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Lydia Parkey Named President of St. Bernards Foundation

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Lydia Parkey has been named president of the St. Bernards Foundation, which supports fundraising, volunteerism and community awareness for the nonprofit St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.

Parkey assumes the role after spending 10 years at St. Bernards, mostly as director of physician marketing and executive director for St. Bernards Medical Group, a voluntary association of providers.

Now she’ll be working with volunteers, donors and a board of directors to fund development efforts and to further education and health care programs that support St. Bernards, the foundation said in a news release.

Parkey holds a bachelor’s in journalism and mass communications from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Before moving to Jonesboro in 2013, she spent eight years working for former West Virginia Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV in Washington, D.C.

“I never dreamed of working in healthcare,” Parkey said in a statement. “Now, 10 years later, I love the mission, the care we provide and the team that provides it at St. Bernards. My role with the Foundation gets to support each of them.”

Parkey has been involved in philanthropic and community organizations including Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro, St. Bernards Advocates, Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, St. Bernards Women’s Council, United Way of Northeast Arkansas and the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

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