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Message from the CEO

As the only nonprofit, community-owned and locally governed health care system in Northwest Arkansas, Washington Regional’s team members continue to set us apart from other health systems by fulfilling our mission of providing compassionate, high quality health care to our region. Their dedication and expertise have made Washington Regional U.S. News & World Report’s #1 hospital in Arkansas for three consecutive years, the state’s only high performing hospital for maternity care, and the recipient of countless recognitions and accreditations related to trauma, neurosciences and cardiovascular care.

As our community continues to grow, so will the need for health care, and Washington Regional is committed to meeting that need. In 2023, we welcomed our first class of internal medicine residents as part of our ongoing partnership with UAMS to both increase the number of doctors in our region and improve access to medical care. Washington Regional also became the first hospital in Northwest Arkansas to offer three innovative heart procedures to help improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease.

As we look toward the future, I am grateful to the 3,400+ team members throughout our hospital, clinics and facilities who help us fulfill our mission each day.


Larry Shackelford
President & CEO