St. Bernards of Jonesboro has announced changes involving its executive leadership team: Dr. Kasey Holder has been named vice president of medical affairs, Connie Hill has been named vice president of patient services, and Lori Smith has been named vice president of human resources.
Dr. Shane Speights was previously vice president for medical affairs and he will remain as the director of medical education for St. Bernards. But he has assumed the role of assistant dean of the New York Institute of Technology osteopathic school being developed on the Arkansas State University campus, according to spokesperson Rebecca Rasberry.
Kathryn Blackman has been vice president of patient services, but she retired this fall. Jacque Ballard, the former vice president of human resources, has moved out of state.
In another change, Susan Greenwood has been named nurse executive and vice president of nursing. She previously served as nurse executive and vice president of quality, safety and risk management. The vice president of nursing title was combined with the nurse executive.
Holder, in her role as vice president of medical affairs, will serve as a physician representative for the medical staff. This includes serving on a number of medical staff and administrative committees and involvement in credentialing, quality review, performance improvement, physician recruitment and development, as well as oversight of day-to-day medical staff operations.
Hill is a registered nurse practitioner who also holds a doctor of nursing practice degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. She will help establish missions, long- and short-range planning, policy development and priority setting for the medical center. She will oversee heart-care service lines as well as coordinate nursing resources for patient care.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arkansas State University and an MBA from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.
In her role as vice president of human resources, she will be responsible for planning, administration and overall supervision of the human resources department, the employment center, recruitment, corporate payroll employee risk management, employee engagement and corporate leadership development.