Doug Bernard, M.D. Appointed WRMC Chief Medical Officer

Batesville, Ark. – White River Medical Center (WRMC) Administrator and CEO Gary L. Bebow has announced the appointment of Dr. Doug Bernard, M.D. as WRMC Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

As an Independence County Reserve Deputy, a member of the Independence County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, a private practice family physician at White River Diagnostic Clinic, and a member of the Medical Staff at White River Medical Center (WRMC), it is clear that Dr. Bernard is passionate about people.

“I love interacting with people and having a positive impact on their lives,” said Bernard.

As CMO, Dr. Bernard will identify solutions and assist in developing improvements aimed at enhancing the overall environment of care. He will act as a facilitator and a physician advocate, improving communication between the Medical Staff and hospital leadership.

“I am both honored and humbled to be chosen as CMO,” said Bernard. “I look forward to assisting the hospital and my colleagues as we tackle the challenges of providing high quality medical care to area residents.”

A graduate of Batesville High School, Bernard received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed an Internship at Baptist Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama in General Surgery, and a residency in Family Medicine at the Arkansas Health Education Center (AHEC) South Arkansas in El Dorado where he received honors for Outstanding Resident in Family Medicine. Bernard is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians.

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated physicians, such as Dr. Bernard, on our medical staff,” said Bebow. “Dr. Bernard displays strong leadership and clinical skills, and I am confident in his ability to serve as CMO.”

Bernard is currently in private practice at the White River Diagnostic Clinic, where he will continue seeing patients. He has been a member of the Medical Staff at White River Medical Center since 2000 and has served on the White River Health System Board of Directors since 2009.

Bernard, his wife Melissa, and sons Garrett and Clayton reside in Batesville.

WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.