Beverly Nix Stone, chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP), was recognized at the recent Arkansas Hospital Association annual meeting as the recipient of this year’s American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Career Award.
Stone, who actually helped develop the physician-hospital organization to help self-insured employers contract directly with providers, has been at the helm of SHARP since 1993. She has given oversight to SHARP, helping create one of the largest physician-hospital organizations in the state. It is the area’s largest healthcare network available for self-insured employers, with tertiary referral centers in Little Rock and Memphis and is one of only a few PHOs in the country licensed to provide utilization review.
She holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration and has completed executive training coursework at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Stone was only the fourth woman in the history of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce to chair the chamber board. She has served as chair of the Arkansas State University Chancellor’s Cabinet and the the American Red Cross Arkansas – Ozark Region and has been a member of the Jonesboro Economic Development Council board. In addition, she has been active in the Jonesboro Business and Professional Women’s Organization and is active in and has served as chair of the St. Bernards Women’s Advisory Council.
Stone, a founding member of the ASU Women’s Business Leadership Center, serves on the American Red Cross board and has been a member of the Jonesboro Auditorium Commission, the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and the city’s Jonesboro Vision 2030 committee. She currently serves as chair of the chamber’s transportation committee.
The award recipient has been recognized as an Arkansas State University Distinguished Alum, was recognized as one of the top 10 female executives in Arkansas by AY Magazine n 2012 and was named one of the state’s eight most influential women by the publication Arkansas Money and Politics in 2014. She was inducted into the ASU Legacy Society and was honored as Jonesboro Business Woman of the Year on two different occasions and has received a volunteer award from the American Red Cross for her work with that body.
Stone and her brother and sister established an endowment to create a petting zoo as a part of the ASU College of Agriculture. Ten years ago, that petting zoo was named the Bill and Alice Nix Petting Zoo, honoring her parents, Alice and the late Bill Nix of Ash Flat.
She has three adult daughters, all of Jonesboro – Katie McCollum Prescott, who is senior associate legal counsel for Arkansas State University; Dr. Kristin McCollum Sullivan, who is opening a veterinary clinic in Brookland; and Karrah McCollum Seitz, behavioral health therapist who works at Families In. and is opening her own clinic – and five grandchildren.
She is married to Jeff Stone.