Ouachita trustees honor Halaby, approve new faculty and staff

Trennis Henderson
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA – The Ouachita Baptist University board of trustees approved numerous personnel-related issues during the board’s quarterly meeting March 12 on Ouachita’s Arkadelphia campus. Actions ranged from approving new faculty and staff appointments to tenure, promotion and sabbatical recommendations.

Raouf Halaby, who has taught at Ouachita since 1973, was named Professor Emeritus of Visual Arts and English. Halaby graduated from Ouachita in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and earned the Master of Science in Education degree from Ouachita in 1970. He also holds a Doctor of Education degree from East Texas State University.

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BHMC–Little Rock given three star rating by Society of Thoracic Surgeons 

LITTLE ROCK – Baptist Health Medical Center–Little Rock was recently recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons with a three-star rating for its quality of coronary artery bypass surgery. This is the highest rating possible for quality with only 12 to 15 percent of hospitals receiving three stars.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock’s ranking was based on national data ending in June 2014. About 90 percent of all U.S. hospitals that perform cardiac surgery are a part of the database – a nationally recognized tool to evaluate heart surgery programs – used for determining the star ratings.

This is just one of the many ways Baptist Health is successfully improving their Quality/Safety Focus that is part of their Strategic Plan. The road to earning a three-star rating was made possible through a multi-disciplined approach that included surgeons and their nurses, bedside nurses, or teams, anesthesia, respiratory care, case coordination and quality, among many others.

“We’re very happy to be recognized as a three-star hospital in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database,” said Dr. Derlis Martino, a cardiovascular surgeon from the Baptist Health Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic. “We consider this a reflection of the hard work of the entire staff that works in cardiovascular disease, and we’re thankful for working with them.”

With more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals, Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive health care system committed to delivering “All Our Best” to Arkansans. To learn more about the three-star rating, call the Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit baptist-health.com.


Central Baptist choir presents Easter Cantata

The Sanctuary Choir of Central Baptist Church in Hot Springs will present its Easter Cantata at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 5. The cantata will be followed by an Easter message from William D. Harris.


Jerry Schleiff dies at 79

Gerald E. “Jerry” Schleiff, 79, died Feb. 14. He was born in Fort Smith and raised in nearby Charleston. He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After college, he taught school in Hackett and pastored churches in Texas and Arkansas, including Park Hill Baptist Church, Arkadelphia.

He and his wife, Barbara, served with the International Mission Board in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Central/Southern Asia for 34 years. They retired in Arkadelphia, and for the last 15 years, they have opened their home to missionary kids and other students attending Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; children Mark and Angie Schleiff, Kiki and Doug Cherry and Tim and Sherry Hayes; grandchildren Jessica and Chris Qualls, Ben Schleiff, Anna Cherry, Emily Schleiff, Joshua Cherry, Susanna Schleiff and Patrick Hayes; a sister, Frances Ison; several nieces and nephews; many missionary kids, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Abbie (Travis) Schleiff; brother Charles Wendall Schleiff; sisters Evelyn Wilson, Eleanor Hill, Doris Anderson and Katie Kindy, and a lifelong friend and nephew John “Jackie” Vaughn.

Memorial services were held Feb. 16 at Park Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.


Carita Anderson Taylor dies

Carita Anderson Taylor, of Benton, died March 14. She was a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. After graduation, she worked five years with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. She was employed 25 years with the Bryant School District. She was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock for 48 years and member of the church choir.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bob Taylor, a son, a grandson, two sisters and a brother.

Services were held March 19 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.

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