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

Posted: 12/12/2016

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: 12/12/2016

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: 12/12/2016

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: 12/9/2016

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: 12/8/2016

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: 11/18/2016

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: 11/15/2016

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...

Women and Infants Center Opens at Washington Regional

Posted: 11/14/2016

Washington Regional’s Women and Infants Center opened to its first patients today. The first newborn welcomed at the center was a baby girl named Cadence, daughter of Ashley and Kyle. Construction of the Women and Infants Center began in early 2015. The five-story 132,800-square-foot patient tower is designed to meet the healthcare needs of the community, ensure ample access to medical services and offer greater convenience for Northwest Arkansas families. The Women and Infants Center encompasses: Groun...

Washington Regional Participates in Heart Failure Clinical Trial; First in Area to Implant Investigational Device

Posted: 11/3/2016

Washington Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the region’s first implant of the BAROSTIM NEO® device in a patient with heart failure. BAROSTIM NEO is a new investigational device that is available only by order of a doctor who is participating in the BeAT-HF clinical trial. Dr. Joel Carver of Walker Heart Institute is leading the BeAT-HF™ clinical study site at Washington Regional Medical Center. Dr. Carver is working with other Walker Heart Institute physicians and staff, as well as Dr. Russ...

Swearingen Achieves Pharmacotherapy Certification

Posted: 11/2/2016

Sara Swearingen, clinical pharmacist at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently achieved the designation of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Pharmacists with a BCPS designation must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a nationally administered exam. Swearingen, who joined Washington Regional this year, attended the University of Central Arkansas and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed a residency in pharmacy pr...

Hanle Named Director for Medical-Surgical Department

Posted: 10/4/2016

Tonya Hanle, MSN, RN, has been named Director of Nursing for the Medical-Surgical Department at Washington Regional Medical Center. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring quality of all services, programs and direct patient care in the five nursing units that comprise the Medical-Surgical Department. Hanle has been with Washington Regional for nearly nine years, serving as nurse manager of the Total Joint Center as well as assistant director of the Adult Medical-Surgical/Pediatrics Unit. She grad...

Ribbon-Cutting in Johnson Celebrates Opening of Medical Building

Posted: 10/3/2016

A ribbon-cutting ceremony last week in Johnson marked the opening of a medical services building offering two healthcare clinics and a physical therapy center in more than 15,800 square feet of space. Located at 3561 Johnson Mill Blvd., the two-story brick building is the latest demonstration of Washington Regional’s commitment to improve patient access to clinics and meet the healthcare needs of Northwest Arkansas. On the first floor, in Suite 102, is Washington Regional Urgent Care, providing non-emer...

Dr. Thomas Named Vice President - Population Health

Posted: 8/15/2016

Washington Regional Medical System recently named Mark S. Thomas, MD, Vice President – Population Management. In this new role, Dr. Thomas will oversee population health initiatives across the spectrum of care for patients in the Washington Regional Medical System. The science of population health aims to improve well-being by examining how outcomes vary between different patient groups and finding ways to eliminate such disparities. Responding to the increasing pace of payment reform from both public a...

Washington Regional Hospice Earns Honors

Posted: 7/20/2016

Washington Regional Hospice has been named a 2016 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a data-gathering company that partners with thousands of hospice, home health, human services and healthcare organizations. The award recognizes hospice agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care, as measured from the point of view of the patient’s caregiver, who is often a family member. Award criteria were based on survey results from Hospice CAHPS, or Consumer Ass...

Stewart Wins Service Learning Award

Posted: 7/7/2016

Casey C. Stewart, an occupational therapist at Washington Regional Outpatient Therapy Services, was recently named winner of the "Spirit of Humanity" service learning award sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas. Stewart was recognized for her research into ways occupational therapy can help parolees make a successful transition back into their communities. Findings from her master’s thesis research prompted the UCA Occupational Therapy Department to collaborate with the Faulkner County Juvenil...

Washington Regional Receives Stroke Quality Achievement Award

Posted: 5/27/2016

Washington Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, h...

UAMS Recognizes Washington Regional as a Community Partner

Posted: 5/18/2016

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences recently recognized Washington Regional as an official Community Partner for its collaboration with the Office of Community Health and Research at the UAMS Northwest campus in Fayetteville. Washington Regional was honored for its efforts to educate healthcare providers and staff on culturally competent care for Marshallese and Hispanic patients. Washington Regional’s Employee Education team hosted multiple cultural competency classes and training sessions ...

Washington Regional Installs Advanced Laboratory System

Posted: 5/11/2016

The clinical diagnostic laboratory at Washington Regional Medical Center recently installed the Roche Cobas 8100 automation line, becoming only the ninth healthcare provider in the U.S. to acquire the advanced equipment. With an intelligent routing system, the Roche Cobas 8100 provides an automated workflow specifically designed to process samples in the most efficient manner. It automates numerous routine diagnostic laboratory tasks, allowing the Washington Regional Laboratory to report results in less...

Area's First Ronald McDonald House Announced for Washington Regional

Posted: 5/3/2016

Washington Regional is pleased to share this press release from our partner, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Arkoma: RMHC® of Arkoma Announces Family-Centered Program Coming to Northwest Arkansas Opening of the First Ronald McDonald House® in Northwest Arkansas, in partnership with Washington Regional Medical Center, Allows Families to be Present and Involved in their Child’s Treatment and Recovery Northwest Arkansas (May 3, 2016) —Tuesday, May 3rd marks the official announcement of the Ronald McDon...

Mobile Dental Clinic Receives Grant

Posted: 4/26/2016

Washington Regional Mobile Dental Clinic recently received a $30,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation to help provide dental services to uninsured and low-income adults throughout Northwest Arkansas. This is the second grant Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation has provided to the Mobile Dental Clinic, which Washington Regional introduced in September 2014. Fully staffed with a dentist, dental hygienist and dental assistant, the Mobile Dental Clinic features two exam rooms, a lab, an X-...