Erhardt Preitauer, President & CEO
CareSource is nationally recognized for leading the industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. The company’s managed care business model was founded in 1989 and today CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, the company has built a legacy of providing quality health care coverage for Medicaid consumers. In addition to Medicaid coverage, CareSource has a diverse offering of insurance plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace. The company also offers Dual Eligible Special Needs plans that help consumer close the gap of coverage as they age. CareSource serves 2 million members across five states supported by a growing workforce of 4,500.
Acadia – Arkansas
Matt Wilshire, CEO
Acadia is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services across the United States. Acadia operates a network of 227 behavioral healthcare facilities with approximately 9,900 beds in 40 states and Puerto Rico. With more than 20,000 employees serving approximately 70,000 patients daily, Acadia is one of the largest stand-alone behavioral health companies in the U.S. Their network of treatment facilities offers multiple levels of care for various behavioral health and substance use disorders.
At Acadia, their primary goal is to meet patients where they’re at in their treatment process. They do this by providing a multitude of levels of care, including detoxification, residential treatment for addiction, residential treatment for dual diagnosis, acute psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services, and an array of outpatient programming options, ranging from partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) to traditional outpatient services. Their expansive network of treatment facilities creates greater access to care, reduces the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction, and offers those in our communities a safe environment in which to receive the treatment they need.
Ashley County Medical Center
Philip Gilmore, Ph.D, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer
Ashley County Medical Center is a licensed 33-bed Critical Access Hospital located in the town of Crossett in South Arkansas. They presently have 6 CCU beds, 6 labor/delivery beds, 8 generation beds, 13 med-surg beds, 2 OR suites, 1 endoscopy suite, 6 day surgery suites and 9 emergency beds. The hospital has served Ashley County for over 100 years. Phillip Gilmore has been a hospital administrator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, Warner Brown Regional Medical Center in El Dorado, Arkansas, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, serving there for 17 years. Gilmore also served as CEO at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern, Arkansas, and currently serves as CEO of Ashley County Medical Center.
Gilmore has resided in Arkansas for almost 40 years and currently serves as a member of the Arkansas State Board of Health and served as President this past year. He also serves as a member of the Arkansas Hospital Association Workers’ Compensation Self-Insured Trust Board and the Arkansas Hospital Association Board of Directors. Gilmore served as past President and continues as a member of the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership Board also the boards of the Arkansas Health Executives Forum, Crossett Public Library, Crossett Economic Development Foundation and the Arkansas Common Self Insurers’ Guaranty Fund, Inc.
Chenal Family Therapy
Ken Clark, LMFT, Founder/Clinical Director
20+ Locations 125+ Licensed Mental Health Professionals 20+ Physicians (including Psychiatry and Osteopaths) and Nursing Staff (APRNs, RNs and LPNs) providing over 100,000 hours of mental health annually.
Chenal Family Therapy (CFT) is one of the fastest growing behavioral health providers in the United States according to Inc Magazine. They’ve grown from a single clinician in 2010 (Ken Clark, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ) to over 125 licensed mental health professionals in various locations throughout the state. CFT’s unique model allows therapists, physicians, and nurse practitioners to operate in an autonomous private practice-like setting, while also experiencing high quality support with the back-office administration of insurance, billing, facilities, etc.
Utilizing this model, CFT has been able to grow exponentially and begin filling substantial gaps in the Arkansas provider landscape, including the state’s Medicaid participants. CFT is deeply committed to serving the Medicaid population and considers it a core value to ensure that the most vulnerable individuals and families in Arkansas receive the highest levels of dignified care.
Dr. James E. Zini, DO
Zini Medical Clinic
Dr. James E. Zini is an osteopathic physician who has been practicing in Mountain View for 43 years and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. Dr Zini started his family practice in 1977, providing primary care and community-focused public health for the people of rural Mountain View. He was the first osteopathic physician to be appointed to the Arkansas State Medical Board. His contributions to the field of osteopathic medicine extend well beyond Arkansas as he served as past president of the American Osteopathic Association. In addition, he served as past president of the Arkansas Osteopathic Medical Association and in 2002 the AOMA established the James E Zini, D.O. “Young Physician Award” given to young physicians for significant contributions to the osteopathic profession.
Throughout his career he has served as a teacher and mentor to young medical students, welcoming them to rotate in his family practice clinic and live in his home. Dr. Zini was instrumental in the foundation of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith which opened in 2014, the first in-state osteopathic medical school. He is Board Certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine and affiliated with White River Medical Center, Ozark Health Medical Center, Stone County Medical Center and Unity. Dr Zini served on the Board of AFMC for 10 years and as past president of the Board of the Arkansas Dept of Health, still serving as a current member. In 2020 he was selected to receive the Dr. Tom Bruce Arkansas Health Impact Award.
Gabe Freyaldenhoven, President – River Valley Therapy & Sports Medicine
Rehab Net is a collaborative group of independent therapists (OT/PT/SLP) that work together to provide the highest level of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy to patients in Arkansas. They support independent therapy clinics through professional and administrative education on best practice, regulatory education, and billing education. They also provide support in employee management, insurance contracting, credentialing, lobbying and referral generation. Rehab Net’s network provides services to PASSE, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans with over 1K Therapists currently in their network across 160 clinics in 42 Arkansas Counties. Rehab Net has been focused on outcomes driven care for years and has worked collaboratively with payers in the region to demonstrate high quality, efficient care. Gabe has been invited to present nationally on innovative, value-based models of care for the therapy industry.
In addition to being President of Rehab Net, Gabe Freyaldenhoven is owner of River Valley Therapy & Sports Medicine, opening in September of 2001. He expanded to additional locations in central Arkansas in 2015, with locations in Conway and Greenbrier. Gabe is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Arkansas Physical Therapy Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors. Gabe has been actively involved in the working with stakeholders throughout the implementation of the PASSE system in Arkansas.