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The following article is from Arkansas Hospitals, a custom publication of Vowell, Inc., which also produces Arkansas Money & Politics.


DARLENE TUOHY, a member of the Mercy Hospital of Northwest Arkansas auxiliary in Rogers, has been named 2017-2018 President of the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association. By virtue of that office, she will also serve a one-year term on the board of the Arkansas Hospital Association.

ROBERT RUPP has resigned his position as CEO of Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado to accept a position as President of INTEGRIS Grove (Oklahoma) Hospital. Rupp served on the Arkansas Hospital Association’s board of directors for the past two years as the AHA’s delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.

At its annual meeting of the House of Delegates October 5, the Arkansas Hospital Association’s members elected CHRIS BARBER, CEO, St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro, as Chair-Elect of its board of directors. Barber, who had been serving on the AHA Board as At-Large Delegate, will succeed Darren Caldwell in October 2019.

SCOTT STREET has been named CEO of Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, effective October 30, succeeding Robert Rupp. A native Arkansan, Street has over 20 years of hospital management experience and previously held administrative roles at hospitals in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Most recently, he served as CEO of Nacogdoches (Texas) Memorial Health.

RYAN GEHRIG, President, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, has been elected At-Large Delegate to succeed Chris Barber on the AHA board. Gehrig’s term expires October 2021.

DAVID DEATON, CEO, Ozark Health Medical Center, Clinton, has been ratified as the North Central District Delegate (term expiring October 2021) to the board of the Arkansas Hospital Association, succeeding Ed Lacy of Heber Springs; and BARRY DAVIS, president, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Paragould, has been ratified as the Northeast District Delegate (term expiring October 2019).

SHERRIE JAMES, RN has been named CEO of Riverview Behavioral Health in Texarkana. She previously served as COO at Valley Behavioral System in Fort Smith, as well as serving in several leadership roles in health care facilities in Arkansas and Texas.

THE OLIVETAN BENEDICTINE SISTERS OF HOLY ANGELS CONVENT in Jonesboro have been named to the 2017 Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. The sisters established St. Bernards Healthcare in 1900 and guide the system today, providing support to the hospital’s Pastoral Care program, its board of directors and the foundation.

STERLING MOORE, has been named Vice Chancellor for Regional Campuses at UAMS in Little Rock. He succeeds Tim Hill, who was recently named Chief Operating Officer of UAMS Health System. Moore has been with UAMS for 26 years, most recently serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration for Regional Campuses.

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