President & Chief Executive Officer
Judith S. Wooten, MHA, FACHE, joined the Arkansas Hospice team as vice president and chief operating officer in 2002. She was named president and chief executive officer in 2011. Her healthcare career began as a patient representative in a large, tertiary care, teaching hospital in 1980, where she “fell in love with healthcare.” Judy earned a Master of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in 1985. Since then, she has been a hospital administrator, a managed care executive, and a management and healthcare consultant. Judy is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a Certified Hospice Administrator. She is the current president of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas and serves on the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In recognition of her healthcare leadership and service, Judy was named the 2020 recipient of the ACHE Regent’s Award for Senior Level Healthcare Executive.
Katherine T. Jones
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Katherine T. Jones joined Arkansas Hospice in 2007 as Director of Finance and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas and an extensive background of more than 20 years in healthcare finance, billing, and related regulatory affairs. As an industry advocate, she has served on the board of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas for more than six years. Her expertise in this role has been vital in representing hospice and palliative care financial interests and supporting the hospice industry in regulatory and legislative matters. Kathy has worked extensively with Arkansas Medicaid on changes and issues that impact all hospice providers in the state. In 2013, she was named Nonprofit CFO of the Year by Arkansas Business. Currently, Kathy oversees Arkansas Hospice’s Health Information Management, Information Technology, Billing, Finance, and Materials Management departments.
Brian Bell, MD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Brian Bell joined Arkansas Hospice in 2016. He is board certified both in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, and he is one of only a few Fellows in the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in the state. Dr. Bell has been working in hospice care since 2006 and is currently on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he teaches all hospice and palliative medicine fellows. Currently, he serves on the Professional Education Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Over the past four years, he has given multiple lectures to UAMS case management students to better educate them on hospice and palliative care. Dr. Bell has served on the Arkansas Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments (POLST) Taskforce since 2017 and worked with the legislature and others in its passage. Previously, he was on faculty at two medical schools in South Carolina and started the first hospice and palliative medicine fellowship in that state in 2014.
Anita Deal, RN
Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer
Anita Deal joined Arkansas Hospice in 2009 and was promoted to Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer in 2021. She graduated from Baptist School of Nursing in 1991 with highest honors. An accomplished nursing professional in both clinical and administrative roles, Anita has more than 30 years of nursing experience with 28 years focused on hospice and palliative care. She has 25 years of experience in supervision of hospice nursing, social work, and chaplain staff in both the home and inpatient settings. Anita oversees clinical education and mentoring, quality improvement, EMR software support, and clinical practice throughout the organization.
Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer
Shannon Boshears joined Arkansas Hospice in December 2020. She oversees all fundraising, gift administration and strategic direction for the Arkansas Hospice Foundation while working alongside organizational leadership to provide support for programs administered by Arkansas Hospice. She most recently served as Vice-Chancellor of Advancement for the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College and Executive Director of the UA – Pulaski Technical College Foundation. During her six years at UA-PTC, Shannon was the chief development and communications administrator providing executive leadership and vision plus strategic direction and integration for the Office of Advancement, Public Relations and Marketing, UA-PTC Foundation and the Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) Programming. Prior to UA-PTC, Shannon was the Director of Community and Public Affairs at Heifer International where she directed the global strategies for public relations, social media, celebrity engagement and fundraising events. She also served as the Director of Development, Marketing and Communications at Heifer Foundation. Before her service at Heifer, she was the Marketing Specialist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
These organizations ensure that Arkansas Hospice and the Arkansas Hospice Foundation maintain the highest of standards, and uniquely bind us to the community. The current members and officers are:
Barbara Sugg, Chair
Kelly Carney, Chair-Elect
Rhonda Finnie, Vice Chair
Sharon Davis, Chair Emeritus
Michael Brown, Treasurer
Brooke Bumpers, Secretary
Patricia Stanley Luppen
Kim Pruitt, Arkansas Hospice Foundation Chair
Dr. David Reding
Kim Pruitt, Chair
Bruce Holsted, Chair-Elect
Dr. Lewis Shepherd, Jr., Vice Chair
Lynda Sorrells, Secretary
Karen Flake, Treasurer
William Smith, Chair Emeritus
Anna Kay Frueauff
Dr. Mary Ann Rollans
Barbara Sugg, Arkansas Hospice Chair
Dr. Robert Skinner
Vivian Trickey Smith
You can take part in leading the fight for providing comfort care for those who are most vulnerable through the Arkansas Hospice Foundation. Click for details.
I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.