Educational, Research Capacity Growing at Arkansas Neuroscience Institute

Last week, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law Act 1061, which provides greater flexibility for out-of-state doctors to serve in academic roles in Arkansas medical centers.  The new law will make it easier for medical centers such as CHI St. Vincent to attract and retain physicians from around the world to the renowned Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI). 

Act 1061, signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson this week, provides greater flexibility for out-of-state doctors to serve in academic roles at Arkansas medical centers. CHI St. Vincent strongly supported the legislation, enacted as CHI St. Vincent prepares for a $14 million expansion and relocation of ANI to the CHI St. Vincent North campus in Sherwood. 

“Within our ministry is a world-class destination for brain surgery and neurological research at the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute,” said Chad Aduddell, CEO of CHI St. Vincent. “As ANI grows and we attract world-class providers to central Arkansas, it was important to us to have the ability to recruit medical professionals who desire to help us grow our educational and research capacity. This law helps us in those efforts, and ultimately, helps us better serve the people of this state. We greatly appreciate Gov. Hutchinson and the Legislature for adopting this bill.” 

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson shakes hands with CHI St. Vincent CEO Chad Aduddell before signing Act 1061 into law at a bill signing ceremony at the Arkansas Capitol on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Also pictured are Dr. Ali Krisht, director of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (right) and CHI St. Vincent’s Chris Stines.

Gov. Hutchinson praised the new law as an example of legislation that helps recruit talent to the state and strengthen medical institutions, while easing bureaucratic restrictions. Under the previous law, physicians in academic settings were required to be affiliated with a specific in-state institution to be licensed in the state. The new law allows for teaching professionals to be affiliated or under the supervision of other accredited programs. 

Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View sponsored the legislation.  

“Arkansas is already home to excellent physicians and healthcare facilities. This law opens opportunities for our state to invite out-of-state physicians to collaborate, work, do research and provide excellent healthcare for our citizens,” Sen. Irvin said. “CHI St Vincent has a long-standing reputation for excellence and I look forward to their continued success with the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute. It was an honor to sponsor this legislation and work with my colleagues and the Governor to provide more opportunities to improve healthcare for our state.” 

For the full text of the Act, visit 

About CHI St. Vincent 

CHI St. Vincent, founded in 1888, is the largest integrated and community-based physician organization in Arkansas — a system with over one million patient visits per year, serving patients from all 75 counties in Arkansas. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, an acute-care facility, licensed for 615 beds, is located in Little Rock and is ranked the “best hospital” in Arkansas by U. S. News and World Report and is the first hospital to earn Magnet© recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs is an acute-care facility licensed for 282 beds. Other CHI St. Vincent hospitals include CHI St. Vincent North, licensed for 69 beds, in Sherwood; CHI St. Vincent Morrilton, a critical access hospital in Morrilton, licensed for 25 beds; and CHI St. Vincent West, an outpatient campus in west Little Rock. The system includes a network of 300 primary care and specialty physicians, a home health agency, a joint venture inpatient rehabilitation facility, and affiliations with more than 1,000 physicians. 

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