Farm Credit distributes $17.98 million to Arkansas members

Nearly $18 million is going back into the hands of Farm Credit members across Arkansas in February.

Farm Credit finances farms, homes, land, livestock, equipment and more.

Farm Credit is not a bank; it is a financial cooperative and shares a portion of profits with members in profitable years.

Twenty-seventeen was a good year for the four Farm Credit associations headquartered in the state.

Ten thousand eight hundred ninety-seven Arkansas member-owners are receiving their share of the $17.98 million in the form of patronage checks this month.

Farm Credit is directed by the members it serves and members have a voice and vote in the associations’ governance.

They also share in their cooperatives’ financial success through cooperative returns, which total $202 million in Arkansas since 1997.

Nearly $18 million back in members’ pockets demonstrates Farm Credit’s financial strength and commitment to the cooperative principle of providing value to members.

With $3.5 billion in assets, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Delta Agricultural Credit Association, Farm Credit Midsouth and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas support rural communities and agriculture across the state.

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Baptist Health Hospital leader named North Metro Administrator of the Year

Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Stephana Loyd was recently named Administrator of the Year at the North Metro Healthcare Awards luncheon.

Underwritten by the University of Central Arkansas, the event was held Feb. 20, at the Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway.

The UCA North Metro Healthcare Awards honor individuals and companies that are making an impact on the overall health of the community they serve or their company employees.

A panel of healthcare executives from across the country selects each year’s recipients.

Loyd was one of four local healthcare professionals and one company recognized at the luncheon.

Administrator of the Year recognizes and honors a member of a healthcare company's leadership team in the North Metro area who is dedicated to exceptional organizational quality, empowers their team and has a passion for improving the community they serve.

Now retired, Loyd began her career at Baptist Health 33 years ago as a nurse educator in Little Rock.

She then moved to admissions where she was the department’s supervisor and then director.

In 2001, she was promoted to assistant vice president of patient care.

During this time, she led the Medical Surgical Unit, Critical Care Unit, Telemetry Department, Rehab Unit and the Emergency Department.

Loyd joined the leadership team at Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway in 2015.

She was instrumental in the opening of the new medical center where she helped to hire, staff and train new employees for the 111-bed hospital.

“Stephana exuded loyalty and dedication at work,” BHMC-Conway Vice President and Administrator Tim Bowen said. “She was passionate for those she cares for inside the hospital walls, whether it be training new employees or caring for patients and their families.

“Baptist Health has been positively impacted by her leadership and dedication, and co-workers who know Stephana will say she genuinely influenced them as well.”

Loyd holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from UCA and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Other awards presented at the luncheon included Nurse of the Year, Workplace Wellness Award, Physician of the Year and Healthcare Professional of the Year.