Governor: Rising Virus Cases Unrelated to Reopening
A surge in coronavirus cases in Arkansas does not appear connected to the reopening of the state’s businesses, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday in announcing that the reopening would continue as planned. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 30, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Hutchinson Names His COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces members of his COVID-19 Technical Advisory Board, which will evaluate technologies as Arkansas' public health agencies develop strategies for testing and contact tracing. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 29, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

UAMS Gets $1.3M Pledge to Develop School Nutrition Program
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will expand partnerships with local school districts to implement a school nutrition enrichment program in northwest Arkansas. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 28, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Webinar: BKD CPAs & Advisors Offer Insight on PPP Loan Forgiveness
BKD CPAs & Advisors partners Chris Doolittle and Ernie Skyrme will join Tre Baker of Arkansas Business at 1 p.m. June 4 to discuss best practices business owners can follow for securing loan forgiveness. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 28, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Conway Dispensary Wins ‘Harvest’ Name in Court Action
That bold signage on the yellow walls of Little Rock’s most popular medical marijuana store is likely to be changing soon: The name of Harvest House of Cannabis on Rodney Parham Road has been judged too similar to the name of Conway’s dispensary. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 27, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Nate Smith to Leave Arkansas for CDC Post
Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Nathaniel Smith has been hired by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to serve as deputy director for public health service and implementation science. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 26, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Private Colleges Optimistic About Enrollment Despite Virus
It might seem counterintuitive in the age of coronavirus, but Arkansas’ private colleges are cautiously optimistic about enrollment in the fall. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Balle Gets Rolling with UAMS Sports Medicine (Movers & Shakers)
Dr. Larry Balle II has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Fayetteville as a primary care sports medicine physician practicing at UAMS Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Reese to Lead UCA College of Health (Movers & Shakers)
Nancy Berryman Reese was named the new dean of the at the University of Central Arkansas' College of Health & Behavioral Sciences (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Surgery Ban Ends, but Few Go to Hospital
Dr. Gerry Jones thought that after the ban on elective procedures was lifted, there would be a surge of patients. There wasn’t. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Springdale Retail Center Sells for $2M (NWA Real Deals)
Gary Griffin, the founder of the real estate firm The Griffin Co., and his wife, Jan, bought the 16,000-SF retail center, anchored by James & James Furniture. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Force Majeure in Arkansas (Commentary)
Most contracts have a “force majeure” clause, in which the parties agree to waive some or all responsibilities in light of unexpected activity constricting a party’s operations. Parties should understand their rights and responsibilities under their contracts as they consider how to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Colleges Ready to Stagger In-Person Participation with Web Time
Arkansas colleges are planning for a return to the in-person classes that students want this fall, but they’re hedging their bets by preparing for another quick switch to online-only learning if the pandemic rages again. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Finance Crisis at Arkansas Colleges Hits the Layoff Stage
With Arkansas’ public colleges in historic financial distress, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale prescribed a bitter remedy this month — cuts deep enough to cost tenured professors their jobs — and state education leaders fear other state universities may have to take a dose. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

A Disappointing Decision Proves Right at Harding
Harding University has offered classes in Florence, Italy, since 1980, and students there were among the first to feel the weight of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 25, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Arkansas Hits New Peak of Active Coronavirus Cases
Arkansas hit a new peak of active coronavirus cases on Friday as businesses that had shuttered because of the pandemic continued to reopen. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 23, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NYIT at ASU Celebrates 1st Graduating Class
The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University bid farewell to its first graduating class on Thursday, with a virtual commencement ceremony. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 22, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Arkansas Posts Largest Single-day Spike in Coronavirus Cases
Arkansas reported its largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases on Thursday as the state expanded the activities it's allowing to resume to include overnight summer camps and youth sports. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 22, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Simmons Bank Donates $1M to Construction of Pine Bluff Clinic
Simmons Bank has donated $1 million toward construction of Arkansas Children’s Pine Bluff Clinic. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 21, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Nancy Berryman Reese Named Dean UCA's College of Health
The University of Central Arkansas in Conway has named Nancy Berryman Reese dean of its College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, effective July 1. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 21, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

BKD CPAs & Advisors Buys Dallas Firm
BKD CPAs & Advisors, which has offices in Arkansas, has acquired CampbellWilson LLP, a Dallas-based firm specializing in health care regulatory consulting. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 21, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

ACF Grant Fund Helps Nonprofits Cope With COVID-19
The Arkansas Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund has awarded $1,000 rapid response grants to 678 nonprofits in 149 cities and towns across the state. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 21, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Kansas Policy Lets Exposed Meatpacking Workers Stay on Job
Kansas softened its quarantine guidelines for meatpacking plants after industry executives repeatedly pushed state officials to allow employees who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus to keep working, text messages and emails show. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 21, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

US Health Officials Quietly Release More Reopening Guidance
U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but initially shelved. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 20, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ben Burris Feels Financial Crunch
Dr. Ben Burris, the former Fayetteville orthodontist who is charged with bribing former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, is seeking court approval to transfer his two Florida homes to his wife. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

