HJAR Mar/Apr 2020

60 MAR / APR 2020  I  HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF ARKANSAS Hospital Rounds for receiving the Guardian of Excellence Award,” said Patrick T. Ryan, executive chairman of Press Ganey. “This honor reflects their unwavering commitment to improving the safety, quality, and experience of care. Their hard work and dedica- tion are inspiring, and we are proud to partner with them on our shared mission to reduce patient suffering.” Dr. Gerry Jones Appointed Chief Medical Officer for CHI St. Vincent Infirmary CHI St. Vincent has appointed Dr. Gerry Jones the chief medical officer for CHI St. Vincent Infir- mary in Little Rock. Jones, a cardiothoracic sur- geon with extensive administrative experience, has served as vice president for medical affairs for The CHI St. Vincent Central Arkansas Market since January of 2019. He will continue to serve in that capacity, while providing transformational leader- ship in this expanded role for the CHI St. Vincent system and its healing ministry. “Dr. Jones’ extensive experience with acute care facilities and medical group operations has proven incredibly valuable to our ministry as we navigate the changing landscape of healthcare today,” said CHI St. Vincent CEO Chad Aduddell. “We know his leadership will continue to build upon our 131 year legacy of service to our communities.” As chief medical officer, Jones will oversee all clinical operations at St. Vincent Infirmary as well as the day-to-day operations of medical staff at all CHI St. Vincent’s Central Arkansas facilities while driving operational efficiencies and qual- ity improvements. “CHI St. Vincent fills a unique role in the Central Arkansas healthcare space and we’re fortunate to have a dedicated team of physicians and health- care providers committed to our mission of deliv- ering compassionate care,” said Jones. “Part of my work will be to ensure we have the systems, procedures and resources in place to continue providing exceptional care to all those in need.” A native of El Dorado, Arkansas, Jones received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Rhodes College and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medi- cine. He completed residency and a fellowship at Cornell University. Conway Regional Health System Acquires Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center Conway Regional Health System has acquired Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center (COSMC). The announcement brings together two organizations that are committed to provid- ing comprehensive orthopedic services to Central Arkansas and the River Valley. “Partnerships are what make our community successful and organization stronger,” said Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System. “After a long-standing relationship with the Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, this is an exciting opportunity to come together and enhance orthopedic access. The dedicated physicians and staff of COSMC have built an extremely reputable practice, and we are honored to align our two institutions as we con- tinue our mission to provide high-quality, com- passionate care.” Conway Regional Health System will man- age and oversee all operations of the orthope- dic center. Physicians who currently practice and who will remain at the COSMC location include Scott Smith, MD, Tod Ghormley, MD, Jay Howell, MD, Grant Bennett, MD, James Head, MD, Rick McCarron, MD, and Glenn McClendon, DPM, The center is located at 550 Club Ln in Conway. “Over the past several years, we have been approached by many hospitals and orthopedic groups seeking to partner with our organization,” said Smith. “In evaluating the landscape and what will ensure our long-term success, we have cho- sen to partner with Conway Regional. This exciting partnership will strengthen us as an organization, expand our reach in the community, and enhance patient experience.” All current services of Conway Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center will remain in operation, and patients will continue to see their current phy- sicians. Physicians and staff of the orthopedic cen- ter will become Conway Regional Health System employees, and the center will retain its name and current location. Physician Reaches Milestone with 1,000th Robotic Procedure at Baptist Health-Fort Smith A surgeon at Baptist Health-Fort Smith recently reached a milestone as she completed her 1,000th robotic-assisted procedure. JeanMarie Householder, MD, is a board-cer- tified obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surger- ies using the da Vinci surgical system at Baptist Health-Fort Smith. She has been with the health system for 17 years. In addition to gynecological services, Householder also provides obstetric care to women in the River Valley. The da Vinci surgical system allows surgeons to perform complex, delicate operations with increased precision and improved dexterity through four robotic arms. The system can be used in a wide range of gynecological and uro- logical procedures. During robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console a few feet away from the patient and views a 3D high-definition image of the surgical site while operating in real-time through tiny incisions using electromechanically- enhanced instruments. A team of surgical staff are positioned at the patient’s side to assist the phy- sician, as needed. Baptist Health Foundation Receives Grants Totaling More Than $40,000 FromNational Breast Cancer Foundation Baptist Health Foundation recently received two grants totaling more than $40,000 from the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The first, in the amount of $40,000, will go toward the Nurse Navigator Program at Baptist Health Breast Center-Little Rock. The breast cen- ter will enhance its support, guidance, education, Gerry Jones, MD