Our Story

Recognizing that the people of Union County had limited access to medical care and after hours services, it became clear to independent doctors Gary Bevill, Matthew Callaway, and James Sheppard that a “one-stop” healthcare facility would best serve their patients and the community. In late 1997 and early 1998, they formally joined efforts and put their vision on paper.

By the fall of 1999, the three separate solo practices moved to a new, single story, 20,000 sq. ft. facility. This made their vision a reality! Healthcare services in Southern Arkansas immediately changed as access to convenient care was increased and available seven days a week.

Local and regional growth of the clinic created further demand for services bringing Marcia Ford, APRN to come aboard in early 2000. By the middle of 2001, Dr. Eric Hatley joined SAMA and was followed by Harriette Allison, APRN who joined the practice in 2003.

In 2002, the physicians made an investment that would change the course of the clinic and thrust SAMA into the national spotlight years later. We were one of the first clinics in Arkansas to purchase an Electronic Medical Record system (EMR) and in the years since have worked to maximize the utilization of the EMR System to provide better care for our patients.

In January 2004, we officially became SAMA HealthCare Services PA and for the next four years continued improving upon our processes while staying with a provider base of six. In 2008, we had a change in Administrators as Pete Atkinson MHA joined our team after working for seven years at The Medical Center of South Arkansas.

The next four years were spent preparing for change. President Obama entered the White House in January of 2009. While we did not know how things would change it was apparent from the beginning of his administration that healthcare reform was a top priority. This coupled with President Bush’s pledge in 2004 that all Americans would have an Electronic Health Record by 2014 told us that change was not only coming but coming soon.

In 2012, SAMA was chosen to be a Comprehensive Primary Care clinic meaning that multiple payers were going to invest in our clinic over the next four years in order to transform SAMA into a patient centered medical home. We jumped on this opportunity creating four care teams, hiring additional staff, and changing our workflow. The results of this transformation and the model which we have created have been recognized nationally and spotlighted in articles written by MSNBC, The Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society, as well as many others.

Over the next two years, we brought in six additional nurse practitioners, one of which specializes in pediatrics and runs our “SAMA Kids Clinic," and Dr. Deanna Hopson who we built another care team around.

Today we are seeing more patients than ever and our quality is better than ever. Five fully staffed and well organized care teams, our new schedule, and additional providers allow us to see over 100 same day appointments on any given day. We are open 360+ days a year, have a provider on call 24/7/365, and have lab, pharmacy, and radiology services on site.

In the year ahead, we expect to finish a 10,000 square foot expansion and Dr. Lauren Monteith will be joining us in August. We are talking to a Social Worker and a specialist who could possibly be joining us in 2016 as well. We also hope to focus more on geriatrics and population health helping educate and provide preventative services.

“In this world you're either growing or you're dying” according to famous football coach Lou Holtz. We continue to grow each day. Our goal is simple; to provide the best healthcare services we possibly can for our friends and family here in in South Arkansas and to do it for a long time.

TEAM ORANGE

Gary L. Bevill, MD

   

Arkansas has always been my home except for 2 years in Louisiana as a child. From Bearden High School, to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, to UAMS in Little Rock, to my AHEC Residency in El Dorado and establishing a solo practice in 1985, I have enjoyed south Arkansas.

As a freshman medical student, the prevailing thought on family life from my peers was that medicine and family involvement don’t mix. Frankly, they were wrong! It does take a concerted effort, but my understanding wife, two grown children, and now grandkids are the most important things in the world to me and I’m still actively involved in their lives. They are key reasons I enjoy being a Family Physician and most of my outside activities and hobbies revolve around my family.

I also have always loved working with older adults and our “Senior Citizens.”  That is one reason I worked hard to get the additional certifications and specialties in Geriatrics.  Caddie, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, makes nursing home rounds with me as a therapy dog.  It is amazing watching the smiles of the nursing home residents as we visit them.

As a founding member of SAMA, I’m thankful daily for what has been accomplished through the clinic and look forward to the challenges and opportunities of each new day.

