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Listing of Top Healthcare Executives Making a Difference for Arkansas


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Greetings Arkansas Medical News Readers! I’m proud to present the 4th annual edition of our InCharge magazine. While the individual listings in this publication reflect both stability and change in healthcare management across the state, I propose that we take this opportunity to celebrate the incredible talent, new and old, that we have in our Arkansas healthcare leaders. They are the people behind the scenes managing our hospitals, medical organizations and medical practices – large and small. Each year, we select five people from this talent pool to spotlight for their expertise and contribution. Featured this year are: Tricia Montague is an accomplished professional woman who has led Arkansas Children’s Hospital through the construction and recent opening of their brand new facility in Northwest Arkansas. What a whirlwind year it’s been for this steady and competent leader who has rightfully taken the helm of this beautiful new hospital that offers the best in children’s care and services to the fastest growing area of the state. E. Scot Davis’s knowledge of the healthcare industry and keen business acumen is what makes him one of our state’s most impressive healthcare leaders. A native Memphian, Scot has made Little Rock his home and has been leading Arkansas Urology, the state’s largest urology practice, through the development of a new $6M surgery center and expansion of their North Little Rock location. Carrie Helm’s career in hospital management began in a community hospital setting in her home state of Oklahoma. She is a humble, dedicated professional with a strong work ethic and clear strategy of hiring and training well, putting a plan in place and letting her team execute the plan. She is an advocate of physician-owned healthcare facilities to which she attributes much of the success of Arkansas Surgical Hospital. Representing the northeast corner of our state is Brad Parsons, CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Brad led his organization through a $400M construction project and 2014 opening of a state of the art facility to better serve the area’s growing population. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Brad has proven to be one of our state’s most competent, innovative and rising stars. Stephanie Gardner is not only Provost and Chief Academic Officer of UAMS but she has also been serving as the Interim Chancellor until the new chancellor takes the position this coming summer. She is unique among our cover people because she is responsible for educating and training future health professionals to meet the needs of patients throughout Arkansas in the ever changing world of healthcare. I know you’ll enjoy reading all their comments in our cover story on the next few pages. In it, we discuss how these fine leaders are ensuring optimum patient care on limited budgets and reduced reimbursements. The goal through sharing their comments is that each of you reading might gain insight that will help and/or inspire you. For well over a decade, Arkansas Medical News has been a consistent and integral part of the Arkansas medical community by bringing regular updates on both the science of medicine and the business of healthcare to Arkansas healthcare professionals. It’s our goal to deliver valuable news and insights for better job performance.

INSIDE: Listing of Top Healthcare Leaders Improving Health Across The Natural State

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We have spent a great deal of thought, time and effort in compiling this list of Arkansas’ healthcare executives. However, we recognize that there are others worthy of having a listing in a future issue of InCharge. If you know of one, please let me know. I welcome your comments and suggestions for how as a medical trade publication, we can serve you better. Thanks again for being a valued reader.

Trisha Montague, E. Scot Davis, Carrie Helm, Brad Parsons, Stephanie Gardner Cover photo by Mark Mathews This edition of AMN InCharge was proudly printed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Arkansas Healthcare Leaders Facing Double Challenge of Improving Patient Care While Reducing Costs Providers focusing on care coordination and preparing for payment reform

in appointments and be part of

By BECKY GILLETTE

discussions when the physician University of Arkansas for

and team are deciding care. Within

Medical Sciences

the hospital, they have extended

Arkansas healthcare providers

patient visiting hours. Another

are currently faced with a double

effort is extending clinic hours

challenge. Government programs

to make it easier for patients to

and private insurers are requiring

access providers outside of normal

payment reforms to reduce costs

office hours.

while at the same time demanding

“A focus on quality is

better patient care.

important, too,” Gardner said. “It

“I think the bottom line is that

is a focus on our star rating and

we are going to need to have better

trying to make sure we are not

coordinated care than we have

only providing care that costs less,

had in the past,” said University

but we are providing the highest

of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Interim Chancellor and

level of evidence-based care that Stephanie Gardner

we are capable of providing.”

Provost Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD. “We are working in a lot of different ways to prepare for

“We are going to seek ways to make care more accessible

Arkansas Surgical Hospital Carrie Helm, CEO, Arkansas

payment reform and care delivery.

and a good example of that is

Surgical Hospital (ASH), said

We are working with other health

through telemedicine,” Gardner

improving care while reducing

systems to develop residency

said. “We’ve already been able to

costs is a continuing topic.

programs. We’re also working with

use telemedicine to extend the

“The commitment at ASH is we

other hospital partners in a shared

expertise of clinicians in the areas

will not sacrifice quality for cost,”

services organization to improve

of high risk pregnancies, stroke,

Helm said. “Sometimes that is a

care and contain costs in an effort

geriatrics and mental health.”

tough row to hoe, but I think we

to better coordinate and provide population health initiatives.” Gardner doesn’t see the

Another strategy is regarding

have done that successfully. The

patient and family-centered care

approach is that everybody here

that involves making sure the

at the hospital is involved in the

mandates to improve care and

patient and his or her families are

care that we deliver. It is really not

reduce costs to be impossible

part of the healthcare team. They

about the CEO; it is more about

objectives. She believes they will

make a strong effort to ensure the

the team. The CEO puts structure

gain efficiency and become more

family of patients is involved and

into place. The team executes each

effective.

able to join the patient member

and every time.”

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value-based world,” Parsons said.

can’t accomplish what we have

“We have developed an integrated

accomplished.”

model for care. We have built a whole new department called care

NEA Baptist Health System Brad Parsons, CEO, NEA

initiatives that help us transition to

Baptist Health System, said the

the value-based world. We keep

downward pressure on hospitals

our patients at the center of that.

and the healthcare system is

We are really focused on improving

evident everywhere.

care for patients and that is our

“It is a challenge to see if

Carrie Helm

management based on value-based

focus or our real true north.”

we can change the way we do

Parsons said they believe the

business in face of the risks we

care management platform helps

have,” Parsons said. “The double

them move toward a health and

challenge of improving care while

wellness component. Patients are

reducing costs is made even

getting better preventive care

more difficult due to the fact that

and screenings to help them stay

Arkansas and the South have

healthier.

Helm said their team of 300 has

traditionally been paid less for

the foremost objective of providing

medical services than other parts

care is especially challenging in

excellent care for patients so

of the country.”

light of the Medicaid expansion

they walk away with a positive

Four years ago, NEA Baptist

Reducing the total cost of

in Arkansas that created unique

outcome. While it goes by many

Health System opened a new

challenges, in that many enrolled

names, quality care comes down

medical campus with the hospital

in that program have medical

to making sure patients receive the

connected to the clinic to house

coverage for the first time and

care they deserve.

all of their medical specialties and

their care costs more.

“To me, it is not that complicated,” Helm said. “It is the Golden Rule: Treat others as you

subspecialties. “That integrated model for care is really positioned for the

“Everybody is looking at the cost of this expansion,” he said. “I would contend this population has

would be treated. Be honest. If

to be included in the system and

something occurs, let them know it

we have to get their healthcare

occurred and how to address it. Be

costs under control in order to

kind, respectful and treat people with

move to a value-based platform.”

dignity. In healthcare, if you aren’t a Arkansas Urology

servant, you shouldn’t be there. And quality tends to be fruitful from a

E. Scot Davis, CEO of Arkansas

business standpoint. It doesn’t mean

Urology, said one of their many

hard choices don’t have to be made,

uses for technology is to ensure

but it means you don’t sacrifice

patients are given the correct

quality to save money.”

information for their treatment

ASH is a physician-owned

pathway. In urology, the four most

hospital and Helm gives a lot of

common diseases or conditions

credit to them.

treated are prostate cancer,

“The surgeons here are

overactive bladder, BPH (enlarged

spectacular,” she said. “They take

prostate), and kidney stones.

an active role in the care that our patients receive. They set the

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“So, within those four clinical Brad Parsons

pathways, we have dedicated staff

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 communicate with their healthcare

have their own disease processes

providers through a web-based

and disease entities. Having the

patient portal.

expertise to know what the child needs, helps improve outcomes.”

