MEET OUR AMS LEADERSHIP TEAM
G. Ellsworth Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Ellsworth Harris (known to most as “El”) has served in various operations and business development roles in long-term care for more than15 years, working with numerous executives, operators, REITS and ancillary service providers on complicated clinical and financial issues.
In the early part of his career, El oversaw the development of PrevMED’s mobile dental service. Responsible for equipment, staffing, logistics, clinical mentorship and oversight, he ultimately expanded the operation into six states and more than 400 communities before it was acquired by Mid America Health in Greenwood, Indiana. While serving PrevMED, El worked closely with federal, state, and local governments to promote a unique reimbursement program so Medicaid residents could obtain clinically necessary dental care that previously was unavailable to them. El was successful in securing dental care reimbursement from several states, a career highlight.
In 2016, El joined Real Time Medical Systems, the pioneer in Interventional Analytics, where he served as chief sales and marketing officer. Under his leadership, Real Time improved per-unit sales by 1,000%. El’s success at Real Time included selling proven solutions to long-term care facilities and expanding resale channels, in addition to providing operational, sales and marketing strategies.
El enjoys and is committed to mentoring the next generation of long-term care entrepreneurs. He participates as a consultant and board member in two early-stage companies serving the senior population - Advanced PICC, helping them develop their unique on-site blood transfusion operation, and EmediCall, a secure communication and critical care response platform. Additionally, El continues to support PrevMED.
Heather Hutson, RN, IP-BC
Chief Infection Control Officer
Motivated by her dedication to the well-being of the geriatric population, Heather received her RN degree from Baptist Health Schools-Little Rock in 2010, while working weekends as an LPN charge nurse for Chambers Nursing Home Center, a long-term care facility in Arkansas. After a short stint at Baptist Hospital working all units, it wasn’t long before Heather found herself back at Chambers as the nursing services coordinator where, among her many responsibilities, she actively contributed to the facility’s QA program. Within two years Heather was promoted to director of nursing. In her new role she oversaw the infection control program, reducing the use of unnecessarily prescribed antibiotics and lowering the facility’s infection rate by an astounding 75%. In addition to maintaining a 4-5 star rating, under her direction Chambers won many awards, including “Most Improved Quality Measure” and “Facility Of The Year.”
A member of the Arkansas Nursing Home Nurses Association and nominee for Arkansas DON of the year in 2019, Heather is a Board-Certified Infection Preventionist as well as a Dementia Well-being Specialist and CPR and First-Aid instructor.
Donald Simmons, M.D., FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Don has dedicated more than half of his career to serving the geriatric population, having worked as a Medical Director and Staff Physician for 18 nursing homes, home health and hospice organizations in Oklahoma and Texas. He previously held Chief of Staff positions at three different hospitals in Texas, and is currently clinic physician and owner of Primary Care Associates in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Dr. Don also works as an Emergency Department (ED) physician at Jane Phillips Medical Center and other area EDs and as Medical Director for Kindful Hospice. Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2012, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.