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Located in Batesville, Arkansas, White River Health System is dedicated to providing advanced healthcare in North Central Arkansas through inpatient and outpatient services as well as community outreach. With two hospital campuses, one in Batesville and one in Mountain View plus outpatient care centers and clinic offices throughout the region, WRHS offers quality patient care and a healing environment—all right here at home.


The mission of White River Health System is to provide quality healthcare and improve the health of our communities.


The Vision of White River Health System is to provide an environment where patients choose to receive care, employees desire to work, physicians want to practice and families and visitors feel welcome.


Compassion - We foster a culture of empathy, caring, and concern.

Accountability - Through integrity and honesty, we take ownership of our responsibilities and actions to promote trust.

Respect - We treat each individual with dignity, encourage creativity, and assist one another to reach our fullest potential

Excellence - We strive to consistently achieve the highest standards of performance through continuous improvement in patient care, quality and innovation.


We recognize PRIDE as taking a Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence.

  • Prompt Service - I will provide timely, courteous care and communications in all encounters.
  • Respect -I will treat everyone as I would expect to be treated; I will promote a positive experience by using AIDET.
  • Involved -I will demonstrate ownership by supporting change with a positive attitude, staying informed, and delivering excellence as a standard of care.
  • Demeanor - I will display a professional image with willingness to serve with passion, enthusiasm, and teamwork.
  • Environmental Focus - I will strive to provide a calm, healing, safe, clean, and hazard free environment.


White River Health System (WRHS) is an acute care, multi-facility, not-for-profit, regional referral center serving North Central Arkansas since 1976, when it was established as the White River Medical Center (WRMC). In 1999, WRHS added Stone County Medical Center (SCMC), located in Mountain View, to the growing number of service locations. The WRHS service area now includes ten counties: Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and parts of Cleburne, Fulton, Jackson, Lawrence, Van Buren, and White.

Annual Report

Each year White River Heath System publishes an Annual Report. The document profiles our accomplishments as a healthcare system and our plans to further develop the medical community serving North Central Arkansas. 2019 Annual Report.

White River Health System partners with educational institutions to promote the development of careers in healthcare. Students receive valuable training during clinical rotations putting classroom instruction into practical experience. Clinical rotations at White River Health System facilities are offered in nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, radiology, and respiratory therapy. Leaders from our organization further support healthcare education as instructors, mentors and as members of governing boards of higher education institutions.

University of Arkansas Community College at BatesvilleHarding University
University of Central ArkansasArkansas State University – Newport
Ozarka CollegeUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Arkansas State UniversityUAMS North Central

Board of Directors

White River Health System is a diverse healthcare organization providing acute inpatient care and outpatient services. In each of these areas, we strive to provide efficiently managed primary care and specialty medical services to meet the needs of our patients or residents who are your family and friends. We are extremely proud of our ability to provide specialty care, previously unavailable in this area.

We appreciate the trust you place in us each time you choose White River Health System as your healthcare provider.

Gary Paxson, RN, BSN, MS, President & CEO


Kevin Rose, Chairman
Jeff Showalter, Vice Chairman
Charles Schaaf, Treasurer
Tyler Fowlkes, Assistant Treasurer
Phil Brissey, Secretary
Randy Cross, Assistant Secretary


Phil Baldwin
Judy Belcher
Steve Bryant
Steve Case
Boris Dover
Debbie Frazier
Meriden Glasgow, MD
Dianne Lamberth
Paula Terrell
Jordan Weaver, MD

Ex Officio

Gary Paxson, FACHE, RN, BSN, MS, WRHS President & CEO
Jeff Angel, MD
William "Skip" Baker, MD
Dick Bernard
Tyler Fowlkes
Richard Huff
Jay Jeffrey, MD
Crystal Johnson
Barry Pierce, MD
David Yarnell, MD

Director Emeritus

Gary L. Bebow, FACHE
Jim Kilgore
Donald Weatherman

Your Guide to Healthy Living

WRHS is committed to the comfort and care of our patients and their families, but don’t take it from us—see for yourself how our team of talented doctors, nurses, and support staff are improving the health of our community, one patient at a time.

