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Matt Troup, CEO Conway Regional

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Larry Shackleford, CEO Washington Regional

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Welcome readers to the 5th annual edition of Arkansas Medical News’ InCharge magazine – a directory of healthcare executives throughout our great state. As usual, the past year has brought many changes in healthcare management, so you will see many new faces and some faces in new places! Our focus this year is on what statewide healthcare leaders are doing to “Bend the Curve” to improve our overall health rankings. To help with that, we chose the following leaders for our cover and cover story who are truly making a difference for Arkansas.

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Larry Shackleford, CEO

Adam Head, CEO

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Cam Patterson, Chancellor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Matt Troup, Cam Patterson, MD Beverly Nix Stone, Adam Head, Larry Shackleford Special thanks to the Hilton Garden Inn & Agasi 7 Restaurant in Downtown Little Rock for the use of their rooftop patio

Matt Troup is a dynamic healthcare leader who has led Conway Regional (in partnership with CHI St. Vincent) through some big challenges since he joined them over 3 years ago. Troup has made employee retention a priority with mandatory “town hall meetings” every 90 days in an effort to keep employees engaged and inspired. He and his team have also expanded services, recruited new physicians and incorporated physicians into his leadership team with an Accountable Clinical Management model that began in 2016. The hospital system reported a record net revenue in 2018. Troup also cited that Faulkner County is the fourth healthiest county in Arkansas - possibly due to a younger population that exercises more. Troup is an avid runner himself, which helps him, alongside his wife, Melissa, keep up with 4 sons. Dr. Cam Patterson came to Arkansas in June of 2018 to become Chancellor of UAMS and recognized the need to improve the health of all Arkansans. A renowned cardiologist and healthcare administrator, Patterson is currently leading UAMS with the creation of their Vision 2029 plan which he hopes will bring the state from the bottom of the healthcare rankings list to the top half in the next decade. Dr. Patterson is also a musician who has formed his own band in Little Rock and whose family, including his wife, Dr. Kris Patterson, an infectious disease specialist have acclimated well to the natural state. Beverly Nix Stone has been a leader at St. Bernards PHO, SHARP, since its beginning in 1993. For the past 24 years, the organization has grown to include 385,000 lives covered in a 75-mile radius of Jonesboro and is capable of offering access to every medical service available in the NEA area. During that time, Stone has also managed to raise 3 daughters; an attorney, a veterinarian and a behavioral health therapist and is now enjoying 7 grandchildren that range from age 9 to 2 months. She claims to have very little free time, but when she does, the former basketball player and distinguished ASU Alum might be seen outside her home shooting hoops with her granddaughter. When we interviewed Adam Head, CEO of CARTI, last year, he claimed to be drawn to situations that require transformative leadership. And that is exactly what he’s been able to do with Arkansas’ largest private cancer care organization. A North Little Rock native, Head is proudly overseeing the expansion of CARTI to his home town with what will be a two-story 24,000-square-foot fully-integrated cancer center. Head, a former Army officer, has maintained the same intense exercise routine as his service days, keeping him fit and focused. He and his wife, Courtney, have four children. Larry Shackleford is currently President and CEO of the hospital in the city where he was raised and attended college. He’s been with Washington Regional in Fayetteville since 2010 and became CEO in 2017. Shackleford is a CPA and a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He’s also former treasurer and president of the Arkansas Medical Group Management Association. He is currently on the board of the Arkansas Hospital Association. In his spare time, I understand that he is a very good cook and enjoys many of the fishing opportunities that Arkansas offers. I hope you’ll enjoy reading and learning from our cover story, Bending the Healthcare Curve in Arkansas. I am grateful to these five leaders who offered some comprehensive solutions to improving health in our state in the story that follows. Beyond that, this magazine lists almost 200 other healthcare executives who are making a difference in Arkansas healthcare. InCharge is a snapshot of healthcare leadership in our state today. We hope you find it useful in knowing who’s who and in making the connections you need to make in your work and career. I’d love to get your feedback and nominations for future healthcare leaders. Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Top Healthcare Executives Tackle the Challenge of Bending the Healthcare Curve in Arkansas

Efforts underway to improve Arkansas’ low overall health ranking By BECKY GILLETTE

Arkansas is consistently ranked near the bottom in terms of overall public health. Top healthcare executives in Arkansas are determined to “bend the healthcare curve” to help create a population with better health. “There is likely not one solution, but rather a series of incremental steps that will be necessary to improve overall health in Arkansas,” said Washington Regional President and CEO Larry Shackelford. He advocates initiatives to encourage Arkansans to take personal responsibility to be healthier and more active. “For example, Arkansas has an obesity rate of 36 percent, which is currently the 7th highest rate in the nation,” Shackelford said. “However, high school students in Arkansas rank first in obesity in the nation. It is critically important that we educate our youth about the importance of physical activity, that we provide access to healthy foods that meet dietary guidelines and that we encourage less consumption of sugary beverages.” The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is in a unique position to help improve healthcare outcomes due to having employees in 73 of the 75 counties in the state according to Chancellor Cam Patterson, MD. That is the focus of the UAMS Vision 2029 plan.

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“It is really critical that we ensure that everybody is on the same page,” Patterson said. “The strategic plan was created by people who work here. Because of that, it is much easier for us to be sure that everybody is engaged in implementing this plan. We have intense interest and enthusiasm in moving our strategic plan forward.” While it is possible to have exceptional healthcare without great health outcomes, people in rural parts of the state often don’t have access to healthcare. That could be due to a lack of providers or lack of transportation. “We can do great things to improve healthcare in Pulaski County, but to move the state forward in health outcomes we need to focus on working with people in counties with poor healthcare metrics,” Patterson said “That is where UAMS is focusing its efforts to make sure Arkansas is not just another Southern state with bad healthcare outcomes.” Conway Regional CEO Matt Troup says poor health does not necessarily mean poor healthcare. “Health is driven by factors like obesity, lack of exercise, smoking and a poor diet that statewide healthcare has not been able to impact,” Troup said. “Faulkner County is the fourth healthiest county in the state largely due to having a population that is younger and exercises more.” But having timely access to healthcare when needed is critical.

“Legislators can help with how they fund healthcare,” Troup said. “We need to protect the Medicaid expansion. Protecting Arkansas Works is going to be important to improving health.” Patterson said Arkansas has been spared the closure of rural hospitals that have afflicted neighboring states that didn’t expand Medicaid. “The legislature has a direct and very beneficial impact on access to care in many of the more rural counties,” he said. Beverly Nix Stone, MA, FACHE, CEO, SHARP, Inc., a physicianhospital organization based in Jonesboro with about 4,300 providers and 173 facilities, agrees the lifestyle issues must be addressed to improve health in the state. “We are providing care for many people who are obese and who do not engage in a healthy lifestyle,” Stone said. “To make improvements, we need to start with our own industry, test some innovative ideas and see what works within our healthcare workforce. Focusing on maximizing cooperative project output and positive work environments for different personality types, and working with exhausted and stressed out people to develop effective stress management skills would be a good place to start.” She also advocates greater taxation for substances that adversely affect health. “The tobacco tax was a great


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Larry Shackleford (r) chats with Adam Head.

start, but more needs to be done,” Stone said. “We need to make these items as expensive as prescriptions for the treatment of the diseases they are causing. We then need to use those tax funds to reward providers who are doing great work on reducing their patients’ smoking percentages.” In addition to poor lifestyle choices, Adam Head, CARTI president & CEO, also points to inadequate health education and limited access to specialists as important factors. “However, I believe Arkansas is home to the greatest healthcare minds and resources in the nation,” Head said. “It’s time we figure out how to deploy these resources more effectively.” CARTI’s vision is to be the premiere cancer treatment destination for Arkansas. “This means we not only attack head on the very factors that create our state’s poor health rating, but that we also educate Arkansans to understand they are receiving the best oncology care in the nation,” Head said. “With the state’s largest

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oncology services footprint, we feel it is not only our responsibility to educate patients on cancer risks, screening and treatments, but to provide them access to first-class oncology services in the communities where they live. CARTI currently serves patients at eleven locations across our state and we are in the process of building two additional locations. We still need to do more.” Head said state legislators and healthcare leaders must work handin-hand to bend the healthcare curve. Patterson said they are beginning conversations with legislators to reimagine how to provide access to great care in sparsely populated counties. “A great example is our push toward seeking National Cancer Institute designation for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Center,” Patterson said. “That will have a benefit for people across the entire state improving outcomes and increasing measures to help people prevent cancer.” Conway Regional’s Troup said improving health outcomes includes focusing on training and developing

primary care physicians. “You may have heard there are about 250 physicians graduating from medical school who will have to go out-of-state to get residency training completed,” Troup said. “We are seriously considering a residency program that will allow us to retain those physicians in state. Studies show physicians tend to stay in the area where they go to school and train. The number one thing we can all do to improve health is to increase access to primary care including preventive care to keep people out of specialist offices and out of hospitals.” Stone advocates teaching children proper nutrition and exercise habits early on. “When I was a student, school lunches were meals that were healthy and hand-prepared by lunch personnel every day,” Stone said. “When I have lunch with my grandchildren at their schools, I see that everything appears to be prepackaged. This is not food that children need to be eating every day, and additional funding for improving those choices is very important. I feel we are raising a generation that might not be knowledgeable about proper eating. I also believe that recess time is absolutely vital. Children are not learning to run and play or realizing how much fun those activities are.” Healthcare organizations can help by leading the way. “As one of the largest employers in our community, Washington Regional strives to create a healthy work place,” Shackelford said. “We recently extended hours of our 5 Loaves Sandwich and Salad counter from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. to offer healthy

