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• Dr. Andrea Reed has been named executive medical director for Circle of Life. Read joined Circle of Life in April 2021 and worked as a hospice physician. Reid earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He went on to complete an additional board certification as a physician advisor in health care management, quality assurance and utilization review.

• Keith Faught, a master of public administration and certified public accountant, has been named chief financial officer for Arisa Health. Faught most recently served as CFO of a behavioral health system in River Valley and spent eight years as its executive director and CFO at UAMS Northwest.

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• Richard Hinkle, MD at Baptist Health Adult Medicine Specialists-Fort Smith, was recently honored with the American College of Physicians Arkansas Abernathy Laureate Award. The award honors fellows and masters of the college who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in clinical care, education or research and in service to their communities, their chapters and the American College of Physicians. Hinkle was a physician in the River Valley for 44 years.

• Cody Bean has been promoted to engagement coordinator for Arvest Wealth Management’s advanced planning team. Bean has worked in the financial services industry for six years. Bean will be instrumental in initial client engagement process and overall tracking of financial planning cases.

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• Darin Drennan has been promoted to Wealth Planner in Arvest Wealth Management’s Advanced Planning team. Drennan specializes in working with wealthy families and business owners to establish comprehensive financial plans.

• David Boeckelu, a tax attorney who has served as an outside consultant to Arvest Wealth Management’s advanced planning team for three years, will join full time as a wealth strategist in January. Boeckelu’s expertise includes estate and income tax planning for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, business succession planning for owners of closely held businesses, and executive benefits solutions for key employees of public and privately held companies.

• Stephanie Blevins has been hired for the newly created position of director of Northwest Arkansas Community Engagement for the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Blevins became Governor Asa Hutchinson’s northwest Arkansas district representative in 2018, working closely with business leaders, elected officials, nonprofits and healthcare executives throughout the region.

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Summary For people in Northwest Arkansas who have received a new hire, promotion, award or certification from outside their organization. Email: [email protected] Information must be received by noon on the Wednesday before the Sunday before the item is published.

Photo Richard Hinkle, MD, honored by the American College of Physicians.
Photo Keith Faught named Arisa Health’s new Chief Financial Officer.
Photo ACHI hires Stephanie Blevins as its first director of community engagement for Northwest Arkansas.


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