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2017

Dr. Newton Honored by Professional Association

Posted: Sep. 21, 2017

James “Buddy” Newton, MD, medical director of the Antibiotic Stewardship program at Washington Regional Medical Center, has been elected a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Fellowship in IDSA honors those who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession. Honorees must be nominated by their peers, meet specified criteria and be elected by the IDSA board of directors. Dr. Newton, who joined Washington Regional in 2011, earned his medical degre...

Whiteman Named Vice President of Managed Care

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017

Lenny Whiteman has been named Vice President of Managed Care for Washington Regional Medical System. Formerly Executive Director of Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization that manages healthcare agreements between providers and payers, Whiteman provides direction for Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, which is a collaborative effort among leading Arkansas healthcare organizations to improve quality and lower costs for patients and providers across Arkansas. Whiteman, who also oversees emplo...

McIntosh Named Vice President of Care Transition

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017

Karen McIntosh has been named Vice President of Care Transition for Washington Regional Medical System. Formerly Director of Clinical Integrity, McIntosh now oversees Hospice, Home Health, Case Management, Clinical Integrity and Population Health for Washington Regional. McIntosh completed a master’s degree in health systems management from Vanderbilt University, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas and an associate’s degree in nursing from NorthWest Arkansas Community College....

Jetton Named Vice President of Ancillary Services

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017

Amy Jetton has been named Vice President of Ancillary Services for Washington Regional Medical System. Formerly Director of Imaging and Cardiovascular Services, Jetton oversees Imaging, Cardiology, Laboratory and Therapy Services for the health system. Jetton earned a bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a radiologic technology certification from St. Edward School of Radiography. She will be pursuing a Master’s in Healthcare Administration ne...

Barker Named Vice President of Facilities

Posted: Sep. 15, 2017

Jeff Barker has been named Vice President of Facilities at Washington Regional Medical System. Formerly Director of Facilities, Barker is responsible for all facilities at Washington Regional’s North Hills campus, including the medical center. He also has oversight for all Washington Regional clinics and other facilities across Northwest Arkansas. Barker attended the University of Arkansas and has more than 44 years of experience in construction and facility management, including 38 years in the healthc...

Washington Regional Auxiliary Collecting Supplies for Hurricane Relief September 13-17

Posted: Sep. 13, 2017

The WRMC Auxiliary is sponsoring a drive this week to support those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Drop of items September 12 - 17 at the Main Lobby Information Desk on Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or or in the Gift Shop on Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Items needed for this drive include: Personal Care Items shampoo soap bandaids antibiotic ointment diapers baby wipes bleach laundry detergent Non-Perishable Foods (that need no electricity to prepare) peanut butter tuna lunch kits...

Cowie Named Director of Critical Care and Neuro Progressive

Posted: Sep. 5, 2017

Rebecca Cowie, RN, APRN, ACNS-BC, SCRN, CCRN, recently was named Director of Critical Care and Neuro Progressive at Washington Regional Medical Center. She will provide support and direction for the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit, as well as the Neuro Progressive Unit that provides specialized care for patients recovering from stroke or neurosurgery. Cowie graduated from nursing programs at Purdue University and the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith before earning a Master of Sc...

2016

Washington Regional First in Arkansas to Receive Accreditation as Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation

Posted: Dec. 12, 2016

Washington Regional Medical Center recently became the first hospital in Arkansas to receive full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation. An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest Pain Centers are better equipped to monitor patients when it is not cle...

Binz Recognized for Achievements in Pharmacotherapy, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Posted: Dec. 12, 2016

Jonathan Binz, a clinical pharmacist at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently achieved two professional distinctions. He earned the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist by meeting certain eligibility requirements and passing a nationally administered exam. Binz also earned an Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists by completing a training program focusing on the pharmacist’s role in the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents...

Reed Earns Pharmacotherapy Certification

Posted: Dec. 12, 2016

Jamie Reed, a clinical pharmacist at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Pharmacists with a BCPS designation must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a nationally administered exam. Reed, who joined Washington Regional in 2015, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed a res...

Washington Regional Recognized for Stroke Care Excellence

Posted: Dec. 9, 2016

Washington Regional was one of 12 hospitals recognized by the Arkansas Department of Health for excellence in stroke care. The awards were given to hospitals for providing defect-free stroke care (85 percent or higher adherence) based on performance measures as documented in the Arkansas Stroke Registry between July 2015 and June 2016. Defect-free care is based on the seven American Heart Association/American Stroke Association achievement measures of the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Patient Managemen...

Pinkerton Earns Stroke Care Certification

Posted: Dec. 8, 2016

Kasha Pinkerton, BSN, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse credential through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. To earn this designation, SCRNs must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a nationally administered exam. Pinkerton, who joined Washington Regional in 2014, graduated from the University of Texas - Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and credentials as a registered nurse. She al...

