McDonald named Foundation Director at WRHS


Gary Bebow, Administrator/CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), is pleased to welcome Matt McDonald of Batesville as WRHS Foundation Director.

As Foundation Director, McDonald is responsible for the advancement of the WRHS Foundation through effective leadership, cultivation, implementation and administration of Foundation activities, fundraising programs, and donor development.

“Matt has a strong background in leadership and customer interaction,” said Dick Bernard, President of the WRHS Foundation Board. “He will be a great asset to the Foundation and a key player in helping us in our mission to further develop WRHS.”

McDonald is a 1995 graduate of Batesville High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has added experience in banking and customer service. 

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the success of WRHS through the Foundation.” said McDonald. “I was born and raised in Batesville and am thankful that I am able to raise my family here.”

McDonald has served as a member of the Batesville City Council; a member of the United Way of Independence County Board of Directors, and the Independence County Chapter of the U of A Alumni Association. He focuses a lot of his free time on coaching youth sports including little league baseball, Kiwanis Football, and ICYAA soccer.

Matt and his wife Carmen have two boys; Rhett, 9, and Grant, 7.

The White River Health System Foundation supports the healthcare mission of White River Health System through charitable giving, grant writing and fundraising events. Gifts to the foundation are used for the development of new clinical services, scholarships for health professionals and capital building projects. For information on how your charitable dollars can make a difference, please contact Matt at (870) 262-1784 or via email at