Meet Our Leaders at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital

Jonesboro, Arkansas 

Brad Parsons, Administrator and Chief Executive Officer 

Responsibilities: Overall executive management of the NEA Baptist Health System. Parsons previously served as administrator and CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City after beginning his career with Baptist as an assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. Parsons holds a bachelor's degree from Birmingham Southern College and master’s degrees in hospital administration and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Melanie Edens, Assistant Administrator

Responsibilities: Management of radiology, pharmacy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care, ten family practice locations, women’s clinic, pediatrics and oncology research. Edens holds a degree in nursing from Arkansas State University College of Nursing.

Paula Grimes, Chief Nursing Officer

Responsibilities: Planning, implementing, directing and controlling activities and operations in nursing and rehabilitation services, as well as inpatient care areas on the main hospital campus and at the Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro. Grimes holds a bachelor’s degree in science and nursing from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

Kyle Sanders, Chief Financial Officer 

Responsibilities: Management of patient financial services, patient registration, health information management, materials management, and the hospital's financial planning and budget processes. He also serves as the chief privacy and compliance officer for the hospital. Sanders holds a bachelor of science in finance and an MBA from Arkansas State University.