Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

Ny­cole Oliver was re­cently hon­ored with the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers State Award for Ex­cel­lence at a na­tional con­fer­ence in Philadel­phia. Oliver be­gan her ca­reer as an emer­gency room tech­ni­cian at Sparks Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in 2001 and now sees pa­tients as a nurse prac­ti­tioner in the emer­gency room of Sparks Med­i­cal Cen­ter – Van Buren. She also serves as a hos­pi­tal­ist at Sparks in Fort Smith. She earned her Doc­tor of Nurs­ing Prac­tice from the Univer­sity of South Alabama in Mo­bile in 2015.

Jeff Grass and Lt. Char­lie Kelm, both of the Siloam Springs Fire De­part­ment, won first place in the Pub­lic Health Divi­sion of the Na­tional Health Oc­cu­pa­tions Stu­dents of Amer­ica an­nual lead­er­ship con­fer­ence in Or­lando for their pre­sen­ta­tion, “Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness for the Zika Virus.” Both men are para­medic stu­dents at Ki­amichi Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter in Poteau, Okla.

Jez Green, a 27-year em­ployee of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., joined Op­ti­mus Train­ing & De­vel­op­ment in Fayet­teville. Green led the grad­u­ate de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for ASDA, Wal-Mart’s su­per­mar­ket chain in the United Kingdom.

Cindy Smith re­cently passed a na­tional board exam to be­come a Reg­is­tered Vas­cu­lar Tech­nol­o­gist with the Amer­i­can Reg­istry for Di­ag­nos­tic Med­i­cal Sonog­ra­phy. She has worked for the Out­pa­tient Ra­di­ol­ogy De­part­ment at Sparks in Fort Smith since 2003. Smith also per­forms breast ul­tra­sounds and pro­ce­dures for The Women’s Cen­ter at Sparks in Fort Smith.

Korbi Sweat, Ben­tonville, is a new ju­nior mem­ber of the Amer­i­can An­gus As­so­ci­a­tion. The na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion is based in Saint Joseph, Mo. The Amer­i­can An­gus As­so­ci­a­tion is the largest beef breed as­so­ci­a­tion in the world, with more than 25,000 ac­tive adult and ju­nior mem­bers.

Dr. Blayne Bat­tisto joined North­west Arkansas Pe­di­atrics. She joined the Med­i­cal As­so­ciates of North­west Arkansas clinic Wed­nes­day and will see pa­tients in Fayet­teville and Low­ell. Bat­tisto grad­u­ated from Mis­souri State Univer­sity in Spring­field, Mo., summa cum laude with a bach­e­lor’s of sci­ence, earned her doc­tor of os­teo­pathic medicine de­gree from the Univer­sity of Ken­tucky Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky., and com­pleted her pe­di­atric res­i­dency at the Univer­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sci­ence in Lit­tle Rock.

Bran­don Bullard was named chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of Sparks Health Sys­tem. Bullard is a cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant and has more than 11 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for mul­ti­ple for-profit and not-for-profit health­care fa­cil­i­ties in Ok­la­homa and Texas, most re­cently at Al­lianceHealth Mid­west in Mid­west City, Okla. He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity in Still­wa­ter, Okla. Briefs are for peo­ple in North­west Arkansas who are new hires, were pro­moted, re­ceived an award from out­side their or­ga­ni­za­tion or re­ceived a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Email: cswan­son@nwadg. com or send your item to: Christie Swan­son, P.O. Box 7, Spring­dale, AR. 72765. In­for­ma­tion must be re­ceived by noon Wed­nes­day prior to the Sun­day the item is to be pub­lished.




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