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 and hot food choices to our team members who work on nights and weekends. We offer a wellness plan that includes a reduction in health insurance premiums for those employees who see their PCP annually, participate in health screening and basic annual lab tests, and participate in wellness activities. We also encourage our employees to be physically active and provide discounted rates at our Center for Exercise.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, nearly 10 years ago. Shackleford said Arkansas’ ability to expand Medicaid and access to healthcare resources has improved the care for many. Beverly Nix Stone (r) exchanges ideas with Matt Troup. “More timely access has allowed many to receive care earlier in the disease process 300,000 formerly uninsured culture cannot be legislated,” Head and allows more cost efficient and Arkansans. But it also increased said. effective care,” Shackelford said. demand; waiting times to see a Stone lists the following “Comprehensive primary care doctor have increased. improvements as a result of ACA: initiatives have improved access “It was good more people were 1. Mandated coverage for for more patients to see a PCP coming to the doctor,” Troup said. annual exams with many of the and have incentivized primary care “But as the ACA continues to get immunizations and preventive providers to be more proactive in tweaked and whittled down, the screenings at little or no cost to risk assessment and management of moorings it was built upon have subscribers. complex chronic care conditions. The begun to erode so the viability of the 2. Coverage assistance based on additional resources to allow practice whole thing becomes threatened. income for basic plans which increase transformation and implementation When we don’t have the individual basic access for some, such as of care managers have been good for mandate, when there are no penalties Medicaid non-qualified working poor. overall care.” for not getting insurance, we are 3. Many more people have some However, physician services are left with the only people in ACA coverage. inadequately reimbursed compared being those who are really sick and She said the failures appear to to many surrounding states. are more expensive. A basic tenant be: “The ACA did little to impact of ACA was we were all going to 1. Bureaucratized enrollment. the finances of healthcare and little contribute and we are all going to 2. The loss of the individual to encourage personal responsibility benefit. Now with many people mandate. for patients,” Shackelford said. “In opting out, it is driving up costs.” 3. Elimination of some short-term addition, we also have uncertainty Head said that since the ACA coverage options. in funding of Arkansas’ Medicaid was adopted, the stakes are higher 4. Overly broad standard program following the recent federal than ever before to provide a highbenefits and reduction in plan design court decision that struck down work quality experience for patients since options that led to massive increases requirements. These are all issues that performance is now directly tied to in premiums, making it less affordable must be addressed if we are to have reimbursement. for most young people. a sustainable health system.” “While providing a higher quality 5. Failure to control drug prices. Troup said the ACA helped of accountability and care is of more What else can we do to give provide coverage to more than importance, creating that kind of Arkansans better access to care?

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Patterson said there is no doubt that recruitment, but also in retention telemedicine programs have improved of physicians. Washington Regional healthcare for people in Arkansas. is continuing to develop programs “A great example is AR Saves, a and service lines to allow more telestroke program,” Patterson said. patients to receive quality care close “Since initiation of that program, to home. Recently we have focused outcomes for people with stroke on interventional neuroradiology in Arkansas have improved every and stroke neurology, and opened a year. Maternal\fetal healthcare new 20 bed Neuro ICU. In addition, throughout the state benefits through we have introduced new cardiac the ANGELS (antenatal-neonatal programs to include vascular services guidelines, education and learning and valve repair/replacement.” system) program and we have Another effort to improve recently doubled down on digital healthcare delivery includes health efforts by creating the Institute partnerships with larger healthcare for Digital Health and Telemedicine providers. One factor that has & Innovation under leadership of benefitted Conway Regional is a Curtis Lowery, MD, who is national management agreement with CHI recognized expert in the area.” St. Vincent. Troup said this has been Troup said AR Saves has really fantastic for Conway Regional. helped their physicians better manage “CHI St. Vincent has allowed decisions on acute strokes. He Conway Regional access to services advocates expanding telemedicine. we wouldn’t otherwise have,” Troup “Telemedicine is something we said. “For example, a couple of years have talked about a long time, but ago our physician staffing was in hasn’t caught on,” Troup said. “I think disarray in the ER. St. Vincent was a we are on the cusp of that changing as great partner to come in and help us the millennial population starts using manage through that transition. They healthcare. They may not need to see have been able to help us in other a doctor, but might access someone areas, too. We can tap into St. Vincent on the phone or computer. The future where we need to, but still have a lot for telemedicine is bright. The payment systems need to keep pace. We need to expand primary care medicine payments for telemedicine. There are models out there whereby you can access your physician over a computer. That is new ground where the state can help support innovation and access.” The state must also improve access to physicians, including specialists. “The reality is the ratio of physicians and advanced providers compared to the population is significantly lagging,” Shackleford said. “Primary care shortages are seen in internal medicine and geriatrics, as well as specialties such as cardiology, neurology, and GI. We are continually recruiting and are Dr. Cam Patterson especially successful in not only

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of local autonomy.” An issue not affecting the financial health of healthcare providers is timely reimbursement from payers. “We are not seeing an issue with timely reimbursement from any of the payers,” Stone said. “Our denials are low, due to providing the proper documentation requested by the payers. The relationship with the payers could always improve, which could be accomplished by a reduction in administrative burden on the providers and reimbursement transparency through the disclosure of what the insurance companies are receiving in administrative fees. This should be broken down so it is clear for the consumer to see what they are paying the providers and what they are paying the insurance companies.” Another way to bend the healthcare curve in Arkansas would be better cancer treatments. CARTI’s Head said cancer comes in many forms and it is a formidable enemy because of the way it adapts. “In the past 40 years, cancer treatment methods have dramatically improved, now providing positive outcomes for diagnoses that previously felt like a death sentence to patients,” Head said. “Though Arkansas has a high rate of new cancer occurrences, what is more concerning and convicting to us is that our death rate from cancer is even worse compared to other states. We believe we can make an impact through access to first-class cancer care in the communities where our patients live. We know that the faster patients can be seen for a cancer diagnosis, the faster our experts and technology can start them on the right course of treatment. For us to change our state’s trajectory, we know a cancer care environment has to be non-intimidating, close to home and trusted as the expert. It’s a vision we do not take lightly.”

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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. 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. 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.

Jacob Abraham, MD Founder Advanced Interventional Pain Management #1 Mercy Lane, Suite 304 Hot Springs, AR 71913 501-624-PAIN (7246) getpainfree.com Dr. Abraham founded Advanced Interventional Pain Management in 2007. Prior to that he completed his training in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in Georgia where he obtained a BS in Microbiology at the University of Georgia. He obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Abraham moved to Arkansas in the mid-1990’s and has been practicing

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pain management in the area since 1996. His focus of practice is minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedures under x-ray guidance to reduce patient’s chronic spine related pain. He is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Academy of Pain Medicine and the International Spine Intervention Society, and is board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

Chad Aduddell Chief Executive Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chistvincent.com Aduddell became 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 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 Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Tulsa and an 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.

Amie K. Alexander Associate Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-3320 aalexander@ fridayfirm.com Alexander recently joined the firm after earning her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Her practice is focused in the area of

healthcare where she works primarily on various corporate and compliance matters. She drafts and reviews policies to ensure compliance with federal healthcare regulations such as HIPAA, Stark I and Stark II, Anti-Kickback and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.

R. Lee Archer, MD 2019-2020 Immediate Past President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Dr. Archer is a Professor of Neurology at the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He works hard to provide relief to patients dealing with neurological challenges from multiple sclerosis (MS). He completed his medical degree at UAMS and later served a neurology residency here as well. Dr. Archer is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He has been a member of the Arkansas Medical Society since 1991.  

Kim Arnold Chief Nursing Officer Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 www.northwest health.com Arnold relocated to Northwest Arkansas from Woodward, OK, with her family. She has more than 21 years of nursing experience, with the last 5 years as the CNO at another facility. Arnold earned her Master of Business Administration in healthcare from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Leslie “Bubba� Arnold President CHI St. Vincent Morrilton 4 Hospital Dr. Morrilton, AR 72110 501-977-2300 www.chistvincent.com Arnold became president of 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.

Marcia Atkinson President CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000 www.chistvincent.com Atkinson became president of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute in January 2019, leading the practice she has worked at for more than 20 years. Her role with the Heart Institute includes oversight of hospital-based inpatient and outpatient services across the CHI St. Vincent hospitals as well as a network of 30 heart clinic locations across the Arkansas. She holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Central Arkansas.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 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. Atkinson was the MGMA Administrator for 2016. 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.

Peter Austin Chief Operating Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-7100 www.jrmc.org

Austin began his healthcare career at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi, where he served as Director of Finance and Vice President of Practice Management. He first joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 2012 as the Vice President of Physician Practice Management. Austin went on to serve as the Executive Director of Operations for the Physician Enterprise at Piedmont Athens Regional in Athens, Georgia. On November 1, 2017, Austin returned to JRMC as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Millsaps College and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Mississippi. Austin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is Board Certified in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

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B Steve Badger, MBA, FACHE Chief Executive Officer Northwest Health – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 www.northwest health.com Badger is CEO for Northwest Health - Bentonville, coming from Utah Valley Hospital where he has served since 2014. With more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, Steve most recently served as senior operations officer for Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. Prior to that, he was administrator of Orem Community Hospital in Orem, Utah. Both are affiliated with Intermountain Healthcare. Other experiences within the Intermountain system include work as executive director of surgical services, department manager, and charge nurse. He earned both a B.S. in nursing and a B.A. in international relations with Magna Cum Laude honors from Brigham Young University. He also holds an MBA-health care emphasis, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors, from University of Phoenix.

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 health care management, he holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare 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.

Shawn Barnett Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Barnett accepted the expanded role of chief operating officer and chief financial officer in January 2019, responsible for the acute care operations and financial management of the health system. He came to CHI St. Vincent in 2018 from Lufkin, Texas, where he was president and chief operating officer of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. Before that, he served as regional CFO for two other Texas health systems. A Jonesboro native, he was controller for Methodist Hospital in Jonesboro from 1988 to 1995 and was CFO of the same from 1995 to 1999. He also served as CFO at two other hospitals. Barnett has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arkansas State University, and an MBA from Regis University.

Ben Barylske Vice President and Chief Financial Officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4565 bbarylske@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info/ Barylske 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. Barylske was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year by Arkansas Business in 2014.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Brent Beaulieu Executive Vice President and CFO Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 brent.beaulieu@ baptist-health.org Beaulieu, who has spent 21 years in health care, became chief financial officer of Baptist Health in January 2019. He joined Baptist Health in 2007 as assistant vice president of finance and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2008. He received a degree in accounting from Harding University in Searcy.