Arkansas Children’s Northwest One of the most significant

E. Scot Davis

who manage those treatment algorithms,” Davis said. “The value

The hospital is fully staffed with 30 physicians and a total of

projects to improve pediatric

275 employees including pediatric

care in the state is the new

nurses and social workers who

$167 million Arkansas Children’s

specialize in children and families.

Northwest (ACNW) that opened

Many of the physicians represent

in February. Trisha Montague,

pediatric specialties not previously

MS, RN, senior vice president and

available in Northwest Arkansas

chief administrator for Arkansas

such as pediatric surgery, cardiology,

Children’s Northwest (ACNW) in

hematology\oncology, ear nose and

Springdale, said the new hospital is

throat surgery, orthopedic surgery

the most significant manifestation

and emergency care.

of the strategic plan by Arkansas

“All of those things will begin

Children’s to transform pediatric

to impact the quality of care

healthcare delivery in the state.

children receive in Northwest

“Arkansas Children’s Northwest

Arkansas,” Montague said. “As soon

in having those pathways is that

shows our financial commitment to

as a child crosses the threshold in

we are treating these conditions in

that goal,” Montague said. “When

our hospital, he or she is quickly

a similar fashion to receive similar

you look at opening a freestanding

stabilized and treated with what

outcomes. However, the challenge

children’s community hospital,

they need by people who specialize

with pathways is that individuals don’t

that in and of itself is transforming

in the care of children. That is the

always necessarily react the same to

care for that community. Children’s

big impact that we are having.

those treatment plans. In other words,

healthcare is different than adult

We are providing care close to

the challenge for many physicians is

healthcare. As we’ve heard people

home for children and families who

how to manage population health

say, they are not little adults. They

previously had to travel up to three

and yet provide personalized care for

hours for that care.”

individual patients.”

Montague said that for

Another method of gauging

ACNW, cost containment is about

success is patient satisfaction

challenging themselves to have a

surveys on each physician which

different structure for leadership

are shared monthly with the entire

and management as a streamlined

group. Long waiting times can

way to provide service.

cause patients concerns, but Davis

“We are creating a culture and

said since Arkansas has a shortage

environment for providing care

of urologists, it can be a challenge

close to home in as economical

for providers to see all the patients

and efficient a manner as possible,”

in a timely fashion.

she said. “We have been very

Communicating well with

purposeful about developing a lean

patients is another goal. Davis said

administrative structure that allows

insurance companies are moving

us to focus our resources on direct

toward patient accountability for

care providers and eliminating

their own health, and one way to do that is have the patient

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as many unnecessary levels as Trisha Montague

possible.”


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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.ouachitamed center.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. Abbott continuously looks for ways to enhance the Medical Center’s services. 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. She on the board the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, the Camden Area Industrial Development Council and Bancorp South. 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.

Chad Aduddell Market CEO CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Aduddell became Market 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

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 and as Chair and Administrator of the Saints Heart and Vascular Institute. Aduddell has a BS with honors from the University of Tulsa and a 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.

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, Oklahoma. 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.

Leslie “Bubba” Arnold President CHI St. Vincent Morrilton 4 Hospital Dr. Morrilton, AR 72110 501-977-2300

www.chistvincent.com Arnold became President at 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

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the Board for the Morrilton Chamber of Commerce.

Aimee Arzoumanian, Assistant Chief Executive Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com As the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Sparks Health System, Arzoumanian oversees operations at Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren. Arzoumanian joined Sparks in 2009 as a Hospitalist Physician Assistant and later became an Assistant Administrator in 2013. She earned a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mercy College in New York and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

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.

B 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 healthcare 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 Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000

chistvincent.com Barnett 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.


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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 Chief Financial Officer NEA Baptist Clinic 4802 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-8000

www.baptist online.org/nea Barylske oversees the clinic’s finance, central billing office, data management and information technology departments. He is responsible for all clinic financial operations including management of general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, physician compensation, payroll and budgeting.

Gary Bebow Chief Executive Officer White River Health System 1710 Harrison Street Batesville, AR 72501 870-262-1200

www.whiteriver healthsystem.com Bebow, White River Health System CEO, joined White River Medical Center (WRMC) in 1991 as Administrator/CEO. Under his leadership, the community hospital developed into White River Health System (WRHS), a regional healthcare organization serving patients in a ten county area of North Central Arkansas. Bebow has served on the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Batesville/Independence County Economic Development Commission. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

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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 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 (CPA) since 1988.

William Bowes, MS Senior Vice Chancellor, Finance & Administration & Chief Financial Officer University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5670

WRBowes@uams.edu Bowes was named chief financial officer in 2013. Prior to that, he spent 32 years working in higher education finance and immediately before joining UAMS was chief financial officer for the Connecticut Colleges and State Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education. Bowes earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and a master’s degree in urban and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook W. Averill Harriman School for Management and Policy College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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 board-certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and Research Administrators Certification Council.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Michael Breault Chief Financial Officer Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000

www.northwest health.com Breault has more than 20 years of hospital financial management experience. Prior to joining Northwest Health, he served as the assistant CFO at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center near Austin, TX. Michael has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and a BBA from the University of Michigan.

Nancy Brown Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, North and Morrilton 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

plan of the AHA’s new 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, charge and staff nurse.

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, Mississippi 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.

Patricia Bryant RDN Interim Deputy Medical Center Director Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 4300 W. 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-5400

www.littlerock.va.gov Bryant is Acting Deputy Medical Center Director of Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), Little Rock, Arkansas, while the position is vacant. She is normally the Chief, Nutrition and Food Services at CAVHS. As the Acting Deputy Medical Center Director, Ms. Bryant is charged with management of the Central Business Office, Pharmacy, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, and Strategic Management Service and Quality Management. Ms. Bryant has 30 years of experience at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and has held positions including Acting Deputy Medical Center Director, Chief Nutrition and Food Services, Chief Administrative Section, and Nutrition Support Dietitian. Ms. Bryant began her VA career through participation in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Veterans Affairs Dietetic Internship Program in 1973 and was appointed as a Registered Dietitian in 1975.

Brandon Bullard, CPA Chief Financial Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

Sparkshealth.com Bullard is the current CFO of Sparks Health System. He most recently served as CFO of AllianceHealth Midwest in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Bullard is a certified public accountant and has more than 11 years of experience as CFO for multiple for-profit and not-forprofit healthcare facilities in Oklahoma and Texas. Bullard holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.

pbrown@arkhospitals.org Brown’s primary duties are to lead in the development, coordination and implementation of the goals and work

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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. He previously practiced as a psychiatrist then medical director in the Behavioral Health Department of St. Bernard’s Medical Center and is a member of the American Psychiatry Association. Dr. Burnett joined Families, Inc. in July of 2015 and 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.

C Amy Cahill, MD 2017-2018 President Arkansas Medical Society 10 Corporate Hill Drive, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-8967

www.genesiscenter forwomen.com Cahill has been part of the clinical staff for the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 16 years and has been part of the AHEC clinical faculty in the past. She received her medical degrees from UAMS in 1995 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology as UAMS in 1999. Cahill is affiliated with the Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the same hospital where she was born. She is in private practice at the Genesis Center for Women in Pine Bluff. She has been a member of the Arkansas Medical Society Board of Trustees since 2007.