Mending Hearts

White River Medical Center patients Cathy and Paul share how the WRMC Heart Save CT changed their lives.

Lisa Sellers

Lisa Sellers, Batesville native shares her story on regaining confidence in her health after the discovery of multiple heart conditions.

Brenda Horn & Donna Crabtree

With our family history, we knew regular cancer screenings were important. Because of early detection and excellent medical care at White River Medical Center, we are cancer survivors and ready to enjoy life together.

Ashton Gillihan Testimonial

Excitement for our new baby, turned to fear when I experienced a medical emergency at home. The quick response and teamwork at White River Medical Center saved my life." - Ashton Gillihan, Batesville

Lee Herrington

After having a heart attack while out mowing, the White River Medical Center returned me to good health. I have been in and out of hospitals for years, and WRMC is the best. - Lee Herrington

Scott Lancaster

The ability to get in that same day spoke volumes about the quality of patient care at White River Medical Center.” – Scott Lancaster

Tim Finley

When I learned that I had Prostate Cancer, I chose White River Medical Center for my care. Our community is blessed to have this facility. Tim Finley, Melbourne

Mary Davis

White River Medical Center felt like home. It was exactly the environment I wanted for my delivery.

Paul Moser

I was for sure that I had a pinched nerve in my neck. They assured me I had bigger problems. The fast care I received in the Emergency Room at White River Medical Center saved my life.

Herb Miller

I came out one day. Started my car, put my foot on the clutch and my old knee was working again. I backed that dude out and drove it all over town. With a smile from ear to ear."

Carol Blount

I will forever be grateful to the emergency room at White River Medical Center; they saved my life.

Stephen Gay

They’re really wonderful people. When I was released, I kept thinking, what could I do to show them how much I appreciated them.

Melissa Wyatt

We wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.

Kim Osborne

I was treated so well by each department that I was in. It was nothing but constant care.

Jane Summers

They care about me, because they care about our community.

Mitch Bell

The personal care I received at White River helped me walk again and get my life back to normal.

Linda Bastain

It was a wonderful experience for us and I will never forget it. I made friends for a lifetime.

Ashley Spohr

They treated me like I was their daughter, their sister, or their friend.

White River Health System Annual Report







Community Involvement

The Community Engagement division of White River Health System creates partnerships and relationships for service, promotion of wellness, and community involvement. Our team focuses on events that improve access to healthcare, promote physical activity, and encourage careers in healthcare. For more information about partnering with us, contact Amy Finster, Community Engagement Coordinator, at (870) 262-1000 

Education Partners
  • Batesville Public Schools
  • Cave City Public Schools
  • Cedar Ridge Public Schools
  • Highland Public Schools
  • Lyon College
  • Melbourne Public Schools
  • Midland Public Schools
  • Mountain View Public Schools
  • Newport Public Schools
  • Southside Public Schools
  • University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
Community Partners
  • Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Batesville Parks and Recreation
  • Children's Advocacy Center of Independence County
  • Hardy Police Department

Community Education and Screenings
  • Cave City Scrub Club
  • Eagle Mountain Elementary Flex Friday
  • Health First Women's Health Expo
  • Heber Springs Athletic Physicals
  • WRMC Prostate Cancer Screening
Community Fundraisers


WRMC Highway to Health 5K


WRMC Highway to Health 5K


Arkansas Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year

Batesville West Magnet Playground Project

Raccoon Creek Crusher

WRMC Highway to Health 5K

Community Service

CPR Instruction for Runners

Fight Pretty

Hardy Dog and Jog

Mom Squad of Newport

Sponsorship Request Application

White River Health System is proud to support community events that align with our mission and values. Sponsorship requests are reviewed and approved by the WRHS Marketing and Community Engagement Office. The sponsorship request form is required for all requests and incomplete applications will be rejected. Organizations will be notified via email of the status of their request. Requests should be submitted no later than 30 days prior to an event.

Sponsorship Contact
Sponsorship Recipient Information

Financial Sponsorship will be mailed the to address provided. Checks cannot be made payable to individuals.)

If you have any questions while completing this form, please email us at contactus@wrmc.com.