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NARMC Announces New HR & Financial Services Directors

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) welcomes Teresa Carpenter and Sara Owen to their management team. Carpenter, Patient Financial Services Director, will be leading the 60+ member patient financial services team, while Owen has transitioned from an interim position to the Director of Human Resources.

Carpenter brings more than 20 years of experience in hospitals, large physician practices and hospice providers. She and her family recently moved to Harrison after living in Florida for three years.

“This is a wonderful challenge, and I look forward to the opportunity of working with the NARMC team and serving the Harrison community,” Carpenter said. “My family is excited to be in Arkansas. We are looking forward to exploring the Buffalo National River and riding our Goldwing (motorcycle) along the scenic routes.”

Owen, a native of Texas, arrived in Harrison earlier this year and has served as the Interim HR Director since that time.

“When I was given the opportunity to transition to full-time status, I felt it was the right move for me because I enjoy my work here. The recruitment opportunities for a rural community hospital can be a challenge; however, we have an exceptional healthcare system at NARMC, and I look forward to recruiting new team members to our organization,” Owen said.

She brings with her more than 30 years of human resources experience in a variety of healthcare organizations such as HealthSouth, National Medical Enterprise and Solara Healthcare.

Both Carpenter and Owen will report to Deana Thomas, Vice President Financial Services/Chief Financial Officer of NARMC.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Sara and Teresa join the NARMC team. Their exceptional professional experience will help our organization grow. I know they will make valuable contributions, and we look forward to them becoming an integral part of our efforts to provide care our community not only expects, but deserves,” said Thomas.


NARMC is an innovative, non-profit healthcare system consisting of a central hospital in Harrison, Arkansas, and 18 clinics serving the rural communities of North Arkansas. More than 850 NARMC employees work together to provide a comprehensive range of healthcare services. As one of the Top 100 Rural Hospitals in the nation according to the Rural Health Policy Institute, NARMC has earned numerous 5-Star ratings from Healthgrades and consistently ranks high in patient satisfaction in Press Ganey ratings. A two-time recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Quality Achievement Award, NARMC is committed to providing the best in care, close to home.

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