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Darren Caldwell Vice President/ Administrator Unity Health-Harris Medical Center 1205 McLain Street Newport, AR 72112 870-523-8911

darren.caldwell@unityhealth.org www.unity-health.org Caldwell was welcomed as the VP/ Administrator for Unity Health | Harris Medical Center in Newport just under two years ago. He formerly served as the CEO of DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home and has served Arkansas for more than 26 years through his healthcare career. He was the 2014 recipient of the A. Allen Weintraub Administrator of the Year Award; the highest honor for a hospital executive on the state level. As a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association’s (AHA) Board of Directors since 2008, Caldwell currently serves as Chairman of the AHA Board.

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, Dr. Cargile oversees numerous activities focused on all aspects of clinical quality improvement, including effectiveness, patient-centeredness, efficiency and equity, for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the UAMS in 1994 and has held numerous clinical and academic posts in psychiatry.

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

ChaconCC@ archildrens.org Chacón has overall executive responsibility for operational leadership and accountability for system operations, which includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) campus, which opened this year 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, non-profit organizations, and healthcare professional organizations.

Sister Maria Christi Cavanaugh, O.S.B. MHSM Vice President of Mission Services St. Bernards Medical Center 225 E. Jackson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-207-4275

mcavanaugh@sbrmc.org Sister Maria Christi Cavanaugh is the Director of the St. Bernards Medical Center Pastoral Care Department. Also 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 Benedicitine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent. She has a background in home health administration and is an RN.


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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Kelly Evans Chronister RN, MBA, COE Chief Executive Officer Southern Eye Associates 601 East Matthews Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.206.9200

www.arkansaslasik.com Chronister has been with Southern Eye Associates & the Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas since 2012. She has 30 years of experience in healthcare and executive leadership. She is a member of the American Academy for Ophthalmology Executives (AAOE), Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA). Chronister serves on the ASOA Regional Meetings task force and was a long-time member of the Governor’s Strategic Development task force for the Arkansas Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. She is a nationally board Certified Ophthalmic Executive and is the first in Northeast Arkansas to obtain this designation. She has published articles in the Arkansas Journal of Medicine and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Medicines Eye Net.

Alesha D. Collins, MSN, MHA, RN Chief Nursing Officer Howard Memorial Hospital 130 Medical Circle Nashville, AR 71852 870-845-8909

www.howard memorial.com Collins has worked in various healthcare settings including home health, hospital, inpatient/outpatient rehab, and long-term care for twelve years. Seven years were spent as a staff nurse and in nursing management positions in the various settings listed. For the past five years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital, as the Chief Nursing Officer. She is an RN with a MSN and a MHA. She is an active member of the American Organization for Nurse Executives and the Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives where she holds the position as President-Elect. She was honored as one of the 2016 40 outstanding nurse leaders in Arkansas under 40.

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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 Marketing and the CHI St. Vincent Foundation, Cook directs all marketing and communications, and she 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.

Scott S. Cooper, MD 2017-2018 Immediate Past President Arkansas Medical Society Mercy Clinic Orthopedics 1101 Horsebarn Rd Rogers, AR 72758 479-271-9607

www.arkmed.org Raised in Harrisburg, Cooper earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and political science from Southern Methodist University. He was graduated from UAMS in 1991, then trained in orthopaedics at Campbell Clinic in Memphis. He was a partner at Ozark Orthopaedics for 17 years before joining Mercy Clinics in 2014. He and his wife Cynthia have one daughter, Bowman, who is a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Patricia Cowan, PhD, 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 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@ howardmemorial.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.

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

tcreel@arkhospitals.org 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 Self-Insured 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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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) 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.

Paul Cunningham Executive Vice President Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Dr. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-224-7878

pcunningham@ arkhospitals.org Cunningham is the Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Hospital Association. He holds a BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas (1971), where he also earned a master’s degree in public administration. He joined the AHA in December 1980, was promoted to senior vice president in 1995 and became executive vice president in 2011. His primary focus is upon federal relations, data/policy analysis, research, communications, and public education. He earned both a BSBA and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas.

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.

Polly Davenport President & Chief Operating Officer CHI St. Vincent Infirmary & North 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Davenport became President of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock in January 2015 and CHI St. Vincent

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North in Sherwood in March 2015. In April of 2016, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Before joining CHI St. Vincent, Davenport was Chief Executive Officer at Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore Region, Slidell and Covington, Louisiana. Davenport has a BS in nursing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She completed a MBA at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She earned a Doctor of Science, health administration at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama. Davenport is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Fellow of the Johnson & Johnson/Wharton School of Business Nurse Executive Program.

Barry Davis, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 900 West Kingshighway Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-7305

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 State University. He currently serves on the Paragould Economic Development Council, the board of the Vizient ArkansasOklahoma 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.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 23 years, his unique areas of expertise are in physician recruitment, joint-venture arrangements and operational and financial efficiency. He is currently overseeing a $6-million surgery center development along with an expansion in their North Little Rock location. 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).

Pedro Delgado, MD Director Psychiatric Research Institute

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-8100

pldelgado@uams.edu Dr. Delgado was named Director of the Psychiatric Research Institute in 2014. The Institute provides comprehensive psychiatric treatment and performs groundbreaking mental health research. A nationally known leader in integrating psychiatric care, research and education, Delgado has been an active NIH-funded investigator throughout his career. Delgado received his medical degree and a Master of Arts in pharmacology from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He is board certified in psychiatry.

Jay Deshpande, MD, MPH Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

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President/Chief Medical Officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In 2013, he was named as the Jonathan Bates, MD Endowed Chair for Improving Children’s Health. In 2014, he also was named the Harvey and Bernice Jones Endowed Chair on Pediatrics. Dr. Deshpande holds faculty appointments in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine as Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. Previously, Deshpande served as Pediatric Anesthesiologist-inChief and executive physician, Pediatric Quality and Safety at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vice-Chair for Pediatric Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology. Deshpande brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in local and national health care regulation and policy, accrediting bodies and standards. Deshpande is responsible for helping ACH and its medical staff gauge ACH’s current levels of quality and safety, and for leading changes to improve both to levels comparable to leading pediatric hospitals across the country. In his role as chief medical officer, he also leads physician oversight and clinical excellence activities.

Kathy Devore Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Continued Care 3024 Red Wolf Boulevard Jonesboro, AR 72401 870- 819-4040

www.continuecare.org Prior to joining Arkansas Continued Care, a 44-bed long-term acute care hospital, Devore was Chief Executive Officer of ContinuedCare Hospital at Baptist Health in Madisonville, Kentucky. Her previous leadership positions also include Chief Nursing Officer roles at Baptist Health in Madisonville, Kentucky and Advanced Care Hospital in Searcy, Arkansas. She is a three-time award winner for Best Nurse in White County, Arkansas.

Marcy Doderer, FACHE President, Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Children’s 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.

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.

Loretta Duncan, MS, FACMPE Senior Medical Practice Consultant SVMIC’s Medical Practice Services PO Box 94165 North Little Rock, AR 72190 501-864-7454

LorettaD@svmic.com SVMIC.com Duncan is a Senior Medical Practice


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Consultant with SVMIC’s Medical Practice Services department. She joined SVMIC in 2008 to assist Arkansas policyholders with the business side of medicine. Duncan has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare, and currently specializes in assisting policyholders with HIPAA compliance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Central Baptist College and a master’s degree in health law and policy from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. She is also a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

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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 science from the University of Arkansas in 1998.

