When it comes to medical care, there’s a common perception that bigger is better, Dr. Doug Ross told the Hot Springs Village Homeowners Association Government Affairs Committee last Friday. .
But CHI-St. Vincent Hot Springs, recently chosen as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, provides excellent care, although it is not the largest hospital in Arkansas, he said.
The group considered these factors: quality of care, survival rate, safety, culture, efficiency and resource management.
CHI also offers three health care facilities in or near the Village: Highway 7, DeSoto Boulevard, and Ponce de Leon Drive. Ross said staff are usually able to schedule a patient the same day.
Ross became president of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs in 2019. Since 2018, he has also served as senior vice president and chief medical officer.
Previously Vice President of Medical Affairs for CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, Ross played a key role in helping CHI St. Vincent develop an integrated emergency medical group spanning all four CHI St. Vincent hospitals in central Illinois. Arkansas and Conway Regional Medical Center.
He is also recognized as having played a vital role in improving quality at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs.
Dr. Ross joined what was then Mercy Hot Springs in 2003 as an emergency physician. He has also served as chief of staff, medical director of IT, and medical director of the emergency department.
He is board certified in emergency medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for medical sciences.