Two New Members Join Arkansas Children’s Hospital Board of Directors

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) Nov. 20, 2017 – Two new members have joined Arkansas Children’s Hospital Board of Directors:  Dr. Tionna Jenkins of Little Rock and Ross M. Whipple of Arkadelphia.
Jenkins serves as senior advisor of Health Equity with the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative. For five years, she has been responsible for leading the collaborative efforts with key industry, corporate, governmental, and non- governmental stakeholders to develop and implement a blueprint for action focused on solutions addressing systems change in Arkansas, which has resulted in $41.3 million prevention investments at the state level. In late 2012, Jenkins accepted a three-year appointment to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Regional Equity Council.
One of her current projects is a partnership with Verizon Wireless, the Verizon Foundation and the Clinton Health Initiative to help better integrate technology with Arkansas health care, thereby improving patient-provider communications. Jenkins earned a PhD in public policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, an MPH from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and a BS from Philander Smith College.
Ross Whipple serves as Managing Partner of Horizon Capital Partners, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ross Foundation and President of Horizon Timber Services. Inc.  Whipple formerly served as Chairman/CEO of Summit Bank. With over 40 years of banking experience, combined timber management and charitable organizations insight, Whipple has a broad base of relevant financial and operational experience.
Mr. Whipple earned a B.S.B.A. from Henderson State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas.  He is active in several organizations including: Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce, First Presbyterian Church and the Ouachita River Water District. He is actively involved with Henderson State University, serving on their Board of Trustees and their Foundation Board.  Other boards in which he is involved, include the Arkansas Forestry Association, Clark County Industrial Council, Economic Development Corporation of Clark County, UAMS Foundation, Bank of the Ozarks and U of A Steering Committee.
Arkansas Children’s, Inc. is the only health system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas. The system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 trauma center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally recognized transport service. It is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology, pulmonology and urology. A sister campus is under development in Northwest Arkansas and will bring 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms and diagnostic services to children in that corner of the state. Arkansas Children’s also blankets the state with outreach programs that include telemedicine, mobile health, and school-based health solutions. A private not-for-profit, Arkansas Children’s boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking research and is committed to providing every child with access to the best care available, regardless of location or resources. Founded as an orphanage, Arkansas Children’s has championed children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow for more than 100 years. For more info, visit
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