Mainline Health Systems recently named Ashley Anthony as its chief operating officer.

Anthony will oversee the day-to-day operations of Mainline’s 19 locations across Southeast Arkansas, including the clinical, dental and behavioral health services.

“We are very excited to have Ashley on our team,” said Mainline CEO Allan Nichols. “Ashley is passionate about our mission of the highest quality service to all the people we serve. Ashley brings valuable leadership experience in many areas of healthcare. She is from our area and a Boll Weevil, which we love. Ashley has already blended into our team and eagerly championing the fantastic work the team is already doing. Our employees and our patients have a very capable and driven advocate in Ashley Anthony. Welcome to our family.”

Anthony has worked in the healthcare field for 19 years, more than half of that time in healthcare administration.

Even as a young child, Anthony knew she wanted to work in the healthcare field.

“I have always been intrigued by medicine, which has evolved over the years,” Anthony said. “I not only enjoy learning medicine, but enjoy helping individuals get the healthcare services they need in rural Arkansas.”

Anthony previously worked in health care administration in a rural hospital setting in south Arkansas where she was the director of quality and risk management before becoming the chief executive officer of the hospital and clinics.

She was a quality specialist for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, working with communities in Southeast Arkansas to improve the transition of care and decrease hospital readmissions and served as a project director for care coordination grants to develop post-acute programs within local hospitals to improve patient outcomes and keep patients close to home for services. She has also served as a board member for the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership as well as the ARHP clinically integrated network.

“I am passionate about rural healthcare,” Anthony said. “I believe that all individuals in rural south Arkansas should have the same opportunity to access resources and care as their urban counterparts and should receive the highest quality of services possible.”

Anthony, a native of Monticello, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. In September she will receive a chief executive officer certification from the National Rural Health Association.

Anthony is married to Rick Anthony. They have four children and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, particularly outdoors, hiking, swimming and camping. She loves to travel and see new places.