 

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

Secondary Specialty:

Geriatrics

General School Education:

Bearden High School- Bearden, Arkansas : 1974 Valedictorian

Undergraduate Education:

Ouachita Baptist University - Arkadelphia, Arkansas : 1978 Bachelor of Science

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1982 Little Rock, Arkansas

Residency:

AHEC Family Practice Residency - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1985
Chief Resident 1985

Academic Appointments:

Associate Professor AHEC South Arkansas : 1985-present
AHEC South Arkansas is a Family Medicine residency program.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Medicine : 1985- Present
Geriatrics- CAQ American Board of Family Medicine : 1991- Present
American Medical Directors Association:  The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine – Certified Medical Director: 2007- Present

In Practice Since:

1985

Affiliations:

Medical Director of Hudson Memorial Nursing Home : 1998-present

STAFF

Christina Navarrete, LPN

Lorri Rapp, LPN CC

Michelle Temple, LPN

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TEAM PURPLE

Matthew D. Callaway, MD

   

My Dad was an orthopedic surgeon here in El Dorado and instilled in me not only the finer points of medicine, but a ‘knack’ for treating work-related injuries and office-based surgeries. A large part of my practice remains treatment of muscle and skeletal related problems.

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

General School Education:

El Dorado High School - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1977

Undergraduate Education:

Hendrix College - Conway, Arkansas : 1981 BA Biology

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1989 Little Rock, Arkansas
St Georges University School of Medicine - Grenada, WI : 1986 (Transferred to UAMS)
Columbia University Medical School - New York, NY : 1986 summer classes

Graduate School Education:

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas : 1984 MS Microbiology

Residency:

AHEC Family Practice Residency - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1993
Baptist Medical Surgery Residency - Birmingham, Alabama : 1991

Academic Appointments:

Associate Professor AHEC South Arkansas : 1985-present
AHEC South Arkansas is a Family Medicine residency program.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Family Physicians

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Jan Porter, APRN

I am a native of South Arkansas, graduating from Parkers Chapel High School and returning home after finishing college. I graduated with my BSN from the University of Central Arkansas, with my MSN from the University of Phoenix and with my post-graduate certificate in Family Practice Nursing from St. Joesph's College in Maine. I have also achieved my Certified Diabetic Educator certification. I have previously worked at MCSA, mostly as an ICU nurse, and then at UAMS AHEC-South Arkansas before coming to SAMA.

My off time is spent with my family, which is quite busy with a daughter, a step-daughter who is in college, and a step-son who works in the oil field. I spend many hours watching my youngest play basketball and softball for the South Arkansas Slammerz. We attend PC First Baptist Church.

I love living in South Arkansas and could not imagine being any where else. My heart belongs to South Arkansas and to SAMA!

STAFF

Angela Bradford, LPN

Yolanda Moody, LPN, CC

Sue Nash, LPN

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TEAM BLUE

JAMES M. SHEPPARD, MD

   

As much as I love to duck hunt and sail, I often get the greatest satisfaction seeing longtime friends and patients respond to the medical care we provide. El Dorado has always been my family home. I’m proud to have been in the first class of MD’s completing their Residency here in El Dorado.

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

Undergraduate Education:

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas : 1971 BA History
US Naval Academy - Annapolis, Maryland : 1970 Engineering

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1980 Little Rock, Arkansas

Graduate School Education:

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas : 1975 MS Microbiology

Residency:

AHEC Family Practice Residency - El Dorado, Arkansas : 1983
Chief Resident 1983

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Marcia Ford, APRN

My nursing career began in 1978, when I graduated from nursing school and worked in labor and delivery at Warner Brown hospital. I loved my time with mothers and their babies! Over the next 20 years I worked in various departments in both Warner Brown and the Medical Center of South Arkansas. In 1997, I completed work on my Master's degree, and, in 2000, I came to SAMA as a nurse practitioner.

I have been fortunate to live in South Arkansas for the past 35 years. I was born and raised in Colorado, and still feel a deep sense of having roots there (go Broncos!), but my adult life has been spent in this community working in various roles as a health care provider. My focus now is on adult health and diabetes management. I am a Certified Diabetic Educator, and I really enjoy helping people learn about how to control this condition. We have many tools which can help monitor and treat diabetes, and there are new and exciting medications and technologies coming along all the time.

