Sparks & Summit Announce Leadership Promotions

VAN BUREN, AR (Sept. 20, 2012) — Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center are proud to announce that, in addition to her role as CEO of Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Melody Trimble will now also serve as CEO of Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, Arkansas. Trimble takes over the position from Sue Conley, who has stepped down as Summit CEO to begin a career as CEO for two community hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee.

“While we celebrate a new chapter for Sue, I am looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful Summit physicians and associates better as I begin my additional leadership role,” says Trimble, who has served as CEO at Sparks since 2009.

In addition to Trimble’s promotion, Sparks’ Assistant Chief Financial Officer Anthony Brooks will now assume financial oversight for Summit Medical Center. Brooks has years of experience not only in finance, but also with Health Management, the parent company of both Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center. He most recently worked at Dallas Regional Medical Center in Texas.

Also joining the team is a new Administrator/Chief Nursing Executive, Shelly Weilenman, who will manage day to day operations at Summit Medical Center beginning October 15, 2012. Weilenman is a highly experienced leader with ties to Arkansas. She graduated from North Arkansas Community College in Harrison with an Associate Degree in Nursing and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Mississippi. She most recently served as Chief Nursing Executive at Coastal Carolina Hospital in South Carolina.

“I am eager to start working closely with both Anthony and Shelly to accomplish Summit’s vision, which is to set the standard in hometown health care while, at the same time, exceeding our customer’s expectations,” says Trimble. “We appreciate the community’s support of Summit Medical Center and the physicians and staff who have worked so hard to make it a top quality facility.”

Summit Medical Center was recently awarded “Best in State” by the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care as well as being recognized with a sustainability award for continuous quality achievements. Summit is also one of seven hospitals in Arkansas to be recognized as a Top Performing Hospital by The Joint Commission for quality achievements in Pneumonia Care.

Summit Medical Center is a fully accredited, 103-bed acute care hospital providing Emergency Services, Critical Care, Outpatient Testing, Inpatient Surgical Services, Same Day Surgery, Rehabilitation Services and Respiratory Therapy.