Kathleen Imhoff recently joined Washington Regional as chief nursing officer — system clinics. She was outpatient services director at Northeastern Health System in Tahlequah, Okla. She graduated from Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., with an associate in applied science and a bachelor of science in nursing and earned a master of business administration from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill. She has several life-support certifications, is a certified medical-surgical registered nurse and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, the American Nurses Association and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.
Dr. Mark McCoy joined Mercy Clinic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery as a cardiovascular surgeon. He earned his doctorate at the University of Louisville College of Medicine and completed a five-year residency in general surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine and a three-year fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. McCoy practiced with the St. Francis Medical Group in Monroe, La.; Mercy Northwest Arkansas in Rogers; Western Arkansas Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgical Associates in Fort Smith; and Cooper Clinic in Fort Smith. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and was recertified in 2015.
Dr. Kelli Rippy joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine-Ozark as a family practice physician. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock; and completed a family medicine residency at UAMS Area Health Education Center in Fort Smith. Rippy has been a family medicine physician at River Valley Primary Care Services in Mulberry, where she served as medical director since 2013. She is board certified in family medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice.
Dr. Chris M. McClinton joined Highlands Oncology Group as a radiation oncologist. McClinton completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Sgt. Kevin Richmond, 54, of Springdale, was promoted by the Arkansas State Police Commission to the rank of lieutenant. Richmond is a 27-year veteran of Arkansas State Police and will assume command of Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division headquartered in Fort Smith. The Fort Smith unit serves Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Madison, Scott, Sebastian and Washington counties.
Judy Frost joined Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette’s Bentonville/Bella Vista office. She worked with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sam’s club for the past 30 years.
Paul Petitte joined KHBS/ KHOG-TV as a reporter and as a weekday co-anchor of 40/29 News Sunrise. He was director of marketing for a medical group for the past two years. His television career includes KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kan.; WSJV-TV in South Bend, Ind.; WESH-TV in Orlando, Fla.; and KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Okla. Petitte is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing.
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