St. Bernards Announces Leadership Changes

Published on Thu, November 19, 2015
St. Bernards Announces Leadership Changes

St. Bernards has announced changes involving its executive leadership team. Dr. Kasey Holder has been named vice president of medical affairs. Connie Hill has been named vice president of patient services. And Lori Smith has been named vice president of human resources.

Holder grew up in Paragould, earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and a Medical Degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After completing a family medicine residency at the UAMS Area Health Education Center-Northeast in Jonesboro, she served on the AHEC faculty and more recently as the director of the hospitalist program at St. Bernards. She also has served as chief of family medicine at St. Bernards.

In her role as vice president of medical affairs, she will serve as a physician representative for the medical staff. This includes serving on a number of medical staff and administrative committees and involvement in credentialing, quality review, performance improvement, physician recruitment and development as well as oversight of day-to-day medical staff operations.

Holder and her husband, Jeremy, have two children – a 10-year-old son, Keaton, and a 5-year-old daughter, Kendall. Her parents are C.H. and Sharon Overbay of Jonesboro and Dr. Roger and Star Cagle of Paragould. She and her family attend Southwest Church of Christ.

Hill is a registered nurse practitioner who also holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Before joining the St. Bernards leadership team, she served as chief executive officer of Cardiology Associates (now St. Bernards Heart & Vascular). She has extensive experience in both caring for patients and in clinic management. She recently was honored as a finalist for Nurse of the Year in the Healthcare Heroes program sponsored by Arkansas Business.

Hill will play a key role in establishing missions, long- and short-range planning, policy development and priority setting for the medical center. She will oversee heartcare service lines as well as coordinate appropriate utilization of nursing resources in the provision of patient care.

Hill and her husband, Dr. Roger Hill, have three grown children – Drew Hill, Maggie Faughn and Lauren H. Ball. They attend Southwest Church of Christ.

Smith has been named vice president of human resources.  Originally from Caraway, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arkansas State University and an MBA from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.

In her role as vice president of human resources, she will be responsible for planning, administration and overall supervision of the human resources department, the employment center, recruitment, corporate payroll employee risk management, employee engagement and corporate leadership development.

Smith comes to St. Bernards after serving as director of human resources at Optus, Inc. She also has worked for Dana Corp. in Jonesboro, Columbia, Mo., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Elizabethtown, Ky. She previously worked for St. Bernards as director of human resources.

Smith and her husband, Troy, have two children – an 11-year-old son, Lawson, and a 7-year-old daughter, Reagan. Her parents, Paul and Jane Blake, live in Caraway. The family attends First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

In another change, Susan Greenwood has been named nurse executive and vice president of nursing. She previously served as nurse executive and vice president of quality, safety and risk management.

Dr. Shane Speights, former vice president of physician relations, now serves as medical education director for St. Bernards as well as assistant dean of the New York Institute of Technology Doctor of Osteopathy School being developed on the Arkansas State University campus.