Arkansas Mutual Elects Surgeon to Board

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) October 4, 2018 —
Arkansas Mutual has elected Little Rock Surgeon Chris Cate, M.D., to its board of directors. Cate has been certified by the American Board of Surgery since 1989 and is currently a managing partner at The Surgical Clinic of Central Arkansas, the state’s oldest and largest surgical clinic. He formerly served as chief of staff and chief of surgery for Baptist Health, the fifth largest employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 9,000 employees.

“Arkansas Mutual is excited to have Dr. Chris Cate join the physician leadership team on our board of directors,” said Corey Little, president of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company. “In addition to being a sought-after surgeon, he is considered a servant leader in the medical community.”

Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company is an Arkansas-based medical malpractice insurance company formed for the sole purpose of serving the needs of Arkansas health care providers.

“As a mutual company, Arkansas physician leadership is at the core of our culture,” Little said. “We expect that Dr. Cate’s administrative experience with large medical providers will accelerate Arkansas Mutual’s growth.”

Is the Sky Really Falling? An Attorney’s Perspective on Tort Reform

By Jason Hendren with Wright, Lindsey & Jennigs LLP (Rogers, AR)

Original Publication in Arkansas Hospitals (AR Hospital Association), Summer 2018 Publication

On November 6, 2018, Arkansans will have the opportunity to vote on “issue 1,” which if passed would put several “tort reform” measures into effect beginning 1/1/2019. Issue 1 contains five proposals: (1) limits on attorney contingency fees; (2) caps on non-economic damages; (3) caps on punitive damages; (4) changes in the way rules of pleading, practice and procedure are governed in civil court cases; and (5) preservation of the right to trial by jury.

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