December 21, 2020
LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Dec. 21, 2020) – Arkansas Children’s has promoted long-time system leader Erin Parker, MBA, CHC, CHPC, CHRC to the position of senior vice president and chief information officer. Parker, who had served as interim in the role since July, brings to the position a deep knowledge of the state’s only pediatric health system, as well as dynamic leadership experience and a track record of driving culture, strategic development and compliance.
As she steps into the position full-time, Parker will be responsible for building partnerships while leading the organization’s focus on systems security, infrastructure and digital initiatives that make healthcare more accessible and seamless for workforce, providers and patients and their caregivers. She will lead a division of more than 200 team members, drawing on her experience designing and implementing compliance initiatives with the system’s electronic health record.
Parker has most recently served as vice president/system compliance officer for Arkansas Children’s, capping 14 years of progressive leadership roles with the system. She has developed work plans building on the system’s mission of making children better today and healthier tomorrow, including planning, implementing and maintaining effective compliance practices for the system’s hospitals and clinics statewide.
“After a nationwide search and interview process of high-caliber candidates who could lead our deeply engaged and innovative Information Services team, Erin stood out among some of the best leaders in the industry,” said Arkansas Children’s President & CEO Marcy Doderer, FACHE. “I am proud that we found our best candidate internally. I look forward to working with the team as they help define and deliver unprecedented child health with Erin’s guidance.”
Parker started as a volunteer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock in 2001, and joined the team in a professional capacity when an internal audit position opened in 2006. Parker’s 14-year tenure at Arkansas Children’s has also included service as the system’s HIPAA privacy officer and corporate compliance director.
Parker holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a bachelor’s in professional accountancy from Ouachita Baptist University. She is certified in health care compliance (CHC) and healthcare privacy compliance (CHPC), and she is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Chief Information Officer cohort.
ABOUT ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S
Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. 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 — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. 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 (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric subspecialties (2020—2021): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. ACH is one of only five hospitals in the nation that have achieved Magnet Status, ACS Level 1 verification and a Beacon award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. 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 deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit archildrens.org.