Nicholas G. Economides, MD, PhD Chief Medical Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com Dr. Economides is a board-certified Physician Executive who serves as a liaison between physicians and hospital administration. Before coming to Arkansas, Dr. Economides was the CMO at Trinity Health Care in Steubenville, Ohio. He also specialized in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for more than 30 years. Dr. Economides received a dual medical degree from Athens

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Arkansas Surgical Hospital gave me my life back. Before my surgery, I could barely walk up the three steps to the pulpit. I couldn’t ride my bike. There was no way I could keep up with my grandkids. I knew it was time for knee replacement surgery. My surgeon and the staff at Arkansas Surgical made me feel completely at ease. They took the time to explain everything to me before surgery and made me feel like I was their only patient after surgery. Now, I ride my bike as much as I want and it’s the grandkids that have a hard time keeping up with me. Arkansas Surgical Hospital has truly been a blessing to me. That’s why it’s my hospital. If you’re suffering from joint pain, choose care you’ll be thankful for. Call Arkansas Surgical Hospital at 877-918-7020 for help scheduling an appointment with one of our Specialists.

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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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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.conwayregional.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 business 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. Finley also serves on the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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 was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy in July 2017, is a member and fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she serves on the early careerist committee, is a member and fellow of the Medical Group Management Association and is a member of the American Medical Group Association, where she serves on the Women in Leadership council. Fore received her bachelor’s degree in

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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.

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, she 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.

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.

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David Foster, MD President CHI St. Vincent Medical Group 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, AR 72205 501 552-3000

www.chistvincent.com Dr. 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 BS from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Medicine 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.baxterregional.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, Arkansas; 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, Oklahoma. 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.

G Price C. Gardner Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-1543

gardner@FridayFirm.com Gardner serves as vice chairman of the firm’s Management Committee and as head of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group. His work focuses on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, asset dispositions, taxation, real estate transactions, nonprofit organizations, financings and health care transactions and related matters. Gardner has extensive experience in representation of parties in corporate and passthrough entity formations, operations, reorganizations and disputes; merger and asset purchase and sale transactions; the formation and syndication of health care entities such as practice groups, surgery centers, and hospitals; real estate and like-kind Section 1031 exchange transactions; and debt and equity financings.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD Interim Chancellor, 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 inter-professional and communitybased educational experiences. In 2017, she was named interim chancellor of UAMS. Gardner earned a PharmD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 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.

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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-for-profit 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.

Tonya S. Gierke Associate Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501- 370-3350

tgierke@FridayFirm.com Gierke is a healthcare attorney who utilizes her background as a compliance officer and her experience in medical record review to assist clients through complex legal issues.  She is a Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC), Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC). Her combination of legal and clinical experience, along with her compliance certifications, make her a unique resource for hospitals and healthcare professionals.  Her practice area covers healthcare law including Stark, Anti-kickback, physician and hospital contracting, compliance and other regulatory matters.

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 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 Administrator of the Year Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association. He also has been recognized by Arkansas Business as one of 40 Under 40 Business Leaders.

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

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 Board of Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and Chairman of the Board of the United States Marshals Museum.

Jackie Gordon RN Chief Nursing Officer Arkansas Continued Care 3024 Red Wolf Boulevard Jonesboro, AR 72401 870- 819-4040

www.continuecare.org Prior to joining Arkansas Continued Care, a 44-bed long-term acute care hospital, Gordon was the Chief Nursing Officer at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial in Livingston, Texas. She has also worked in clinical leadership roles with Kindred Healthcare and the Methodist Health System in Dallas, Texas.

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.

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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.

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 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.

H Charles Hall Assistant Chief Executive Officer Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711

www.northwest health.com 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, Washington and his master’s in business administration (MBA) 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 for 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 Blanc, Michigan as Director of Strategic Planning. Halligan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Jerry Halsey, Jr. Principal Broker/ Managing Partner Halsey Thrasher Harpole Real Estate Group 1920 East Matthews Avenue Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.972.9191

jerry.halsey@hthreg.com 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 joined AFMC in 2010 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the executive leadership team. Prior to joining AFMC, he spent 28 years with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, 16 of which were as director of Arkansas Medicaid. He then spent 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 Mr. Hanley as Global Client Industry Executive of the year. He has served as chair of the National Association of Medicaid Directors for five years and remains an active alumnus of that association. He served as chair of the Central Arkansas Sierra Club and

as a member of the American Public Welfare Association Board of Directors. He serves on the board of directors for the American Healthcare Quality Association.

David Hays, MD Medical Director, Imaging and Interventional Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000

www.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-the-art 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

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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

www.carti.com Head was recently named President & CEO of CARTI after a nationwide search in September 2017. Head most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the Arkansas Heart Hospital (2013-2017) and also served in that capacity previously 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’s Medical Service Core. After serving at home and overseas as a Captain in the Army, Head returned home and received his MBA from Capella University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and received the ACHE Arkansas Chapter Young Administrator of the Year in 2015.

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.  

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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.  Debbie earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Missouri State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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, Tennessee 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 Poor’s 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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Kevin Hodges Vice President of Affiliated, MIS and Senior 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, Discharge Planning/Social Work, Senior Health Clinic and Palliative Care. He holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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/ Dr. Holder serves as physician representative for the medical staff, including serving on several 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.

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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.

Anthony Houston, FACHE President CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs 300 Werner St Hot Springs, 71913 501- 622-1000

chistvincent.com Houston has been President of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs since 2014. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and COO at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri. At SSM Health, he was corporate director of operational finance. Prior to that, he was Senior Director for Public Finance for Fitch Ratings and senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he served as a consultant in the Healthcare Provider Planning Practice. From 2000 to 2004, he managed service line and faculty physician practices for cardiac and thoracic surgery, heart transplant services and pediatric neurology and epilepsy services at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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 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. Michael came from The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where he served as Director of Pediatric Emergency Services. As a nursing leader, Michael 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.

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 several civic and community organizations in Northeast Arkansas and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alum by Arkansas State University.

David Hunton, MD 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

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 2012. As CMO, Hunton’s focus is on the quality and safety of medical care. He is a general surgeon who has practiced at Mercy Hospital for 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.

Harry Hutchison Vice President and Chief Financial Officer St. Bernards Healthcare 225 East Jackson Avenue Jonesboro AR 72401 870-207-4565

hhutchison@sbrmc.org www.stbernards.info/ Hutchison 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. Active in the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, he is a past president of that group and a  recipient of the association’s Founders Medal of Honor.

J Bryan G. Jackson Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Jefferson Regional Medical Center 1600 West 40th Avenue Pine Bluff, AR 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.

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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 Chief Strategy Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7307

drew.jackson@ arheart.com Jackson grew up in Little Rock and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in finance. He has combined experience in finance and healthcare including banking, lending, and leadership as Administrator for two Arkansas practices over the past 15 years. Jackson joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2014 and oversees opportunities statewide by leading marketing efforts and physician recruiting for the entire organization including new market development, strategy, and advertising.

Ashley Johnson Chief Operations Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000

www.salinememorial.org Johnson is in her second year as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Saline Memorial Hospital, a 177-bed acute care hospital located in Benton, Arkansas. She has been an employee of the hospital’s parent organization, RCCH, for five years, most recently serving as the COO of Canyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista, Arizona where Johnson led the project to build a 100-bed acute care replacement hospital. Johnson earned both her Bachelors’ degree in human and organizational development and her Master’s in Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Johnson is actively involved in Arkansas’ American College

of Healthcare Executives Chapter, serving as a mentor to two MHA students currently.

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@FridayFirm.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, longterm care and home health.  


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 LaDonna Johnston Vice President of Patient Care Services Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501-380-1001

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. In addition to her work in healthcare, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Harding University’s College of Nursing. Through her current role as vice president of patient care services, she has served not only on Unity Health’s White County Medical Center campus, but has served as the Interim Vice President for Unity Health’s Harris Medical Center campus after the acquisition

and transition of the Newport location. 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.