As far as the larger community, I have been on the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Clinic since its inception, and have been very proud of the positive effects of this organization. I am on the Board of Directors of Hope Landing. This is a truly unique and wonderful place, and I am in awe of the accomplishments of that dedicated staff.

My hobbies include cycling, yoga, hiking, and spending time with my family - supportive husband, two wonderful adult sons, a perfect daughter-in-law, and three adorable grandsons!

I love our "team" concept, and the chance it gives us to provide individualized care on a one-on-one basis to our patients and their families. Our small community here at SAMA serves the larger one, and it is an honor for me to be of service to those I come in contact with.

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Andy Guinn, APRN

I was a registered nurse for 14 years before graduating with my Masters in 2013. My background is intensive care and Hospice. I enjoy exercising and have found a passion for Crossfit over the last two years. I highly recommend it for all ages and levels of fitness. When I am not seeing patients I also enjoy cooking, hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with my wife, kids, and grandkids!

“The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
-Thomas Edison

STAFF

Amanda Daniels, LPN

Jazzmin Kidd, LPN

Terri Grimes, LPN

Meredith Grimmett, LPN

Karen Wooten LPN

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TEAM GREEN

DEANNA HOPSON, MD

 

I grew up in Little Rock but did live in El Dorado as a toddler. I still remember driving up to Warner Brown Hospital to get my mom and new baby sister in 1964. I was active in marching band and choir at Cloverdale Jr High and McClellan High School and took as many science classes as I could cram in my schedule. I got my B.S. in Chemistry at UCA in 1984 and started at UAMS the next fall. I met my future husband, Rodney Hopson, my senior year of medical school while in Fayetteville for an Ophthalmology rotation. The month of May 1988 was very busy; we both got our degrees and then got married! We moved to Fort Smith, AR for my Residency in Family Medicine at the AHEC. Our first daughter was born while we were there. Next, our son was born while we lived in Hot Springs; I drove to Nashville, AR to work in the ER and did some fill-in at a Family Medicine clinic in Hot Springs from time to time. We moved to El Dorado in 1995 for my husband’s job. Patti Rivers, APN and I first worked together at the Stephens Community Clinic from 1996-1997. The last 2 additions to the Hopson clan, two more daughters, were born during those years. So Patti got to work with an exhausted, nauseated partner for nearly 2 years.

In October of 1997 I started working at the El Dorado AHEC as a faculty member until 2004 when I began working at Interfaith Clinic on a full time basis. Patti joined me there in 2006; we've worked together ever since. Rodney and I almost have an empty nest. We are active with our church family at Marrable Hill Chapel. In a week I leave for my third annual trip to Nicaragua for medical mission with The Voice of Hope Ministry there.

When Patti and I first approached Pete Atkinson about working at SAMA we got goose bumps as he began explaining the team concept they were in the process of implementing. We have been the Green Team now since May 2014 and couldn't feel more blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people.

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Patti Rivers, APRN

I was bred, born, and raised in Arkansas. I am proud of my upbringing and I have continued the trend by raising my three children in Arkansas. I married a man from Florida 30 years ago and have converted him to Arkansas and he now has a southern drawl. My undergraduate studies was at Henderson State Univeristy and my graduate studies was at UAMS in Little Rock. I have been practicing as a primary care provider in the state of Arkansas for 20 years taking care of all walks of life from rural, non-insured, and now insured families. One of the most important things to me is helping patients to take care and be responsible for their healthcare. Giving them the tools to enable them to become more proactive in their health, diseases, and preventions are vital to change the health epidemic in Arkansas. A team approach will ensure better health outcomes.

I am excited to be apart of SAMA and what SAMA stands for in South Arkansas. I believe that we can make a difference in this community in a positive way and can set the standards of delivering holistic care in a timely manner and becoming aggressive in preventive care.

STAFF

Austin Collins, LPN

Sam Shaw, LPN

Brittney Thurman, LPN, CC

LaShunda White, LPN

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TEAM RED

R. Eric Hatley, MD

 

Early in life, even as a child growing up in Jonesboro, Arkansas, I knew being a Physician would be a lifelong ambition. I decided not to wait that long! My Zoology degree from ASU Jonesboro followed by Medical School in Little Rock sealed my drive to pursue a Family Physician career. During my Residency, I wanted to give back to my childhood community so when just that opportunity presented itself in Jonesboro, I knew it would provide a sound foundation of medical experience. For two years, I learned a tremendous amount about the realities of a medical practice and caring for my Jonesboro patients.

