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Shots in the Dark (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

It’s only now, with hospitalizations at a pandemic high and deaths back on the rise, that we’ve seen Arkansas’ vaccination pace begin to quicken. read more >
Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association
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Calling All Nurses: The Crisis ContinuesLock Icon

Hospitals in Arkansas and around the country are desperately seeking nurses to care for a surging number of COVID-19 patients, and providers fear the demand will rise during the upcoming flu season. read more >
Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas at Rogers, said a late 2019 expansion was crucial to serving the community during the pandemic.
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Northwest Arkansas Hospitals Expand Despite Pandemic PressureLock Icon

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a heavy strain on the health care system, but that hasn’t stopped the expansion plans of the state’s hospitals. read more >
Mercy Health properties on South 52nd Street in Rogers.
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California Company Pays $15.9M for Mercy Facilities (NWA Real Deals)Lock Icon

Montecito Medical Real Estate of Corona, California, paid $15.9 million for two adjoining Mercy Health of Northwest Arkansas facilities in Rogers. read more >
Dr. Camille Y. Richards of Baptist Health in Fort Smith.
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Richards Accepts Surgeon Slot at Baptist Health in Fort Smith (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Camille Y. Richards recently joined Baptist Health Surgical Clinic-Dodson Avenue as a general and trauma surgeon. read more >
Nata Matthews of Baptist Health Family Clinic-Massard in Fort Smith.
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Baptist Brings On Nata Matthews at Fort Smith Clinic (Movers & Shakers)

Nata Matthews has joined Baptist Health Family Clinic-Massard in Fort Smith as a nurse practitioner. Dr. David Sokolow has joined Baptist Health Orthopedic Clinic in Little Rock as an orthopedic surgeon. read more >
Sheila Williams and Tony Hardage, Baptist Health
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Sheila Williams Picks Up PACE Program at Baptist Health (Movers & Shakers)

Sheila Williams, who most recently served as vice president and administrator at Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County, has been named executive director of Baptist Health’s PACE program in North Little Rock. read more >
Kelli Huntley of Mercy Hospital and Mercy Clinic
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Kelli Huntley Named Finance VP at Mercy (Movers & Shakers)

Kelli Huntley has been promoted to vice president of finance for Mercy Hospital and Mercy Clinic in Rogers . read more >
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Jacobelli Joins Mercy Sports Medicine (Mercy Movers & Shakers)

Mercy Sports Medicine in Rogers adds Dr. Dominic Jacobelli to its team. read more >
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Mercy Health Plans to Lay Off 300 to 350 Workers

Mercy Health officials say the company will lay off 300 to 350 employees in four states next week. read more >
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Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue. read more >
St. Vincent Health System CEO Peter Banko.  (Photo by Jason Burt)
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Central Arkansas Medical Centers Collaborate, Compete in Tight Health Care Market

Hospitals in central Arkansas must collaborate to survive, according to St. Vincent Health System President and CEO Peter Banko, who says he doesn’t think Little Rock can support three hospitals. read more >
Cooper Clinic CEO Doug Babb, inset, said in letters filed in its lawsuit that the multi-specialty clinic had been in sale talks with both Mercy Health and Sparks Health System in Fort Smith in 2012.
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Cooper Clinic Sues Mercy Over Recruitment Tactics

In less than three years, Mercy, which has seven hospitals in Arkansas, including one at Fort Smith, had persuaded 14 more doctors to leave the Fort Smith multi-specialty clinic and come to work for Mercy, according to a lawsuit Cooper filed in in Sebastian County Circuit Court. read more >
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Mercy Health, Catholic Health Initiatives Sign Letter of Intent for Mercy Hot Springs

Mercy Health of Chesterfield, Mo., and Catholic Health Initiatives sign a non-binding letter of intent to sell Mercy Hot Springs hospital and physician clinic to CHI and its affiliate, St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock. read more >
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Mercy Health Confirms Talks With St. Vincent Over Hot Springs Hospital

In a short statement, Mercy Health says it is in discussions "toward a letter of intent" with Catholic Health Initiatives, which owns St. Vincent. read more >
Kim Day, left, will be interim president of Mercy Hot Springs following the resignation of Tim Johnsen on Dec. 7.
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Tim Johnsen, President of Mercy Hot Springs, to Resign Dec. 7

Ahead of Mercy's plan to sell its Hot Springs hospital to Capella Healthcare, Mercy Hospital President Tim Johnsen says he'll resign effective Dec. 7. Kim Day, president of Mercy’s central region, will be interim president. read more >
Mercy Health System in Hot Springs.
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In Hot Springs, Capella Healthcare, Mercy Sign Merger Agreement

Capella Healthcare and Mercy Health say they have signed an asset purchase agreement for the two Hot Springs organizations to merge under Capella's ownership. read more >