Doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and other medical professionals were front and center at an awards luncheon focused on the healthcare industry.
Organized by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and underwritten by the University of Central Arkansas, the North Metro Healthcare Awards honored 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.
The Chamber accepted nominations in late 2017, and a panel of healthcare executives from across the country selected the following award recipients:
PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Dr. Robert McCarron, founder of Conway Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, was named the 2018 Physician of the Year. McCarron (left) is pictured with Bobby Riggs of Conway Regional Physician Hospital Organization, the sponsor of the Physician of the Year award.
NURSE OF THE YEAR
Channing Hall, director of nursing for Independent Living Services, is the 2018 Nurse of the Year. Hall (left) is pictured with Mallory Lanford of Preferred Medical, the sponsor of the Nurse of the Year award.
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Stephana Loyd, vice president and chief nursing officer at Baptist Health Medical Center – Conway, was named the 2018 Administrator of the Year. Loyd is pictured with Paul Bradley of Edafio Technology Partners, the sponsor of the Administrator of the Year award.
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Gary Jones, D.D.S. at CHI St. Vincent Conway Interfaith Clinic, is the 2018 Healthcare Professional of the Year. Jones is pictured with Lori Case Melton of First Service Bank, the sponsor of the Healthcare Professional of the Year award.
WORKPLACE WELLNESS AWARD
Kimberly-Clark Corporation received the 2018 Workplace Wellness Award at the University of Central Arkansas North Metro Healthcare Awards. Pictured with UCA president Dr. Houston Davis (left) are Shea Johnson and Chris Boudrie of Kimberly-Clark. Sam’s Club was the sponsor of the Workplace Wellness Award.
In addition to the awards ceremony, the North Metro Healthcare Awards featured Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield president and CEO Curtis Barnett as the keynote speaker. Barnett, a UCA alumnus, began his career with Arkansas Blue Cross in 1993 and assumed the position as president and CEO in January 2017.