Sheila Williams Picks Up PACE Program at Baptist Health (Movers & Shakers)


Sheila Williams and Tony Hardage, Baptist Health
Sheila Williams and Tony Hardage, Baptist Health (Composite photo)
Dr. PB Simpson Jr. and Meagan Freeman, Baptist Health
Dr. PB Simpson Jr. and Meagan Freeman, Baptist Health
Gwen Childs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Gwen Childs, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Andrew Dugan, Mercy Health
Andrew Dugan, Mercy Health
Brianna Johnson, Mercy Health
Brianna Johnson, Mercy Health
Rachel Jones, Mercy Health
Rachel Jones, Mercy Health
Jennifer Julian , Mercy Health
Jennifer Julian , Mercy Health

Sheila Williams, who most recently served as vice president and administrator at Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County, has been named executive director of Baptist Health’s PACE program in North Little Rock effective May 20.

Tony Hardage has been named interim vice president and administrator for the Malvern hospital and will continue to oversee Baptist Health Medical Center-Arkadelphia as assistant vice president.

Williams joined Baptist Health in January 2014, having served as CEO of the Malvern hospital before its partnership with Baptist Health.

Hardage joined Baptist Health in 1996 as a staff pharmacist at Baptist Health-Arkadelphia.


Dr. PB Simpson Jr., who has been in practice for more than 40 years, has joined Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas on the campus of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock. Simpson received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and is board-certified in neurosurgery.


Meagan Freeman, a staff educator for Baptist Health in Little Rock, and Alice Fanning, assistant professor of nursing at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, have been selected for the Arkansas Center for Nursing Inc.’s 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 list.


Gwen Childs, a professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, is the 2019 recipient of the George Gomori, M.D., Ph.D., Award, the highest award of the national Histochemical Society.

Childs began her research in the immunohistochemistry field as a graduate student in the early 1970s and continued this focus through the 1990s.


Andrew Dugan recently began work as a nurse practitioner at Mercy Clinic Cardiology on Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith. Dugan served as a board-certified registered nurse with Mercy Hospital Fort Smith from 2012-18.


Brianna Johnson has joined Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine & Pediatrics in Fort Smith as a board-certified family nurse practitioner for internal medicine. Johnson was a registered nurse in Mercy Hospital Fort Smith’s intensive care unit in 2014 and 2015.


Rachel Jones has joined Mercy Clinic Nephrology-Tower West in Fort Smith as a board-certified family nurse practitioner. Jones was a registered nurse from 2014 to 2016 at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith.


Jennifer Julian recently joined Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology-Tower West in Fort Smith as a board-certified family nurse practitioner.


Jared Cooley has been promoted to chief financial officer at Arkansas Urology of Little Rock, where he has worked since 2017.

Cooley previously served as vice president of operations and CFO for Inpac LLC, CFO for Family Liberty Life Insurance Co. and CFO for Legacy Neurosurgery.


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