Conway Regional Health System welcomes new board members
Conway Regional Health System has announced that two new community leaders joined the board of directors when it convenesd on January 25. President and CEO Jim Lambert also expressed gratitude for the service of three highly-respected members who completed their terms on the board in December.
Ray Kordsmeier, Donna Hambuchen and Margaret Beasley, MD, completed their terms on the board in December. Mr. Kordsmeier served on the Board since 1994, Dr. Beasley served since 2002 and Ms. Hambuchen began her first term in 1998. All three have chaired the Board.
“Between them, Ray, Margaret and Donna had more than 33 years of health care leadership experience,” said Mr. Lambert. “We will miss them and we thank them for their contributions toward advancing health care in our community.”
The past board members helped lead the health system during an era of tremendous expansion, including:
• the construction of a center for Women’s and Infants’ Services
• the expansion of cardiology to include open heart surgery
• the construction of a rehabilitation hospital
• the expansion of imaging services to include an outpatient imaging center, PET/CT scanning and the latest MRI capabilities
• the growth of the medical staff to more than 120 active physicians
• upgrading the surgical services to include robotic surgery and other minimally invasive technology
“We are excited by the diverse experience and community leadership being brought to the Board by Dr. Barbara Williams and Rev. Everette Cornell Maltbia,” said Mr. Lambert.
Barbara Williams, PhD, is currently the chairperson of the UCA Department of Nursing. Rev. Everette Cornell Maltbia is pastor and founder of True Holiness Saints Center.
Dr. Williams has long-term experience with Conway Regional since the late 70s through her students and faculty. She worked at Baptist Medical Center as a staff nurse prior to joining UCA in 1978. “A number of our graduates and faculty work there,” said Dr. Williams. “The UCA Nursing Department and Conway Regional have had an excellent working relationship over the years.”
Dr. Williams calls her service on the board a “challenging opportunity.” She predicts sweeping changes in the health care system in years due to the national reform initiatives that are underway in the US Congress. “It’s a crucial time for health care. It’s not going to be the same health care system that it was 10 years ago. I want to assist Conway Regional in coping with these changes through service on the board. It will be challenging, but I think my perspective will be beneficial.”
In addition to his church activities with True Holiness Saints Center, Rev. Maltbia serves as chaplain for the Arkansas House of Representatives, 87th General Assembly.
Rev. Maltbia has a litany of community service experience including with the University of Central Arkansas, Conway Corporation, United Way and the Conway Police Department. He has achieved numerous awards for his community service work including the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Martin Luther King Commission in 2002 and the President’s Award from UCA in 2007.Last year he received the Dan Nabholz Award for leadership from the Faulkner County Leadership Institute.
Rev. Maltbia served for several years on Conway Regional’s Community Advisory Board. He has spent many hours at the hospital with parishioners and family members and “has observed how the staff’s attitude and professionalism has made a difference in the healing process.” He added, “I am impressed by Conway Regional’s commitment to excellence, so when opportunity came I was excited about helping them continue as a regional leader in health care. I’m just thankful and excited for the opportunity to serve.”
Other members of the 2010 Conway Regional Board of Directors are: Bob Gant, Chairman; Jack Engelkes, Vice Chairman; Bob McCormack; Rick McCarron; MD; Mark Ferguson; Jerry Adams; Bart Throneberry, MD; Alan Lucas, MD, Chief of Staff and Mr. Lambert. Board members serve a six-year term on the board.
Conway Regional Health System is a private non-profit healthcare system serving residents of Faulkner, Conway, Perry, Van Buren and Cleburne counties. More information about Conway Regional can be found at www.conwayregional.org.