Melody Trimble Named CEO of Summit Medical Center (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 12:00 am  

Melody Trimble CEO, Summit Medical Center and Sparks Health System


Ashley Eaton, Michelle Price, Melissa Ibbotson and Pam Eaton have joined the staff at JPMS Cox PLLC of Little Rock. Eaton and Price are members of the small business services team. Ibbotson was hired for assurance support and Essary as a receptionist.


Susan Long has been promoted to associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Long has been with UAMS for 20 years, and for the last eight years has served as chair of the college’s Department of Dental Hygiene.

John P. Jones and Michelle Pribbernow have received promotions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Jones was named director of the Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education, and Pribbernow was promoted to director of student recruitment for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences.


Alex Trulove has joined Brown Engineers LLC in Little Rock as a mechanical design engineer.

Financial Services

Trish Henry has been named to the board of directors at Simmons First Bank of Russellville. Henry is president and chief executive officer of the Russellville Steel Co.


Ancil Lea of Conway has been appointed coordinator for the Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology. Lea will replace Ray Scott, who was named the first OHIT coordinator in 2010, when he retires at the end of the year. Lea is currently the executive director of HIT Arkansas, a regional arm of health information efforts through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Elizabeth “Liz” Philpott of Maumelle has been hired as a volunteer services coordinator at Keep Arkansas Beautiful, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Health Care

Dr. Fernando Arzola has joined Summit Medical Center and the Crawford Cardiology clinic in Van Buren. For the last 12 years, Arzola has been in practice in Opelousas, La.

Dr. Jeffery D. Angel of Medical Park Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic in Batesville recently won the Greenway Medical Technologies’ Greenway Innovation Award in the small organization category. The award recognizes Greenway customers who use the company’s products in innovative ways to improve patient care.

Leslie Heizman of Little Rock has been hired as director of business development at Arkansas Surgical Hospital in North Little Rock. Prior to the move, Heizman was a partner at the advertising and marketing firm Martin-Wilbourn Partners in Little Rock.

Melody Trimble has been named chief executive officer of Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, in addition to her position as CEO of Sparks Health System in Fort Smith. Trimble took over in the absence of Sue Conley, who stepped down as CEO at Summit for a position as CEO of two community hospitals in Nashville, Tenn. Anthony Brooks, Sparks’ assistant chief financial officer, has assumed responsibility for financial oversight at Summit Medical Center, and Shelly Weilenman was hired to be responsible for the medical center’s daily operations as administrator/chief nursing executive.

Dr. Suzanne Moore has joined the staff of St. Bernards Medical Center and the Clopton Clinic in Jonesboro as a rheumatologist.


Stephanie Duckworth has been named general sales manager at KTHV, Channel 11, in Little Rock. Prior to the move, Duckworth was in the same position at KSLA in Shreveport.

Kelli Wigginton has been hired as a marketing and membership representative at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Wigginton previously was a marketing manager at Verizon Wireless.


Tommy Culligan has been named as the National Federation of Independent Business’ new member support manager for Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina. He will be based in NFIB’s Atlanta office.

Real Estate

Shelley Robinson has joined the Hot Springs branch of Crye-Leike as a newly licensed real estate agent. Before moving into real estate, Robinson spent 16 years in sales and management positions in the homebuilding industry.



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