ARHP Members Receive Health Care Heroes Awards

April 1, 2021
2 min. read

The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) is excited to receive awards in the following categories for the 2020 Health Care Heroes Awards:

Large Hospital of the Year (100 beds or more)
Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Innovation Hero
Mellie Bridewell, CEO, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

ARHP also received nominations in these categories:

Small Rural Hospitals (Less than 100 beds)
Ouachita County Medical Center

Health Care Administrator
Brian Thomas, CEO, Jefferson Regional Medical Center; VP, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

"Through these awards we seek to salute excellence, encourage innovation, offer examples of best practices for others to emulate, raise awareness in the community, enhance the quality of health care and, of course, recognize deserving individuals and organizations within the industry," said Mitch Bettis, Arkansas Business president and publisher.

“It is an honor to be nominated and we are thrilled to have ARHP members among the winners,” said Mellie Bridewell, CEO, ARHP.

The Health Care Heroes Awards, sponsored by Arkansas Business, recognize thirty-seven individuals, companies and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas. Their acts of heroism represent a display of dedication to excellence in the area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs. Through their commitment to their profession and their community, these individuals will be recognized at a luncheon awards ceremony. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a finalist in each category were selected by an outside panel of judges.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state, Arkansas Business has created an online experience for its awards ceremony this year. Below is a video of the main awards presentation hosted by Bettis and Online Editor Lance Turner.

There's also a special video about this year's Lifetime Achievement honoree, Mary Salassi-Scotter, vice president of Patient Care Services at Arkansas Children’s.

The awards presentation and Lifetime Achievement videos can be viewed at this link.

A complete list of finalists can be viewed here.

For more information on the Arkansas Business of the Year Awards program, visit