On June 26, Ozark Health Interim CEO Earl Goatcher sent the following message to employees:

"Effective immediately, please direct all your emails to Mr. Deaton. … It has been a fun ride and I have enjoyed working with all of you."

And with that, the turnover was complete and David Deaton assumed the duties of CEO at Ozark Health.

Deaton comes to Ozark Health from Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown, where he has been the hospital administrator for the past 12 years. Originally from Batesville, Deaton received his graduate’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

While attending graduate school he worked as a hospital administrative specialist at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. Upon graduation he assumed the duties of assistant to the CEO at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, where he would spend four years before moving on to Little River Memorial.

Deaton, his wife Linda, and son Zack will be living in Fairfield Bay, but are not yet sure where in the area they will settle permanently. Previously Linda Deaton worked in high school administration. Their son, Zack, 20, plans to attend UCA in the fall and plans to major in computer science. They also have a daughter, Megan, 23, who is remaining in Ashdown to complete her courses at Texas A&M in Texarkana where she is majoring in business administration. The couple will celebrate 30 years of marriage this December.

Deaton replaces Kirk Reamey as CEO at Ozark Health.