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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Zoe Weeks of Jonesboro Receives $10,000 Arkansas Mutual Scholarship to Pursue Rural Primary Care

Christopher T. Westfall, MD: UAMS College of Medicine Dean; Zoe Weeks: 3rd Year Med Student; Corey Little, President of AR Mutual Insurance

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Sept. 21, 2018 | Zoe Weeks of Jonesboro has been awarded the $10,000 Arkansas Mutual Medical Student Award, a scholarship for third-year medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) who want to practice primary care in rural Arkansas.

Weeks, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, first pursued a career in teaching and decided to switch to medicine after spending a summer in the Delta and seeing the health care challenges there.

“Throughout my time in education working in underserved communities, I found the challenges facing our rural communities to be particularly unique and intertwined with so many other barriers, like access to health care,” Weeks said. “This is why I came to medical school, and I hope to one day be a part of a bigger solution that focuses on improved health care access and preventive medicine in rural Arkansas.”

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Constellation Announces Strategic Collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen

Constellation Announces Strategic Collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen 

Agreement expands Constellation’s support of health care clients beyond medical professional liability insurance  

Minneapolis – Jan. 26, 2018 – Constellation, Inc., today announced a strategic collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), a leading health care professional services firm whose clients include more than 8,300 health care and senior living clients across the country.

“Our agreement with CLA marks a significant milestone as we expand our offerings beyond managing the risk of medical professional liability,” said Bill McDonough, CEO of Constellation. “CLA is a reliable advisor who understands the business of health care. As CLA puts it, its advisors ‘transform complexity into opportunity’ by considering its clients’ financial, strategic, and operational needs. CLA’s deep industry specialization and ability to integrate with customers’ existing programs and products, combined with its desire to truly understand and help its customers makes it an excellent fit for Constellation. We are proud to help connect CLA with our physician, hospital, and long-term care clients.”

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Mourning the Loss of a founding Board Member: Dick Horne

We are mourning the loss and remembering the great life of one of our beloved founding Board Members, Dick Horne. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of his friends and family members.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, at Pleasant Valley Country Club, 1 Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 West 17th Street, Little Rock. Arrangements are by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to the Compassion Center, the Salvation Army, Our House or The Van.

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