Walmart Foundation Donates $500,000 to Women and Infants Center

Posted: Nov. 18, 2016

Walmart Foundation recently gave $500,000 to Washington Regional’s Women and Infants Center to help support an enhanced level of healthcare services for area families. Walmart’s gift will go toward two patient wings – one each at the mother-baby area and the neonatal intensive care unit – at the hospital’s Women and Infants Center, which opened Nov. 14. The five-story 132,800-square-foot patient tower, located adjacent to the hospital and with access to all of its services, provides quality care for wom...

Lawson Named Director of Critical Care and Neuro Progressive

Posted: Nov. 15, 2016

Richard Lawson, RN, MSN, has been named Director of Critical Care and Neuro Progressive at Washington Regional Medical Center. He will provide support and direction for the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit, as well as the Neuro Progressive Unit that provides specialized care for patients recovering from stroke or neurosurgery. After graduating from Crowder College in Neosho, Mo., with an associate’s degree in nursing, Lawson earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in n...

2015

Boles Earns Pediatric Nursing Certification

Posted: Dec. 22, 2015

Kelley Boles, a registered nurse for the adult medical-surgical unit and pediatric unit at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned his credential as a Certified Pediatric Nurse. CPNs must meet certain eligibility guidelines and pass a nationally administered exam. Boles, who has been at Washington Regional for three years, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas, as well as an Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from NorthWest Ark...

Washington Regional First in NWA to Implant Innovative Defibrillator

Posted: Dec. 17, 2015

A cardiovascular team at Washington Regional’s Walker Heart Institute recently became the first in Northwest Arkansas to implant a subcutaneous implantable defibrillator, or S-ICD, that provides protection against sudden cardiac arrest without touching the heart. In a procedure that lasted about an hour, cardiac electrophysiologist Boris Bogomilov, MD, of Walker Heart Institute Cardiovascular Clinic and cardiovascular surgeon John Weiss, MD, of Cardiovascular Surgical Clinic of Northwest Arkansas implan...

Mullins Named Emergency Department Director

Posted: Dec. 15, 2015

Danita Mullins, MSN, RN, was recently named Emergency Department Director at Washington Regional Medical Center. Her areas of responsibility include daily administrative and clinical leadership of the Emergency Department, which provides the area’s highest level of emergency care as a Level 2 Trauma Center. Mullins previously served as Assistant Director of the Emergency Department and as Chest Pain Center Coordinator for Washington Regional. She earned a Master of Science degree in nursing with emphasi...

Beckham Earns Stroke Care Certification

Posted: Dec. 14, 2015

Aaron Beckham, RN, Clinical Educator for the Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Neuro Progressive nursing units at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse credential through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. To earn this designation, SCRNs must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a nationally administered exam. Beckham graduated from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith with an associate’s degree in nursing. He joined Washington Re...

Cowie Earns Stroke Care Certification

Posted: Dec. 14, 2015

Rebecca Cowie, MSN, APRN, Stroke Program Director at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse credential through the American Board of Neuroscience Nursing. To earn this designation, SCRNs must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a nationally administered exam. Cowie, who has been at Washington Regional for three years, graduated from nursing programs at Purdue University and the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith before earning a Master of Sc...

Free Breast Cancer Screening Offered Dec. 16

Posted: Dec. 9, 2015

The No Excuses Breast Cancer Outreach Program, a service of Washington Regional Cancer Support Home, will offer free clinical breast exams Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Community Clinic located at 614 E. Emma Ave., Suite 300, Springdale. The examinations are offered at no cost to the public and are performed by physicians and registered nurse practitioners. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call 479-521-8024. Appointments in Spanish may be made by calling th...

Washington Regional Joins Network to Improve Supply Chain Efficiencies and Reduce Costs

Posted: Dec. 9, 2015

Washington Regional has joined the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center, a collaborative network of hospitals and health systems focused on reducing the cost of healthcare products and services through the aggregation of buying power and collective decision making. UMCSC, a VHA Inc. supply network, includes more than 50 healthcare organizations, including Mayo Clinic, across 21 states with $6.5 billion in supply chain purchasing power. Their members collaborate to increase efficiencies and reduce e...

2014

Urgent Care Clinic Open on Christmas

Posted: Dec. 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: Dec. 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: Nov. 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: Nov. 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: Nov. 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: Oct. 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: Oct. 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...

2013

Faith in Action Receives Bank of America Gift

Posted: Aug. 14, 2013

Faith in Action is a volunteer-based organization that provides the elderly with free non-medical services to promote their independence, dignity and quality of life. “We appreciate this generous support from Bank of America,” says Jaclyn Keeter, Faith in Action program manager. “This gift will help ensure that the services of Faith in Action continue to be available throughout our community.” Last year FIA volunteers donated 4,177 hours of their time and drove over 21,250 miles to provide services for 1...

Community Health Alert: Severe Flu Season Precautions

Posted: Jan. 25, 2013

This season, influenza infections are widespread and continuing to rise. At Washington Regional, confirmed cases in January alone have outpaced the number of cases during the previous two flu seasons. As a precaution, area residents who have flu-like symptoms are urged to refrain from visiting patients in the hospital. “Sick visitors are a health risk to hospitalized patients and hospital staff,” says James “Buddy” Newton, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Washington Regional. “You should not com...