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2 Hired for Baptist Health Western Region Leadership (Movers & Shakers)

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Baptist Health has hired two people for its western Arkansas leadership team. Felisha Mason is chief nursing officer for the Baptist Health Western Region. She most recently served as the nursing administration and clinical operations director at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. Brad Mitchell is associate vice president of clinic and hospital operations, overseeing more than 40 Baptist Health access points in the River Valley, as well as specific hospital operations in Fort Smith and Van Buren. He was previously CEO of the Regional Eye & Surgical Eye Center of Morgantown, West Virginia, and COO of Griffin & Reed Eye Care Centers of California.

Joanna Hall, director of simulation and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Nursing, has been formally certified by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.

Lee Hundley has been hired as controller at Rock Dental Brands of Little Rock. Hundley previously worked 11 years at Windstream of Little Rock in revenue accounting and revenue assurance, cash assurance, financial planning and billing.

Arkansas cancer center CARTI has hired five doctors. Dr. Blake B. Jacks will practice interventional radiology at CARTI Little Rock. Dr. Derek Middleton, who specializes in hematology/oncology, will practice at clinics in Little Rock, El Dorado and Magnolia. Dr. Howard Morgan will practice radiation oncology in Little Rock. Dr. Mackenzie Sitzman will become the second dentist on staff, serving patients in CARTI’s Little Rock dental clinic. And Dr. Naveen Yarlagadda, who specializes in hematology/oncology, will see patients at CARTI in Little Rock and Crossett and in Saline County.

Dr. Mohammad Pakravan has joined the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Pakravan joins UAMS from Houston Methodist Hospital’s Blanton Eye Institute. Pakravan earned his medical degree in 1992 from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, and completed his ophthalmology residency there in 1996.

Elizabeth Riley, clinical associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, has been selected as a fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. She is among 20 nurse educators who will be inducted into the academy on Sept. 30.

Kapil Bagpatia has been promoted to director of digital, CRM and experience products at Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Bagpatia previously worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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