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Newsmakers and Newcomers

J. Larry Shackelford,

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Outreach Services, Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville, will assume the role of CEO effective September 1. William L. Bradley, who announced his retirement plans last year, will assume the title of CEO Emeritus until his retirement in mid-November and will assist in ensuring a smooth transition. Prior to 2010, when Shackelford began his tenure at Washington Regional, he had served as CEO of Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, a multi-specialty physician group practice, since its inception in 1998. He is a CPA and a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

White River Health System (WRHS)

is proud to announce the selection of its first ten medical residents for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. In January of this year, the program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. White River Medical Center in Batesville will be the primary inpatient training facility for the program. WRHS initially anticipated more than 250 applications to be submitted. By the application deadline of February 22, WRHS had received 766 applications. The program accepts ten medical residents each year for a total of 30 residents during the three-year program.

Suzanne Bierman

joined the Arkansas Hospital Association staff in May as Vice President of Data and Health Policy. She will be closely following changes in health care policy, particularly within the Medicaid program, and will be coordinating and leading the association’s data and analytics activities. Prior to joining the AHA team, Bierman served as Assistant Director, Division of Medical Services at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, where she directed several units within the Division, including Coordination of Coverage and Continuity of Care, Behavioral Health and Medical Assistance. Bierman has a JD from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

David Fox, FACHE, FAHRA, MBA,

has been named COO at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, following the recent retirement of Rudy Darling. Fox, a certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist, has served in management and executive leadership positions with hospitals in Amarillo and Tulsa, and with Baptist Health and CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators Association.


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

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