Sparks Health System is proud to announce the promotion of Shelly Weilenman, RN, MSN, CENP, to the position of Arkansas Market Chief Nursing Executive, effective September 3, 2013. Shelly currently serves as Administrator & Chief Nursing Executive at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren. Her newly expanded position gives her oversight of nursing at both Summit Medical Center and Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith.

Weilenman brought nearly 30 years of health care experience with her when she joined the Summit staff in October of 2012. Since then, she has become actively involved in our community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce and on the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s Advisory Committee on Nursing.

“I’m excited to embrace this opportunity,” said Weilenman, adding, “I am passionate about both the science and the art of nursing. I look forward to working with my colleagues at Sparks in our collective mission to provide this region’s best nursing care.”   

Weilenman earned both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nursing with honors from the University of Mississippi School of Nursing. She also received an associate degree from North Arkansas Community College in Harrison, Ark., and she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society. A registered nurse, Weilenman is also certified in Executive Nursing Practice by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Summit Medical Center’s current CFO, Anthony Brooks, will assume the role of Interim Administrator at Summit until Weilenman’s successor is named.