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2018

Gregory Achieves Certification in Infection Prevention and Control

Posted: Jun. 28, 2018

Julie Gregory, a registered nurse in the Infection Prevention and Control Department at Washington Regional, recently achieved certification in infection prevention and control. CIC designation is awarded from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, the leading provider of professional certification for infection prevention and control. Gregory, who has been with Washington Regional for two years, graduated from William Buchanan School of Nursing in Texarkana, Texas. She is a memb...

Dr. Kilpatrick Named Endocrinology Fellow

Posted: Jun. 26, 2018

C. Rachel Kilpatrick, MD, of Washington Regional Endocrinology recently was named a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. This designation through the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists indicates a physician has achieved a level of training and experience consistent with the high standards established and adopted by the clinical endocrinology specialty. AACE is an international professional medical association with more than 7,000 members in the United States and 90 other count...

Washington Regional Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

Posted: Jun. 21, 2018

Washington Regional has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Washington Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke ...

Wilmoth Earns Certification as Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian

Posted: May. 21, 2018

Catherine Wilmoth, RDN, LD, CEDRD, a clinical dietitian at Washington Regional, recently achieved Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian designation from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation. Wilmoth, who has been with Washington Regional since 2003, earned a bachelor’s degree in human environmental science from the University of Arkansas and completed a dietetic internship at St. Louis University in St. Louis. Since 2014 Wilmoth has been contracted to serve...

Washington Regional to Offer Free Bleed Control Training

Posted: May. 17, 2018

Bleed control training can prepare an individual to provide bystander help in an emergency before professional medical help arrives. Washington Regional, in partnership with Arkansas Emergency Nurses Association, will offer a free one-hour bleed control course that is part of the “Stop the Bleed” national campaign. This initiative seeks to teach the public about proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use direct pressure, wound packing and tourniquets to help victims with uncontrolled bleedi...

Mobile Dental Clinic Receives Grant from Delta Dental

Posted: Apr. 24, 2018

Washington Regional Mobile Dental Clinic recently received a $30,000 community grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation to help provide dental services to uninsured and low-income adults throughout Northwest Arkansas who lack access to dental care. This is the fourth grant that the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation has generously provided to the Mobile Dental Clinic, which Washington Regional introduced in September 2014. The 40-foot customized vehicle has been driven 24,000 miles to deliver...

Free, Family-Friendly Event to Offer Stroke Education

Posted: Apr. 12, 2018

Washington Regional Medical Center is partnering with several area agencies to provide education and awareness help end stroke, a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and death. Area residents of all ages are invited to attend a free health event presented by Washington Regional: Working Together to End Stroke Thursday, May 3 4:30 - 7 p.m. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Those who attend can enjoy free food, games and activities centered around stroke education and awareness. Central EMS will be...

2017

Dr. Jay Hinkle Joins Washington Regional Stroke Care Program

Posted: Dec. 14, 2017

Jay Hinkle, M.D., a vascular neurologist, recently joined the stroke care program at Washington Regional, which is certified as a Primary Stroke Center. Dr. Hinkle earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also completed a residency in neurology and was named chief resident. He completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease and stroke at Johns Hopkins University and is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology by the American Board of Psychiatr...

Dr. Brent Ryals Joins Washington Regional Emergency Department

Posted: Dec. 14, 2017

Brent Ryals, M.D., recently joined Washington Regional Medical Center as an emergency medicine physician. As a Level 2 Trauma Center, Washington Regional provides the highest level of emergency care available in Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Ryals earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he also completed an emergency medicine residency. Board certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Ryals previously worked as an emergency physician at Conway Regional Medical Center in C...

APRN Taesha Winford Joins Washington Regional's Fayetteville Family Clinic

Posted: Dec. 14, 2017

Taesha Winford, APRN, recently joined Washington Regional’s Fayetteville Family Clinic. She provides medical care for all ages alongside Dr. Johnny Adkins and Dr. Rosemay Pierre. After earning nursing degrees from both Missouri State University and Southwest Baptist University, Winford graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner. She achieved certification as a family nurse practitioner from the American Academy of Nurse Practitione...

Taylor Named Director of Imaging Services

Posted: Dec. 13, 2017

Joanna L. Taylor recently was named Director of Imaging Services at Washington Regional. She previously was Imaging Administrative Manager. Taylor, who has been with Washington Regional for 27 years, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., and a certificate in nuclear medicine technology from Ochsner School of Allied Health Sciences in New Orleans. A member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Taylor achieved certification in nuclear medicin...

Phillips Named Director of Cardiovascular Service Line

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017

Stephine Phillips recently was named Director of Cardiovascular Service Line at Washington Regional. She previously was Nurse Manager of Cardiovascular Services and also served as Interim Director of Cardiology. Phillips graduated from Har-Ber School of Nursing and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas. She achieved various life-support certifications and is a member of the Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Nursing Association. After serving in healthca...

Moore Completes Nutrition Training

Posted: Dec. 5, 2017

Erin Moore, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Washington Regional, recently completed a nutrition training workshop sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The training is designed to offer registered dietitian nutritionists the knowledge and skills necessary to perform Nutrition Focused Physical Exams, which help to identify and provide a nutrition diagnosis of malnutrition for patients. Moore, who joined Washington Regional in 2014, is a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian. She earned...

Dr. Andrea Coker Hearnsberger Joins Washington Regional as Emergency Medicine Physician

Posted: Dec. 4, 2017

Andrea Coker Hearnsberger, M.D., recently joined Washington Regional Medical Center as an emergency medicine physician. Dr. Hearnsberger earned her medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Texas Dell Medical School. She is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Medical Association.

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...