John Jordin, MHSA Chief Information Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-6780

www.mana.md As Chief Information Officer for MANA, Jordin monitors the interactions of business operations for the 17 clinics and manages the Information Systems Department including the implementation of electronic medical records and medical practice software. He was a principal in the formation of MANA in 2000 and served as administrator of FirstCare Family Doctors, one of the initiating physician practices. Jordin is a native of Arkansas, reared in Little Rock. He received his BS in business

administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and his master’s degree in health service administration from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Jordin is a state and national member of the Medical Group Management Association.

K Gregory L. Kearns, PharmD, PhD, FCP Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer Arkansas Children’s, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

archildrens.org KearnsGL@ archildrens.org Prior to rejoining the faculty at Arkansas Children’s, Kearns was the Marion Merrell Dow /Missouri chair of Pediatric Research and chief research officer at

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree (BS Pharm.) from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (1977) and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati (1979). Kearns completed a residency at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati (1977-1979) followed by a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport (1979-1983). In October of 2002, he earned his PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from the Erasmus University School of Medicine in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He serves as a regular member of the Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines for the World Health Organization. Kearns has co-authored more than 290 peer-reviewed publications since 1976.

Patrick Kerrwood Chief Executive Officer Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 603 North Progress Avenue Siloam Springs, AR 72761 479-215-3000 Kerrwood has more than 10 years of hospital experience. Most recently, he served as the assistant CEO of Northern Louisiana Medical Center, a 159-bed critical hospital in Ruston, Louisiana. Kerrwood earned a Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

Kenny Kinley Chief Information Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480

kenny.kinley@ arheart.com Kinley has been the Chief Information Officer at Arkansas Heart Hospital since early 2013. Kinley also serves as the Chief Security Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Kinley is also a CPA who graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

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Harrison Kiser Chief Operating Officer Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville 3000 Medical Center Parkway Bentonville, AR 72712 479-553-1000

www.northwest health.com Kiser has worked for Northwest Health for more than five years, serving as practice manager for several of our clinics, assistant administrator at Northwest Medical Center-Springdale and assistant chief executive officer at Northwest Medical Center-Willow Creek Women’s Hospital. Harrison has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Lipscomb University.

L Karen LaBonte Market Chief Nursing Officer Northwest Health 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711

www.northwest health.com LaBonte has over 35 years of nursing experience in labor and delivery, surgery, quality and administration. Prior to coming to Northwest Health, she served as the CNO and director of quality at a facility in Maine. LaBonte earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Maine Fort Kent and her Master of Science in nursing leadership at Benedictine University.

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.

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

www.narmc.com Leist was named President and CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical 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.

Amy Lesniewski, RN, MS Associate Director for Patient Care Services Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301

www.fayettevillear. va.gov Lesniewski was appointed as the Associate Director, Patient Care Services (ADPCS) for the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) effec-


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 tive December 14, 2014. She 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. She has worked for the VA for more than 30 years. She received her BSN at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and a MSN at the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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.

rilton 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.

M Jerry Mabry President RCCH Healthcare Partners Arkansas Market 1910 Malvern Avenue Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-321-1000

www.national parkmedical.com Mabry’s career in hospital administration spans a period of 30 plus years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 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.

David Mantz, MBA, RRT, NPS President & Chief Executive Officer Chicot Memorial Medical Center 2729 Hwy. 65 & 82 South Lake Village, AR 71563 870-265-9395

www.chicotmemorial.com Mantz has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village, Arkansas since August of 2012. Prior to joining CMMC, Mantz was the Executive Director of Operations at Salina Regional Medical Center in Salina, Kansas. He received his Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care from California College for Health Sciences in 1990. In May of 2004, Mantz received

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.conwayregional.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 Mor-

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 his Bachelor of Art in Health Services Management from Ottawa University Kansas City. He received his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Columbia Southern University in 2010.

Matthew Margolis, DO President Southern Eye Associates Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas 601 East Matthews Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-935-6396

arkansaslasik.com Dr. Margolis is an Ophthalmologist who graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his medical degree at North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine where he graduated with honors. He is an Assistant Professor at both the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Margolis is board certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a licensed with the Arkansas State Medical Board. Dr. Margolis volunteers many hours in the community performing health screenings and school physicals and he volunteer coaches at Valley View School.

Paula Maxwell, RN Chief Operations Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-6780

www.mana.md Maxwell was instrumental in the formation of MANA in 1999. She is a registered nurse and has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. As Chief Operations Officer, she directs administrative services and human resources. She oversees physician recruitment, employee recruitment, and marketing and public relations. Maxwell’s professional associations include the Medical Group Management Association, Society for Human Resource Management, North Arkansas Human Resource Society,

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and American Society of Training and Development. In the community, she is a Leadership Fayetteville graduate and has served on the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the LifeStyles board of directors.

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, Arkansas, 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, Arkansas 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.

Diana McDaniel, FACMPE Vice President of Operations Arkansas Children’s Northwest 2601 Gene George Boulevard

Springdale, AR 72762 479-725-6800

mcdanielda@ archildrens.org McDaniel serves as vice president of

operations for Arkansas Children’s Northwest and 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 (ACH), 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 (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics, she joined Medical Administration at ACH in 2011 as senior project director before becoming executive director.

Yasmene McDaniel Vice President of Physician Services Sparks Clinic 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.sparkshealth.com McDaniel began overseeing all clinic operations and administration, including areas such as patient experience and physician satisfaction, in February of 2017. Prior to joining Sparks, McDaniel served as the Associate Vice President of Program Development and Physician Services at Jackson Health System in Miami, Fla. She has more than 15 years of healthcare experience and specializes in growth, development and engagement of staff. McDaniel earned a Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Texas Women’s University in Denton.

Pearl McElfish, PhD 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 Dr. 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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 McElfish also works as 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 PhD in public policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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

Dan McKay Chief Executive Officer Sparks Health System, including Sparks Regional Medical Center and Sparks Medical Center – Van Buren 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

www.SparksHealth.com McKay became chief executive officer of Sparks Health System in August 2014. Before joining Sparks, McKay served as CEO of Northwest Health System. McKay has more than 20 years of hospital management experience. Prior to serving as CEO at Northwest, McKay was a vice president at Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation where he supported the management of operations at hospitals across the U.S. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.

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Rhonda McKinnis, JD Senior Vice President and General Counsel Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

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archildrens.org McKinnisRB@ archildrens.org McKinnis serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Arkansas Children’s including Arkansas Children’s, Inc., Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. McKinnis presides over legal affairs, corporate compliance, and enterprise risk management. Her experience includes 17 years of trial practice in medical malpractice defense, medical products liability defense, employment law, civil rights, and constitutional law, including time in private practice, service as an assistant attorney general, and in-house for the University of Arkansas System. McKinnis is vice chair of the American Health

Juli McWhorter, RN Chief Nursing 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.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 Dr. 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.

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

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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.

Ray Montgomery President, CEO Unity Health 3214 E. Race Ave. Searcy, AR 72143 501- 380-1001

ray.montgomery@unityhealth.org www.unity-health.org During his 30 years of service at White County Medical Center, Montgomery has led the hospital through extensive facility improvements, acquisitions and the building of a Cancer Center of Excellence. The recent alignment with neighboring Harris Hospital in Newport and growth through the addition of clinic practices brought changes and opportunities for healthcare to citizens of White, Jackson, Cleburne and Van Buren counties and the surrounding region leading to a system rebranding as “Unity Health.” In 2015 Unity Health launched a Graduate Medical Education program for Osteopathic Medicine which includes internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine and psychiatry. Montgomery has led WCMC to earn the Governor’s Quality Award twice. He is a past recipient of the A. Allen Weintraub Memorial Award, the highest honor for a hospital executive on the state level, as well as the AHA’s Society for healthcare Strategy and Market Development Circle of Distinction on a national level.

