Kim Provost has been promoted to executive director of the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation in Jonesboro, where she has been director of fundraising and events for the past 16 years.
In her new role, Provost will oversee the foundation’s six programs and lead fundraising with key stakeholders. The foundation supports the Center for Good Grief, Center for Healthy Children, Medicine Assistance program, HopeCircle, Wellness Works and ShareHope. Provost will continue to assist with the Duck Classic, an annual fundraising event that grew from $20,000 to $600,000 under her direction.
Provost serves on the Craighead County Community Foundation board of directors and has participated in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and American Advertising Federation of Northeast Arkansas. She is a life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro.
“As a Jonesboro native, Kim is an extraordinary asset to her hometown and the surrounding region,” Sam Lynd, CEO of NEA Baptist, said in a news release. “As part of the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, she has worked tirelessly to ensure vital care and services are available free of charge for those in need. Kim has the experience, skills and enthusiasm to step in and lead the way as we work to continue to meet the needs of our neighbors, congregations, family and friends.”
Provost is a graduate of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.
Dr. Marion Edward Hord was installed as the 74th president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians at the group’s annual scientific assembly in Little Rock. Hord is board-certified in family medicine and practices in Stuttgart.
Dr. Jonathan Tobey recently joined Baptist Health Orthopedics Clinic-Fort Smith, where he specializes in sports medicine. Tobey earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.
He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of New Mexico.
Hayden Wilbourn Shurgar has joined physician practice management service EngageMED Inc. of North Little Rock as chief legal officer. She previously worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and at Wright Lindsey & Jennings of Little Rock.
Dr. Alireza Ghaffarieh has joined the Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a cornea specialist. He will also serve as an assistant professor and director of ophthalmic pathology services in the College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology.
Ghaffarieh most recently served as an advanced cornea fellow at Massachusetts Eye & Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
A native of Azerbaijan, Ghaffarieh graduated from Shiraz University and earned his medical degree in 1996.
Dr. Johnathan H. Goree and Dr. Erika Petersen, both employed by the UAMS in Little Rock, received awards from the American Society for Pain & Neuroscience in July.
Goree, director of UAMS’ Chronic Pain Division and program director of the Chronic Pain Medicine Fellowship, received the second annual Lisa Stearns Legacy Diversity Award.
Petersen, a neurosurgeon and professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the UAMS College of Medicine, received the Functional Neurosurgeon of the Year award and was named president-elect of the organization.
Dr. Luann Racher, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UAMS, is the first physician in Arkansas to receive a focused practice designation for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery from the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Racher earned her medical degree from UAMS in 2010 and completed her residency in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2014. She is also the director of the UAMS Vulvar Clinic.
Dr. William J. Steinbach will join UAMS as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for child health in the College of Medicine, as well as pediatrician-in-chief of Arkansas Children’s Inc., effective Jan. 15.
Steinbach succeeds Dr. Frederick “Rick” E. Barr, who in November assumed a new post as chief executive vice president and chief clinical and academic officer for Arkansas Children’s. Dr. Renee Bornemeier will continue to serve as interim chair of the department until Steinbach’s arrival.
Steinbach is currently a distinguished professor of pediatrics and a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology as well as chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Since October, he has also been the interim chief of Duke’s Division of Pediatric Transplant & Cellular Therapy, and since March he has also been vice chair of research for Duke’s Department of Pediatrics.
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