AFMC president and CEO Ray Hanley now appears monthly on Talk Business & Politics with Roby Brock. The news and talk program airs every Sunday on KATV (Little Rock), KAIT (Jonesboro) and KFSM (Fort Smith). In his most recent appearance, Ray talked with host Roby Brock and Arkansas state drug director Kirk Lane about the opioid crisis and how policymakers in Arkansas can make a difference. View the full episode here.

AFMC has hired Daniel Riley to be its new chief financial officer. Riley most recently served in the same position at the UAMS Medical Center, a role he held for 17 years. Before that, Riley held similar positions at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, Phycor in Houston and Hermann Hospital in Houston. Riley started in his new role at AFMC on July 16.

AFMC’s Board of Directors has elected Stacy Zimmerman to serve as its new chair. Zimmerman is a practicing physician in Searcy and will be AFMC’s first female chair. The board also elected two new members: Jane Sneed, a practicing pediatrician with The Children’s Clinic in Jonesboro, and Danny Wilkerson, an anesthesiologist in Little Rock.

Former AFMC Board of Directors chair Scott Ferguson has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the American Medical Association (AMA). Ferguson is the third physician from Arkansas to be elected to AMA leadership. He has previously served as state representative, president of the Arkansas Medical Association and chair of the AMA Council on Legislation. The 21-member board is tasked with setting standards and policy for the medical profession in the United States.

In order to keep review security standards high, AFMC has instituted a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for all physician reviews. Reviewers will access AFMC ReviewPoint via VDI, which uses a secure webpage that resembles an actual computer desktop. Reviewers have all been emailed a login and temporary password to access the VDI. If you are a physician reviewer and you have questions about accessing the portal through VDI, please contact us.

AFMC wants you to save the date for the 2018 Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit. The summit will be held Sept. 25–26 at Camp Aldersgate and Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. Speakers will touch on the summit’s theme: Every Child, in Every Community. Planned sessions include public policy, mental health, community- and faith-based organizations, and several more. Registration will open later this summer.