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Walmart to Award $1.12M in Grants Wednesday

Walmart will host a “Day of Giving” in Little Rock at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to award Walmart Foundation Arkansas State Giving grants totaling $1.12 million to 11 nonprofits. read more >
Health Care / Legal

Arkansas Hospitals See Wins in Lawsuits Over Billing

A federal judge dismissed a case in March that was filed against the collection company RevClaims LLC of Jackson, Mississippi, and St. Bernard’s Hospital of Jonesboro. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics / Health Care / Real Estate

White River Health System Plans 40,000-SF Expansion

The White River Health System is seeking city council action to move forward with building a 40,000-SF medical office building for bone and joint health care services in Batesville. read more >
Education / Health Care

White River Health System, UAMS Announce Agreement

White River Health System and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences announce an affiliation agreement. read more >
J. Larry Shackelford, CEO of Washington Regional Medical System
Health Care

Larry Shackelford Named as Washington Regional’s Next CEO (Movers & Shakers)

J. Larry Shackelford will assume the role of CEO at Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville on Sept. 1. read more >
Robin Kerr of Batesville Med PACC/Med Aesthetics and Dr. Melissa Yawn of Newport Diagnostic Center
Health Care

White River Health Adds Two to Clinic Affiliates (Movers & Shakers)

Robin Kerr has joined Batesville Med PACC/Med Aesthetics and Dr. Melissa Yawn has joined Newport Diagnostic Center in Newport. read more >
Dr. Marc Denton Stam and Dr. Thanh Tan Le of Sparks Health.
Health Care

Arkansas Hospice Names Brian Bell as New Chief Medical Officer (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Brian Bell has joined Arkansas Hospice of North Little Rock as vice president and chief medical officer. Bell has worked in hospice since 2006 and he is board-certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. read more >
Gary Bebow, CEO of White River Health System in Batesville. 
Health Care / Insurance

Fulton County Hospital Gets a Partner: White River Health System

White River Health System in Batesville has agreed to help Fulton County Hospital save money and improve health care by entering into an affiliation agreement. read more >
Robyn Sweet and Hope Caraway of White River Health System.
Health Care

White River Health System Names New Directors (Movers & Shakers)

Robyn Sweet has been named director of the White River Health System’s Rural Health Clinics in Cave City, Drasco, Melbourne, Pleasant Plains and Strawberry. Hope Caraway has been promoted to director of human resources read more >
Dr. Mangaraju Chakka, David Fox and Dr. Morris Kelley of the Central Arkansas American Heart Association board of directors.
Health Care

Three Appointed to Central Arkansas American Heart Association Board (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Mangaraju Chakka, David Fox and Dr. Morris Kelley have been appointed to the Central Arkansas American Heart Association’s board of directors. read more >
Leigh Ann Biernat

Leigh Ann Biernat Joins Stephens as SVP (Movers & Shakers)

Eric Valderrama, Kristie Shirkavand, Celia Antoun, Vance Baronowski and Nick Guerrieri have joined ClearPointe of Little Rock. read more >
Bank regulators shut down First Southern Bank of Batesville in 2010, after the discovery of Kevin Lewis’ fake improvement district bond scheme. | (Photo by Mark Friedman)
Banking & Finance / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal

No Banking Future for Former First Southern CEO Woody Castleberry

Thanks to the fraud of convicted former Little Rock attorney Kevin Lewis, Woody Castleberry will never work in banking again. Castleberry told us last week that his settlement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was finally approved. He won’t have to pay a penalty, but he agreed never to be involved in banking again. read more >
Michele Wood, WRHS Marketing Director; and Sheila Mace, WRHS public relations coordinator and website/social media coordinator.
Media & Marketing / Tourism / Transportation

White River Health System Takes Two Diamond Awards for Marketing (Kudos)

The awards, given by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing & Public Relations, recognized the team for its work on the WRHS website and the White River Medical Center campus map design. read more >
BJ Roberts, White County Medical Center, says his hospital is examining costs in order to save money while also trying to maintain the quality of health care it offers. 
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Nonprofits

Hospitals Worried About Impact of Insurance Exchanges

While hospital executives across the state welcomed the opening of the health insurance marketplace last Tuesday, several said they were worried about its financial impact. read more >
Gary Bebow, CEO of White River Health System, says it’s unclear what impact the health care reform will have on the Batesville hospital. 
Construction / Health Care / Insurance

White River Health System Preps ER for Health Care Reform

White River Health System in Batesville is preparing for the possible rush of patients once health care reform is fully implemented next year. read more >

Regional Profiles: 5 Private Arkansas Companies See Different Degrees of Optimism

Arkansas Business visits five of the state's largest private companies, each representing a unique section of Arkansas. read more >
Muhammad A. Kahn
Health Care

Muhammad A. Kahn Takes Promotion with White River Health System (Super Mover)

As chief medical information officer of the White River Health System in Batesville, Kahn will collaborate with different physicians to change and simplify the flow of electronic health records, which will decrease work for staff and improve the quality of patient care. read more >