Thanks to everyone for an amazing 20 years of improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.
In 2007, Healthy Connections, Inc. (HCI) received a new grant to open another community health center in Mt. Ida-the Montgomery County Community Clinic. M.C.C.C. opened in December of 2007 and is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary and preventative medical services. The Clinic also provides diabetic services, BH, and dental services. In 2012, Healthy Connections partnered with Ouachita River school district to open the Ouachita River Health Center-Acorn Campus, which is a school-based health clinic. In May of 2014, we reopened our Mena Street location. In September 2015, HCI was privileged to open another clinic facility located in Hot Springs through a NAP grant. We opened our second school-based health clinic, located on the Malvern High School Campus, in a partnership with the Malvern School District in April 2016.
HCI clinical locations are Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) deemed facilities. Since its enactment in 1946, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) has been the legal mechanism for compensating people who have suffered personal injury by the negligent or wrongful action of employees of the U.S. Government. Under Section 224 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act of 1992 and 1995, employees of eligible health centers, such as Healthy Connections, Inc., may be deemed to be federal employees qualified for protection under the FTCA. With HCI’s deemed status, the center is not liable for any settlements or judgments that are made under the FTCA. The Federal government assumes responsibility for these costs. Deemed health center program grantees are immune from medical malpractice lawsuits resulting from the performance of medical, surgical, dental, or related functions within the approved scope of project. Deemed health centers such as HCI must go through a vigorous application process annually to remain in this status. This process ensures the center is credentialing quality providers while maintaining high quality measures allowing for affordable superior care for its patients.