Photos: (from left) Gov. Asa Hutchinson and BRMC President\CEO Ron Peterson
Baxter Regional Medical Center President and CEO Ron Peterson is among 19 Gov. Asa Hutchinson named Friday to a newly created COVID-19 Winter Task Force. The membership includes physicians, state officials and health care executives to advise Gov. Hutchinson as the state combats the likely additional challenges of the pandemic this winter.
Hutchinson says, “We continue to see a record number of COVID-19 cases, and as winter approaches, we must take this head-on with a strategy that is medically sound and data-driven.” He went on to say at a Friday news conference, “This will ensure that we are combating COVID-19 with the best resources to limit the spread and mitigate the impact of the virus while we wait for a vaccine.”
Gov. Hutchinson will serve as chair, and Dr. Greg Bledsoe, Arkansas surgeon general, will serve as vice chair.
The other members of the COVID-19 Winter Task Force are:
• Larry Shackelford, President and CEO of Washington Regional Medical Center;
• Chris Barber, President and CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare;
• Scott Street, CEO of Medical Center of South Arkansas;
• Dr. Cam Patterson, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences;
• Rachel Bunch, Executive Director of Arkansas Health Care Association;
• Bo Ryall, President and CEO of Arkansas Hospital Association;
• Troy Wells, President and CEO of Baptist Health;
• Ryan Gehrig, President of Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith;
• Major General Kendall Penn, Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard;
• A.J. Gary, Director of Arkansas Department of Emergency Management;
• Dr. José Romero, Secretary of Arkansas Department of Health;
• Dr. Jerrilyn Jones, Arkansas Department of Health;
• Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Arkansas Department of Health;
• Dr. Naveen Patil, Arkansas Department of Health;
• Dr. Keyur Vyas, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences;
• Phillip Gilmore, CEO of Ashley County Medical Center;
• Dr. Steven Collier, CEO of ARcare; and
• Additional citizens as the governor deems necessary.
You can view the executive order here.
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