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Boles Earns Pediatric Nursing Certification

Posted: 12/22/2015

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: 12/17/2015

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: 12/15/2015

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: 12/14/2015

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: 12/14/2015

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: 12/9/2015

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: 12/9/2015

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...

Washington Regional Announces Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas

Posted: 10/30/2015

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Baptist Health, St. Bernards Healthcare, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Washington Regional Medical System today announced the formation of The Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, a Shared Services Organization. According to its founding members, this innovative collaboration will bring together the five organizations to implement programs that improve healthcare quality and lower healthcare costs for patients and providers throughout Arkansas. T...

Washington Regional Earns Inpatient Quality Incentive Award

Posted: 10/27/2015

Washington Regional Medical Center recently earned an award from Arkansas Medicaid and Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care as part of the annual Inpatient Quality Incentive program. Washington Regional was recognized for its outstanding performance in the IQI program’s patient quality initiatives. Through the IQI program, Arkansas hospitals are now screening 99 percent of admitted patients for tobacco use. A majority of the patients identified as tobacco users were offered or provided counseling as wel...

Dr. Newton Presents at National Conference

Posted: 10/13/2015

Washington Regional Medical Center recently became the first healthcare provider in its primary service area – Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties – to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Washington Regional underwent ...

Washington Regional Earns Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification

Posted: 9/24/2015

Washington Regional Medical Center recently became the first healthcare provider in its primary service area – Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison and Washington counties – to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Washington Regional underwent ...

Hayden Named Chief Nursing Officer for Clinics

Posted: 8/19/2015

Dr. Teri Hayden, DNP, RN, NE-BC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer - System Clinics at Washington Regional. In this new role, she will collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to provide leadership and mentorship to nursing staff throughout Washington Regional’s system of clinics and will be responsible for strategic development, coordination and oversight of clinical processes and policies to ensure the continuation of high-quality patient care. Dr. Hayden had been director of the Emergency Departm...

Younce Joins as Director of Physician Recruitment

Posted: 8/17/2015

Rachelle Younce recently joined Washington Regional as Director of Physician Recruitment. She is responsible for the active recruitment of physicians and advanced practice professionals, including initial credentialing and ongoing retention processes. Younce, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis., also holds registered respiratory therapist credentials from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. She previously was Director ...

Green Named Director of Women's and Children's Services

Posted: 5/28/2015

Meredith Green, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, was recently named Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Washington Regional Medical Center. As director, she is responsible for ensuring quality of all services, programs and direct patient care in Gynecology, Labor and Delivery, Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatrics at Washington Regional’s Johnelle Hunt Center for Women. Green earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is an Advanced...

HerHealth Physicians Honored for Service

Posted: 4/28/2015

Four physicians at Washington Regional’s HerHealth clinic have been named recipients of the 2015 Hawks-Workman Award presented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ANGELS program. The physicians, who were recognized for their extraordinary contributions to an OB/GYN Clerkship program that expands learning opportunities for third-year medical students, are: • Mary Pat Hardman, M.D. • Kristin Markell, M.D. • Laura R. Collins, M.D. • Britte D. Smith, M.D. ANGELS – Antenatal and Neonatal Guide...

Cunningham Earns Diabetes Educator Certification

Posted: 4/27/2015

Carol Cunningham, an inpatient educator and registered nurse at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned the Certified Diabetes Educator designation. CDEs must meet certain eligibility guidelines and pass a nationally administered exam. As inpatient educator, Cunningham works with patients to give them the tools and skills necessary to have healthy, productive lives. For instance, she provides education to patients who have diabetes to help them control their blood sugar both while they are in...

Washington Regional Announces 2015 Eagle Award Winners

Posted: 4/23/2015

Three Eagle Award recipients will be formally recognized during Washington Regional Medical Foundation’s Gala 2015, “Michael Feinstein’s Sinatra Centennial Celebration,” scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at Walton Arts Center. Established in 1994, the Eagle Award for Outstanding Health Leadership is given to individuals or organizations that make outstanding contributions to the improvement of healthcare in Northwest Arkansas. This year’s recipients are community leaders Athina McLendon, Ann Rosso and Billi...

Church Achieves Patient Safety Certification

Posted: 4/20/2015

Terri Church, MSN, APN, ACNS-BC, Director of Quality and Informatics at Washington Regional Medical Center, recently earned recognition as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety from the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. Church earned this credential in part by passing a nationally administered, evidence-based exam that tests candidates on competency in patient safety science and application. Church, who joined Washington Regional in 2010, earned both a bachelor’s degree and a ...

Baltz Earns Gerontological Nursing Certification

Posted: 4/16/2015

Craig Baltz, a registered nurse at Washington Regional’s Total Joint Center, recently achieved certification in gerontological nursing through American Nurses Credentialing Center. To earn this designation, nurses must work for two years in their specialty area, complete 30 hours of continuing education in gerontological nursing and pass a nationally administered exam. Baltz, who has been at Washington Regional for three years, earned an associate’s degree in nursing from NorthWest Arkansas Community Col...

Washington Regional First in NWA to Implant Heart Failure Monitoring System

Posted: 4/9/2015

A cardiovascular team at Washington Regional’s Walker Heart Institute implanted today the first miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensors to manage heart failure in Northwest Arkansas. The CardioMEMS HF System is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device that has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. According to the Center...