Health Care Heroes

Health Care Heroes


Presented by:
Health Care Heroes Presented by Complete Care


Arkansas Business presents Health Care Heroes awards program to honor individuals, companies and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas. Their acts of heroism represent a display of dedication to excellence in the area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs. Through their commitment to their profession and their community, they serve as an inspiration to others in an effort to improve the quality of health care and discover new ways to assist those in need.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Salassi-Scotter, Arkansas Children's


The Finalists for the 2020 Health Care Heroes in each category are:


Health Care Administrator

Adam Head, CARTI

Ann Kruger, Arkansas Children's

John Montgomery, The Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove

Brian Thomas, Jefferson Regional


Large Hospital of the Year (100 beds or more)

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs

Jefferson Regional Medical Center

St. Bernards Medical Center

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 


Small Rural Hospitals (Less than 100 beds)

Arkansas Children's Northwest

Howard Memorial Hospital

Ouachita County Medical Center


Innovation Hero

Mellie Bridewell, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Orthopaedic Hand Trauma Telemedicine Program, UAMS

Erin Mannen, Orthopaedic Surgery, UAMS

Mayumi Nakagawa, Department of Pathology, UAMS


Nurse of the Year

Morgan Butler, Arkansas Children's

Brenda Jo Jarrard, Arkansas Department of Human Services

Amanda McCorkle, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Ashley Van Houten, Mid-Delta Health Care System


Physician of the Year

Stephen Canon, Arkansas Children's

Johnathan Goree, Department of Anesthesiology, UAMS

Thomas Kiser, Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute & UAMS

Ryan Koch, Unity Health

Jon Oden, Arkansas Children's


Allied Health Professional 

Stacie Bordelon, Specialty Pharmacy Services, UAMS

Tonya Johnson, UAMS

Derek Lagemann, Physical Therapy Institute

Miranda Yelvington, Arkansas Children's


Community Outreach 

Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, Inc.

Community Health Centers of Arkansas

Kenya Eddings, Arkansas Department of Health

Larry Freeman, Synergy Saturday


Long-Term Care Facility

Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital

The Green House Cottages of Poplar Grove

Presbyterian Village

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Winners of each category will be announced at the Health Care Heroes Luncheon on April 2nd


Join us to honor
Arkansas Business' 2020 Health Care Heroes!


Thursday, April 2, 2020
11:30am – 1:00pm
Embassy Suites, Little Rock
$80 per ticket | $800 per table of 10 (lunch included)
Business Attire


For sponsorship or ticket information contact:

Tiffany Mattzela, Event Director at or (501) 455-9334