Jason Spring

Chief Executive Officer

St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital

Sherwood


Jason Spring

While working for a funeral home in college, Jason Spring made several trips to the hospital to pick up - how to put this gently? - clients. He observed that the hospital was a changing environment and thought it would be a "fun and challenging" place to work.

Plus it would be a way for him to give back to the community.

After receiving his master's degree in health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he dove into the health care business.

Now at 34, Spring is the CEO of St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital in Sherwood, which has a partnership with HealthSouth to oversee 83 beds.

Since he arrived at the hospital in 2000, its income has increased from $1 million to $3.8 million and admissions jumped 20 percent.

For his work, he received the 2002 C.E. Melville Young Administrator of the Year from the Arkansas Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Spring said the secret to his success is hiring good people.

"I'd like to say I did it all, but I didn't," he said.

Spring is a member of the board of Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County.

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