Area hos­pi­tals pro­vide com­pas­sion­ate care

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HEALTH - Spe­cial to NWA Demo­crat- Gazette

With the many op­tions for health­care in North­west Arkansas, res­i­dents’ health needs are met with out­stand­ing qual­ity and care. Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west

In Au­gust 2015, Arkansas Chil­dren’s, Inc. an­nounced plans to build a free­stand­ing chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in Spring­dale, Ark., to ad­vance pe­di­atric health­care in the re­gion and pro­vide care close to home for the more than 200,000 chil­dren. Cur­rent plans for Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west in­clude 233,613 square feet of in­pa­tient beds, emer­gency care, di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices and clin­i­cal space. The cam­pus will also in­clude na­ture trails and gar­dens for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, as well as a he­li­pad and re­fu­el­ing sta­tion for the An­gel One Trans­port team.

In Septem­ber 2016, Arkansas Chil­dren’s board mem­bers and staff hosted a top­ping out cer­e­mony for donors and vol­un­teers on the con­struc­tion site and fu­ture home of Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west. The crowd cheered as a beam cov­ered in sig­na­tures from sup­port­ers was raised into its place as the high­est beam on the steel struc­ture. In the weeks lead­ing up to the cel­e­bra­tion, it was trans­ported to cor­po­rate head­quar­ters at Tyson Foods, Inc.; Wal­mart; J.B. Hunt Trans­port Ser­vices, Inc.; Ge­orge’s, Inc. and the Arkansas Chil­dren’s Clinic at Low­ell, where em­ploy­ees were in­vited to sign their names and write mes­sages of sup­port. Guests of the Top­ping Out Cel­e­bra­tion added their sig­na­tures, as well.

Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west is be­ing built on 37 acres of land do­nated by David and Cathy (Ge­orge) Evans, Gary and Robin Ge­orge and their fam­i­lies. This $7.5 mil­lion gift rep­re­sents a his­toric in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of pe­di­atric health care in Arkansas. The North­west Arkansas com­mu­nity has now pledged $61.85 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west.

Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west is sched­uled to open in Jan­uary 2018. The cam­pus is an in­te­gral part of Arkansas Chil­dren’s plan to trans­form the health of chil­dren in Arkansas by ex­pand­ing ac­cess to pe­di­atric ser­vices across the re­gion. Mercy North­west Arkansas

Hav­ing been a fix­ture in the com­mu­nity since 1951, Mercy North­west Arkansas has tran­si­tioned from a small­town hos­pi­tal into a health care des­ti­na­tion with more than 203 in­te­grated pri­mary care and multi-spe­cialty providers in 30 clin­ics through­out the re­gion. As the area’s only non­profit, faith-based health sys­tem, Mercy North­west Arkansas is hon­ored to live out the Mercy her­itage of pro­vid­ing com­pas­sion­ate care and ex­cep­tional ser­vice. Over the last 20 years, Mercy North­west Arkansas has in­vested close to $400 mil­lion in the com­mu­nity, sig­nif­i­cantly im­prov­ing the qual­ity of health care de­liv­ery while im­pact­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.

Mercy North­west Arkansas an­nounced a $247 mil­lion ex­pan­sion in April 2016 that in­creased ca­pac­ity in its hos­pi­tal and clin­ics to bet­ter serve North­west Arkansas’ grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. In ad­di­tion to adding a new 7-story, 279,000 SF hos­pi­tal tower, the ex­pan­sion in­cludes the open­ing of seven new spe­cialty and pri­mary care clin­ics in the com­ing years.

Mercy de­liv­ers high qual­ity OB/GYN care with the re­as­sur­ance of Level IIIA neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit tech­nol­ogy and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Moth­ers can ex­pect a safe and pleas­ant birth ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes ac­cess to in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient lac­ta­tion con­sul­tants. Mercy of­fers ma­ter­nity classes cov­er­ing a range of top­ics through­out preg­nancy and birth. In ad­di­tion, Mercy of­fers care for pa­tients who are unin­sured or who have Med­i­caid.

The com­pre­hen­sive car­dio­vas­cu­lar pro­gram Mercy North­west Arkansas has built is an ex­am­ple of the depths the health sys­tem takes to en­sure ex­cel­lence in pa­tient care. The car­diac pro­gram con­sists of an 11-bed pro­ce­dure unit ded­i­cated solely to heart pa­tients, four car­diac catheter­i­za­tion labs, Arkansas’ first ro­botic C-arm aid­ing car­di­ol­o­gists in re­ceiv­ing bet­ter heart im­ages faster and the abil­ity to per­form min­i­mally in­va­sive pro­ce­dures, a car­diac imag­ing suite, nu­clear medicine cam­eras, five echocar­dio­gram ma­chines, two nu­clear stress rooms and one echo stress room and more. Three car­dio­vas­cu­lar sur­geons are part of the heart team.

