Unifying Care, Transforming
Communities

Our mission is to create and implement sustainable community solutions to improve the healthcare infrastructure and strengthen healthcare delivery in rural Arkansas.

Unifying Care, Transforming
Communities

Our mission is to create and implement sustainable community solutions to improve the healthcare infrastructure and strengthen healthcare delivery in rural Arkansas.

About Us

Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP)is a public nonprofit comprised of twelve rural hospital members spanning southeast Arkansas. Together it continues to expand, nurture and provide programs throughout the Partnership’s individual communities and the south Arkansas Delta region.

Over the past decade, ARHP has grown from five to twelve-member hospitals, obtained over $12M in grant funding, and successfully implemented and sustained 52 grant-funded programs across the 22-county rural service area.

ARHP has become a reference point and model for rural health innovation and collaboration across the state and nation.ARHP’s outreach programs and services address the needs of our local communities. They are a direct result of listening to the communities and member organizations. Community health needs assessments conducted for each community hospital function as a foundation for all ARHP programs and services.
"It is together, as a collective group of hospitals, that we have the ability to improve and increase healthcare services, train and recruit healthcare providers, and have a stronger voice for rural healthcare in the state of Arkansas and across the country.”
Phillip Gilmore, Ph.D., FACHE
President, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Our Service Area

Over the past decade, ARHP has grown from five to twelve-member hospitals, obtained over $12M in grant funding, and successfully implemented and sustained 52 grant-funded programs across the 22-county rural service area. Our service area includes: 12 member hospitals, 54 member & affiliate clinics, & 3 partner clinics without affiliation. ARHP has become a reference point and model for rural health innovation and collaboration across the state and nation.

Board & Staff

Our board has recognized the importance of teamwork and has successfully navigated challenging situations over the years.  Despite a lack of resources in the service area, ARHP members have built and maintained partnerships at the state and national level.

ARHP leadership has prioritized professional development and networking opportunities among partners and program staff with the understanding that it is critical for the network to remain relevant and up-to-date with the changing healthcare landscape. Even while our small rural hospital partners have struggled financially, they have not stopped paying their membership dues. Instead, they are looking to cut costs by engaging with network partners in new cost-saving initiatives.

"Our success is the direct result of like-minded organizations coming together with a precision-like focus to see the health of area residents and the communities themselves improved."
Mellie Bridewell, MS
CEO, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Mellie Bridewell

Chief Executive Officer

Lynn Caldwell Hawkins

Chief Operating Officer

Heather Perry

ARHP Project Director - Mental Health Outreach Program

Shessa Pieroni

ARHP Project Director - Delta Healthy Communities Program

Debbie Tiner

ARCOM Clinical Coordinator/Project Pink Director

Cara Cox

ARHP Project Director - Opioid Outreach Program

Phillip Gilmore

CEO, Ashley County Medical Center

Brian Thomas

CEO, Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Steve Hinson

CEO, Bradley County Medical Center

Chris Auerswald

Interim CEO, Chicot Medical Center

Ken Sanders

CEO, Dallas County Medical Center

Kevin Storey

CEO, Baptist Health - Stutgart

Ashley Anthony

CEO, Delta Memorial Hospital

Brian Miller

CEO, Dewitt Hospital & Nursing Home

Rex Jones

CEO, Magnolia Regional Medical Center

Scott Barrilleaux

CEO, Drew Memorial Health System

Terry Amstutz

CEO, McGhee Hospital

Scott Street

CEO, Medical Center of South Arkansas
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