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MRHS Welcomes New Surgical Center Director

Mena Regional Health System welcomes new Mena Surgical Center Director, Gwen Sparks.  Gwen and her husband, John, currently reside in Nashville, Arkansas where she previously served as Director of the Howard Memorial Surgical Clinic.  The couple has four grown children; three daughters and one son.  Gwen became interested in the health care field after becoming a personal care giver for her parents.  It was at that time when she realized what an impact we each can have on a person’s life.  Mena was always an area that the couple enjoyed visiting and they are both looking forward to calling this home.  “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the physicians and staff at the Mena Surgical Clinic and in an environment that mirrors my values,” Gwen Sparks.  The Surgical Clinic houses Dr. Thomas Sullivan, General and Colon/Rectal Surgery; Anthony Burton, General and Colon/ Rectal Surgery; Tariq Niazi, Orthopedic Surgery; and Amy Phelps, AGACNP-BC.  For a complete listing of the MRHS services and providers, visit

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