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.

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

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at Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray, Kentucky, for six years. He has also worked at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, MO and Price Waterhouse Public Accounting Firm in St. Louis, Missouri. As AMMC’s Chief Financial Officer, Bloemer oversees all finance related aspects of the hospital, 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 since 1988.

Adam Bracks, PT, MBA, Chief Executive Officer Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 603 North Progress Avenue Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479-215-3000

Bracks is the CEO of Siloam Springs Regional Hospital. Adam moved to Siloam Springs Seminole, Oklahoma, where he was CEO of Alliance Health Seminole. He has nearly two decades of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to joining Alliance Health, he served as CEO of Southeast HEALTH Center of Stoddard County in Dexter, Missouri. He also has significant clinical experience, serving as director of rehabilitation services as well as occupational medicine and primary care at SkyRidge Medical Center in Cleveland, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia, and a senior executive master’s degree in business administration from University of Tennessee.

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 boardcertified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and Research Administrators Certification Council.

Troy B. Brooks Chief Financial Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As CFO of Conway Regional Health System, Brooks is responsible for the financial operations of the health system which includes Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Conway Regional Surgery Center, an outpatient imaging center and 10 primary care clinics located throughout north Central Arkansas. He leads Conway Regional’s Accounting, Business Office/Admissions and Medical Information teams. Brooks has more than 37 years of experience in advanced healthcare financial management and leadership. Brooks holds an MBA from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as an advanced member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association

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Nancy Brown Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Brown was named senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing executive in 2017. She was previously chief nursing officer at Norman Regional Health System in Norman, Oklahoma, and was vice president of Patient Care Services at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff from 1995 to 2003. Before that, she was chief nursing officer at St. Edward Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith. A Pine Bluff native, she has nursing degrees from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Pamela Brown, RN, BSN, CPHQ, CPPS 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 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 has more than 20 years of experience in quality and patient safety. She served in various hospital and home health clinical positions such as director of clinical services, case manager, staff and charge nurse.

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Jermaine Bucknor Chief Financial Officer Northwest Health – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000 www.northwest health.com Bucknor is the CFO for NMCBentonville. For the past three years, he served as CFO at Alliance Health Midwest, a CHS-affiliated system in Midwest City, OK. With more than 15 years of financial leadership experience, Jermaine previously served as CFO for Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Ormond Beach, Florida; Florida Hospital in Flagler, Florida; and Ponca City Medical Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Prior to these positions, he held roles as Assistant CFO, Controller, and Finance Manager. Jermaine earned a bachelor’s degree accounting from Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica, and an MBA in financial Management from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

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. Dr. Burnett joined Families, Inc. in July of 2015 and was named Medical Director in August 2016. In addition to seeing patients of his own, he is responsible for supervising all medical staff and daily clinical operations and is also very involved with the recruitment of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners. 

C Brian Cahalan Chief Technology Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7486 Brian.cahalan@ arheart.com Cahalan is the Chief Technology and Information Security Officer at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology consulting industry while at Accenture and Acxiom. Cahalan graduated from the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business where he was the Top Outstanding Graduate.

Darren Caldwell Senior Vice President of Regional Services St. Bernards Healthcare 225 E. Jackson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4505 mdcaldwell@ sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Caldwell oversees all of the regional efforts of St. Bernards Healthcare. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is currently serving as chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association board of directors.

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 all aspects of clinical quality improvement, including effectiveness, patient-centeredness, efficiency and equity, for the UAMS Medical Center. He received his medi-


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Sister Maria Christi Cavanaugh, OSB, MHSM Vice President of Mission Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 E. Jackson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4275 mcavanaugh@ sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info Sister Maria Christi Cavanaugh is the Director of the St. Bernards Medical Center Pastoral Care Department, as well as Vice President of Mission Services. Sr. Maria Christi assists the organization to integrate the principles of Catholic Health Care identity into the hospital’s mission of offering Christ-like healing to the community. Sr. Maria Christi is a member of the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent. She has a background in home health administration and is an RN.

Joshua C. Chance, MD President Pulaski County Medical Society Physician Arkansas Health Group Anesthesia 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 pulaskicms.org ahg.org

Chanda Chacón Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 ChaconCC@ archildrens.org

cal degree from the UAMS in 1994 and has held numerous clinical and academic posts in psychiatry.

Chacón has overall executive responsibility for operational leadership and accountability for system operations, which includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in Springdale. 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 Children’s, she served at Texas Children’s Hospital for more than 14 years. She is passionate about leadership and developing others and frequently presents on these topics at graduate schools, nonprofit organizations, and healthcare professional organizations.

Dr. Chance is the current president of the Pulaski County Medical Society, the first and largest county medical society in the state. He is also a board member of the Arkansas Medical Society and president of the Arkansas Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Chance has been practicing since 2010, when he graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is a board certified anesthesiologist for Arkansas Health Group, a division of Baptist Health.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Christina Clark, MBA Vice Chancellor for Institutional Support Services and Chief Operating Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 CLClark2@uams.edu 501-686-5605

Clark was named vice chancellor for institutional support services and chief operating officer at UAMS in 2019. In this role, Clark oversees campus operations, information technology and the UAMS Police Department. She previously served as interim vice chancellor for administration. Prior to that, she was the chancellor’s chief of staff.

Laura Cook Senior Vice President, Foundation & Marketing CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com As CHI St. Vincent’s senior vice president for the CHI St. Vincent Foundation, Cook oversees fundraising for the nonprofit foundation that supports CHI St. Vincent’s mission and ministry. Before joining CHI St. Vincent six years ago, she was senior vice president for marketing for Alltel Wireless and marketing vice president for Verizon. Cook has a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Patricia Cowan, Ph.D., 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 Nursing in 2015, Cowan has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of nursing including academics, clinical practice and research. Cowan received

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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, Tennessee.

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 30 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. Craig currently serves as Co-Chair of the CAH (Critical Access Hospital) Committee for the Arkansas Chapter of HFMA, President of the Board of Directors for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, PresidentElect of the Nashville Rotary Club, and member of the MHCA Advisory Board for UA Fort Smith.

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

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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 SelfInsured 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.

Sammie Cribbs Chief Nursing Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4454 www.narmc.com Cribbs was appointed Chief Nursing Officer of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in July 2014, and Vice President of Clinical Services and CNO in 2016. With her extensive nursing experience, she leads a team of dedicated clinical staff. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Louisiana Tech University, bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern State University and master’s degree in Nursing Adult Heath from the Arkansas State University. Cribbs is a licensed Advanced Practice Nurse and holds a certification in healthcare finance. She currently serves on the board of the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education and Nursing Advisory Board for College of the Ozarks. A member of both the American Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives, Cribbs was named one of Arkansas’s Outstanding 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 in 2015.

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)


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 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.

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.

Barry Davis, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7105 www.myammc.org Davis began his career at AMMC in 1981. He served as Plant Manager and later as Credit Manager, organizing the first Credit and Collection Department for the medical center. 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 degree with a major in Public Administration from Arkansas College (Lyon College) and a Master of Public Administration degree from Arkansas

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State University. He currently serves on the Paragould Economic Development Council, the board of the Vizient Arkansas-Oklahoma region, the Arkansas Hospital Association Board, 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 Drive 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 25 years, his unique areas of expertise are in physician recruitment, joint-venture arrangements and operational/financial efficiency. He recently supervised the construction and opening of a $6-million surgery center development along with an expansion in their North Little Rock location and currently planning a new facility in Conway. 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), sits on the Board of Directors of the Heart Association and the Arkansas Italian Culture and Food Festival. 

Harrison Dean Region President of Western Arkansas/ Eastern Oklahoma Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 harrison.dean@ baptist-health.org

Van Buren as well as affiliated physician clinics, and has responsibilities to align the region with Baptist Health’s resources. He previously served as senior vice president of regional hospitals and as administrator of Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. He was instrumental in the construction of Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway, which opened in 2016. Dean received his bachelor’s degree in Management from Jacksonville State University and his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Mississippi.

Marcy Doderer, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 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, now the Arkansas Children’s Inc. healthcare system, in July of 2013. Before joining Arkansas Children’s, she served since 2002 as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities. 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 a member of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Board of Directors and sits on the board of Healthy Active Arkansas. Doderer also serves on Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association, for which she is also a member of the Education Committee. She obtained her BS in finance from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and MA in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.

Dean, who has been with Baptist Health for 35 years, oversees the system’s hospitals in Fort Smith and

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Hans Driessnack Chief Executive Officer Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Driessnack is CEO for Northwest Medical Center-Springdale, coming from Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois, where he was COO. Hans has held executive leadership positions in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Galesburg, Illinois; and Marion, Illinois, serving at two facilities associated with Lovelace Health System, then at Galesburg Cottage Hospital before moving to Heartland. He has valuable experiences in teaching Six Sigma and other continuous quality improvement methodologies to create positive culture changes that support quality care, service and patient satisfaction. Hans earned a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management with a minor in German at the University of Alabama. He earned an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

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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E 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.

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 archildrens.org 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 a board-certified Nurse Executive, Advanced and holds an MSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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.

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 was appointed Associate Medical Center Director for Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVS) effective September 2, 2007. He was the Assistant Medical Center Director at CAVHS from September 2006 to September 2007. He served as Interim Medical Center Director from July 27, 2015 until March 21, 2016. Ekeh is responsible 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. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Health Care Leader-


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 ship Institute, Leadership VA, and Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Medical laboratory Technology from Xavier University in 1983 and a graduate degree in Health Care Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1989. Ekeh began his career with the VA in 1989 and served as Environmental Management Officer trainee at the Alexandria VA Medical Center in Louisiana. He was then promoted to Assistant Chief of Environmental Management Service. He moved to Albany VA Medical Center in New York as a Health System Specialist Trainee in 1993, and returned to Alexandria as Chief of Performance Improvement Service in September 1993. He served as the Acting Associate Medical Center Director at Alexandria from November 2003 to November 2004.

