Honorees named for inaugural healthcare awards

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe to deliver keynote address

CONWAY, Ark. (March 3, 2017) — The Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a new event to celebrate and recognize healthcare professionals in the North Metro region.

The North Metro Healthcare Awards luncheon will take place Tuesday, March 28, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Centennial Valley Country Club events center, located at 1600 Centennial Club Drive in Conway. The inaugural event is underwritten by Reliance Health Care and honors individuals who are making an impact on the overall health of the community they serve and companies that are dedicated to the health and wellness of their employees. Tickets are $50 and are available to purchase at ConwayChamber.org.

Register for the North Metro Healthcare Awards here.

The Chamber accepted nominations in late 2016, and a panel of healthcare executives from across the country selected the award recipients. Awards will be given in the following categories:

Nurse of the Year

Steve Jackson II, RN, of Arkansas Heart Hospital is the 2017 Nurse of the Year. This award recognizes and honors a nurse in the North Metro area who has shown dedication and commitment to providing exceptional patient care, pursuing excellence in nursing, and performing above expectations in the face of adversity.

Steve Jackson, II, RN - Nurse of the Year - Conway Area Chamber of Commerce North Metro Healthcare Awards

Physician of the Year

Dr. John D. Smith of Banister-Lieblong Clinic is the 2017 Physician of the Year. This award, sponsored by Stryker Orthopaedics, recognizes and honors a physician who has used his or her talents and skills to provide exceptional and compassionate care to the North Metro community.

Dr. John Smith - Physician of the Year - Conway Area Chamber of Commerce North Metro Healthcare Awards

Administrator of the Year

Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, is the 2017 Administrator of the Year. This award, sponsored by Edafio Technology Partners, recognizes and honors a member of a healthcare company’s leadership team in the North Metro area. This professional is dedicated to exceptional organizational quality, empowers his or her team, and has a passion for improving the community.

Matt Troup - Administrator of the Year - Conway Area Chamber of Commerce North Metro Healthcare Awards

Healthcare Professional of the Year

Michael Murry, lead clinical case coordinator of Baptist Health Medical Center – Conway, is the 2017 Healthcare Professional of the Year. This award recognizes and honors an individual whose commitment to excellent service and professional guidance has positively affected the overall quality of healthcare in the North Metro region.

Michael Murry - Administrator of the Year - Conway Area Chamber of Commerce North Metro Healthcare Awards

Workplace Wellness Award

Acxiom is the 2017 recipient of the Workplace Wellness Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club. This distinction is awarded to an organization that has created and invested in a comprehensive wellness program for its employees, thereby transforming the culture of health at the company.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s River Valley & Ozark Edition, the media sponsor of the North Metro Healthcare Awards, will profile each of the award winners in its printed newspaper and online at arkansasonline.com/rivervalley.

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg BledsoeThe North Metro Healthcare Awards luncheon will feature Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the keynote speaker. Bledsoe is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. He is a graduate of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at UAMS. Bledsoe has provided medical services and expertise across the globe, including in Honduras, Tanzania, Sudan, China, Qatar, and Antarctica. Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Bledsoe as Surgeon General for the state of Arkansas in January 2015.

In addition to individual $50 tickets, tables of eight are available for $400. For more information about the event, email chief operations officer Ed Linck or call 501-932-5404.

ABOUT THE CONWAY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

For more than 125 years, the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce has served as the voice of the Conway, Arkansas, business community. It represents the interests of more than 1,200 members by promoting economic development in Conway and Faulkner County, advocating a pro-business climate at all levels of government, supporting the county’s educational institutions, and establishing and executing a vision for the community. To learn more about the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, visit ConwayChamber.org.