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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Board of Nursing Most Compassionate Nurse Award and was the 2016 CCFA Medical Volunteer of the Year.

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.

Reid Pierce, MD Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org Dr. Pierce, who grew up in Pine Bluff, established his OB/GYN practice at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 1986. He began service in medical staff leadership as Chief of Staff in 2004 before becoming Medical Director of Credentials and Regulatory Matters in 2006. He continued in this role until 2013 when he took a staff position at Magnolia Regional Medical Center, in Magnolia, Arkansas. In 2015, he accepted an offer to return to JRMC as the Chief Medical Officer/ Vice-President of Medical Affairs. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and did his residency training at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Julia Ponder, DNP, APRN President Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association Emergency Medicine Nurse Practitioner Arkansas Heart Hospital P O Box 7887 Little Rock, AR 72217 501-219-7800 jponder@ anpassociation.org Ponder is currently the president of the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association (ANPA), a statewide organization for nurse practitioners across all specialties. Their mission is to unite, support, educate, and enhance the professional identity of Nurse Practitioners in Arkansas while promoting and advocating for excellence in practice. ANPA started as a dream of eight nurse practitioners who established it in the fall of 2014 and launched a membership campaign January 2015. An interim Board of Directors was established the fall of 2015. Currently there are approximately 400 members. Ponder is also a nurse practitioner in the emergency room at Arkansas Heart Hospital. She was an RN for nearly 25 years before obtaining her DNP with a dual major in Adult Geriatric Acute Care and Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of TN Health Science Center, and has held various leadership roles during her career.

R 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

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