Townsend Named SCMC Administrator/COO


Stan Townsend, Administrator/COO, Stone County Medical Center(Mountain View, Ark.)--Gary Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) Administrator /CEO has announced the appointment of Stanley A. Townsend to Administrator of Stone County Medical Center (SCMC). Townsend stepped into the role of Administrator on October 1.

Townsend follows Renie Taylor, who has been the Administrator of SCMC since 2008 and is retiring from the position.

As Administrator, he will be responsible for overall operations at Stone County Medical Center.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

“I love working with physicians and staff as a part of a healthcare team to provide quality care to the citizens of Stone County and surrounding areas,” said Townsend.

Townsend is no stranger when it comes to working in healthcare. He owned and operated SCMC, formerly Mountain View General Hospital, from 1985 to 1999.                      

He has also owned Stone County Home Health Agency, Stone County Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Stone County Residential Care Facility, Stone County Durable Medical Equipment, and Stone County Hospice.

He was a member of the WRHS Board of Directors and SCMC Advisory board from 1999-2012. He has served as a Treasurer on the WRHS Board of Directors, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Chairman over several other WRHS affiliated committees. He has also served as a member of the Stone County Quorum Court for the past five years and is a Justice of the Peace.

He has been honored by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce for contributions to the business community.

 “Stan has a great background in hospital finance, is a leader in the Mountain View community, and is well-respected by the medical community,” said Bebow. “We are pleased to welcome Stan on board and really look forward to his leadership in continuing the development of SCMC.”

Townsend, who came out of retirement to take the position, said he plans to work hard to ensure that the hospital remains a “strong and stable employer,” and also ensure that SCMC continues to meet the needs of Stone County well into the future. “I am excited about the opportunity to partner with the medical staff and employees of SCMC to continue providing quality care to the citizens in our service area.”

Stan and his wife Meganne reside in Mountain View. He has two daughters, Catherine and Caroline.

Stone County Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving Mountain View and the surrounding area.  SCMC is an affiliate of White River Health System, a multi-facility not-for-profit organization serving North Central Arkansas.  For more information, please call 870-269-4361.