After working in Memphis for a national car rental company, Brandon Gorman wanted to return to rural Arkansas.
“That really wasn’t my calling,” said Gorman of his time at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Gorman grew up in Monticello and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2008. He later became a certified public accountant.
So when the controller position opened at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren in 2009, he jumped at it. While at the hospital, he was mentored by CEO Harold Mitchell. Gorman was later promoted to CFO.
In 2016, Gorman added part-time work for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership of Lake Village. ARHP’s members are hospital and health center CEOs who work together to improve health care in south Arkansas.
“We found that many are better than one,” Gorman said of the group, which has grown to 16 member hospitals.
In 2019, he left BCMC to join the partnership full time. “I thought this is a way for me to take what I’ve learned and promote it throughout these rural areas,” he said.
ARHP’s revenue was $2.3 million in 2019, and it’s grown to $4.8 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
ARHP also had fewer than 10 grants when Gorman started, and it has 26 now. The grants cover a wide range of projects, from addressing mental health issues to buying equipment to fight COVID.
He credits ARHP’s growth to CEO Mellie Bridewell, who manages people’s strengths for the benefit of the organization.
Gorman said he plans to continue to use his position to help Arkansas rural hospitals keep their doors open.
“It’s really been rewarding, and I’ve really enjoyed my role with Arkansas Rural Health Partnership,” he said. “Having the ability to make an impact in rural areas and rural hospitals is great.”