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Mike McCoy, CEO, Chambers Memorial Hospital in Danville, will serve as the new Arkansas Hospital Association board representative for the Arkansas Valley District. McCoy will complete the unexpired term of Dan McKay, Market CEO, Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith and Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren, who has been elected to serve as the Arkansas Delegate to Regional Policy Board 7 of the American Hospital Association.

Gary Bebow, CEO of White River Health System, has announced the appointment of Gary Paxson, RN, BSN, MS to the position of White River Medical Center Administrator. Paxson joined WRMC in 2012 as Chief Information Officer and in 2015 was named Chief Quality Officer. He led the development of quality protocols and reporting to improve patient outcomes and comply with quality reporting metrics.

Sara Bradley has been named Vice President of Finance for the CHI St. Vincent System. She joined CHI St. Vincent in late 2017, having previously worked for Mercy Health System – at one time as Vice President and CFO for Mercy Hospital Hot Springs, which is now CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs. She has also served as CFO for the Oklahoma State University Medical Trust in Tulsa. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a current Master of Business Administration candidate.

Edward L. Lacy, Vice President and Administrator, Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs, will retire from that position effective July 1, 2018. Lacy joined Baptist Health July 1, 1998, after serving for a year as administrator of McGehee-Desha County Hospital. Under his leadership, Heber Springs’s critical access hospital relocated to a new facility and achieved award-winning recognitions from external organizations in the areas of patient care, quality and patient satisfaction.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Phillip K. Gilmore, CEO, Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, to serve on the Arkansas Board of Health. He will fill the unexpired term of James M. Lambert, who has moved out of state. Gilmore’s term will expire in 2019. As the hospital industry’s representative on the Board of Health, Gilmore also will serve as a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association’s Board of Directors.

Angie Smith has been named Vice President of Nursing at St. Bernards Medical Center, where she served from 2002-2014 in increasingly responsible roles as a nursing leader. In 2015, she joined Arkansas State University’s School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor. Smith earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas and earned both her Master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Arkansas State.

The above article is from the Spring 2018 edition of Arkansas Hospitals, a quarterly magazine published by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Vowell, Inc. produces Arkansas Hospitals on behalf of the Arkansas Hospital Association. This article is reprinted with permission.

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