Dr. Ray H. Hall Jr., MACP, Awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians

/ November 2, 2018

Jonesboro, Ark., November 2nd, 2018 – Dr. Ray H. Hall, Jr. MACP, at NEA Baptist has been awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.

Election to Mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments. Masters must have made a notable contribution to medicine. This includes, but is not limited to teaching, outstanding work in clinical medicine (research or practice), contributions to preventive medicine, improvements in the delivery of health care, and / or contributions to the medical literature.

“This recognition is the highlight of my career. It would not have been achievable without the support of my wife Barbara, my parents, my family, my professional colleagues, my teachers, my staff, my loyal patients, and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”, says Dr. Hall.

Dr. Hall is the Founder of the NEA Clinic in Jonesboro, Arkansas, which has evolved into the not-for-profit, progressive, multispecialty NEA Baptist Health System, through the culmination of Dr. Hall’s vision, commendable leadership, and persistent efforts. NEA Baptist Health System provides an entire spectrum of patient care services, from prevention to therapy both outpatient and inpatient, to survivorship, to a rural population in northeastern Arkansas.

Dr. Hall has been the Chairman of the NEA Baptist Health System Board, and Co-Founder and President of the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Board, which was awarded the Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award in 2008. These boards are where he promotes the highest ideals of medicine, concern, compassion, and care for those in need. Dr. Hall has also served on the Arkansas State University Foundation Board and on the Chancellor’s Cabinet, as well as serving on the board of numerous civic organizations with distinction. He has been a member of the ACP Arkansas Chapter for decades, including a term as Governor from 2003 to 2007.

Dr. Hall was instrumental in the creation of the internal medicine residency program at NEA Baptist and was integrally involved in the establishment of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at ASU. These efforts have embraced the teaching mission of our profession along with patient care and ensuring that adequate numbers of highly skilled, compassionate internists remain available for the local population.

According to ACP bylaws, Master are elected “on account of personal character, positions of honor, contributions toward furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.”  ACP activities are also taken into consideration for all candidates. This includes service to the ACP in an official capacity, participation in chapter activities, and involvement in the development of ACP products and educational programs. Volunteer and community service is also taken into consideration.

ACP will honor new Masters at the annual Convention ceremony during the Internal Medicine Meeting in 2019, the ACP’s annual scientific conference will be held April 11-13 in Philadelphia, PA.

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 154,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.

About NEA Baptist Health System

NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care and NEA Baptist Clinic, northeast Arkansas’ largest physician group. The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, heart care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as a number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, and surgical services including weight loss surgery, neurology, respiratory care and pulmonary rehabilitation. NEA Baptist Clinic’s over 100 physicians practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a wealth of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services. NEA Baptist was in the top 3% of hospitals in the nation in 2017 for receiving the Patient Experience Award and the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades and the only hospital in northeast Arkansas awarded an ‘A’ for protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards set by Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.

For more information about NEA Baptist, please call 870-936-1000 or 870-936-8000 or visit www.neabaptist.com or www.neabaptistclinic.org.



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