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Brent Rosson

Brent Rosson, 38

Internal Medicine Physician

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center

Harrison

Professional achievements
• NARMC chief of staff overseeing a 120-bed hospital, 13 clinics and about 32 physicians.
• Arkansas Hospital Association Distinguished Service Award in 2022.
• Medical director for Hospice of the Hills and Hillcrest Home, both of Harrison, and Countryside Health & Rehab of Newton County in Jasper.

Community involvement
Volunteer assistant track coach, Harrison High School, coaching high jumpers; provides local students free sports physicals and kindergarten physicals.

Professional “aha” moment
“Getting through my first day of being an upper-level resident in residency. I was placed on nights in the medical intensive care unit at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with only an intern on their first day of being a doctor. I was never more relieved to see 7 a.m. roll around. It showed me that I was capable of this career, and things were much easier from that point on.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“Improving funding and improving access to maternity care in the state is vital to attracting young professionals who are wanting to start and grow a family.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“Every time I am able to provide some level of comfort to a patient or their family, or both, during a difficult time.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Never stop trying to learn something new, both in your professional life and personal life. You always have room to grow and work to constantly improve yourself.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“The lack of support and under-reimbursement from both state and commercial payers is devastating our rural communities. Hospitals are a lifeline to economic success … in these communities, and reimbursements no longer cover the cost of the care in our hospitals. Without drastic improvements or legislation, or both, to rein in both state and commercial payers, there will be a continued decline in access to health care in the rural areas of our state. Without good health care, companies will not want to relocate here and people will not want to continue to retire here.”

First job and lesson learned
“I officiated children’s basketball and baseball and softball games when I was a teenager. This taught me valuable lessons about how to handle real-time criticism as well as how to have a thick skin. In addition, it taught me how to remain calm and level-headed in stressful and tense situations. These lessons carried over into my own athletic and academic career in both high school and at the University of Arkansas, and I still use these skills when dealing with tense situations today.”

Professional inspiration
“To provide high-quality health care to my community.”

Most valuable lesson
“You can usually find out what you need to know by being an active listener in a conversation.”

Learning from a mentor
“Blake Chitsey has taught me how to navigate the real world of medicine, especially in a rural community, that you don’t learn in medical school or residency.”

Career dream as a child
“To be a doctor.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“It is full of great people who will go out of their way to help you with just about anything you could want or need.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Continuing to provide health care in my hometown of Harrison.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“I would tell myself that while there will be plenty of bumps along the way, you should remember everything happens for a reason and will have a big part of molding you into the person you are today. Lean on your family for support because they will be there for you no matter what the circumstance to help you along the way.”

How you define success
“Success to me is finding contentment in your professional and personal life. If you can be content in your career and content in your personal life, then you have achieved all that you could ever hope to achieve in life.”

One word to describe you
“Devoted.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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