HARRISON - North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) is proud to announce that Josh Bright has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Josh will provide day to day leadership and guidance to ensure the advancement of the mission and optimal effectiveness of NARMC across both inpatient and outpatient services. He will be focused on operational efficiency, improved clinical outcomes, advanced service lines and financial viability. Josh will work collaboratively with other members of the senior leadership team and members of the medical staff to oversee the operational and clinical management functions of the organization.
Josh began his career at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center as a CNA assistant and transporter in 2002 while doing his undergraduate work during the summer. He came back the next summer and worked as a transporter. His third summer, he tried his hand at being an anesthesia tech. In 2011, Josh joined NARMC as a Staff Pharmacist and in 2015 promoted to Director of Pharmacy. He held this position until 2020, where he was promoted to Vice President of Operations. Then in 2023, promoted
to Chief Operating Officer.
Josh is an Apexus Certified 340B expert, and a graduate of ASCC/AIA Leadership in Arkansas Class XIV. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Arkansas Health Executives Forum, the Arkansas Association of Health Systems Pharmacist (AAHP), and the Arkansas Pharmacists’ Association (APA). In 2017, Josh was named the 2017 Arkansas Pharmacists Association “Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year” and was a finalist for the 2019 Health Care Professional of the Year by Arkansas Business.
Josh was born at NARMC and is a native of Jasper, AR. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Chemistry from Arkansas Tech University in 2004. He then attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and received his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2008. He resides in Harrison with his wife, Haley and their three children.
President and CEO, Sammie Cribbs, said, “Josh’s leadership is seen throughout the organization, and we are honored to have him as part of the NARMC team with his continued career growth. As we continue to embrace the challenges ahead, Josh’s leadership through the EBITDA improvement plan has been remarkable, and we are excited to see this continue. Josh has a true commitment to quality, and I am
excited to continue this journey in healthcare with Josh as our Chief Operating Officer.”
“Communities prosper when local healthcare services are accessible, reliable, and sustainable. I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue leading teams of exceptional individuals at NARMC who are bringing better care to our loved ones. Growing up in the NARMC service area, it’s personal to ensure our communities are well cared for. Our families, friends, and loved ones don’t sacrifice quality
to get care locally at NARMC. Alongside our exceptional teams, I look forward to building a remarkable healthcare future,” Josh stated.