20-Year Veteran has Track Record of Stability, Success

Dan McKay has been appointed CEO of Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center, effective in August. McKay has served as CEO of Northwest Health System for the last five years, which includes Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Northwest Medical Center in Springdale and Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson. 

“I am excited to support the physicians, employees and volunteers in their work to provide high quality healthcare to the patients who trust their care to Sparks Health System,” McKay said. “It’s an honor to join a system with a long history of being a leader in providing high quality healthcare to the Fort Smith area.”

McKay has more than 20 years of hospital management experience. As CEO of Northwest Health System, he worked diligently to develop collaborative relationships with physicians on the medical staff. These efforts resulted in the recruitment of 100 doctors to northwest Arkansas and 20 new clinics. The system also expanded and opened several new services, including a stroke program with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a hospitalist program, telemedicine at Bentonville and Springdale, and a new emergency department in Springdale. Additionally, Springdale was the first hospital in Northwest Arkansas to receive chest pain accreditation, which was soon followed by Bentonville.

“Dan has a track record of proven success and stability at Northwest,” said Hugh Maurras, Chairman of Sparks Health System’s Board of Trustees. “He brings proven leadership skills and a familiarity with our region to the role of CEO. On behalf of the board, I look forward to working with him to continue our work to enhance the care we provide our communities.”

Prior to serving as CEO at Northwest, McKay was a Vice President at Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, where he supported the management of operations at hospitals across the U.S. He previously served in leadership positions at hospitals in South Carolina, Missouri, Texas and Alabama. He holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas, includes Sparks Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic, Sparks PremierCare and the fully hospital-integrated Marvin Altman Fitness Center. Summit Medical Center in Van Buren, Arkansas, is a sister facility of Sparks Health System. For more information, visit SparksHealth.com, SparksPhysicians.com and SummitMedicalCenter.net