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Video: Winners of the 2020 Health Care Heroes Awards

Arkansas Business is proud to present the winners of its 2020 Health Care Heroes awards.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Salassi-Scotter

Mary Salassi-Scotter, Arkansas Children’s

With more than 40 years of experience in pediatric nursing, Mary Salassi-Scotter hasn’t lost her passion for her patients or her enthusiasm for her work.

Joseph Bates Honored for Lifetime Achievement at Health Care Heroes Event

Dr. Joseph Bates of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences accepts the 2019 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joseph Bates III of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Health Care Heroes awards luncheon on April 24.

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Video: Winners of the 2020 Health Care Heroes Awards

Arkansas Business is proud to present the winners of its 2020 Health Care Heroes awards. read more >
Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff

Large Hospital Winner: Jefferson Regional Medical Center

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. read more >
Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove in Little Rock

Long-Term Care Facility Winner: The Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove

Executive Director John Montgomery is looking to reshape the way we think of long-term care facilities and what they can feel like for the people living there. At the Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove, the focus is on making the space feel like home to the residents, read more >
Mellie Bridewell of Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Innovation Hero Winner: Mellie Bridewell

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. read more >
Synergy Saturday in Little Rock

Community Outreach Winner: Larry Freeman

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. read more >
Miranda Yelvington of Arkansas Children's

Allied Health Professional Winner: Miranda Yelvington

Arkansas Children’s has the only burn center in the state. It services both children and adults. read more >
Johnathan Goree of UAMS

Physician of the Year Winner: Johnathan Goree

Most physicians diagnose or treat pathology or disease, but Johnathan Goree of the UAMS Chronic Pain Division treats quality of life. read more >
Brenda Jo Jarrard of Booneville Human Development Center

Nurse of the Year Winner: Brenda Jo Jarrard

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. read more >
John Montgomery of the Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove

Administrator of the Year Winner: John Montgomery

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. read more >
Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale

Small/Rural Hospital Winner: Arkansas Children’s Northwest

As the northwest Arkansas region’s first and only children’s hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) is transforming health care for the area’s young. read more >
Community Health Centers of Arkansas in Little Rock

Community Outreach Finalist: Community Health Centers of Arkansas

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. read more >
Kenya Eddings of the Arkansas Department of Health

Community Outreach Finalist: Kenya Eddings

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. read more >
Stacie Bordelon of UAMS

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Stacie Bordelon

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. read more >
Tonya Johnson of UAMS

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Tonya Johnson

As a registered and licensed dietician, Tonya Johnson brings her passion for nutrition to her role as the director of nutrition and food services at UAMS. read more >
Mary Salassi-Scotter, Arkansas Children’s

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Salassi-Scotter

With more than 40 years of experience in pediatric nursing, Mary Salassi-Scotter hasn’t lost her passion for her patients or her enthusiasm for her work. read more >
Derek Lagemann of Physical Therapy Institute

Allied Health Professional Finalist: Derek Lagemann

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. read more >
Howard Memorial Hospital of Nashville

Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Howard Memorial Hospital

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. read more >
Stephen Canon of Arkansas Children’s

Physician of the Year Finalist: Stephen Canon

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. read more >

Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Ouachita County Medical Center

Ouachita County Medical Center strives to be the focal point of a coordinated, county wide continuum of health care services, from preventive care to geriatrics. read more >
Thomas Kiser of Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute and UAMS

Physician of the Year Finalist: Thomas Kiser

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. read more >