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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 the Springdale Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Park was a founding member of The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as the president of the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation. He was also the chairman of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

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 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, Tennessee.

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

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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 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, serves as the Medical Center Director at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks effective November 25, 2018. In this role, he oversees and is responsible for the control and operation of this complexity level 1C healthcare system comprised of 1,500 employees, six Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and 55 thousand veterans in three states. Prior to this appointment he served as the Associate Medical Center Director at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks and the Manchester, New Hampshire VA Medical Center.

Cam Patterson, MD, MBA Chancellor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5681 chancellor@uams.edu Patterson leads Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state. He came to UAMS in 2018 from Weill-Cornell Medical Center and Komansky Children’s Hospital/New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where he was senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2014. Over the course of his career, the renowned cardiologist as principal investigator or coinvestigator has received more than $60 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His work has been published in 323 peerreviewed scientific publications.

Gary Paxson Chief Executive Officer White River Health System 1710 Harrison Street Batesville, AR 72501 870-262-1200 www.whiteriver healthsystem.com As the new CEO for White River Health System (WRHS), Paxson, RN, BSN, MS, is creating a new vision and culture for the health system. He is focused on honoring the mission to provide quality healthcare and improve the health for the residents in the systems ten county service area. Paxson has 24 years of healthcare experience. His career includes positions in nursing, healthcare information systems, and executive management. Paxson earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, Ill., and a Master of Science in Information System Management – Healthcare Administration Concentration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Doug Penner Chief Operating Officer Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 2112 S. 54th St. Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-3474 www.mercy.net/nwa Penner was named Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas in 2018. Most recently, Penner was vice president of Elliot Medical Group, a 335-provider organization with 40 locations in Manchester, New Hampshire. Previous to that, he served as chief operating officer of the Washington Township Medical Group in the Washington Hospital Healthcare System of Fremont, California. Penner earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and French from the University of Mississippi.

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Arkansas Medical News InCharge 2019  

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