Last fall, Mercy opened a re­designed hy­brid car­diac catheter­i­za­tion lab with all-new car­diac imag­ing equip­ment in a larger space and with sur­gi­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties. This lab pro­vides tech­nol­ogy for ad­vanced heart pro­ce­dures not cur­rently be­ing per­formed in the re­gion.

A free­stand­ing emer­gency depart­ment at Mercy Bella Vista Shew­maker Fam­ily Cam­pus was the first of its kind in the re­gion and within Mercy. Mercy North­west Arkansas is proud to pro­vide this much needed ser­vice for the com­mu­nity and ap­pre­ci­ates the many part­ners and col­lab­o­ra­tors that made the en­deavor pos­si­ble.

Pa­tients can find a provider who’s right for the in­di­vid­ual and the fam­ily by vis­it­ing mercy.net/nwa or call 479-3388000 to sched­ule an ap­point­ment.

In 2016, Mercy was named one of the top five large U.S. health sys­tems by Tru­ven, an IBM com­pany. Mercy has more than 40,000 co-work­ers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physi­cians in Arkansas, Kansas, Mis­souri and Ok­la­homa. Mercy also has out­reach min­istries in Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Texas. North­west Health Sys­tem

North­west Health in­cludes five hos­pi­tals — NMC-Ben­tonville, NMC-Spring­dale, Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, North­west Health Physi­cians’ Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal, and Wil­low Creek Women’s Hos­pi­tal. With a com­bined ac­tive med­i­cal staff of more than 540 physi­cians, 2,200 em­ploy­ees and 487 beds, North­west Health as­sures high-qual­ity care that is com­pas­sion­ately de­liv­ered. That in­volves reg­u­larly in­vest­ing in new ser­vices, fa­cil­i­ties and tech­nol­ogy, as well as re­cruit­ing new physi­cians and staff to the area and im­ple­ment­ing new and im­proved pro­cesses and pro­grams. All of th­ese in­vest­ments ben­e­fit pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and friends and all of the North­west Health Sys­tem staff.

The 222-bed North­west Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Spring­dale of­fers the lat­est gen­er­a­tion ro­botic as­sisted sur­gi­cal tech­nol­ogy for gyne­col­ogy, urol­ogy, colorec­tal and gen­eral surgery, a na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited bariatric surgery pro­gram, and in­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Both NMC-Spring­dale and the 128-bed NMC-Ben­tonville are chest pain ac­cred­ited. Both hos­pi­tals carry the gold seal from The Joint Com­mis­sion for their to­tal hip and knee re­place­ment pro­gram and NMC-B has an 11-bed ded­i­cated Or­tho­pe­dic and Spine Cen­ter. Both are equipped with open heart and car­diac catheter­i­za­tion labs and are proud part­ners with the “Arkansas SAVES” pro­gram for stroke ed­u­ca­tion and treat­ment. The two emer­gency de­part­ments are the only to of­fer a 30-minute time pledge to as­sure pa­tients are seen by a physi­cian within 30 min­utes of ar­rival.

The 8-bed ded­i­cated pe­di­atric unit at NMC-Ben­tonville ad­mits pa­tients with ail­ments rang­ing from fevers to

more com­pli­cated cases, al­low­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies to re­main in a fa­mil­iar, lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment while still re­ceiv­ing the high­est level of care. NMC-Ben­tonville can also care for ba­bies that are born pre­ma­ture or ill who re­quire in­di­vid­u­al­ized care and close mon­i­tor­ing in a spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment in their 6-bed Level II Neona­tal In­ten­sive Care Unit (NICU).

North­west’s mod­ern hos­pi­tal­ist pro­gram as­sures qual­ity and timely re­spon­sive­ness to pa­tients who are in the hos­pi­tal by physi­cians ded­i­cated specif­i­cally to their care in part­ner­ship with their ad­mit­ting physi­cian.

Wil­low Creek Women’s Hos­pi­tal is a 64bed fa­cil­ity and the only ded­i­cated women’s hos­pi­tal in North­west Arkansas of­fer­ing a Level III Neona­tal ICU. On the cam­pus is the only 3D mam­mog­ra­phy tech­nol­ogy in North­west Arkansas, of­fer­ing women an up­graded op­tion for breast imag­ing.