When I learned of the needs and opportunities in El Dorado, it was an easy decision when asked to join SAMA in July 2001. Everyone has welcomed me and my family and the staff has been great to work with.

When not in the office or hospital, there is a high probability I can be found enjoying time with my wife Sarah, son Thomas, and daughter Miriam.  If not at home, the chances of finding me may be slim because I’m probably in the Arkansas woods and streams either hunting, fishing, or both!

Oh! I don’t tell just everyone, but my wife says I’m an excellent cook. I do OK!

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

Undergraduate Education:

Arkansas State - Jonesboro, Arkansas : 1992
BS Zoology

Medical Education:

University of Arkansas Medical Science Campus : 1996
Little Rock, Arkansas

Residency:

AHEC Family Practice Residency - Little Rock, Arkansas : 1999

Board Certifications:

American Board Family Practice : 1999
National Board Medical Examiners : 1996

Physician's Assistant

Tessa Lee, PA

Providing compassionate care to the South Arkansas community as a nationally certified Physician Assistant is a true privilege. I grew up in Colorado and received my bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University. My volunteer work for an organization serving children with cancer inspired me to pursue my career in medicine as a PA. I earned my master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. As a member of U Lead, Union County’s leadership development program, I look forward to promoting community development. On weekends, I frequently travel to explore new hiking trails, run in races and practice ballet. It is my pleasure to serve SAMA as your new Red Team provider!

STAFF

Lindsay Cranford, LPN

Amanda Dickson, LPN CC

Quinta Dixon, LPN

Toni McMahan, LPN

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TEAM PINK

Lauren Monteith, MD

 

Office Location(s):

SAMA HealthCare Services

Primary Specialty:

Family Medicine

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

Leanne Glidewell, APRN

I have spent the majority of my life in the Little Rock area. I graduated with my RN, BSN in 2004 from UAMS. After about 5 years as a RN, at the encouragement of a wonderful doctor, I decided to work towards obtaining a nurse practitioner degree. I started working in the med/neuro ICU at UAMS while attending school. I graduated with a MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2012. Just prior to graduation, my husband and I felt called to this area, thus the reason why we chose El Dorado to practice. I have 6 amazing children, so I live a pretty full life outside of work. I also enjoy singing, which is my ministry outside of work.

STAFF

Denise Aaron, LPN

Sabrina Coke, LPN

Beverly Smith, LPN

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KID'S CLINIC

ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE

CHRISTY BUHRMAN, APRN

I received my Master's of Science in Nursing, specializing in pediatrics, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2013. I obtained my PNP certification from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Prior to receiving my masters degree and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) license, I worked as a NICU nurse at MCSA for 10 years, where I first realized my passion for kids. I love my kid patients and enjoy getting to know their families! When I'm not at SAMA's Kids Clinic, my husband and I are trying to keep up with our 3 kids, Jackson, Ella, and Luke.

STAFF

Micha Notz, LPN

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SUPPORT STAFF

ADMINISTRATION

Pete Atkinson
Administrator

Donna Bevill
Accounting Manager

Elaine Butler
RN/Nurse Manager

Candy Cates, LPN,
Nurse Coordinator

Lynsay Lee, LPN

Nancy New
LPN/Clinical IT

Jan Risinger
Ancillary Manager

Susan Taylor, LPN
Population Health Manager

Terri Townley
Office Manager

BUSINESS OFFICE

Terrie Holguin

Diane Kendrick

Karen Miller

Capri Patterson

Katie Richard

Brooke Rhoades

Melissa Scott

Valarie Smith

Sherron West

Emma Wood

RADIOLOGY

Jessica Dawson

Jenny Hoggard

Shannon Sanders

LAB

Leslie Darden, MLT

Breana Downs

Sheila Elmore, MT

Kayla Forbes

Janna McCarty

Angela Shackleford, MLT

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