Duane Erwin Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 duane.erwin@baptisthealth.org Erwin has been senior vice president of hospital operations since March 2019. Reporting to him are Baptist Health’s hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Heber Springs and Stuttgart. Prior to joining Baptist Health, Erwin served as CEO of Aspirus Inc. of Wausau, Wisconsin, a six-hospital health system, until his retirement in 2013. He additionally served as interim CEO for hospitals within the Carolinas Healthcare System in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Ascension Health in St. Louis, Missouri. Erwin obtained his juris doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

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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 health care 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.conway regional.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 busi-

ness administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master 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.

Rebekah Fincher Chief Administrative Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Administrative Officer, Fincher is responsible for Growth and Business Development for the organization and works alongside the CEO to develop and implement Strategy for the organization. In addition, Fincher provides executive oversight of Medical Staff Affairs, Physicians Relations and Recruitment, Corporate Health Services, Sports Outreach, Wellness and Diabetes Education, and Marketing and Public Relations and serves as the organization’s Designated Institutional Officer (DIO).  Fincher has more than 9 years of experience in healthcare and leadership.  She holds a master’s degree from University of Arkansas at Little Rock and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas.  She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as the Association for Staff Physician Recruiters.  She currently serves on the University of Central Arkansas Alumni Board. 

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Schwanda Flowers, PharmD Interim Dean, UAMS College of Pharmacy University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6139

Named interim dean in January 2019, Flowers oversees all aspects of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. She is an associate professor in the college and previously served as the associate dean for student affairs and faculty development. She has served on the college’s faculty since 2005. Flowers received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1999 from the college. In 2009, she completed a fellowship in the Academic Leadership Fellows Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

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 has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Clinic Fort Smith Communities since September 2015. In this role, she has oversight of the 13-county service areas in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma with more than 250 physicians and advanced practitioners. She serves on the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Arkansas State Medical Board’s Centralized Credentials Verification Services Advisory Committee and the Women in Leadership council of the American Medical Group Association. She is a member and fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she serves on the early careerist committee, and the Medical Group Management Association. She is a member of the 2018 class of Talk Business & Politics’ Forty Under 40. Fore received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Amy Forrest, RN, CCO Compliance/ Privacy Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Forrest currently serves as vice president of compliance and privacy for Northwest Health and is a certified compliance professional. Graduating magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in nursing, Forrest has over 30 years hospital experience, 20 of these in management positions. She has received state and national awards for her contributions to healthcare education, has been published by the National League of Nursing and the American Hospital Association and is named as Who’s Who in Professional Nursing. Amy joined Northwest Health in 1991 and has served as VP with administrative duties of education, risk, quality/patient safety, health information management, plant operations, medical staff/professional services, case management and pastoral care and as director of Human Resources. Prior to coming to Northwest Health, Forrest had varied healthcare experience including chief nursing officer of a psychiatric facility, CNO of long term care facility, community leadership consultant and trainer and director of cardiac/ pulmonary rehabilitation, as certified nurse epidemiologist/consultant to Dialysis, Inc. and cardiac intensive care and emergency nursing. Forrest served as a department operations coordinator of ethics & compliance for Triad Hospitals, Inc. from 2003-2007. She has been compliance officer for Northwest Health since 1997 and privacy/security Officer since 2003.

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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 an MSN from UAMS. She is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, as Nurse Executive, Advanced.

David Foster, MD President CHI St. Vincent 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 Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

David Fox Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1002 www.baxter regional.org Fox began his professional career in healthcare as a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, and prior to joining Baxter Regional Medical Center, he served in management and executive leadership positions with Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas; Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Baptist Health in Little Rock; and CHI St. Vincent in Central Arkansas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in Tulsa, Okla. He is a board-certified healthcare executive and double board fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, where he served on the national board for six years and as past President for the association.

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.

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G Jay Gandy, Ph.D. Interim Dean UAMS College of Public Health University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-526-6700 GandyJay@uams.edu Gandy was named interim dean in 2018. 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. Gandy also serves as a Professor and Department Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health in the College of Public Health. Gandy’s research interests include toxicology of the respiratory, reproductive and immune systems; human health risk assessment; pesticide toxicology; and tick- transmitted diseases. Gandy received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside.

Price C. Gardner  Managing Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-1543 gardner@friday firm.com Gardner serves as the firm›s managing partner. His work focuses on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, asset dispositions, taxation, real estate transactions, nonprofit organizations, financings and healthcare transactions and related matters. He has extensive experience in representation of parties in corporate and pass-through entity formations, operations, reorganizations and disputes; merger and asset purchase and sale transactions; the formation and syndication of healthcare entities such as practice groups, surgery centers, and hospitals; real estate and like-kind Section 1031 exchange transactions; and debt and equity financings.

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Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D, Ed.D. Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost 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 interprofessional and community-based educational experiences. Gardner earned a PharmD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an 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 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, Texas.

Rhonda Gentry, MD Medical Director, Medical Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 www.carti.com Dr. Gentry joined CARTI in 2011 when CARTI expanded to become Arkansas’ largest private, not-forprofit full-service cancer center and in 2107 was named Medical Director of Medical Oncology for CARTI. Dr. Gentry graduated from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine where she also completed both her residency and Fellowship for Internal Medicine and Hematology Oncology respectively. Gentry also serves as a CARTI Research Department Sub-Investigator and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Amanda George, CPA Vice Chancellor for Finance & Chief Financial Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501- 686-5670 ADGeorge@uams.edu Before she became chief financial officer in 2019, George served as associate vice chancellor for clinical finance and CFO of the integrated clinical enterprise. She joined UAMS in 2013 as administrator for the Department of Internal Medicine, then in 2015 became administrator for the Medical Specialties services line. Before joining UAMS, she served as controller for ambulatory services for the East/ Southeast division of Catholic Health Initiatives in Little Rock and assistant controller for St. Vincent Health System hospitals in North Little Rock and Morrilton. George has a Master of Health Services Administration.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 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

Bryan Gibbs Chief Support Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Support Officer, Gibbs leads Conway Regional’s facility/ plant operations, Clinical Engineering, Environmental Services, Supply Chain, Nutritional Services, Safety/Security/ Communication, and construction/ renovation projects. Gibbs has over 35 years of healthcare experience and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

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, Tennessee and has a master’s degree from Auburn University.

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

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John W. Goodman Chief Operating Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 carti.com Goodman will join CARTI as Chief Operating Officer in April 2019 after previously serving as the Vice President of Oncology Services for Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his healthcare administration career at Piedmont Healthcare in 2003, as an Administrative Resident and entered oncology leadership in 2004. During the 15 years since, he has expanded his responsibility and knowledge of cancer services by leading system expansion efforts in the oncology service line. Goodman received his Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

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 200 physicians. 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 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

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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 Dr. Goss has served Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas since 2003. As President, he works with 220+ multispecialty integrated provider group at 48 clinic locations. Board certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Goss has practiced medicine since 1983 and in Northwest Arkansas since 1987. Originally from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he also completed his residency training in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.

Meredith Green, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Formerly Administrative Director in Women and Infants Services, Green was named Senior Vice President and CNO in 2017. Green earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing at the University of Arkansas and received credentialing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult and Geriatric Health. She served in various leadership roles including clinical director and educator and was selected by her peers as Director of the Year in 2017 and 2016, and as Nurse of the Year in Women’s Services in 2009. Green received the ANGELS Award from UAMS for Outstanding Service to Obstetrical Nursing.

William E. “Bill” Greene, III Chief Executive Officer Premier Gastroenterology Associates 1701 Centerview Drive, Suite 312 Little Rock, AR 72211 501.313-5200 pgalr.com In early 2018, Greene joined seven gastroenterologists as their CEO to create a medical practice with a new culture in healthcare delivery.  Premier Gastroenterology Associates (PGA) opened its doors on June 1, 2018.  Greene is responsible for leading the execution of strategic direction & objectives necessary to build an entrepreneurial world class medical organization, and leads the development of administrative structures, operational policies and new service offerings.  He leads a highly skilled management team and has oversight responsibility for the $35 million Premier Medical Plaza development; a new, state of the art medical facility which will be home to PGA’s clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center; as well as a select group of other medical practices and healthcare related businesses.

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


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 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.

Shanda Guenther, RN, BSN, MSLE, CPPS, CPHQ Chief Quality Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Guenther is chief quality officer for Northwest Health, coming from a large physician practice where she was chief operating officer. Previously, Guenther had served Northwest Health as assistant CNO, chief quality officer and director of quality management and regulatory compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing as well as a Master of Science in leadership and ethics, and she is a certified

professional in healthcare quality as well as a certified professional in patient safety. She also holds a Simpler Bronze certification. Guenther was the 2009 Employee of the Year at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital and the 2012 Non-Clinical Director of the Year for Northwest Health Springdale.

H Charles Hall Assistant Chief Executive Officer Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwesthealth Hall joined Northwest Health from College Station Medical Center where he served as ACNO. He also served as director of emergency services at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Hall earned his Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) in 2002 from Washington State University

in Pullman, WA and his master’s in business administration in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. In addition to serving in several ED leadership positions in his career, Hall was a Commissioned Naval Officer and Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy from 1994 to 2010.

Maureen Halligan Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Halligan is the senior vice president, strategy and business development at CHI St. Vincent. She most recently served as vice president, strategic planning and business development, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Prior to that, Halligan served as vice president of strategic planning for the central Texas division of Baylor Scott & White Health for four years. She began her career at Genesys Health System in Grand

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Blanc, Michigan as director of strategic planning. Halligan earned a bachelor’s in business administration and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Jerry Halsey, Jr. Principal Broker/ Managing Partner Halsey, Thrasher, Harpole Real Estate Group 1920 East Matthews Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.972.9191

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Halsey’s personal experience runs the gamut of the industry, with market leading experience in retail, office, industrial, agricultural, self-storage, and undeveloped commercial and residential land. Noted as a market leader, Halsey represents clients in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri and Alabama. He has the distinction of being one of only a select number of CCIM’s and the only SIOR in the market and is uniquely qualified by virtue of training and experience. He is currently a member of the Jonesboro Vision 2030 comprehensive planning advisory commission and was recently featured in the Jonesboro Sun’s “Twelve Who Make It Happen.” He has also recently joined Arkansas State Police Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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 is President and Chief Executive Officer of AFMC, an established nonprofit health care improvement organization that provides education, outreach, data analysis, information technology, medical case review and marketing/communications services. He joined AFMC in 2010, overseeing the executive leadership team. Hanley spent 28 years with the Arkansas

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Department of Human Services, 16 of which were as director of Arkansas Medicaid. He served 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 Hanley as Global Client Industry Executive of the year. He served as chair of the National Association of Medicaid Directors for five years and remains an active alumnus of that association. He is a member of the Healthy Active Arkansas board of directors and a board member of the American Healthcare Quality Association.

