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Doug Ross Named SVP, Chief Medical Officer at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs (Movers & Shakers)

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Doug Ross has been promoted to senior vice president and chief medical officer for CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.

Ross graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and helped develop an integrated medical group to cover all four St. Vincent locations in central Arkansas and the Conway Regional Medical Center.

Tyler McDonald has been named director of surgical services at Conway Regional.

McDonald graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a nursing degree and was previously the market director of nursing operations for CHI St. Vincent.

Kila Owens has been named media relations manager for St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.

Owens was previously the media relations specialist for Ghidotti Communications and is a member of the 2018 Leadership Jonesboro Class of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Alicia Berkemeyer has been named senior vice president of provider network programs for Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Little Rock, and Dr. Connie Meeks, chief medical officer, has been promoted to senior vice president.

Berkemeyer has been with Arkansas Blue Cross since 1989 and has over 28 years of health care experience. Meeks joined Arkansas Blue Cross in 2000 and has been chief medical officer since May 2016.

Dr. Joanna Thomas has been named vice president for clinical strategy and population health for ABCBS in Fayetteville. Thomas graduated from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine and joined the health insurance carrier in 2011.

Ryan Davis, Hershey Garner, Greg Hale and Sheldon Riklon have been named board members for Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families in Little Rock.

Davis is the director of Children International at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Garner is an oncologist at Highlands Oncology Group in Fayetteville.

Hale is a partner at the Markham Group in Little Rock.

With over 17 years of experience, Riklon serves as associate professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine and the Center for Pacific Islander Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in Fayetteville.

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

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