Not everyone in the business of saving lives wears a stethoscope. Doctors and nurses are vital to health care, but they’re not the only ones keeping our hospitals afloat. The men and woman in this hospital administrators section are at the forefront of the ever-changing health care industry, with their pulse on everything from insurance regulations to ground-breaking discoveries. The leadership these Power Players provide is critical to providing the best clinical outcomes.
Marcella “Marcy” Doderer is the president and CEO of Arkansas Children’s, and has been since July of 2013. Prior to taking the helm, Doderer served as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities. She is active in many professional organizations. Doderer earned her BS in finance from Trinity University, and an MA in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.
Sharif Omar is the CEO of Northwest Heath Systems. He brings more than 15 years of hospital management experience with him every day, having also served as CEO of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Omar received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Louisiana State University before earning a master’s in health administration at Tulane University.
Chad S. 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 in 2012. He earned his bachelor of science from the University of Tulsa and a master of business administration in health care administration from Oklahoma City University.
Troy Wells is the president and CEO of Baptist Health, the largest health care system in Arkansas — composed of nine hospitals, the state’s largest primary-care physician network, a 400-resident retirement village and long-term care facility, a statewide home health and hospice network, a college of nursing and other health care professions, and many other points of access. His advises young leaders to always be ready to embrace change and look forward to the future.
Matt Troup, FACHE, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, considers himself privileged to work in an industry that exists to serve others. Troup has served in senior management positions in Florida, Texas and Little Rock. He advises young leaders to be patient in life and create a persona and style that is approachable, humble and positive.
Ray Montgomery, president and CEO of Unity Health, has worked in his role for 30 years and has worked to diligently improve health care for the communities of Central Arkansas. Under Montgomery’s direction, the organization was the first hospital in the state of Arkansas to be accepted into the Mayo Clinic Care Network, receive the Arkansas Governor’s Award twice and create a fully accredited graduate medical education program for physicians in emergency, family, internal and psychiatric medicine.
Larry Shackelford was chosen to lead Washington Regional last year after serving since 2010 as its senior vice president of strategy and outreach. A 1986 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Shackelford is a CPA and a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. His vision is to ensure that Washington Regional is the best place to give care and the best place to receive care.
Scott Schlesinger, MD is a native of Hot Springs and neurosurgeon of 25 years in Little Rock. He is the managing partner of Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists, Pavilion MRI and Legacy Surgery Center. He has developed and patented one of today’s most minimally invasive fusion surgeries — the MIGLIF. He has also been actively involved in legislative affairs for many years working with local, state and national governmental leaders to advocate for patient access to care and sustained affordability of care.
Throughout Ryan Gehrig’s six years leading Mercy Fort Smith and area hospitals, as well as health care leadership roles in Oklahoma and Mississippi, he’s enjoyed the fast pace and constant new challenges. He enjoys the work that Mercy does to positively impact patients, families and communities. He’s blessed to work with some of the most dedicated people imaginable and for an organization whose mission is to continue the healing ministry of Jesus.
Dan McKay has been CEO of Sparks Health System, which includes two hospitals and more than 40 clinics, since 2014. He was recently selected to represent the state on the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 7. Prior to joining Sparks, McKay was CEO of Northwest Health System. McKay has more than 20 years of hospital management experience. His advice for young leaders is to put in the time and effort and the money and glory will follow.
Marilyn Hummelstein is responsible for working with volunteers in fund development efforts, education and health care 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 on boards of a number of civic and community organizations in northeast Arkansas and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by Arkansas State University.
Richard H. Turnage MD, senior vice chancellor for clinical programs and CEO of UAMS Medical Center, is responsible for the institution’s 508-bed hospital and outpatient clinics. He joined UAMS in 2008 as the chair of the department of surgery and has since held multiple leadership positions before being named to his current role in December 2016. He enjoys being a part of an academic medical center with its intersection of teaching tomorrow’s health care professionals, discovering new cures, and providing state-of-the-art health care.