Published date: November 20, 2017
(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.
About Arkansas Children’s
Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' 710,000 children, giving the organization a unique ability to shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas and transform the health of children throughout the region. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in five pediatric subspecialties (2019-2020): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, opened in Springdale in early 2018. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can fundamentally transform the health of children in Arkansas and beyond. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.