SPONSORED: A Wakeup Call For Wellness
To create a better social world together, we must change our behavior and how we communicate, both listening and talking, about mental health. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Presenting the 40 Under 40 Class of 2020: An Annual List of Rising Stars
When committee members dig into the stacks of nominations, we are looking for professional accomplishments and community service. We are also looking for the potential to do great things in the future. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Job Losses, Pandemic Hit Hardest in Leisure, Hospitality
The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the U.S. labor market. The unemployment rate in the United States soared to 14.7% in April, the highest since shortly after World War II. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Labscoop of Little Rock Sells COVID-19 Supplies
Labscoop — an online marketplace like Amazon, but for research, clinical and industrial labs in many industries — has been “hyper-focused” on helping hospitals and other organizations procure laboratory supplies they need to fight the spread of COVID-19. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Quality Inn Acquisition Checks In at Nearly $1.4M (Real Deals)
Sohang Krupa LLC, led by Jaiminbhai and Zalakben Patel, bought the 59-room hotel in Jacksonville. The seller is Shree Laxmi Krupa Inc., led by Chandrika Patel. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Qedan On the Beat at Walker Heart Clinic (Movers & Shakers)
Samar Qedan, an advanced practice registered nurse, recently joined Washington Regional Walker Heart Cardiovascular Clinic in Fayetteville, where she provides care to patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Higher Education Chief Staying Ahead of the Curve
Maria Markham is Arkansas’ director of higher education. And higher ed has doggedly remained her focus through weeks of sheltering at home with “two 12-year-olds, two 8-year-olds and a 5-year-old.” (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 18, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Video: Economist Michael Pakko on COVID-19 and Arkansas' Economy
Michael Pakko, chief economist and state economic forecaster at the Arkansas Economic Development Institute at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, talks about the state of Arkansas' economy amid COVID-19. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 15, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Executive Forecast: Business Leaders in Arkansas Look Ahead
A sampling of Arkansas business leaders share their forecasts for the next six months amid COVID-19, along with what indicators they're watching and how their industries are performing. Part one of two. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 14, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Industry Abuzz as First-Year Medical Marijuana Sales Top $75M in Arkansas
Arkansas’ new medical marijuana industry completed its first year this week with a tsunami of sales, with the year of revenue topping $75 million, a startling 40 percent of that coming since March 1. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 13, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Industry Abuzz as First-Year Medical Marijana Sales Top $75M in Arkansas
Arkansas’ new medical marijuana industry completed its first year this week with a tsunami of sales, with the year of revenue topping $75 million, a startling 40 percent of that coming since March 1. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 13, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Fauci Warns of Serious Consequences If US Reopens Too Soon
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, warned on Tuesday that “the consequences could be really serious” if cities and states reopen the U.S. economy too quickly. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 12, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Arkansas INBRE Sees $18.4M Federal Funding Renewal
Arkansas INBRE, which promotes biomedical research with programs for undergraduate students and faculty statewide, has seen its $18.4 million in federal funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences renewed for the next five years. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 12, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Companies Can Register Now for Best Places to Work Program
Registration for Arkansas Business’ annual Best Places to Work program is now open. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

UAMS Gets $101M Shot in the Arm From Fed
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received an emergency advance of $101 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help stop the bleeding of cash caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Leeder Named to Lead Tech Athletics (Movers & Shakers)
Mike Leeder will become the new director of athletics at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville effective July 1. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Restaurateurs Differ on Plans For Reopening
While restaurant dining rooms in Arkansas will be allowed to reopen today, being allowed to reopen and actually reopening are two different things. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

State Turns to CJRW For Virus Messaging
A new $650,000 communications campaign for the state’s COVID economic recovery task force is in development at CJRW, the state’s longtime marketing firm for parks and tourism. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)
We may never live in a post-COVID world, just as we have not achieved a post-influenza world, but pandemic conditions will eventually end and a new normal will emerge. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Landlords, Tenants Share Boat as Bills Roll In
For landlords, reduced business activity and unemployment growth threaten to affect rent collections, either from commercial enterprises or from residential tenants. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Cantrell Drug Looks For a Buyer, Again
Cantrell Drug Co. hopes its next potential buyer can close the deal to purchase the Little Rock drug compounding company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Doctors Building Getting Some Work Done
A new all-Arkansas ownership and management team has a 21st-century vision for one of Little Rock’s history-making medical buildings, the 1962-vintage Doctors Building in midtown. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 11, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Mercy Health System Will Layoff, Furlough Workers
Mercy Health System said it will start furloughing employees next week, eliminate positions and make other cost-cutting moves as a result of the upheaval brought by COVID-19. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 8, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Update: Businesses Urge Hutchinson to Broaden Lawsuit Protections
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is pressing Gov. Asa Hutchinson to broaden lawsuit protections for Arkansas companies amid the pandemic. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 8, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

What Employers Should Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Commentary)
A look at the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act and things employers must know when applying it to their workforce. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 7, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news