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CHCA, CHCs finalists

CHCA, JCSSI, Mid-Delta named as finalists in Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes categories.

Events Contact: Tiffany Mattzela Company: Arkansas Business Email: ​ Phone: 501.455.9334 Web:

For Immediate Release/Embargo: Tuesday January 7, 2020

Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes Awards

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Arkansas Business is thrilled to recognize thirty-seven 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, these individuals will be recognized at a luncheon awards ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a finalist in each category were selected by an outside panel of judges and will be celebrated at an awards ceremony, presented by CompleteCare, Inc., April 2, 2020 at the Embassy, Little Rock; 11:30-1:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

Lifetime Achievement Award Mary Salassi-Scotter, Arkansas Children's

The Finalists 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 Medical Center

Large Hospital of the Year (100 beds or more) CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Jefferson Regional 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 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 Sandra J. Brown, 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 Unity Health - Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Center The winners of each category will be revealed at the awards ceremony and published in a special supplement of ​ Arkansas Business ​ to be distributed on ​March 23, 2020.

For more information on the Arkansas Business of the Year Awards program, visit or Contact: Director of Events, Tiffany Mattzela at , 501.455.9334