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Large Hospital Winner: Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Large Hospital Winner: Jefferson Regional Medical Center
3 months ago

Located in Pine Bluff, Jefferson Regional serves as a regional referral center for a large geographic area. It is also the region with the most economically distressed population. Jefferson Regional is meeting both issues head on.

Innovation Hero Winner: Mellie Bridewell

Innovation Hero Winner: Mellie Bridewell
3 months ago

Mellie Bridewell is tackling the state's rural health care shortage head-on. In 2007, Bridewell pulled five hospitals in southeast Arkansas together to form the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership.

Community Outreach Winner: Larry Freeman

Community Outreach Winner: Larry Freeman
3 months ago

Larry Freeman opened the nonprofit Synergy Saturday in 2015 to tailor health care to those who most need it in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Nurse of the Year Winner: Brenda Jo Jarrard

Nurse of the Year Winner: Brenda Jo Jarrard
3 months ago

Brenda Jo Jarrard has been a registered nurse for close to 30 years and goes to work at Booneville Human Development Center each day not for the paycheck, but to help her patients and enrich their lives and those of her co-workers.

Administrator of the Year Winner: John Montgomery

Administrator of the Year Winner: John Montgomery
3 months ago

John Montgomery is the executive director of The Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove in Little Rock, a decentralized skilled nursing facility that looks to disrupt the long-term care industry by offering all private rooms and bathrooms, a home-like environment and elder choice.

Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Howard Memorial Hospital

Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Howard Memorial Hospital
3 months ago

Howard Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital providing comprehensive patient-focused care in a variety of settings — emergency, surgical, inpatient and outpatient — delivered by skilled medical professionals.

Large Hospital Finalist: CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs

Large Hospital Finalist: CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs
3 months ago

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs is a full service medical center with a Level II Trauma Center designation and robust childbirth center in addition to advanced specialties in cancer treatment, orthopedics and heart care.

Innovation Hero Finalist: Mayumi Nakagawa

Innovation Hero Finalist: Mayumi Nakagawa
3 months ago

For nearly two decades, Mayumi Nakagawa has focused her studies on the human papillomavirus (HPV) and ways to treat the disease. She and her team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences may be closing in on the answer.

Community Outreach Finalist: Sandra J. Brown

Community Outreach Finalist: Sandra J. Brown
3 months ago

Under CEO Sandra J. Brown, Jefferson Comprehensive Care System Inc. (JCCSI) offers help in communities where people often have the hardest time helping themselves.

Community Outreach Finalist: Community Health Centers of Arkansas

Community Outreach Finalist: Community Health Centers of Arkansas
3 months ago

Established in 1985, Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand access to affordable quality care in Arkansas, and to create a unified voice for Community Health Centers (CHCs) and the patients they serve.

Community Outreach Finalist: Kenya Eddings

Community Outreach Finalist: Kenya Eddings
3 months ago

For Kenya Eddings, the wellness director at the Arkansas Department of Health, it's simple — workplace lactation accommodation is a win-win for both employees and employers.

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Stacie Bordelon

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Stacie Bordelon
3 months ago

A passion for enabling patients to live healthier lives and a leap of faith landed Stacie Bordelon in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Specialty Pharmacy Services Infectious Disease Clinic.

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Derek Lagemann

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Derek Lagemann
3 months ago

As co-owner of the Physical Therapy Institute, Derek Lagemann, doctor of physical therapy, works to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic injuries, with professional interests that include orthopedic care with an emphasis on spinal rehabilitation.

Physician of the Year Finalist: Stephen Canon

Physician of the Year Finalist: Stephen Canon
3 months ago

Stephen Canon is chief of Pediatric Urology and medical director at Arkansas Children's Medical Group. In that capacity he cares for patients, leads and manages the urology division at Arkansas Children's, oversees and directs the medical activities of Arkansas Children's Medical Group, researches urologic diseases in order to better understand and treat patients and trains the next generation of urologists.

Physician of the Year Finalist: Thomas Kiser

Physician of the Year Finalist: Thomas Kiser
3 months ago

Thomas Kiser manages patient care at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute and UAMS, leading rehabilitation care teams, teaching medical students and residents, participating in research, making professional presentations at conferences and serving on hospital committees to improve service and care.

Physician of the Year Finalist: Jon Oden

Physician of the Year Finalist: Jon Oden
3 months ago

Jon Oden is both physician and patient, which gives him a special insight in his role as associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at Arkansas Children's.

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Amanda McCorkle

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Amanda McCorkle
3 months ago

For Amanda McCorkle, the joy she finds in her role as a nurse practitioner in the radiology department at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System stems from a love of helping people heal and live their best lives.

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Ashlee VanHouten

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Ashlee VanHouten
3 months ago

As an Emergency Department nurse earlier in her career, Ashlee VanHouten wanted to be able to help people avoid emergency situations by focusing on preventative care in a primary care setting.

Administrator of the Year Finalist: Ann Kruger

Administrator of the Year Finalist: Ann Kruger
3 months ago

Ann Kruger began her career in nursing at the pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department of a children's hospital, which eventually led her to her administrative role as vice president of ambulatory services at Arkansas Children's.

Administrator of the Year Finalist: Brian Thomas

Administrator of the Year Finalist: Brian Thomas
3 months ago

Brian Thomas' recipe for success at Jefferson Regional focuses on hiring the best people, giving them the tools and resources they need to do the job and then simply getting out of their way.