The following article is from Arkansas Hospitals magazine, a custom publication of Vowell, Inc., which also produces Arkansas Money & Politics.
IZARD COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER is the new name of the former Community Medical Center of Izard County after a sale of its assets to a subsidiary of Americore Health. CEO Kim Skidmore retains the leadership role at the hospital, and all other staff members were retained under the new arrangement as well. Although its name has changed, the hospital’s core mission of providing its patients and community with quality, personal health care remains the same.
BAXTER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Mountain Home and NORTH ARKANSAS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER in Harrison have each been named to the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $11.5 million to the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute at ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL to develop the Center for Translational Pediatric Research. Under the direction of Alan Tackett, PhD, the Scharlau Family Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, the center will result in new treatments and therapies developed specifically for children.
THE ARKANSAS COLLEGES OF HEALTH EDUCATION at Fort Smith is planning to begin construction in the spring on a second college. The $15 million, 60,000-square-foot College of Health Sciences is expected to be ready for classes in 2020. It joins the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, which opened its doors to its inaugural class of 150 students on July 31.
UNITY HEALTH – WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER in Searcy recently held its 21st annual “A Day of Caring,” where 1,340 uninsured and underinsured residents of White County and the surrounding area received assistance and services from more than 450 medical and community volunteers, including physicians, physician residents, dentists, eye doctors and pharmacists. 93 medical exams, 136 dental screenings and 76 eye screenings were performed, and 31 prescriptions filled for participants. Other services provided included pap exams, depression screenings, blood sugar checks, haircuts and child car-seat safety checks. 590 bags of school supplies and 650 pairs of shoes were distributed to children; 550 bags of groceries, 370 bags of personal care items, diapers, children’s socks and underwear were also provided.