Boston Mountain Rural Health Center
Boston Mountain Rural Healthcare
400 Hwy. 27 South
Debbie Ackerson, CEO
Debbie Ackerson grew up in Marshall and always had a love for the small, north Arkansas town. She began her career by attending Ashford University in San Diego, California, where she achieved an Associate of Science degree in business administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in health care administration.
She started working at Boston Mountain in May of 1999 as an administrative assistant for the late Melanie Campbell, the executive director at the time who wrote the CHC grant application for the first clinic in Marshall.
After working as the administrative assistant, Ackerson moved up the ranks to the human resources director. Later, she moved to the corporate compliance officer at BMRHC.
Ackerson later left BMRHC in October of 2008 to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to join her children and her husband, who owned a manufacturing business there. She spent seven years in Tulsa with her family and, during that time, never lost the love she had for BMRHC, its mission, and what it stood for.
In 2015, her husband retired from his business in Tulsa, and they both said they were excited to move back to their hometown. Ackerson returned to her old job at BMHRC in October of 2015, as the chief operations officer, under the direction of the CEO at the time, Betty Sanders. Two years later, in June of 2017, Sanders retired and Ackerson was appointed by the board of directors as the interim CEO. In November of 2017, Ackerson was voted to the permanent position as CEO of Boston Mountain.
“I guess you could say, I worked my way up to this position,” Ackerson said. “My passion is helping others. Being able to help people overcome the barriers of health care is very fulfilling. BMRHC allows me to follow my aspirations of helping people in our communities by breaking the barriers of access to high quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay. We have grown from the first site in Marshall, to 11 medical clinics and four dental clinics, all located in rural communities within Northwest and North Central Arkansas.”