Matthew Hardee, MD Medical Director, Radiation Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 carti.com Dr. Hardee began his practice at CARTI as a radiation oncologist in July 2015. After graduating from Duke University School of Medicine, Hardee completed an internship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He then completed his residency in radiation oncology at New York University School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident. Hardee was named Medical Director, Radiation Oncology at CARTI in 2018.

Misti Harvey, PharmD Sr. Vice President of Medical Oncology & Clinical Services CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-4400 carti.com Harvey was recently named the Sr. Vice President of Medical Oncology and Clinical Services. She has specialized in Oncology for over 18 years and previously served as the Director of Clinical Pharmacists.  Harvey received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy in 1993.  She worked as a Clinical Pharmacist at Baptist Health Medical Center prior to joining Little Rock Hematology Oncology Associates in 2002.

David Hays, MD Medical Director, Imaging and Interventional Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 carti.com Dr. Hays joined the staff of CARTI in 2015 and was recently named Medical Director of Imaging and Interventional Oncology, overseeing a state-of-theart Imaging Department in the newly built CARTI Cancer Center. Hays has been instrumental in growing the department to include outside referrals to the Imaging Center and increasing service lines. Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology, with a Subspecialty in Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Hays graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science where he also completed his residency. Hays then completed his Fellowship at the Angio/Interventional Radiology Miami Vascular Institute in Miami, Florida.

Adam Head, FACHE President & CEO CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3485 carti.com Head was named president and chief executive officer of CARTI in September 2017 after a nationwide search. Prior to joining CARTI, Head served as chief operating officer for the Arkansas Heart Hospital from 2013-2017, and previously served as chief operating officer for the HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in Birmingham, AL. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Medical Service Core. After serving at home and overseas as a captain in the army, Head returned to Arkansas and received his MBA from Capella University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and received the FACHE Arkansas Chapter Young Administrator of the Year award in 2015. Head and his wife Courtney live in Little Rock and are parents to four children.


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

www.baxterregional.org

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.

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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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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Melony Hilton Medical Practice Specialist SVMIC P O Box 532 England, AR 72046 501-993-6357 www.svmic.com Hilton is a Medical Practice Specialist with the Medical Practice Services Department at SVMIC. She is a Registered Nurse and has a master’s degree in Business Administration. Hilton has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry working in physician practices, hospitals, academic medical centers and home health care. She has held clinical leadership roles as well as business and operational management positions. In her role as a Medical Practice Specialist, she works directly with physicians and staff on business operation strategies as well as, patient experience, clinical operations, and risk management.

Kevin Hodges Senior Vice President of Administrative 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, Senior Health Clinic and Palliative Care. He holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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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/

Michael Howard, BSN, MM, MSN, MHA Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 howardmf@ archildrens.org

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

Howard is the Chief Nursing Officer for Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW). He is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of Nursing/Patient Care services at ACNW. He came from The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where he served as Director of Pediatric Emergency Services. As a nursing leader, Howard led the leadership team that oversaw the operations for two emergency departments, a center for abused children, a forensic nursing program and a staff of 120 personnel. 

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.

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.


INCHARGE HEALTHCARE 2019 David Hunton, MD, FACS Chief Medical Officer Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 7301 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-314-6307 david.hunton@ mercy.net Dr. 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 board-certified general surgeon who has practiced are Mercy Hospital for more than 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. He is board certified in health care quality management.

Laura Hutchins, MD Interim 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 Hutchens, a hematologist oncologist at UAMS, has spent many years researching and treating patients with cancer. She was appointed interim director of the Rockefeller Cancer Institute in June 2018. Hutchens previously served as director of clinical research at the Cancer Institute since 1998. She has been a co-investigator on numerous National Institutes of Health grants. She has published more than 200 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts, and has presented numerous lectures at courses, symposia, workshops and other events in Arkansas and across the country.

Amy Huycke, RN, MS Associate Director Patient Care Services Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301 www.fayettevillear. va.gov Huycke, RN, MS, is the Associate Director Patient Care Services at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. Huycke was the ADPCS at the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Alexandria, Louisiana, prior to this appointment. She has program and practice responsibility for nurses throughout the medical center, across all services and locations. Nursing, Chaplain Service, Voluntary Service & Sterile Processing Services are in her line. Huycke received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and a Master of Science in Nursing at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A native of the state of Illinois, she has worked for the VA for 34 years, beginning as a graduate

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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


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 addition to her work in healthcare, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Harding University’s College of Nursing. 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.

Ty Jones Marketing Director NEA Baptist 4800 E Johnson Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000 www.baptistonline. org/nea Jones joined NEA Baptist in February 2019. He oversees strategic marketing plans, advertising, marketing events, and communications for NEA Baptist Health System.  Previously, Ty was a professor and coach at Williams Baptist University.  A native of Bono, Arkansas; Jones has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Williams Baptist University, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management from Columbia Southern University. 

L Jeremy Land, MBA, CMD, BSRT (T) (R) (CT) (QM) Sr. Vice President, Radiation Oncology & Imaging Services CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3483 www.carti.com Land was named the Sr. Vice President of Radiation Oncology in September of 2017 after serving as the Director of Oncology Services for Porter Adventist Hospital and Regional Director of Radiation Oncology for the South Denver Operation Group of Centrua Health in Denver concurrently. After completing the CARTI Radiation Therapy program in 2004, Land went on to receive his MBA from Colorado State University in 2013. He is registered as a Certified Medical Dosimetrist, and is a Member of ARRT, MDCB, AAMD, ASTRO and SROA.

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Katie Lea Chief Nursing Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000

Lea is an experienced nurse leader with a diverse background. She received her bachelors and master’s in nursing from Arkansas State University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Canyon College. Her clinical background includes critical care, emergency and home health and she has over twenty-five years of nursing leadership experience. She was a CNO within the former HMA system in both Florida and Missouri. Most recently, she was with Arkansas Children’s Hospital as the VP of Emergency and Surgery Services.

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.

Vince Leist President & Chief Executive Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4454 www.narmc.com

Center in July 2011. He is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 30 years of progressive healthcare management experience. Mr. Leist was named Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association in 2013, and he has long been an advocate for Veterans Healthcare. In 2015, he was selected to represent America’s hospitals testifying for the American Hospital Association in front of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Mr. Leist currently serves on the Board of the Arkansas Hospital Association representing hospitals in the Northwest Arkansas District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in Kansas and a Master of Public Administration in public health from the University of Kansas.

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.conway regional.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. 

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Curtis Lowery, MD Director, UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5847 LoweryCurtisL@ uams.edu Lowery was named founding director of the newly established Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. He previously served as founder and medical director of the UAMS Center for Distance health and chair of the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Digital health is delivering health care through technology such as smart phones, interactive live video, wearable devices and personal computers. It reduces the cost of health care and improves access for patients, especially in a rural environment like the state of Arkansas.

M Jerry Mabry President LifePoint Health, 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 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 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.

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Melissa Masingill Vice President, Marketing & Business Development CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-660-7630 carti.com Masingill joined CARTI as the VP of Marketing & Business Development in August 2019. She has specialized in health care policy and communications for more than 20 years, utilizing her experience and skill set to increase brand awareness and expand business opportunities. Previous to her work at CARTI, Masingill served as chief public affairs office for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and led their efforts to successfully secure over $10 million in business contracts. Masingill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She and her husband Chris have two daughters and live in Little Rock.

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 Dr. McClain was appointed Chief of Staff of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), Little Rock, effective November 13, 2016. As Chief of Staff, Dr. McClain is charged with overall management responsibility of clinical affairs including the following services: Medical, Surgical, Psychiatry, Research and Development, Radiology, Physical Medical and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Dental and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 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 more than $573 million and approximately 3,000

employees. Dr. McClain graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, and received a Medical Degree in 1993. She completed Psychiatry residency training, also at UAMS in 1997. She joined the staff at CAVHS and faculty at UAMS in 1998. Dr. McClain is very active in resident and medical student education and has received several teaching awards. She served as the Chief of Inpatient Mental Health Services at CAVHS until 2008 when she was named the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health and in 2013 was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff.

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for UAMS’ Northwest Regional Campus University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 (479) 713-8680 PAMcelfish@uams.edu 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 is 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 Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Diana McDaniel, FACMPE President Arkansas Medical Group Management Association Vice President of Operations Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 mcdanielda@ archildrens.org McDaniel currently serves president of the Arkansas Medical Group


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Management Association. She is also vice president of operations for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. She is responsible for providing oversight and direction for operational, administrative and ancillary services at ACNW. McDaniel most recently served as the executive director of Medical Administration for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, overseeing physician workforce planning, contract administration and credentialing for more than 500 medical staff providers. Her journey with ACH began in 2007 when she became a volunteer in Child Life. After spending five years with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Pediatrics, she joined Medical Administration at ACH in 2011 as senior project director before becoming executive director.

Robert McGehee, Jr., Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics at UAMS and trained as a research fellow in molecular endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts’ General Hospital.

Juli McWhorter, R.N. Chief Administrative Officer Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 4301 Greathouse Springs Road Johnson, AR 72762 479-684-3000 www.northwest health.com McWhorter has over 20 years of nursing experience in critical care, cardiac stepdown, cardiac rehabilitation and flight nursing. She has served in various roles in education, director of critical care services and chief quality officer for Northwest Health and assistant CNO at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. McWhorter has been with Northwest Health for 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Sullivan University.

