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 W 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 jefferyj@jrmc.org Jeffery has been Vice President of Strategy and Business Analytics since 2017. Since joining Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 2008, he has held other notable roles in the hospital including Accounting Manager, Controller, and Assistant Vice President of Finance. A graduate of University of Central Arkansas, he studied Accounting and Marketing. Jeffery has held previous roles with BKD, LLP, Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP, and CARTI and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2004. He was recognized as one of Arkansas Business “40 under 40” in 2018. He actively volunteers with STEP Ministries in North Little Rock, Arkansas, which serves inner-city youth by facilitating one-on-one relationships, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and a youth mentor.

Chris Johnson, MD, FFAFP Vice President of Medical Affairs Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-8000 www.mercy.net/nwa Dr. Johnson has been a Family Practitioner with Obstetrics at Mercy Family Medicine and Obstetrics, formerly Rogers Medical Center, in Rogers, Arkansas, for 25 years. He was elected Chief of Staff at Mercy Northwest Arkansas in 2013 serving a two-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. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Lynda M. Johnson Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-1553 ljohnson@friday firm.com Johnson has practiced in the health law area since 1986, representing a wide variety of healthcare providers including hospitals, physicians, physician groups, nursing homes, and home health agencies. Recently, her practice has focused around representation of hospitals and physicians in HIPAA compliance efforts and other areas of regulatory compliance. Her practice also includes issues involving Stark I and II and Anti-Kickback compliance, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, corporate compliance issues, physician and hospital organization issues, managed care, healthcare and hospital law, long-term care and home health.

LaDonna Johnston Vice President of Patient Care Services/ Administrator for Unity Health-Harris Medical Center Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001 (Searcy office)

501-523-3005 (Newport office)

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 and well as the Administrator for Unity Health | Harris Medical Center. In

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