Wayne Cox, a senior advertising executive with KATV, Channel 7, and Tom Poe, manager of Lenders Title Company in Conway, are the new members of the Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors.

Cox and Poe began serving their six-year term in January on the 10-member board, which oversees the operations of Conway Regional Health System. Both men live in Conway.

Conway Regional Health System President and CEO Jim Lambert said, "We are very appreciative of Wayne and Tom for their willingness to step forward and help guide the health system through what will surely be an exciting and challenging time in health care. We are very thankful to have such a solid group of men and women in place as we strive to provide high quality healthcare to our community."

Poe and Cox replaced the late Bob Gant, a community businessman and long-term board member, and Bob McCormack, a retired UCA chief financial officer and active community volunteer. "We have been very fortunate to have had Mr. Gant and Mr. McCormack on the board of directors. They were both very involved in hospital activities and provided stable, thoughtful leadership during periods of tremendous growth for the health system," said Lambert.

Tom Poe

Poe adds a global perspective to the board. Poe spent most of his formative years in Brazil where his parents were missionaries. He returned to the United States to complete his senior year in high school and college education.

"I came to Arkansas as a student at Ouachita Baptist University and loved it," said Poe. He can be found hunting and fishing as nearby as the White River to as far away as Siberia, the Amazon or Tierra del Fuego.

Poe and his wife, Lynne, have lived in Conway for the past 25 years and recently became involved at Conway Regional through the ONE capital campaign as well as several in-hospital experiences over the past 12 months.

"We have been extremely pleased with the doctors and nursing staff, and this is a way of giving back," said Poe. "We have seen Conway Regional change to become a hospital that you do not have to bypass to go to Little Rock. I am proud to be involved with the hospital and I believe we have a good team."

Poe has been with Lenders Title Company for 12 years. Poe was a real estate broker for 26 years. He has served on a number of community boards including as chairman of the Conway Committee of 100 from 2009 to 2010, chairman of Special Olympics for the Arkansas Board of Realtors, chairman of the Legislative Committee for the Faulkner County Home Builders Association, member of the Board of the Directors for the Faulkner County Home Builders Association and member of the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, and currently on the Board of Directors of the Conway Chamber of Commerce.

He was also a Hendrix College soccer director, from 1981 to 2006 and was coach of the soccer team at Conway High School from 1991 to 1996. The Poes have a son, Danny, and two daughters, Cindy Brown and Amy Roys.

Wayne Cox

Cox and wife, Joy, have been involved in the community ever since they moved to Conway in 1989.

Most recently they served as honorary co-chairs of Toad Suck Daze 2011.

Joy Cox has supported the festival for several years while Wayne has served on the Zoning Variance Board, the Conway Chamber of Commerce and even chaired the Planning Commission. Cox has been active in Second Baptist Church as Chairman of the Deacons and is the official moderator of the church.

In the health care realm, he has been part of the Conway Regional Community Advisory Committee for the past 10 years before saying yes to greater responsibility as a member of the health system’s board of directors.

"One of the things that drew us to Conway was the medical facilities," said Cox, adding that his family has experienced the emergency department, orthopedic surgery and cancer care at Conway Regional over the years.

"We have two grandsons and an athletic daughter; we have gone through the gamut. I see the value of having high quality health care," said Cox.

He added, "Health care is on the tip of everybody’s tongue on a daily basis. Everyone is asking how are the changes going to affect the average citizens of Conway?" As the board works to find answers to many challenging healthcare questions, Cox plans to provide a "baby boomer’s" perspective on health issues.

"Even though Conway’s median age is young, we do have quite a few baby boomers."