Anurag Mehta, MD, FACC Chief of Staff Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301 www.fayettevillear. va.gov Dr. Mehta was appointed as the Chief of Staff for Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) effective January 20, 2019. In this role, he oversees all clinical departments. Mehta was the Chief of Medicine at VHSO prior to this appointment. Before coming to Fayetteville in December 2017, Mehta worked at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System as the Chief of Medicine. Mehta has worked for the VA since 2007, beginning as a contract physician. In 2009, he was hired as a full-time physician. Later he became the Director of Cardiac Cath and in 2011 was appointed as the Chief of Medicine. Mehta received his Doctorate from J.J.M Medical College in India and completed his residency and fel-

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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.

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 Women and Children’s Services, Surgery, Sterile Processing, Anesthesia, Emergency Department, Trauma Program, GI Lab, Outpatient Wound Centers and Inpatient and Outpatient Dialysis Centers. She serves as Market Board Chair for March of Dimes and serves on the St. Bernards Advocates Board, St. Bernards Women’s Council Board and ASU Technical Board. Million is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Trisha Montague, MS, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President, Chief Administrator Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 montaguepa@ archildrens.org Montague joined Arkansas Children’s in November 2015, specifically to oversee the design, build and operations of the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) hospital in Springdale. Prior to joining ACNW, she served as an executive nursing leader in children’s hospitals in New Jersey and Texas. She has dedicated her career to the care of sick children and families and has served on several child and family advocacy boards. Montague received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado. She continued her formal nursing education with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Sterling Moore Vice Chancellor for Regional Programs University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5264 MooreSterlingL@ uams.edu Moore was named UAMS Vice Chancellor for Regional Campuses in 2017. He directs the UAMS network of eight campuses statewide that provides education of family medicine residents and continuing education for health care professionals while increasing access to health care and health education in rural communities. He was previously assistant vice chancellor for administration for Regional Campuses. Moore came to UAMS in 1991 and began as a clinic manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. He graduated with honors with an executive master’s degree in business

administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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 inpatient and outpatient ancillary departments including Pharmacy, Laboratory and Imaging Services. In addition, she oversees Nutritional Services and Environmental Services. She holds a fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Bruce E. Murphy, MD, PhD Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480 www.arheart.com Dr. Murphy is Chief Executive Officer and founder of 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 competed 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.


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N Balan Nair, MD Chief Medical Director CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 carti.com Dr. Nair has been practicing as a medical oncologist in Arkansas for 20 years. He joined CARTI, Arkansas’ largest private, not-for-profit fullservice cancer center in 2011 and was named Chief Medical Director in 2017. Nair sees patients in Little Rock and in clinics in El Dorado and Heber Springs. He is a graduate of Grant Medical College, University of Bombay, where he also was in residency training in Pathology. Nair did his fellowship training at Yale University in New Haven, CT and at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

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 Arkansas Heart Hospital. She received her BSN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and has a MS in Nursing Administration. During her 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. She previously served as VP of Clinic Clinical Operations for a number of years before transitioning to Chief Clinical Officer in 2016. Nelson oversees clinical operations at Arkansas Heart Hospital and Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic as well as 32 satellite clinics across the state.

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O Thomas J. Olmstead Senior Vice President and General Counsel Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N 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. 

Sue Owens Executive Director Champions for Health 10802 Executive Center Dr Ste 110 Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7057 Sue@archampions forhealth.org Owens was hired as the Executive Director of Champions for Health (formerly Arkansas Heart Foundation) in 2017 after a 20+ year career in baking and 13 years serving as Executive Director of Economics Arkansas. Champions for Health is focused on improving the health and fitness of Arkansas’ youth. In response to the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the state, their goal is to reverse that trend. Obesity has been directly related to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and many other chronic diseases. Champions for Health launched a pilot initiative with Morrilton Intermediate School during the 2018-2019 school year with a plan to infuse health, nutrition and fitness strategies into the school environment. The goal is to

develop a replicable model for schools statewide to embrace.

P T. Glenn Pait, M.D. Director, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-5270 PaitThomasG@ uams.edu Pait is a professor of neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. He is a recognized authority in the field of spine surgery. His surgical interest focuses on surgical intervention for multiple myeloma, primary and metastatic tumors of the spine, spinal cord tumors, and degenerative disorders. His research interest focuses on anatomy of the spine and virtual reality as an anatomy tool for teaching, training, and self-learning of the human body. Dr. Pait received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and obtained an MD from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Denten Park Market Chief Executive Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Park is an accomplished healthcare leader with more than 20 years of executive management experience at hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in Arizona, Wyoming and Utah. Prior to joining Northwest Health in 2018, he served as CEO of Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Park earned his master’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University and his bachelor’s degree in business management and social business from Utah State University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Rogers/Lowell Chamber of Commerce and an ex-officio member of

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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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Ron Peterson President and CEO Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1039 www.baxter regional.org Peterson became President and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center in 2007, after more than 20 years of progressive healthcare experience. Prior to joining BRMC, he worked for Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Kentucky, for 15 years, first as Vice President and then as President. He was also Chief Operating Officer at Incarnate Word Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and Vice President of Ancillary Services at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Peterson earned a Master of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Morehead, Minnesota.

Alisa Petet-McElfresh Administrator GastroArkansas 409 N University Ave. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-664-6980 alisa@gastro arkansas.com Petet’s robust experience in the healthcare industry makes her uniquely qualified to be the Administrator at GastroArkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2007 with a degree in nursing. She has been a part of the GastroArkansas team since 2000, holding various roles throughout her tenure including Registered Nurse, Clinical Manager, Chief Operations Officer, and now Administrator. As Administrator, Petit is responsible for the overall success of all four clinic locations and the three endoscopy centers including pathology and anesthesia services. Petit also speaks nationally to independent medical practices and hospital systems to provide education on the changes in the healthcare landscape and also educates medical professionals on the treatment of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She was a nominee for the Arkansas State

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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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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 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.

James Reed Chief Information Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Information Officer, Reed is responsible for the information system operations of the health system which includes Conway Regional Medical Center, Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Conway Regional Surgery Center, an outpatient imaging center and 10 primary care clinics located throughout north Central Arkansas. In addition, Reed provides executive oversight of the Pharmacy and Quality Departments and servers as Conway Regional’s Corporate Compliance Officer. Reed has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare and leadership. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Master of Business Administration

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from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as a member of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association.  He has served on the board of directors for the Arkansas Association of Health-system Pharmacists and was recently recognized as Administrator of the Year for the North Metro Healthcare Region by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Benjamin A Riley MCSA MCSE Clinical Administrator Cornerstone Clinic for Women 9500 Baptist Health Drive, Suite 100 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-5500 cornerstoneclinic forwomen.com Riley has been an administrator for over 30 years; 11 in healthcare and four in IT administration. He has recently overseen the building expansion of the Cornerstone Clinic for Women to 40,000 square feet which was completed in 2018. Riley has a BA in Accounting. 

Jacob Robinson Chief Administrative Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7026 Jacob.robinson@ arheart.com Robinson joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2018 as its Chief Administrative Officer. During his career, Robinson has worked in various roles with Baptist Health including starting as an Administrative Fellow in Little Rock and transitioning to the leadership team that opened and operationalized the BHMC Conway Hospital as an Assistant Vice President and Assistant Administrator. He is a native Arkansans and a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and UAMS.

Doug Ross, MD President & Chief Medical Officer CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs & CHI St. Vincent

2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000 chistvincent.com Dr. Ross serves as president for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and chief medical officer for the CHI St. Vincent hospitals. He previously was vice president of medical affairs for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. He joined that hospital in 2003 as an emergency medicine physician. He has also served as chief of staff, medical director of informatics and medical director of the emergency department at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. Ross is board certified in emergency medicine and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Lori Paladino Ross Chief Development Officer Conway Regional Foundation 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Development Officer, Ross is responsible for the philanthropy operations of the health system, cultivating relationships with existing and prospective donors to the Conway Regional Health Foundation. In addition to leading the Foundation team, Ross leads the organization’s governmental affairs efforts working closely with appointed and elected officials and lobbyists throughout the market area in Arkansas and in DC.  Ross has been a member of the Conway Regional team since 1998.  She has over 25 years of experience in healthcare.  Ross holds an MBA as well as a BBA in Marketing from the University of Central Arkansas.  She is a member of the national Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and has served the Arkansas Hospital Association as Chairman of the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations board.  She has served on and led multiple community boards including the municipally owned utility, Conway Corporation; the Conway Area

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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@ark hospitals.org

www.arkhospitals.org Ryall is president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association. He has been with the Association since 2005 and was named president in 2010.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Bo also served as the chief lobbyist on the state level for Arkansas hospitals and was previously executive director of the HomeCare Association of Arkansas.  He currently serves as the chairman of the Health Care Providers Forum, is a member of the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, is an Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency advisory board member, and is 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.

Bob Sarker President Arkansas Health Network (CHI St. Vincent) 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501- 552-3592 arkansashealth network.com Sarkar joined CHI St. Vincent in 2015 as president of the Arkansas Health Network. Before that, Sarkar was senior vice president of operations/ value-based care for Premier Health in Dayton, Ohio, and regional vice president and chief strategy officer for Presence Health in Chicago. He has also provided consulting and program implementation services to some of the nation’s leading healthcare providers and has served as the national leader of healthcare and practice vice president for Sogeti/Capgemini. He has an MBA from the University of Illinois and bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Fred Scarborough, CFRE Chief Development Officer and Chief Communications Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 ScarboroughF@ 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, 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 Interim CEO 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. Previously, 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


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 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, Missouri. 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. Scoggins completed Six Sigma Green Belt training in 2018.

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 the Central Arkansas

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Veterans Healthcare System effective May 1, 2016. She has direct line responsibility and full accountability for managing all activities, including a two-campus medical center, a Nursing Home Care Unit, a 119-bed Domiciliary, and eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics. She sets policy for the $573 million budget and more than 3,000 employees. Scott graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, receiving her 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. After serving as faculty and clinical laboratory director at Vanderbilt for five years, she served full time at CAVHS as Laboratory Director, Assistant Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service, Chief of PL&M Service, Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, Interim Medical Center Director, and VISN 16 Interim Chief Medical Officer. Scott is a graduate of the Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI) Class of 2007. Scott is a tenured Professor of Pathology at University

of Arkansas Medical Sciences and is active in resident education.

