St. Louis news angles jut like sharp elbows from the storied resort of Hot Springs, Arkansas. That’s where Ladue’s Charles Cella owns Oaklawn Thoroughbred Park, as Cellas have for generations. Cella’s right-hand man Eric Jackson is the stately horse track’s long-time general manager and one of Arkansas’ most respected business leaders. He’s the same Eric Jackson who just quit the national board of directors of Chesterfield-based Sisters of Mercy Health System. Jackson ankled the board on Monday in a show of opposition to selling St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System of Hot Springs. St. Joseph’s has a century-old mission of charity work, but it was proposed for sale to a for-profit company that operates Hot Springs’ second hospital. Jackson told ArkansasBusiness.com he has a “strong conviction” that a faith-based not-for-profit medical center is needed in the city, which is named for steaming mineral springs that Native Americans claimed had healing properties. “And if we’re going to lose Mercy, my preference would be for another faith-based, not-for profit hospital” to replace it.” Jackson was joined in his opposition by Arkansas’ Catholic Bishop, Anthony Taylor. Now, influence from Rome has slowed the proposed sale to for-profit Capela Healthcare, pending sit-downs between Bishop Taylor and Mercy Health System officials to discuss concerns. Before his resignation, Jackson held influential roles in the corporate governance of Mercy, including serving on its compensation, audit and finance committees.