North­west Health Physi­cians’ Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal is a 20-bed fa­cil­ity spe­cial­iz­ing in ad­vanced spine surgery, urol­ogy, po­di­a­try, min­i­mally in­va­sive gen­eral surgery, weight loss surgery, or­tho­pe­dic and sports medicine, gy­ne­co­log­i­cal surgery, in­ter­ven­tional pain man­age­ment and cos­metic re­con­struc­tive surgery.

Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, ac­cred­ited by The Joint Com­mis­sion, is a 42bed fa­cil­ity with in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient care; emer­gency medicine; med­i­cal, sur­gi­cal, and in­ten­sive care ser­vices.

There are also 40 pri­mary care, spe­cialty and ur­gent care clin­ics con­ve­niently lo­cated through­out the area for res­i­dents. Th­ese in­clude ur­gent care clin­ics, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, se­nior health, pe­di­atrics, car­di­ol­ogy, or­tho­pe­dics, gas­troen­terol­ogy, sleep medicine and sleep lab, neona­tol­ogy and wound care.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by call­ing 800-734-2014 or by vis­it­ing north­west­health.com.

Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Wash­ing­ton Re­gional’s mis­sion is to im­prove the health of peo­ple in North­west Arkansas through com­pas­sion­ate, high-qual­ity care, pre­ven­tion and well­ness ed­u­ca­tion. A non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, Wash­ing­ton Re­gional al­lot­ted more than $16 mil­lion in 2015 to char­ity care, un­com­pen­sated care and com­mu­nity health ser­vices such as Wel­comeHealth (for­merly NWA Free Health Cen­ter), Wash­ing­ton County Depart­ment of Health (Pre­na­tal Clinic and HIV Clinic), re­search, tu­ition as­sis­tance for health­care pro­fes­sion­als, com­mu­nity health ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port for area nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

The com­mit­ment of its physi­cians, nurses and staff mem­bers led to a num­ber of hon­ors for Wash­ing­ton Re­gional in the past year. The in­de­pen­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion CareChex® - a di­vi­sion of Com­par­ion® Med­i­cal An­a­lyt­ics ranked Wash­ing­ton Re­gional in the top 10 per­cent of hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide in its 2016 Med­i­cal Ex­cel­lence and Pa­tient Safety rat­ings in 19 dif­fer­ent ar-

eas. Ad­di­tion­ally, Wash­ing­ton Re­gional was rec­og­nized by Arkansas Med­i­caid and Arkansas Foun­da­tion for Med­i­cal Care for out­stand­ing per­for­mance in pa­tient qual­ity ini­tia­tives.

Wash­ing­ton Re­gional, a leader in pro­vid­ing ad­vanced stroke treat­ment and neu­ro­sur­gi­cal op­tions, is the first health­care provider in its pri­mary ser­vice area – Benton, Boone, Car­roll, Madi­son and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties – to earn The Joint Com­mis­sion’s Gold Seal of Ap­proval® and the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion/Amer­i­can Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s Heart-Check mark for Ad­vanced Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Pri­mary Stroke Cen­ters.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar teams at Wash­ing­ton Re­gional’s Walker Heart In­sti­tute con­tinue to pi­o­neer new treat­ment op­tions

and sur­gi­cal tech­niques, in­clud­ing two re­cent firsts for North­west Arkansas: the Car­dioMEMS HF Sys­tem for heart fail­ure mon­i­tor­ing and the EM­BLEM S-ICD Sys­tem for less-in­va­sive pro­tec­tion against sud­den car­diac ar­rest.

Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal

Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal and clin­ics’ mis­sion is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing ex­cep­tional health­care and pre­ven­tive ser­vices to all pa­tients in an at­mos­phere of com­pas­sion, re­spect and dig­nity, with a com­mit­ment to care for the un­der-served and to im­prove ac­cess to care.

A com­mu­nity-driven health sys­tem made up of two hos­pi­tals and many clin­ics lo­cated through­out the Ozarks, Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal is the low­est cost health­care sys­tem in the na­tion based on hos­pi­tal and physi­cian uti­liza­tion by Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

More than 80 per­cent of pa­tients vis­it­ing Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal have gov­ern­men­tal in­sur­ance or are self pay. The hos­pi­tal pro­vides dis­counts of 40 per­cent or more to unin­sured pa­tients, and has never sued a pa­tient to col­lect a bill. They have never re­ported a pa­tient to a credit bu­reau for non­pay­ment, do not re­ceive pub­lic or pri­vate sup­port and pay all lo­cal, state and fed­eral taxes.

Ozarks Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal of Gravette is lo­cated at 1101 Jack­son Street, and can be reached by phone at (479) 787-5291.

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