Arkansas Surgical Hospital announced that Chief Operations Officer Brian Fowler replaces Carrie Helm as chief executive officer.
Fowler previously held the position of chief financial officer. As CEO, he will be responsible for Arkansas Surgical Hospital continuing to meet and exceed the expectations of their patients. Fowler has also served as president for the Arkansas Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Helm will remain on as executive advisor to the board of managers, providing additional assistance to Fowler and continuing with strategy development. Helm joined Arkansas Surgical Hospital in 2008 after years of executive-level experience at other health facilities.
“It has been a privilege to work with such talented surgeons, physicians, and staff,” Helm said in a statement. “The hospital has excelled in quality and outcomes year over year. The dedication Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s physicians and staff have to quality, safety, and meeting the individual needs of our patients is unmatched in healthcare today.”
“This is the natural progression of an effective organization,” said Chairman of the Board Dr. Scott Bowen, one of Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s physician owners. “The leadership team led by Carrie has an effective succession plan in place, and we have been working towards this transition for the last couple of years. We appreciate the leadership Carrie has provided and will continue to provide in her new role.”