J. Larry Shackelford, CPA, FACMPE President and CEO Washington Regional Medical System 3215 N North Hills Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-463-1000 wregional.com Shackelford was named Washington Regional President and CEO in 2017 after serving as Senior Vice President – Strategy and Outreach Services since 2010.  Previously he was CEO at Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, a multispecialty physician group practice, since its inception in 1998. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and worked for the accounting firm Baird, Kurtz and Dobson before entering healthcare administration at Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic. He is a Certified Public Accountant and fellow in the American College of Medical

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Greg Sharp, MD Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 sharpg@archildrens. org Sharp is senior vice president/chief medical officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He also serves as a professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine. Dr. Sharp has been board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology, and Added Qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. He also holds the John H. Bornhofen, MD Endowed Chair in Child Neurology and serves as co-medical director of the ACH Neuroscience Center, Neuroscience Inpatient Unit and Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Dr. Sharp earned his medical degree at UAMS, completed his residency in Pediatrics at UAMS and ACH, and completed a residency/fellowship in Child Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. with specialized training in clinical neurophysiology.

John Sharp Market Chief Financial Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Sharp is the market chief financial officer for Northwest Health. He came to Northwest Health in 2019 from

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Laredo Medical Center, where he had served as CFO since 2014. With more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, Sharp previously served as CFO for Seton Medical Center Harker Heights in Harker Heights, Texas; St. Mary’s Health System in Waterbury, Connecticut; and Brownwood Regional Medical Center in Brownwood, Texas. Prior experience includes work as a controller, senior staff accountant and staff accountant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, focusing on accounting and finance, from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

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.

Angie Smith Nurse Executive/Vice President of Nursing St. Bernards Medical Center 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4283 asmith@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info/ Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1994 from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2005 and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

in 2017, both from Arkansas State. In her role as Vice President of Nursing, Smith directs all nursing activities at St. Bernards Medical Center, including education, recruitment, leadership and quality. Smith, licensed as both a Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Arkansas, holds the following certifications: Certified Nurse Educator from the National League of Nurses, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Critical Care Nurse from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

H. Scott Smith, JD 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 Tennessee Medical Association’s lobbying efforts for seven sessions.

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, Missouri, is responsible for the strategic planning, administration and


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Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH Director & State Health Officer Arkansas Department of Health 4815 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 501-280-4648 www.healthy. arkansas.gov Dr. Smith is a member of Governor 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 2,400 employees, 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 boardcertified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine and holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He holds adjunct faculty positions at the UAMS College of Medicine and College of Public Health.

Richard Smith, M.D. Director Psychiatric Research Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-8100 SmithGRichard@ uams.edu Smith was named director of the Psychiatric Research Institute in 2018. He was the institute’s first director and served as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry from 2001 to 2013, during which he oversaw the design and construction of the building, which opened in 2008. Smith was named dean of the UAMS College of Medicine and executive vice chancellor in 2013, a position he held for two years

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before stepping down to become a professor of psychiatry, medicine and public health. The Institute provides comprehensive psychiatric treatment and performs groundbreaking mental health research.

Stacy Smith-Foley, MD Medical Director The Breast Center at CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 www.carti.com Dr. Smith-Foley joined the staff of CARTI in 2019 as the Medical Director of The Breast Center at CARTI. She brings more than a decade of clinical experience as a dedicated breast imager practicing in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.  She is a graduate of both UCA and UAMS and is a member of the UCA Foundation Board.  Board Certified in Diagnostic Radiology, with a Subspecialty in Breast Imaging, she completed her radiology residency at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She then completed a fellowship in breast imaging at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA.  Dr. Smith-Foley is a leader in her field as a member of the Hologic Scientific Advisory Board and speaker for Myriad.  She is an active member of the Society of Breast Imagers and the National Consortium of Breast Centers. 

Kevin Spears Chief Operating Officer/Administrator Stone County Medical Center 2106 E Main Street Mountain View, AR 870-269-4361 www.whiteriverhealth system.com Spears is the Chief Operating Officer/ Administrator of Stone County Medical Center (SCMC), an affiliate hospital of White River Health System (WRHS). Spears has more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience. His personal passion to provide quality healthcare and commitment to growth of the organization led the roles of Director, and later Chief Executive

Officer of a regional rehabilitation hospital. Spears brings his expertise to SCMC, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Shane Speights, DO Dean New York Institute of Technology & College of Osteopathic Medicine 2405 Aggie Rd Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-680-8196 nyit.edu/arkansas Dr. Speights is the Dean of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) at Arkansas State University.  He previously held the position of Associate Dean of Clinical Education at the same institution.  Speights graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.  After two years of pre-professional studies at Arkansas State University, he attended the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences where he obtained his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine.  Speights then attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Family Medicine Residency Program in Jonesboro where he completed a three-year residency in Family and Preventative Medicine.  He went on to complete a one-year fellowship from Ohio University in Health Policy.

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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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Robert W. Steele, MD, MBA Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 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.

Scott Stern, MD Medical Director, Surgical Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000 www.carti.com Dr. Stern joined CARTI in 2011 when CARTI expanded to become Arkansas’ largest private, not-for-profit fullservice cancer center and named Medical Director of Surgical Oncology for CARTI in 2017. Stern specializes in Surgical Oncology of the Head & Neck and has been in practice for nearly 30 years. After graduating from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, Stern completed a residency at UAMS in Otolaryngology and then went on to MD Anderson to complete a fellowship for head and neck oncologic surgery. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

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Michael Stewart Chief Executive Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000 www.saline memorial.org Stewart assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer at Saline Health System in Benton, Arkansas, on November 30, 2018. He brings nearly 15 years of healthcare leadership experience to this new role. Stewart came to Saline Health System from Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas, where he served as CEO since 2014. Prior to his time at Navarro Regional, he spent two years as the COO/Administrator for Northwest Health System in Springdale, Arkansas, and seven years in executive leadership roles at hospitals in California and Florida. Prior to his healthcare career, Stewart spent four years as a member of the United States Air Force where he rose to the rank of Captain. He received his MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Chris Stines President CHI St. Vincent North 2215 Wildwood Ave. Sherwood, 72120 501-552-7100 chistvincent.com Stines became president of CHI St. Vincent North in January 2019. He previously served as vice president of operations for the North hospital and joined CHI St. Vincent as executive director of neurosciences in 2013. Before that, he served as chief operating officer / project director at Johns Hopkins Medicine and spent 15-years at Indiana University School of Medicine in roles including executive director, chief operating officer and foundation president. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a certificate in business from Indiana University.

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.

Jennifer Styron Chief Financial Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3232 carti.com Styron joined CARTI as Chief Financial Officer in 2018, after spending over 7 years with Arkansas Heart Hospital. She has an exceptionally innovative Finance Team that includes Business Intelligence, Revenue Cycle, Patient Advocacy, Health Information 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. Styron is passionate about financial and clinical synergies at all levels.


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T Dr. James A. Tanner Chief Medical Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Dr. Tanner joined Northwest Health from Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Florida, where he served as senior vice president of physician services. Prior to that role, Dr. Tanner spent five years with Catholic Health Initiatives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served as chief medical officer and vice president of physician management practice. Preceding his transition into medical leadership roles, Dr. Tanner practiced medicine for 27 years as an OB/GYN. As Northwest Health’s chief medical officer, Dr. Tanner serves as a key member of the senior leadership team. He is responsible for medical affairs and providing administration and the medical staff with knowledge, experience and leadership from a

medical management perspective. Dr. Tanner earned his medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He then completed his OB/ GYN residency also at UAMS. In addition to his medical education, he has a Master of Business Administration from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Brian Taylor Chief Information Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3436 carti.com Taylor joined CARTI in 2018 as Chief Information Officer. Taylor is a highly skilled IT leader with experience in developing strategic initiatives that align business needs with existing and emerging technologies. His more than 20 years of experience in IT has included stops at Edafio Technology Partners, IBM, Accenture and Acxiom among others. Taylor received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical

Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

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 of 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,

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Sharon Theriot Business Development Executive SVMIC P. O. Box 20416 White Hall, AR 716120416 870-540-9161 sharon.theriot@ svmic.com svmic.com Theriot joined SVMIC in 2011 and is responsible for business development efforts in Arkansas.  She has an extensive background working with physicians and medical practices having worked in physician recruitment/ retention for more than 18 years prior to joining SVMIC.  Theriot 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, Arkansas, Chief Operating Officer at J.F.K. Memorial Hospital in Indio, California and later at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama 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.

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Brent Thompson, JD Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100 sharpg@archildrens. org Brent Thompson, JD, leads Arkansas Children’s Legal Services division as senior vice president and chief legal officer. Thompson previously served as chief legal officer for Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, NC, a system with more than 900 licensed beds and 6,000 employees. He has also worked as assistant general counsel for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. Thompson earned his law degree at the University of Tulsa College of Law and is also an alum of University of Oklahoma in Norman. He has extensive experience in litigation, hospital policies and procedures and hospital compliance with federal laws.

Mark Thurman Chief Executive Officer Families, Inc. Counseling Services 1815 Pleasant Grove Road Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.933.6886 mthurman@ familiesinc.net Thurman joined Families, Inc. in 2001. He served as a mental health paraprofessional, then therapist and Clinical Supervisor in the Searcy clinic prior to his promotion to Chief Operations Officer in 2005.  In 2010, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.  In addition to overseeing the operations of Families, Inc., he is actively involved in the Arkansas Healthcare Alliance as well as numerous committees tasked with advancing mental health care in the state of Arkansas.

Bruce B. Tidwell Partner   Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-1496 btidwell@friday firm.com Tidwell is a partner in the Health Law Group focused on representing various healthcare entities. In addition, Bruce also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to civil litigation involving real estate issues, such as eminent domain.  

Jodiane Tritt, JD Executive Vice President 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. She 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 work at ADH, she played an integral role in public health policy development and was responsible for the agency’s legislative agenda. Incoming president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives, she is PastPresident 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 also a past chair of the State Association of Government Relations Officials for the American Hospital Association. Tritt is a graduate of Hendrix College and holds a JD from William H. Bowen School of Law.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Matt Troup, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.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, Florida. 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.

