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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 University in Athens, Greece and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He later trained at Baptist Memorial and the University of Tennessee, both in Memphis, as well as, Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He also earned a Master of Medical Management from the University of California.

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Children’s 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, WI.

Melanie Edens Assistant Administrator NEA Baptist Health System 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptist online.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.

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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 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Ekeh is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute, Health Care Leadership 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. Mr. 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.

Peter Emanuel, MD 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 Dr. Emanuel is widely known for his

patient-centered research focusing on a rare form of childhood leukemia and how it can serve as a model for more common types of cancer. He became director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in July 2007, which he led through construction of a 12-story expansion and significant program growth. Emanuel received his medical school degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Timothy C. Ezell Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-1414

tezell@FridayFirm.com Ezell practices primarily in healthcare law, representing hospitals, physician groups and other medical service providers in various corporate and compliance matters. His experience covers matters relating to HIPAA, Stark, fraud and abuse, anti-kickback, EMTALA, Medicare reimbursement, compliance, joint ventures, provider sales and acquisitions, medical staff bylaws and credentialing issues.

F R.T. Fendley Chief Strategy Officer 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 healthcare 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.

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