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 centers 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.

Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD Director Myeloma Institute University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-526-6990

gjmorgan@uams.edu Dr. Morgan is an internationally recognized clinician scientist in the field of molecular genetics of blood cell cancers. He came to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2014 from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research in London where he directed the Centre for Myeloma Research. His research aims to cure myeloma and to reduce side effects by targeting treatment to the genetics underlying each patient’s cancer.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 Senior Services departments, including Home Health, Hospice, The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House and the Senior Health Clinic. In addition, she oversees case management and social work, focusing on efficient care transition for patients. She holds fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Patti Moser, RN, MPH, BSN, OCN Sr. Vice President, Medical Oncology & Clinical Services CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3483

www.carti.com Moser has served as the Sr. Vice President of Medical Oncology at CARTI since 2015. With more than 30 years in healthcare and specializing in Oncology, Moser previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee from 2012-2016 as well as spending 15 years at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas serving as Service Line Director of Oncology most recently. Moser holds a Master of Public Health from California College for Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University.

Bruce E. Murphy, MD, PhD President and Chief Executive Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7480

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 completed 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.

N Balan Nair, MD Chief Medical Director CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000

www.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 full-service 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, Connecticut 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 the Arkansas Heart Hospital. She received her BSN from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and has a MS in Nursing Administration. During Nelson’s career, she has served in a variety of roles throughout the organization. In 2002, she assisted with the development of the first freestand-

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ing cardiac cath lab in the state of Arkansas. In Nelson’s current role, she oversees the outpatient clinic operations of Arkansas Heart Hospital Clinic including 32 satellite clinics across the state.

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. 

Keith Olsen, Pharm.D Dean, UAMS College of Pharmacy University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-6139

kolsen@uams.edu Named dean in 2015, Olsen oversees all aspects of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. Olsen specializes in critical care and infectious diseases, teaching and serving as the Infectious Disease Section coordinator for pharmacotherapy II and is a preceptor for the critical care and infectious diseases clerkships. Olsen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, and in 1980 his Doctor of Pharmacy from UNMC. After receiving his doctorate, he completed a residency in clinical pharmacy at UNMC.

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Sue Owens Executive Director Arkansas Heart Foundation 10802 Executive Center Drive, Suite 110 Little Rock, AR 72211 501-219-7057

www.arkansasheart foundation.org Owens was hired by the Arkansas Heart Foundation in June 2017 after a 20+ year career in banking, and 13 years serving as Executive Director of Economics Arkansas. The foundation was originally founded in 2015 to bring heart health education to Arkansans, but it is transforming its mission and vision to focus on improving the health and fitness of Arkansas’ youth. In response to the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the state, the foundation has a goal is to reverse these statistics. Obesity has been shown to be directly related to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other chronic diseases. The foundation will be launching 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.


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P 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 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 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 Parks was appointed Interim Medical Center Director of Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in January of 2018. With an operating budget of over $300 million, Mr. Parks is responsible for the main hospital campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas as well as the 6 satellite clinics of Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Northwest Arkansas, Southwest Missouri, and Northeast Oklahoma. In his regular role, he serves as Associate Medical Center Director, where he oversees the operations of the facility to include operating budget, engineering, safety, logistics, employee education, nutrition and food service, prosthetics, business & finance, and privacy. Prior to his arrival at Fayetteville, he served as the Associate Medical Center Director at the Manchester, New Hampshire VA

Medical Center, where he oversaw medical center operations.

Brad Parsons Administrator and Chief Executive Officer NEA Baptist Health System 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptist online.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 greensite 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

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Gary Paxson Chief Operating Officer/ Administrator Stone County Medical Center 2106 E Main Street Mountain View, AR 72560 870-269-4361 As the Administrator of White River Medical Center (WRMC), Gary Paxson, RN, BSN, MS, manages the day-to-day operations of the 224-bed regional referral center in Batesville, Ar. Paxson has 23 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, Illinois, and a Master of Science in Information System Management – Healthcare Administration Concentration from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Rebecca Pearrow, MBA Vice President, Business Development CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-660-7630

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Ron Peterson President and Chief Executive Officer Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1039

www.baxterregional.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.

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


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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.

Q Amir Qureshi, MD President Pulaski County Medical Society Arkansas Spine and Pain 5700 W Markham St Little Rock, AR 72205 501-227-0184

www.arkansass pineandpain.com Dr. Qureshi (known as Dr. Q) is a leader in pain management and rehabilitation. His mission is to provide each patient with comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care that is based on a culture of compassion and accessibility. Dr. Qureshi has staff privileges at Arkansas Surgical Hospital, St. Vincent Infirmary, Little Rock Surgery Center, Bradley County Medical Center and Baptist Health Center.

the college offers masters and doctoral degrees. It concentrates on community-based public health education to address the health needs of Arkansans. Raczynski is a fellow in the Epidemiology and Prevention Council of the American Heart Association. He earned his PhD from Pennsylvania State University.

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 for 16 years, including helping lead the development of Mercy NWA’s Heart Interventional Program. She graduated as a Diploma RN more than 20 years ago, soon after obtaining her BSN,

from Northeastern State University, Oklahoma, and has a master’s degree in health administration.

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 Dr. 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.

R James M. Raczynski, PhD Dean UAMS College of Public Health University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205 501-526-6700

RaczynskiJamesM@ uams.edu Raczynski has served as professor and the founding dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health since 2002. With more than 30 full-time faculty and more than 200 students,

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Danial Reed Marketing Director NEA Baptist 4800 E Johnson Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptist online.org/nea Reed serves as the Director of Marketing for NEA Baptist Health System. She has worked at NEA Baptist since 2011. Before joining the health system, she worked in sales. Danial obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and a Master of Business Administration from Arkansas State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Northeast Arkansas and is a graduate of Leadership Jonesboro 2016. She also serves as a member of Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, Community Health Education Foundation, Arkansas Advertising Federation, Society healthcare Strategy & Market Development, and the Marketing and Public Relations Society of Arkansas Hospital Association.

Bob Roberts Executive Vice President and CFO Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-1542

bob.roberts@baptisthealth.org Roberts has served as chief financial officer for Baptist Health since 2008. Previous positions with Baptist Health include working as senior vice president and as the system’s assistant vice president of finance. Prior to Baptist Health, Roberts worked as a CPA for accounting firms KPMG and Arthur Andersen. He earned a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Baylor University in Waco and a bachelor and master’s degrees from Indiana University.

Chad Rodgers, MD Chief Medical Officer Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 1020 W. 4th Street, Suite 300 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-212-8604

crodgers@afmc.org www.afmc.org Dr. Rodgers is a board-certified pediatrician and a partner at Little Rock Pediatric Clinic. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas at Medical Sciences. He is president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and secretary to the board of directors of the Arkansas Medical Society. He is the co-founder of Reach Out and Read Arkansas and serves on its board, as well as on the board of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Rodgers also served on AFMC’s board from 2011 until 2015, when he resigned his position. He is the 2015 recipient of Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Tom Ed Townsend Award.

Christopher Ross, MD Medical Director, Radiation Oncology CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-906-3000

www.carti.com Dr. Ross joined CARTI in 2012 and was named Medical Director of Radiation Oncology in 2017. His areas of interest are in Lung, Breast and Gastrointestinal Cancer. After graduating from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Ross completed his Radiation Oncology Residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, before coming back to Little Rock to CARTI.

Doug Ross, MD Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer CHI St. Vincent 2 St. Vincent Circle Little Rock, 72205 501-552-3000

chistvincent.com Dr. Ross, of Hot Springs, became senior vice president and chief medical officer of CHI St. Vincent in January. He previously was vice president of medical affairs for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs.

