Dr. Ann Bailey Bynum died September 10, 2019 at the Good Shepard Hospice in Lakeland Florida. She was surrounded by her loving family, her brother Richard Bailey and wife Deborah Bailey, two daughters Holly Ann Bowles and husband Tom Bowles of Lakeland, FL, daughter Susan Heather Vaughn and husband Richard Vaughn of Amelia Island, FL, and six grandchildren, Brett Brasington, Lindsay Brasington Hamid and husband Taher Hamid, Jake Fritz, Savannah Fritz, Austin Bowles and Samuel Bowles, survive her. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Preston Bynum.
Ann was born on December 8, 1940 in Siloam Springs to Robert and Sue Bailey. She had a successful career for 22 years at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences serving as Associate Vice Chancellor for Regional Programs, Director for the Center for Rural Health, Director of the Rural Hospital Program, Associate Director for Program Development of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), Co-Director of the Center for Distance Health, and assistant professor in the College of Public Health.
Dr. Bynum was appointed and served as a Health Policy Officer for the National Rural Health Association; She held several appointments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the Workforce Development committee, The Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkage Committee and The Telehealth Advisory Committee on Performance Measures. Ann served as Board President of the Arkansas Komen Foundation and Chairman of the Governor’s Breast Cancer Control Board.
She was instrumental in starting the Telemedicine Program at UAMS and is published in several professional Telemedicine Journals as well Journals of Rural Health.
Ann was active in her church, leading a prayer group and writing a blog on prayer. Ann often said that writing this blog gave her immense joy. Preston and Ann moved to Lakeland, Florida in December 2016 to be closer to her daughter.
A memorial service will be held at Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home
on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10am
1401 East Main Street, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000, Boone NC 28607.
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