St. Bernards announces leadership changes | Health
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Chris B. Barber, president and chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare, has announced two leadership changes effective April 1. John Lieblong is joining St. Bernards as vice president of physician services, and Matt Parker is moving into a new role as senior vice president of strategy and business development.
Lieblong will assume physician practice management responsibilities for St. Bernards Healthcare. He will work closely with physician leadership and will have oversight of day-to-day operations of clinics associated with St. Bernards.
He comes to St. Bernards after having served more than six years as chief executive officer for Radiology Associates, a 10-physician group that provides coverage to three hospitals and an outpatient imaging center. A native of Paragould, he previously worked in finance with Lieblong Private Wealth Group, Simmons First Bank and Edward Jones/Smith Barney.
Lieblong is an Arkansas State University graduate who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. He also completed studies at the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Lieblong is a Jonesboro High School graduate.
He has a long-standing relationship with St. Bernards, having been an active member of the Advocates and serving on the board of the St. Bernards Foundation. In addition, he has served as coordinator for Mid-America Interventional Radiology Society and is an active member of Radiology Business Managers Association.
He has been involved in a variety of local organizations, including the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas State University Red Wolf Club.
A deacon at Valley View Church of Christ, he is the son of G.L. and Cissy Lieblong of Scottsdale, Ariz. He and his wife, the former Kacey Martin of Pocahontas, have three children, Hudson and Hadden, 9, and Barrett, 3.
“We are pleased to have John join our leadership team,” Barber says. “His experience and background will be invaluable in his new role and will support the already solid performance of our physicians in providing quality care for residents of Northeast Arkansas and beyond.”
Parker most recently served as vice president of healthcare services at St. Bernards. A graduate of Arkansas State University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a Jonesboro High School graduate.
He worked as a certified public account (CPA) and tax consultant in Dallas and Little Rock for 17 years with two of the “Big 8” international accounting firms, Ernst and Young in Dallas and Deloitte and Touche in Little Rock. In Little Rock his practice was concentrated in the healthcare and real estate industries, with major healthcare clients such as Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Arkansas Children’s Hospital as well as physician practices throughout the state.
Parker returned to Jonesboro in 1996 and has been at St. Bernards for 17 years, where he was instrumental in the founding and development of St. Bernards medical group practices, successfully negotiating mergers and partnerships with more than 80 formerly independent physicians. He also worked closely on the acquisition and development of Matthews Medical Park in Jonesboro and Paragould Medical Park, a joint venture between Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould and St. Bernards.
In his new role, he will continue to work on mergers and partnerships with physicians but will have the added responsibility of identifying, analyzing and negotiating other forms of strategically significant, synergic business opportunities.
Parker is married to Tracey Clark Parker, and they have four adult children, Jennifer Parker of Dallas, Matt Parker Jr. of Fayetteville, Olivia Haynes of Conway and Sarah Parker of Alexandria, Va.
He is a graduate of Leadership Jonesboro Class of 1999 and is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.