Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center are proud to announce Charles Stewart, MHA, FACHE has been appointed Health Management’s new Arkansas Market Chief Executive Officer, effective September 30, 2013.

Stewart joins Sparks from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where he has served as the Missouri Market CEO for Health Management hospitals Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Twin Rivers Medical Center for the past two years. He brings with him 30 years of experience in hospital management, which includes administrative and executive positions at hospital systems in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina.    

“I am truly excited to be joining such a great health system, which has such a long history and tradition of serving the Fort Smith and Van Buren regions,” said Stewart, adding, “I look forward to becoming part of the community.”

Hugh Maurras, President of Sparks Health System’s Board of Trustees, says he is impressed with Stewart’s commitment to servant leadership. “Charles Stewart has won many awards for his service, not only to groups like Masons and Rotary Club, but also to the American College of Healthcare Executives and several Chambers of Commerce. He will be a benefit to our community.”   

Stewart is a native of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in Education & Psychology from Jacksonville State University and both a master of art degree in Education & Counseling and a master of science degree in Hospital & Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Charles Stewart has demonstrated exceptional leadership during his tenure at Poplar Bluff,” said Angie Marchi, HMA Atlantic Division CEO. “We are confident he is the right person to lead Sparks Health System and Summit Medical Center into the future.”

Melody Trimble, HMA Southern & Western Group President and former Arkansas Market CEO, also expressed her confidence in Stewart, saying, “Charles is the perfect combination of strength and compassion.”