Initial Application - Practitioners expressing an interest in participation with the CHCS PHO, and/or practitioners who meet the CHCS PHO's organizational needs and administrative requirements, are invited to apply. Each applicant will complete an Arkansas Children's Hospital/CHCS PHO combined initial application packet, including a signed release granting CHCS access to key information. The application is reviewed to determine that it is complete with a copy of the practitioner's current, professional license, current, DEA registration (if applicable), and the face sheet of the applicant's current professional liability insurance policy. These materials will accompany the practitioner's file along with NCQA required primary source verifications through the following approval process.

CHCS Initial Credentialing Process Flowchart

Re-credentialing Application - Practitioner's credentials are re-reviewed regularly to support the CHCS PHO's commitment to promoting quality care for our patients for continued participation. The PHO conducts individual professional providers re-credentialing up to every three (3) years as required by applicable state and federal law, insurance company and/or accrediting entity. The PHO prints a complete provider profile for the credentialing database for each practitioner to review and sign to help providers reduce the amount of administrative paperwork.

CHCS Re-credentialing Process Flowchart

The CHCS Credentialing Committee is a standing committee that reviews applications for initial credentialing and re-credentialing to determine if the applicants meet CHCS membership eligibility criteria as defined in the CHCS Credentialing Policy. The Credentialing Committee has sole and final responsibility for all CHCS credentialing decisions.

  • Carrie Brown, MD - Pediatrician - Chair
  • Charles James, MD - Pediatric Sub-specialist (Anes)
  • Ismael Zamilpa, MD - Pediatric Sub-specialist  (Uro)
  • Nick Long, Ph.D. - Psychologist
  • Kristie Taylor - Credentialing Manager
  • Tina Thornburg, Business Operations Manager for ACMG
  • Dr. Kandi Stallings-Archer, MD, Pediatric Sub-specialist (Pathology)

About Membership

Membership in Children's Healthcare System, Inc. is open to all eligible physicians, doctoral clinical psychologists and licensed independent practitioners who are members of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Staff.

For questions about membership, please contact a representative of Children's Healthcare System, Inc. by calling 501-364-5902 or emailing