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Levi Hospital adds staff members

It is no accident that Levi Hospital has provided quality care for Hot Springs and surrounding communities for more than 100 years without a break in service. "Part of the reason for the longevity of this hospital has been and continues to be maintaining a strong and dedicated staff, not only in the clinical areas of the hospital, but in all areas. Levi is proud to recognize some of the individuals that make our day-to-day operations run more smoothly, which provides the environment for quality patient care," the release states.

Zane Jeffers joined the staff of Levi Hospital in March of this year as the new comptroller. He is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where he earned his BSBA in Accounting. He earned his master's from Henderson State University. Before coming to Levi, Jeffers was employed by the Area Agency on Aging and The Salvation Army, where he gained experience working with financials for a nonprofit organization. In his free time, he enjoys cycling.

Will Rainwater recently joined the staff at Levi Hospital as the IT director. He started his career in 1989 as a software sales associate and Apple II guru at a national software retailer. From there, he worked for 3 1/2 years as a contractor for the Department of Defense, 3 1/2 years for a Fortune 100 company based out of Cincinnati, and 18 1/2 years as the director of Information Technology for a financial institution in the Mid-Atlantic area before moving to Hot Springs in 2016. He achieved his Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification in 2008. He's an Air Force veteran and worked with combat pilots in the intelligence field. Rainwater has run the Baltimore Marathon, four half marathons, and 10 10-milers. "He enjoys collecting coins, leather work and woodworking, and is a huge Star Wars, and sci-fi, fan."

Kirk Gassman joined Levi Hospital in September 2017 as the director of maintenance. He is a native of Malvern. "Kirk is passionate about helping those in need and improving the quality of a patient's stay at Levi Hospital and the overall operations of daily hospital maintenance activities." Gassman is also a minister. He is senior pastor at Hollywood Baptist Church. "Kirk enjoys ministry, mission trips, fishing and floating area rivers, having fun with the grandchildren and his family and his church family."

Alisha Chatman joined Levi Hospital in 2016 as the director of Community Health. She is a native of Malvern and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology from the University Arkansas Pine Bluff. In May 2010, she graduated from Webster University in Little Rock with her master's degree in health administration. Working for the Department of Humans Services as the program eligibility specialist and Hot Springs School District as the human services worker, Chatman has a work history of "being passionate about helping those in need and improving the health and well-being of Garland County residents." As the director of Community Health for Levi Hospital, Chatman serves as the wellness coordinator, where she directs the health and wellness programs for all employees. Chatman also works as the coordinator of the Emergency Preparedness projects. In 2019, Chatman will be responsible for the oversight of the Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation plan. Chatman has joined local groups to bring awareness and preventative measures to the public and actively promote health-related events and activities to improve health. Her passion for a healthier community inspires her to keep pushing to cultivate the next generation to make healthy choices. Chatman is married to Lavon Chatman Jr. and attends New Faith Christian Ministries. She loves to travel, spend time with her family and attend church.

Two promoted

to Oaklawn's SMT

Director of Gaming Bruce Jones and Controller Scott Frederick have both been promoted to Oaklawn's Senior Management Team.

Jones initially joined Oaklawn as Game Tech manager in 2008 and was instrumental in implementing new games, keeping all games up and running, and helping other properties establish gaming centers with Instant Racing machines. He was promoted to assistant gaming manager in September 2012, before becoming director of Gaming in June 2016.

Prior to coming to Oaklawn, Jones was director of Business Development for the EAST Initiative, a national educational-technology nonprofit organization; and served as chairman of the Engineering and Computer Science Department at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis.

Frederick, who joined Oaklawn in September 2016, has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial services. He spent nearly 13 years at one of Arkansas' largest publicly traded companies -- ABF Freight and their parent company ArcBest Corporation -- where he worked his way up the ranks from a financial reporting accountant to assistant controller. He later worked for New Prospect Co., a privately held oil and gas consulting company, for close to seven years. After a year as the controller with New Prospect, he was promoted to senior vice president of finance and treasurer. Frederick, a native of Subiaco, earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at Arkansas Tech University and began his career with Beall Barclay & Co.

"We're very happy to have Bruce and Scott join Oaklawn's Senior Management Team," General Manager Wayne Smith said in the press release. "Bruce and Scott bring skill sets that continue to position us nicely for the future as we prepare for a new tradition in racing with exciting 2019 dates that has Oaklawn racing from Jan. 25 through Kentucky Derby Day, May 4."

Outside of Oaklawn, Jones also serves on the executive board of directors for the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors of Arkansas Red Cross and Arkansas Community Health Centers. He serves on the governor's Garland County Restore Hope Committee and is an adjunct business instructor at Henderson State University.

Frederick is a certified public accountant and certified treasury professional. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arkansas State Society of CPAs and the Association for Financial Professionals.

Pulmonologist joins

CHI St. Vincent LR

LITTLE ROCK -- Ashish Tikotekar, MD, has joined CHI St. Vincent and is welcoming patients at CHI St. Vincent Pulmonology Clinic in Little Rock and at CHI St. Vincent Multispecialty Clinic-North in Sherwood.

Tikotekar, a pulmonologist, specializes in pulmonary care and sleep care for patients with lung problems and sleep disorders.

He is board certified and earned his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed his residency at Mount Sinai and fellowship at the Rutgers School of Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J.

CHI St. Vincent Pulmonology Clinic is located at 1 St. Vincent Circle, Suite 210, in Little Rock. The Multispecialty Clinic is at 2215 Wildwood Ave., Suite 210, in Sherwood.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 501-552-6830 or visit http://CHIStVincent.com/pulmonology-LR.

CHI St. Vincent, founded in 1888, is the largest integrated and community-based physician organization in Arkansas -- a system with over 1 million patient visits per year, serving patients from all 75 counties in Arkansas. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, an acute-care facility, licensed for 615 beds, is located in Little Rock and is ranked the "best hospital" in Arkansas by U. S. News and World Report and is the first hospital to earn Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs is an acute-care facility licensed for 282 beds. Other CHI St. Vincent hospitals include CHI St. Vincent North, licensed for 69 beds, in Sherwood; CHI St. Vincent Morrilton, a critical access hospital in Morrilton, licensed for 25 beds; and CHI St. Vincent West, an outpatient campus in west Little Rock. The system includes a network of 300 primary care and specialty physicians, a home health agency, a joint venture inpatient rehabilitation facility and affiliations with more than 1,000 physicians.

Business on 08/06/2018

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