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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

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.

Steve Russell Chief Information Officer CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501.296.3436

www.carti.com Russell was named Chief Information Officer for CARTI in February 2017, bringing more than 27 years of healthcare leadership experience in the public, private and academic healthcare sector focusing on operations, strategic planning, information technology services, and implementation project leadership. Steve has led over 20 healthcare performance improvement and IT advisory engagements with a successful track record achieving the benefits mutually established with customers, including North Carolina Health Care and School of Medicine, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, University of Southern California Medical Center, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Catholic Health Initiatives, Catholic Health Partners, and Johns Hopkins Health System.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Robert “Bo” Ryall President and CEO Arkansas Hospital Association 419 Natural Resources Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501- 224-7878

boryall@arkhospitals.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 board member, and is a past-president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.

S Kyle Sanders Chief Financial Officer NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital 4800 E. Johnson Ave. Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-936-1000

www.baptist online.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 Sarkar 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 VP & 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.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Fred Scarborough, CFRE Chief Development Officer & Chief Communications Officer Arkansas Children’s 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

archildrens.org 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, and a Masters of Arts 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 free-standing children’s hospitals.

James M. Scoggins 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 as a critical care registered nurse at St. Vincent’s Medical Hospital in Little Rock. He returned to school and earned his Juris Doctor

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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.

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 Dr. Scott was appointed Medical Center Director of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System effective May 1, 2016. Dr. Scott 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Scott is a graduate of the Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI) Class of 2007. She is a tenured Professor of Pathology at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and is active in resident education.

J. Larry Shackelford, CPA, FACMPE President & Chief Executive Officer 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 Practice Executives. He has served as treasurer and president of Arkansas Medical Group Management Association, treasurer for Susan G. Komen-Ozark Affiliate, board member for Arkansas Community Foundation and on the United Way Audit Committee.

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.


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Tom Sledge Chief Operating Officer Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 609 W Maple Avenue Springdale, AR 72764 479-751-5711

www.northwest health.com Sledge serves as chief operating officer for Northwest Medical Center - Springdale. Prior to joining Northwest Health, Tom served as chief operating officer of Weatherford Regional Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas. Before that, he was assistant chief executive officer of Women and Children’s Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Sledge has a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Seton Hall University.

Angie Smith Nurse Executive/Vice President of Nursing St. Bernards Healthcare 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.

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 overall supervision of the human resources department, recruitment, corporate payroll, employee risk management, employee engagement and corporate leadership development.

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 Gov. 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 board-certified 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.

H. Scott Smith 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.

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Carla G. Spainhour Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 3425 North Futrall Drive, Suite 103 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-695-6040

spain@FridayFirm.com Spainhour concentrates her practice on all types of business and personal tax matters. This includes advising clients on trusts, estates, wealth transfer strategies, leasing real estate, corporate governance, tax controversies and liquor matters. She regularly works with physician practices in regulatory and compliance, contract negotiations and physician compensation issues.  

Kevin Spears Chief Operating Officer/ Administrator Stone County Medical Center 2106 E Main Street Mountain View, AR 870-269-4361

www.whiteriver healthsystem.com Kevin Spears is the Chief Operating Officer (COO)/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 901-881-2956

nyit.edu Dr. Speights is the current Dean of the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) at Arkansas State University. Prior to that he held the position of Associate Dean of Clinical Education at the same institution. He 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 University of Health Sciences in Kansas City 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.

Thomas M. Stank, MD Vice President Southern Eye Associates Eye Surgery Center of Arkansas 601 East Matthews Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-935-6396

arkansaslasik.com Dr. Stank is an ophthalmologist and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering. He was also elected to the Tau Beta Phi National Engineering Honor Society. At Penn State University, he earned his medical degree and received the Sandoz Award for recognition of superior academic achievement and contribution to health care. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania and completed fellowship in glaucoma. Stank is an Assistant Professor at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stank is board certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a licensed with the Arkansas State Medical Board. He is certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery in both Refractive and Cataract Surgery.

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


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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. 

Robert W. Steele, MD, MBA Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100

steelerw@archildrens.org Dr. 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.

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.

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.

Paula Storment, CPA, CMPE Chief Financial Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-6780

www.mana.md As Chief Financial Officer for MANA, Storment directs the Accounting, Human Resources, Tax, and Internal Audit Departments. Storment administers MANA’s benefit plans and manages all financial aspects of MANA’s operations. She has worked for this group of physicians since 1994 and previously served as Accounting Supervisor and Internal Audit Director. Storment is a 1986 graduate of the University of

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 full-service 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

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to joining MANA, she had experience in public practice as a CPA and also worked in the banking and public utility industries. Paula is an active member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the Arkansas Society of CPA’s, and the Medical Group Management Association. She a Certified Medical Practice Executive. She is currently serving as legislative liaison on the Arkansas MGMA Board and also serves as the government advocacy chair on the Northwest Arkansas Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board.  

Jake Stover, MHSA, CTP Executive Vice President & CFO CARTI 8901 CARTI Way Little Rock, AR 72205 501-296-3483

www.carti.com Stover joined CARTI as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2017. Prior to joining CARTI, Stover spent over a decade in Finance Administration at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Stover’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting, and a MasterHealth Services Administration. He also is a Certified Treasury Professional designated through the Association for Financial Professionals. He is an active member in HFMA, UAMS MHA Alumni, and also serves as Board President for Adullam Youth Outreach in Russellville, Arkansas.

Jennifer Styron Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Heart Hospital 1701 S. Shackleford Road Little Rock AR 72211 501-219-7301

js@arheart.com Styron is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasury for the Arkansas Heart Hospital. She has an exceptionally innovative Finance Team that includes Business Intelligence, Revenue Cycle, Case Management, Accounting, and Supply Chain leaders.   Styron has extensive banking, finance and strategy experience and an Accounting degree

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from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She joined Arkansas Heart Hospital in 2011 and is passionate about financial and clinical synergy at all levels.

T James A. Tanner, MD 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, 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. 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.

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 or 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, and the Arkansas Democrat. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Sharon Theriot Business Development Executive SVMIC P. O. Box 20416 White Hall, AR 716120416 870-540-9161

www.svmic.com Theriot joined SVMIC’s Business Development team in 2011 to support Arkansas policyholders. Theriot has an extensive background working with physicians and their practices having worked in physician recruitment and retention for more than 18 years prior to joining SVMIC. She 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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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 Deana Thomas Chief Financial Officer North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 620 North Main Harrison, AR 72601 870-414-4454

www.nwww.narmc.com Thomas was appointed Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Financial Officer of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in July 2016. She began her career at NARMC in 2013 as Controller. With more than 20 years of experience, Thomas oversees the finances of the not-for-profit hospital system. Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from William Jewell College and her master’s degree in Health Care Administration from University of Maryland. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Andy Thompson Chief Operating Officer Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 2710 Rife Medical Lane Rogers, AR 72758 479-338-3270

www.mercy.net/nwa Thompson was named Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas in 2014. He has served as a Mercy leader for over 10 years, including Executive Director of Finance for Mercy Clinic Arkansas and Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Clinic Hot Springs. Thompson has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Missouri State University.

Jeff Thul Vice President of Physician Services Northwest Physicians, LLC 4077 Elm Springs Road Ste 200 Springdale, AR 72765

www.nw-physicians.com Thul joined Northwest Health having successfully led a large independent medical group in Tennessee for the past 11 years. As Northwest Health’s Vice President of physician services, Thul is responsible for the oversight of Northwest Health medical practices

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and urgent cares throughout Northwest Arkansas. Thul earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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.  He currently serves as Treasurer for the Alliance for Healthcare Improvement and is a past member of the Governor appointed Behavioral Health Task Force.  He has led a number of mission teams to West Africa and Haiti, enjoys competing in triathlons and has been named an Ironman All World Athlete.

