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Urgent Care Clinic Open on Christmas

Posted: 12/24/2014

Because life’s minor illnesses and injuries can happen even during the holidays, Washington Regional Urgent Care Clinic will be open Christmas Day. While not a substitute for emergency medical services, urgent care is a convenient option when minor illness or injury occur outside of regular clinic office hours. Located at 3017 N. Bob Younkin Drive, across from Washington Regional Medical Center, the Urgent Care Clinic serves all ages and accepts most insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Holiday h...

Washington Regional Receives Award for Clinical Excellence

Posted: 12/17/2014

Washington Regional Medical Center has been recognized by VHA Inc., a national healthcare network, for outstanding clinical performance. The Clinical Excellence Award for Core Clinical Process acknowledges Washington Regional’s outstanding performance related to the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia and for the prevention of surgical site infections. Based on hospital performance data during four consecutive quarters ending June 30, 2014, VHA recognized Washington Regional for achie...

Nutter Recognized by Professional Association

Posted: 11/24/2014

November 24, 2014 - Carolyn Nutter, PA-C, a physician assistant at Washington Regional’s Har-Ber Family Clinic in Springdale, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Nutter, who has practiced as a physician assistant in Arkansas since 1978, was noted for exemplary achievement in service to the physician assistant profession, in the advancement of healthcare for all people, and in dedication to the community. A graduate of Wichita State University’s P...

Information Technology Department in Top 25

Posted: 11/19/2014

For the second consecutive year, Healthcare IT News has named Washington Regional to its annual list of the 25 best IT departments nationwide. Washington Regional, with 32 IT staff members, was number 6 on the nationwide list of Best Medium Hospital IT Departments. The publication’s list, which includes many nationally regarded institutions, spotlights hospital information technology departments that excel on measures of employee satisfaction. To qualify, at least 50 percent of the facility’s IT employee...

Washington Regional Earns Recognition from The Joint Commission

Posted: 11/13/2014

Washington Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. Washington Regional was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for: • Heart attack • Heart failure • Pneumonia • Surgical care Washington Regional is ...

Ebola Virus Precautions: Washington Regional Prepared

Posted: 10/16/2014

A number of Ebola virus cases have been reported in the United States. As a precaution, Washington Regional has taken appropriate steps to be prepared should a person suspected of having Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD, arrive at any of our facilities. “In addition to our standard patient assessment protocol, at our Emergency Department and at our clinics we have added screening tools recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” says Executive Vice President and Hospital Administrato...

Washington Regional Promotes Safer Sleep for Babies

Posted: 10/7/2014

A specially designed garment is part of an initiative at Washington Regional’s Johnelle Hunt Center for Women to promote safer sleep for infants. “We want to make sure that all our families are getting off to the healthiest start, right from the very beginning,” says Carla Rider, director of nursing for women’s and infants’ services at Washington Regional. “Recognizing that one of the biggest dangers for newborns is loose blankets in the crib that can cover the baby’s face and interfere with breathing, a...

Harris Achieves National Certification

Posted: 9/10/2014

Meghan Harris, RN, charge nurse in Washington Regional’s Endoscopy Department, recently achieved national certification from the American Board of Certification for Gastroenterology Nurses. To earn this designation, nurses must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a nationally administered exam. Harris, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas, joined Washington Regional in 2010. She is also certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advan...

Washington Regional Rolls out Mobile Dental Clinic

Posted: 9/8/2014

Healthy smiles and healthy lives are the goal of Washington Regional’s new Mobile Dental Clinic. The 40-foot customized vehicle is a complete dentist’s office that can be driven to partner sites throughout Northwest Arkansas to deliver free comprehensive dental services and preventive education to adults and youth in need. Fully staffed with a dentist, dental hygienist and dental assistant, it features two exam rooms, a lab, an X-ray machine, sterilization system and computer network for medical records ...

Washington Regional Cafe Features Local Color, Flavor

Posted: 9/2/2014

The fresh, high-quality produce you expect to find at the local farmers market has now come to the hospital cafeteria serving line. As part of its commitment to create colorful, healthy meals for café visitors, Washington Regional Medical Center has been serving up fresh vegetables this summer that were produced on a local family farm. “We are always striving to bring our patients and café customers the freshest and best quality produce,” says Joseph “Jay” Mesa, an inventory specialist who orders food it...

Bacus Achieves National Laser Certification

Posted: 8/4/2014

David R. Bacus, a biomedical technician in Washington Regional’s Biomedical Engineering Department, recently achieved designation as a certified laser repair technician from the National Council of Laser Certification. To earn this certification, technicians must meet certain eligibility guidelines and pass a nationally administered exam. Bacus served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a certified optician and optical inspector before joining Washington Regional in 2005. A graduate of the Arkansas College of...

Washington Regional Recognized for Patient Safety Excellence

Posted: 7/21/2014

Washington Regional Medical Center recently earned Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2014 — the only hospital in Northwest Arkansas and one of only four hospitals in the state to do so. This distinction places Washington Regional within the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. “Patient safety has always been a top priority at Washington ...

Hudson to Lead Washington Regional Medical Foundation

Posted: 7/17/2014

Tim Hudson has been named executive director of Washington Regional Medical Foundation, where he is responsible for leading Washington Regional Medical System’s fundraising efforts and outreach programs. Hudson had served since 2007 as director of development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Northwest. Before that, he was executive vice president at Ozark Guidance Center. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Hudson was founding president of the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Ass...

Johnson Earns National Certification

Posted: 7/17/2014

Christopher Johnson, RN, of Washington Regional’s Cardiology/Progressive Care Department, recently achieved designation as a Progressive Care Certified Nurse. PCCN certification, which includes a nationally administered exam, is for nurses who provide care to acutely ill adult patients in any area of the hospital. Johnson, who joined Washington Regional in 2013, earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ...

Wilhite Achieves National Case Management Certification

Posted: 6/23/2014

Melissa Wilhite, RN, of Washington Regional’s Case Management Department recently earned national certification from the Commission for Case Manager Certification. As a certified case manager, Wilhite works with patients and families to coordinate care at each step of treatment, from admission through discharge. Wilhite, who graduated from the Har-Ber School of Nursing, has worked at Washington Regional for a total of 12 years. She currently serves in the areas of labor & delivery, neonatal intensive...