New Clinic at COTO in Malvern

Healthy Connections, Inc., is proud to announce a partnership with College of the Ouachitas in Malvern for a primary care health clinic.

The clinic, which will be housed in the main COTO building, will feature an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to see patients on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer hours.

At the College of the Ouachitas Health Center, students will be given first priority for appointments. However, the public is also able to receive treatment. Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, including ARKids First, Medicare, and most health insurances. There is also a sliding fee scale for patients without health insurance, based on eligibility.

To make an appointment, call (888) 710-8220 or request an appointment online at When arriving for an appointment, report to the Student Affairs office at the main building. After check-in there, patients will be escorted to the Healthy Connections clinic for treatment.

College of the Ouachitas marks the third school-based health center operated by Healthy Connections, which also operates the health clinics at the Mount Ida Elementary and High Schools, and Ouachita River Health Center at Acorn School in Mena.

In all, Healthy Connections operated 10 clinics throughout southwest and south central Arkansas, including locations in Mena, Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Mount Ida, and DeQueen. Healthy Connections is a federally qualified health center and a part of Community Health Centers of Arkansas. Each of these clinics offers family medicine and primary care services. Some also offer behavioral health therapy and dental services.

Some locations also offer specialty services through Healthy Connections Specialty. Depending on location, these services include Cardiology, Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and joint injections.

College of the Ouachitas (COTO) is a comprehensive, public, two-year institution of higher education in Malvern, Arkansas, providing accessible, high-value associate degrees and certificates in a quality academic environment that is focused on both student success and the economic development needs of the communities it serves. The College offers more than 50 programs of study in academic, career and technical disciplines to approximately 3,500 credit, non-credit, adult education (three sites—Hot Spring, Clark and Grant Counties) and workforce students,  while serving the culturally and economically diverse populations in the five-county service area of Hot Spring, Saline, Clark, Grant and Dallas Counties.

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Clinics Now Open Fridays

Healthy Connections will now have Friday clinic hours at six Arkansas locations.

In order to increase accessibility and the overall experience for patients, clinics in Mena, Hot Springs, Malvern, Mount Ida, and De Queen are now open to see family medical and primary care patients on Fridays.

The Friday clinics will be:

  • Mena, 136 Health Park Lane, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Hot Springs, 102 Chippewa Court, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Hot Springs, 3604 Central Avenue, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Malvern Clinic, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Mount Ida (Montgomery County Community Clinic), 534 Luzerne Street, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • DeQueen, 1367 W. Collin Raye Drive, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Call (888) 710-8220 for an appointment. All clinics accept most forms of medical insurance, Medicaid and Medicare; however, no person will be turned away for lack of insurance. Qualified families will be charged according to their total family income (please see our discounted medical & dental care program page for details). Enrollment assistance is also available for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

Note that specialty services, dental, behavioral health, and some imaging services may not be available during this time. Acute pediatrics patients will be seen at the adult medicine clinics in Hot Springs and DeQueen.

Healthy Connections operates 10 clinics, including three school-based health centers, in Arkansas. For more information, visit

June Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our Healthy Connections June Employees of the Month:

West: Janet Dean

East: Rachel Scrimshire, APRN

As Employees of the Month, they are entitled to either a $50 gift card or one day off.

Janet and Rachel exemplify the Healthy Connections pillars of Excellence, Compassion, and Community.

Janet works in payroll in Mena, while Rachel is an APRN at the Malvern Clinic.

Check out what one of Janet’s co-workers had to say about her:

  • “Janet has a vital job at HCI – making sure we all get paid, in spite of the fact many of us seem to take pleasure in making it as difficult as possible. Right down to the last minute, she is sending emails, making phone calls, or chasing us down to get our time sheets completed — and never seems to lose her temper or get cranky. Thanks to Janet for caring enough to clean up our sloppy work each week so we can get our paychecks! “

And what one of Rachel’s co-workers had to say about her:

  • “Rachel is always upbeat and willing to help.”

Do you know who should be our next Healthy Connections Employees of the Month? Submit your nomination at