Vincent Turner Assistant Vice President, Continuum of Care St. Bernards Healthcare 225 E Jackson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4237 vturner@sbrmc.org Turner is a graduate of Jacksonville State University who went on to earn master’s degrees in healthcare

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administration and business administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. While working on graduate degrees, he completed an internship and a residency at St. Bernards. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, he has oversight of Senior Health Clinic, Home Health, Hospice, Telemedicine and the Palliative Care Program. He also maintains the St. Bernards- partnership/relationships with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Arkansas Continued Care Hospital.

Richard M. Tyler, JD SPHR Chief Human Resources Officer Conway Regional Foundation 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831 www.conway regional.org As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tyler is responsible for human resources, employee engagement, and education and training functions for Conway Regional Health System which includes Conway Regional Medical Center, primary and specialty clinics located in Faulkner and surrounding counties. Tyler has 36 years of Human Resources experience including over 25 years in Human Resources management in healthcare, banking, and state government and 26 years as an attorney focused on employment law. Tyler has a Bachelor of Arts Political Science from Hendrix College, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Juris Doctor of Law from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and is a licensed attorney in the State of Arkansas.  He is a member and past president and board member of the Arkansas Healthcare Human Resources Association, member of American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, member and past president and board member of the Arkansas Industry Liaison Group, member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and member of the Arkansas Bar.

V Nicole Vaccarella Vice President & General Counsel Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1006 www.baxter regional.org Vaccarella has served as Vice President and General Counsel for Baxter Regional Medical Center since 2000. Vaccarella oversees legal affairs, corporate compliance, and risk management. She also works closely with the BRMC Board of Directors and medical staff regarding governance issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Al Velotta Chief Nursing Officer for Northwest Medical Center – Springdale Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711 www.northwest health.com Velotta is the chief nursing officer for Northwest Medical Center – Springdale. He came to Northwest Health from Byrd Regional Hospital, where he served as chief clinical officer. With more than 15 years of clinical leadership experience, Velotta previously served as client services vice president for Schumacher Clinical Partners in Lafayette, Louisiana; regional vice president—clinical operations for CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana; and vice president & chief nursing officer for Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. Prior experience includes work as a director of clinical services, executive healthcare consultant and management coordinator. Velotta earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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W Steven Webb President/CEO Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1003 steve.webb@unityhealth.org www.unity-health.org Steven Webb serves as the President/ CEO of Unity Health in Searcy, Arkansas. Following his undergraduate degree, Webb chose to pursue a master’s in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After graduation he served as a fellow at Unity Health (formerly White County Medical Center) and later became a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. His professional career, while spanning under 13 years, has seen exponential growth and a rapid rise, which can only be attributed to his servant leadership and ability to understand the needs of the organization he leads.

Doug Weeks Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2080 doug.weeks@ baptist-health.org Weeks, who previously served as Baptist Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, became senior vice president of strategy and innovation in March 2019. In the newly created position, he is responsible for overall system strategy deployment, and continues to lead all of Baptist Health’s partnership and collaborative efforts across the state. Prior to that, Weeks was senior vice president of hospital operations and 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 Univer-

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sity in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.

Jill Weeks Vice President of Medical Staff Support 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, Clinical Documentation, Case Management, Hospitalist Services, Intensivist Services, and Medical Staff Credentialing. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Arkansas State Medical Board’s Centralized Credentialing Verification Services.

Jeanne Wei, MD, Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 president 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.

Christopher Westfall, MD Dean, UAMS College of Medicine Director, UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5150 WestfallChristopherT @uams.edu Westfall joined UAMS in 1997 and served in numerous leadership positions prior to his appointment as chair of ophthalmology and director of the UAMS Jones Eye Institute in 2009. As interim 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. Westfall received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of


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Elisa Masterson White, JD Vice President & General Counsel Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878 elisawhite@ arkhospitals.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 of 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.  She is a graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and Arkansas State University.

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 started at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center as the Director of Performance Improvement in 2001. She was given additional duties as the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer in 2007 and was named the Chief Nursing Officer in 2012.  She has held a certification in Healthcare Quality from the Healthcare Quality Certification Commission since 2005.  She is a member of The Arkansas Association for Healthcare Quality, the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives, Leadership Paragould, Class VIII, and the Paragould Chamber of Commerce

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Board of Directors. As the Chief Nursing Officer, Williams is responsible for the practice of nursing by ensuring consistency in the standard of nursing practice across all clinical areas. As a member of the administrative team, she supports and facilitates a team approach in strategic planning, development, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs and services; assuring appropriate resources for the delivery of quality healthcare to patients, families and the communities AMMC serves.

Robert S. Williams, MD, FAAP Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800 williamsrs@ archildrens.org Williams serves as chief medical officer for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Previously, Williams served as an assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He worked closely with electronic medical record systems as the information technology medical director at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center before being named the medical director for pediatric emergency medicine. Williams earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of California and received his medical degree from St. George’s University. He completed both his pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Gina Wingfield Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Children’s, Inc. 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. Wingfield is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. 

Judith S. Wooten, MHA, CHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Hospice, Inc. 14 Parkstone Circle North Little Rock, AR 72116 501-748-3333 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 Master of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine 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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2019 Birch G. Wright, MPA 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 Wright was appointed as the Associate Medical Center Director effective March 17, 2019 at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. Wright is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. He has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2001 and served in numerous leadership roles. Birch is an active member in the American College of Health Care Executives, a graduate of the Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program, a graduate of Leadership VA, a Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence examiner and a Malcolm Baldrige examiner. His experience with engaging executive leaders has proven to be critical for achieving and sustaining a culture focused on excellence. Past assignments include Acting Associate Medical Center Director, Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Quality Management Service.

Debra J. Wright, MSBA, RN Chief Executive Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-4400 www.howard memorial.com Wright has worked in a hospital setting for over thirty years, twentyfive 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 nine years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital. She is an 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

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Board of Directors and serves on the American Hospital Association Council on Rural and Small Hospitals.

Salena Wright-Brown PhD, MNSc, APRN, RN Associate Director for Patient Care Services/ Nurse Executive Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-5400 www.littlerock.va.gov Wright-Brown’s VA career began at the Fayetteville VAMC in 1996 where she served until appointed as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in Jackson, MS in 2014. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who has practiced in Emergency Department, Occupational Health and Cardiovascular diagnostics. She has served as Nursing Manager, Coordinator of Nursing Clinical Support and as a Senior Nursing Leader. She has chaired/ co-chaired the Veterans Experience Board, Nursing Quality Councils, VISN Healthcare Delivery, Strategic Planning Committee and others. She serves the Quality Safety and Value committee, Joint Leadership Council, Accreditation Oversight and others. She is a member and served in leadership roles in professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, International Association of Forensic Nurses, American Nurses Association, NWA Critical Incident Stress Management, Nurses Christian Fellowship and the Emergency Nurses Association.

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 Executive Vice President. Wroten is responsible for implementing the association’s policies and programs, including overseeing its business and financial affairs and staff of eleven. 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.

Y Dennis Yelvington, MD 2019-2020 President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967 www.arkmed.org Stuttgart family physician Dennis Yelvington, MD, will serve as the 20192020 President of the Arkansas Medical Society.  Dr. Yelvington has been a member of the AMS for 33 years and has held numerous offices, including a seat on the Board of Trustees representing the physicians and citizens of Arkansas, Cross, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff counties. He received his medical degree from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Champions for Health 33

Northwest Health 19, 23, 25, 33, 43

Advanced Interventional Pain Management 8, 39

Conway Regional Health System 11, 18, 21, 29, 37, 45

Northwest Medical Center Bentonville 8, 10, 12

Arkansas Children’s 13, 15, 38, 42, 44, 48

Cornerstone Clinic for Women 37

Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 16, 23, 45

Arkansas Children’s Northwest 26, 30, 32, 48

F Families, Inc. 12, 44

Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 31

Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 11

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 17, 20, 28, 35, 44

Arkansas Department of Health 41

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Premier Gastroenterology Associates 21, 22

Arkansas Department of Human Services 21

GastroArkansas 35

ProAssurance 23

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Pulaski County Medical Society 13, 38

Halsey, Thrasher, Harpole Real Estate Group 24, 51

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Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 24 Arkansas Heart Hospital/ Clinics 12, 28, 32, 33, 36, 37 Arkansas Hospice 48 Arkansas Hospital Association 12, 14, 16, 38, 44, 48 Arkansas Medical Society 8, 15, 40, 49 Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 11, 15, 48 Arkansas Medical Group Management Association 30 Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association 36 Arkansas State Hospital 38 Arkansas Surgical Hospital 25 Arkansas Urology 13, 15

B Baptist Health 11, 15, 17, 46

Howard Memorial Hospital 14, 49

Jefferson Regional Medical Center 10, 25, 28, 36, 44

State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co (SVMIC) 2, 26, 44

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St. Bernards Healthcare 10, 12, 13, 19, 21, 25, 26, 29, 32, 34, 36, 40, 42, 45, 46

LifePoint Health 30

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St. Bernards Foundation 26

Mark Mathews Photography 47

Stone County Medical Center 41

Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 18, 20, 22

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Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 22, 28, 34

UAMS 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 41, 43, 45, 46, 52

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 20, 22, 27, 41

Unity Health 25, 28, 46

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 36

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NEA Baptist Health 16, 22, 29, 34, 38

CARTI 9, 20, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30, 33, 41, 42, 43

New York Institute of Technology & College of Osteopathic Medicine 41, 43

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SAMA Healthcare Services, PA 10 Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 11

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CHI St. Vincent 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 19, 23, 37, 38, 42

Saline Memorial Hospital 29, 42

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Baxter Regional Medical Center 19, 25, 35, 45

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 16, 30, 39, 49

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National Park Medical Center 14, 36

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 14, 29

V Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks 27, 31, 34, 49

W Washington Regional Medical Center 11, 16, 17, 22, 33, 37, 39 Westbrook & Reaves Real Estate 27 White River Health System 10


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