Bruce B. Tidwell Partner Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP 400 West Capitol Ave. Suite 2000 Little Rock, AR 72201 501-370-1496

btidwell@FridayFirm.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.  

Bob Trautman Chief Executive Officer Saline Memorial Hospital 1 Medical Park Drive Benton, AR 72015 501-776-6000

www.salinememorial.org Trautman came to Saline Memorial Hospital with more than 35 years of executive-level healthcare experi-

ence working in a diverse group of healthcare facilities from Mississippi to California. Trautman has experience managing both acute and longterm care hospitals. He received his bachelor’s in health education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He received his master’s degree in hospital administration from California State University, Northridge.

Jodiane Tritt, JD Vice President/ Government Relations 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. Tritt 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. A board member of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives, she is Past-President 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 also serves as the Chair of the State Association of Government Relations Officials for the American Hospital Association. She is a graduate of Hendrix College and holds a JD from William H. Bowen School of Law.

Matt Troup, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Conway Regional Health System 2302 College Avenue Conway, AR 72034 501-329-3831

www.conwayregional.org Troup is the President and Chief Execu-


InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 tive 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 Dr. 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 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 Clinical Efficiency Program (CEP). He also maintains the St. Bernards partnership/ relationships with HealthSouth and the new LTACH.

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V Nicole Vaccarella Vice President & General Counsel Baxter Regional Medical Center 624 Hospital Drive Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-508-1006

www.baxterregional.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.

W Doug Weeks Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Baptist Health 9601 Baptist Health Drive Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2366

doug.weeks@baptisthealth.org Weeks has been the chief operating officer for Baptist Health since June 2014. Prior to that, Weeks was the senior vice president of hospital operations at Baptist Health and previous to that 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 University in New Orleans, LA, and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.

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, PhD 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 board-certified cardiologist, internist and geriatrician. She is well published and recognized for her work in the field of aging. Wei received her MD and PhD 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

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 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 Interim Dean of UAMS College of Medicine Chairperson, Department of Ophthalmology University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 4301 W. Markham Little Rock AR 72205 501-686-5150

WestfallChristopherT@ uams.edu Dr. 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 Surgery and awarded fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Stephanie Whitaker, MSN, RN, CEN Chief Nursing Officer Sparks Health System 1001 Towson Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-709-DOCS

Sparkshealth.com Whitaker has nearly 20 years of nursing experience. Whitaker joined Sparks in 2015 as the Director of Emergency and Clinical Services, putting her responsible for one of the busiest emergency

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departments in the state. Whitaker earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University and a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Western Governors University.

Elisa Masterson White 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-inChief for 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. A graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and Arkansas State University, she represents the State of Arkansas as a member of the national Uniform Laws Commission.

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 Center for Nursing Board of Directors, Leadership Paragould, Class VIII, and the Paragould Chamber of Commerce 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 Dr. 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.

Jason K. Wilson, CPA, FACMPE Chief Executive Officer Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 3383 North MANA Court, Suite 201 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-571-6780

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InCharge HEALTHCARE 2018 ciates of Northwest Arkansas. He was a principal in the establishment of the physician and clinic group in 2000 and served as the Chief Financial Officer for 10 years prior to being appointed to Chief Executive Officer in June 2010. Wilson monitors the business and strategic areas of MANA and works with the physician board of directors to implement the business policies of the physician owned company. Wilson is a 1992 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked with several medical clinics in Northwest Arkansas as a senior accountant at Baird, Kurtz and Dobson. Wilson then worked as Chief Financial Officer at MANA’s Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic before the formation of MANA in 2000.

Gina Wingfield Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Arkansas Children’s Hospital 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.

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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.

Mark A. Worley, MD, PhD Chief of Staff Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301

www.fayettevillear.va.gov Before becoming Chief of Staff at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Dr. Worley worked at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) as a staff psychiatrist, Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health Service, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, and eventually as Deputy Chief of Staff. He also served as Acting Chief of Staff at the Alexandria Veterans Health Care System for three months and eight months at CAVHS (2011-2012). He received his Doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology in 1989 and his Medical Doctorate in 1992, both from the University of Oklahoma. He completed his residence training in Psychiatry in June 1996 where he trained at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. Worley has served in several roles in the Arkansas Psychiatric Society including president from 2006-2007.

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, twenty-five 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 eight years, she has been at Howard Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital. She is a 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 Board of Directors.

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 chief executive officer. As executive vice president, Wroten is responsible for implementing the association’s policies and programs, including overseeing its business and financial affairs and staff of nine. 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.

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Air Evac Life Team 2

Elite Senior Care 31

Arkansas Children’s 12, 16, 18, 27, 31, 40, 43, 49

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Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women’s Hospital 25, 31

Families, Inc. 12, 43, 46

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Focus Bank 41

Ouachita County Medical Center 7

Arkansas Children’s Research Institute 1, 27

Friday, Eldridge & Clark, LLP 18, 19, 20. 21. 26, 42, 46

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Arkansas Continued Care 16, 22, 27

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Arkansas Children’s Northwest 25, 30, 32, 48

Arkansas Department of Health 42 Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care 23, 38 Arkansas Heart Hospital/ Clinics 28, 33, 34, 45 Arkansas Heart Foundation 34 Arkansas Hospice 49 Arkansas Hospital Association 11, 14, 15, 16, 39, 46, 48 Arkansas Medical Society 12, 14, 15, 42, 49 Arkansas Methodist Medical Center 10, 15, 48 Arkansas State Hospital 40

Halsey, Thrasher, Harpole Real Estate Group 9, 23

Northwest Medical Center – Springdale 22, 41

ProAssurance 23 Pulaski County Medical Society 37, 38

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Howard Memorial Hospital 14, 49

RCCH Healthcare Partners 29

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Jefferson Regional Medical Center 8, 24, 26, 36, 45

Saline Memorial Hospital 26, 46

Jonesboro Realty Company 34, 37

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SAMA Healthcare Services, PA 8 Siloam Springs Regional Hospital 28

Lammico 13

Southern Eye Associates 14, 29, 30, 42

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Sparks Health System 8, 11, 17, 30, 31, 48

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State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co (SVMIC) 16, 25, 45, 51

Arkansas Surgical Hospital 17, 24

Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) 27, 30, 43, 48

Arkansas Urology 16, 35

Mercy Clinic Fort Smith 19, 20, 21

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Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas 22, 46

Baptist Health 38, 47

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith 21, 25, 42

Stone County Medical Center 36, 42

Baxter Regional Medical Center 20, 24, 36, 47

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas 26, 36, 37

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UAMS 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 30, 31, 32, 34, 37, 45, 47, 48, 52

CARTI 7, 21, 23, 24, 28, 33, 34, 36, 38, 43, 45

National Park Medical Center 15, 29, 36

Unity Health – Harris Medical Center 12

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System 11, 18, 30, 40

NEA Baptist Health 18, 22, 35, 38, 39

Unity Health 24, 27, 32

NEA Baptist Clinic 10

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New York Institute of Technology & College of Osteopathic Medicine 33, 42

Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks 28, 35, 49

CHI St. Vincent 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 20, 22, 25, 38, 39 CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs 25 Chicot Memorial Medical Center 29 Conway Regional Health System 19, 29, 46

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center 15, 28, 46 Northwest Health 20, 28, 45, 46 Northwest Medical Center Bentonville 8, 11, 28

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St. Bernards Healthcare 8, 12, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 29, 32, 33, 35, 36, 40, 41, 43, 47 St. Bernards Foundation 25

W Washington Regional Medical Center 10, 17, 22, 34, 37, 40 White River Health System 10


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