Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

Health Care Heroes honors individuals, companies and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas. Through their commitment to their profession and their community, they serve as an inspiration to others in an effort to improve the quality of healthcare and discover new ways to assist those in need.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Kent Westbrook, UAMS

There was a time when Arkansans in need of cutting-edge cancer treatment had no choice but to leave the state to find it. That is no longer the case, and Dr. Kent Westbrook is one of the reasons why. read more >

Small Hospital Finalist: Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock

For more than 20 years Arkansas Heart Hospital has offered patients access to advanced technology and surgical techniques in a hospital especially designed for their treatment and recovery. read more >

Small Hospital WINNER: CrossRidge Community Hospital, Wynne

For 65 years, CrossRidge Community Hospital has provided residents of Wynne and Cross County with essential care plus prevention, treatment and awareness programs. read more >

Small Hospital Finalist: North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Harrison

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison might be a small, rural hospital but it plays a large role in the community. read more >

Small Hospital Finalist: White River Medical Center, Batesville

White River Medical Center in Batesville has become the flagship facility of the White River Health System. read more >

Large Hospital WINNER: Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock

Arkansas Children's Hospital, which helps comprise the state's only health system dedicated solely to caring for children, continued in 2017 to use its position to shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. read more >

Large Hospital Finalist: Baptist Health Medical Center-Little rock

Physical and spiritual care exist side by side at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock. read more >

Large Hospital Finalist: CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs is a 309-bed hospital serving six counties and offering centers of excellence in heart and vascular services, cancer, diabetes, orthopedics, women's services and wound care. read more >

Large Hospital Finalist: UAMS Medical Center, Little Rock

When time is of the essence and a positive outcome hangs in the balance, UAMS Medical Center has the know-how to make a difference. read more >

Innovation Hero WINNER: Dr. Emad Aboud of CHI St. Vincent, Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

Motivated to come up with a way to prevent patient deaths through better surgical education, Dr. Emad Aboud has devised a revolutionary technique for simulating lifelike conditions in cadavers. read more >

Innovation Hero Finalist: Dr. Tim Goodson of Arkansas Urology

Tim Goodson accomplished a first when he brought a pioneering prostate cancer treatment to Arkansas Urology. But more important, he is helping men to be prostate cancer free without the side effects of more traditional treatments. read more >

Innovation Hero Finalist: Kyle Parker of Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

With the intention of “moving the needle” in health care access, Kyle Parker and the Fort Smith Regional Healthcare Foundation began the ambitious process of establishing the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. read more >

Innovation Hero Finalist: Charlotte Rankin of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas

Charlotte Rankin is an innovator by choice and necessity as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. read more >

Workplace Wellness Hero Finalist: Christine Ferguson of Arkansas Children's Hospital

Since arriving in 2008, Director of Fitness and Wellness Christine Ferguson has enhanced Arkansas Children's existing employee wellness program, which already included two on-site fitness facilities, exercise classes, wellness coaching and preventive care. read more >

Workplace Wellness Hero Finalist: Tonya Johnson of UAMS

Just about everywhere UAMS employees look, there are reminders about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. read more >

Workplace Wellness Hero WINNERS: Lisa Weir & Karan Summitt of St. Bernards Medical Center

Not all upward trends are good, especially when it involves weight and blood pressure. Leaders at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro took note of the trends involving its employees and aimed to do something about it. read more >

Women's Health & Wellness Hero Finalist: Dawn Brown of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center

Dawn Brown made it her mission to improve maternity care practices at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center when she took over as director of obstetrics in 2012. read more >

Women's Health & Wellness Hero Finalist: Elizabeth Oyler of Baptist Health Medical Center

In leading the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative for Baptist Health, Elizabeth Oyler is taking on not one hospital but all five in the hospital system. read more >

Women's Health & Wellness Hero Finalists: Mable Prunty & Dimsey Brown of St. Bernards Medical Center

As advanced practice registered nurses with St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro, Mable Prunty and Dimsey Brown help women navigate their way through pregnancy and delivery. read more >

Women's Health & Wellness Hero WINNER: Dr. Paul Wendel of UAMS

Dr. Paul Wendel, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at UAMS, has dealt with some of the state's most high-risk pregnancy cases. read more >

Physician of the Year Finalist: Dr. Scott Hogan of Methodist Family Health

Dr. Scott Hogan, who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, has been practicing his form of preventive empathy in an effort to combat teen suicide, one of the three leading causes of adolescent death. read more >

Physician of the Year Finalist: Dr. John Lynch of St. Bernards Cancer Center

John Lynch, a radiation oncologist at St. Bernards Cancer Center in Jonesboro, is determined to do the best for his patients. read more >

Physician of the Year WINNER: Dr. Ron Robertson of UAMS

No team has victories like the team Dr. Ron Robertson leads at UAMS. read more >

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Erin Berry of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center

Erin Berry helps run the show at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Medical Center Emergency Department in Harrison that treats up to 25,000 patients a year. read more >

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Tabitha Childers of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary

Tabitha Childers oversees nine departments as director of Emergency Services, General Surgical and Intensive Care services, as well as working with her team and physicians to grow the service lines and bring in patients. read more >

Nurse of the Year Finalist: Rhonda Finnie of Baptist Health Neurosurgery Arkansas

Enduring every parent's worst nightmare helped give Rhonda Finnie special insight into caregiving. read more >

Nurse of the Year WINNER: Jasper Fultz of Unity Health

Unity Health achieved Level III trauma status with the help of Jasper Fultz, who is also the hospital's facilitator for the stroke program under AR SAVES, which named him its Nurse Facilitator of the Year in 2012. read more >

Health Care Professional of the Year Finalist: Cyndi Coleman-Walker of Methodist Family Health

Sometimes it seemed to Cyndi Coleman-Walker that her mother was always around, even when she wasn't. read more >

Health Care Professional of the Year WINNER: Scot Davis of Arkansas Urology

Scot Davis, CEO at Arkansas Urology, accepts the challenges that presiding over a growing practice presents. read more >

Health Care Professional of the Year Finalist: Ray Hanley of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

Progress leveled the little church where Ray Hanley got his start in public health, but, thanks to Hanley's efforts, significant progress has been made in the health care options available to Arkansans. read more >

Health Care Administrator of the Year Finalist: Clark Davis of Radiology Associates

Clark Davis, chief administrative officer at Radiology Associates, is a leader and administrator who cares for his staff as much as he does the patients. read more >

Health Care Administrator of the Year Finalist: Greg Crain of Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock

It was a little harder for Greg Crain to figure out what he wanted to do than it was to figure out where he wanted to do it. read more >

Health Care Administrator of the Year Finalist: Vincent Leist of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center

Not only is Vince Leist an experienced health care administrator, he has front-line experience as a clinical radiologic technologist. read more >

Health Care Administrator of the Year WINNER: Ray Montgomery of Unity Health

Ray Montgomery, president and CEO of Searcy-based Unity Health, has completed 30 years as a hospital administrator, leading Unity Health through years of growth, improvement and nationally recognized care and service. read more >