Mission Statement

“Improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.”

Vision Statement

“Healthy Connections, Inc. is an organization focused on enhancing the health of people and the community-at-large through a professional, caring staff who are motivated, enthusiastic, respectful, energetic and committed to effective partnerships.”


Since founded in 1998 as a home visiting program, we have been able to provide much-needed health and social services to families from every lifestyle.

What We Do

Healthy Connections, Inc provides the following services:

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 with Dr. Fox as our provider. 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.

Click here to view the Healthy Connections, Inc. Notice of Privacy Practices.

Notice of Privacy Practices Mena Published 05.14.18
Notice of Privacy Practices Mena Street Published 05.14.18


Board of Directors

  • Derwood Brett, Chairman
  • William Edwards II, Vice-Chair
  • Al Gathright, Secretary
  • Sally Hatch
  • Maureen Keese
  • Charlotte Kraiger
  • Steve Rook
  • Bruce Jones
  • Sherry Johnston

Management Team

  • Tony Calandro, Chief Executive Officer
  • Doreen Tapley, Vice President of Corporate Advancement
  • Salvador Elizalde, RN, Clinic Manager
  • Jamie McMahen, Clinical Operations Liaison
  • Phyllis Cunningham, RN, Director of Quality
  • Jeff Fitzhugh, Interim Human Resources Director