Donna Harris, chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Jonesboro, has been recognized by the Arkansas Affiliate of American College of Healthcare Executives.
Harris received the ACHE Regent’s Award for Senior Level healthcare executive at the Arkansas Hospital Association’s annual meeting. The award goes to an ACHE Fellow who is experienced in the field and has made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence while helping to further the goals of ACHE.
Those recognized must show outstanding leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community and must have contributed to the development of others in the healthcare profession. They have shown leadership in local and state hospital and health association activities and have taken part in civic and community activities and projects.
Harris has led HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital to national recognition for exceptional performance. She started her career with HealthSouth as a human resources director after moving to Jonesboro from Methodist Health Systems in Memphis. After serving on the administrative team for 10 years, she was promoted to CEO for the 67-bed rehabilitation hospital, one of 109 HealthSouth facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Under her leadership, the Jonesboro hospital has been recognized repeatedly for exceptional performance. It has earned three disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission for programs in stroke rehabilitation, amputee rehabilitation and hip fracture rehabilitation. In 2015 the Jonesboro hospital was designated as a HealthSouth Stroke Center of Excellence, one of only six HealthSouth hospitals to receive that honor.
A native of Memphis, Harris earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Christian Brothers College in Memphis and a master’s in health service administration from College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. Locally, she serves on the board of directors for Matthews Medical Mile and is a member of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro. She also is a graduate of Leadership Jonesboro.
She and her husband, Thom, have two grown children, Brittany who lives in Washington and Max who lives in California.
Harris was recognized at an ACHE breakfast at this fall’s Arkansas Hospital Association annual meeting in Little Rock.
In 2013 St. Bernards and HealthSouth entered into a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to provide inpatient rehabilitation services at the current location of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Jonesboro.