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Attendees sitting at tables during the Conway Area Healthcare Forum Awards Luncheon held of June 27, 2023.

Conway Area Healthcare Forum Recognizes Standout Healthcare Professionals 

CONWAY, Ark. (June 27, 2023) — The Conway Area Healthcare Forum recognized ten standout healthcare professionals for their impact in the community. 

This year’s honorees were: 

Administrator of the Year 

Rebekah Fincher, Conway Regional Health System 

Award presented by Centennial Bank

Community Impact Award 

Thad Hardin, M.D., Banister-Lieblong Clinic

Award presented by Cintas 

Dental Professional of the Year 

Sarah Clark, D.D.S., Southern Smiles Family Dentistry 

Award presented by Delta Dental

Healthcare Professional of the Year 

Karen Byers, Conway Human Development Center 

Award presented by CARTI

Health Promotion Specialist of the Year 

Amanda Castillo, Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center 

Award presented by ARcare

Mental Health Professional of the Year 

John Knott, Conway Counseling & Wellness

Award presented by Conway Behavioral Health 

Nurse of the Year 

Leisa Green, Conway Regional Health System 

Jacqueline Thorne, Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway 

Award presented by Braswell & Son

Optical Professional of the Year 

Susan DeBlack, O.D., Conway Family Eye Care 

Award presented by Turbare Manufacturing

Physician of the Year 

David Naylor Jr., M.D., Banister-Lieblong Clinic 

Award presented by the Conway Regional PHO

The Conway Area Healthcare Forum is presented by Empower Healthcare Solutions. The speaker sponsor is the University of Central Arkansas. Award sponsors are ARcare, Braswell & Son, CARTI, Cintas, Conway Behavioral Health, Delta Dental, Turbare Manufacturing, and Conway Regional Physician Hospital Organization. 


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