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Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees. read more >

Update: Stewart Resigns as Sparks, Summit CEO; Tim Schmidt Named Interim

Tim Schmidt has been appointed interim CEO of Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center following the resignation of Charles Stewart after less than six months at the position. read more >

Cooper Clinic Sues Mercy Over Recruitment Tactics

In less than three years, Mercy, which has seven hospitals in Arkansas, including one at Fort Smith, had persuaded 14 more doctors to leave the Fort Smith multi-specialty clinic and come to work for Mercy, according to a lawsuit Cooper filed in in Sebastian County Circuit Court. read more >

UALR College of Business Gets $50K Donation from Larry Wilson (Kudos)

Larry Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of First Arkansas Bank & Trust in Jacksonville, has donated $50,000 to an endowed fund in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. read more >

Beaver Water District Brings On Dot Neely (Movers & Shakers)

Dot Neely has joined the staff of Beaver Water District in Lowell as education coordinator. Neely previously worked as a consulting education coordinator with Springline Group Inc. in Fayetteville. read more >

New Vice Presidents Take Positions at Mid-South Community, Henderson State

Diane M. Hampton has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis. Jennifer Boyett has joined Henderson State University in Arkadelphia as vice president of university advancement. read more >

Dr. Issam Makhoul Named Director of UAMS Hematology/Oncology Division (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Issam Makhoul has been named director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. read more >

Charles Stewart To Lead Sparks Health System, Summit Medical Center

Charles Stewart will oversee the two Health Management Associates hospitals in Arkansas, Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center. read more >

Health Management Associates Names Charles Stewart Arkansas CEO

Health Management Associates names Charles Stewart as its Arkansas market CEO, overseeing Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center. read more >

Aimee Arzoumainan Takes On New Role at Sparks (Super Mover)

Aimee Arzoumanian has been made assistant administrator for Sparks Health System of Fort Smith. She most recently served as a member of the hospitalist group at Sparks. read more >

Suddenlink Systems Finalists for Recycling Awards (Kudos)

Suddenlink's Jonesboro and Russellville systems have placed as finalists in the 2013 Beacon Awards for the company's Arkansas Green Team's recycling of electronic waste. read more >

Stephen Tipton Named SVP at Centennial Bank (Movers & Shakers)

Stephen Tipton has been promoted to senior vice president and credit risk management director of Centennial Bank and its parent company, Home BancShares Inc., in Conway. Tipton, a University of Arkansas business graduate, has worked for Centennial for seven years and has experience in retail, business development and lending. read more >

Kudos: Sparks Wound Care Center Gets Distinction Award

The Sparks Health System's Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center has been honored with the Center of Distinction award by Healogics Inc., one of the largest wound-care providers in the United States. read more >

Sparks, Summit Hospital Systems Name Gary Blan as New CEO

Sparks Health System of Fort Smith and Summit Medical Center announces Gary Blan will be its chief executive officer. Blan replaces Melody Trimble, who was promoted in January to president of Health Management Associates' Southern and Western Group. read more >

Melody Trimble: Managing Care on a Large Scale

In a span of a little more than two decades, D. Melody Trimble worked her way up from nurse to president of Health Management Associates Inc.'s Southern & Western Group, which covers 26 hospitals in seven states. read more >

Bob Dornblaser Poised to Direct PremierCare (Super Mover)

As director of PremierCare, the managed care network of Sparks Health System, Dornblaser will report to the company's chief financial officer and supervise operations developed by an independent group of physicians and other health-care professionals. read more >

Sparks Health System Adds Urology Group

Sparks Health System of Fort Smith adds its first urology group for an undisclosed price. Sparks bought the Urology Group of Western Arkansas on Jan. 1 and renamed it Sparks Urology Group. read more >

Garry Haferbier Joins Allen Engineering Corp (Movers & Shakers)

Garry Haferbier has joined Allen Engineering Corp. of Paragould as the rental sales manager. The added responsibility for Haferbier is part of a joint marketing agreement between Allen Engineering and Equipment Synergy International, where he will continue to serve as vice president of sales. read more >

Sparks Health System's D. Melody Trimble Promoted to Group President

Health Management Associates promotes D. Melody Trimble of Fort Smith to president of the company's Southern and Western Group, which includes 26 hospitals in seven states. read more >

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

Melody Trimble has been named chief executive officer of Summit Medical Center in Van Buren. read more >