Smith, Pilcher August Employees of Month

Congratulations to our Healthy Connections August Employees of the Month:

  • West: Mary Smith
  • East: Andrea Pilcher, LPN

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

Mary and Andrea exemplify the Healthy Connections pillars of Excellence, Compassion, and Community. Mary works in the Business Office in Mena, while Andrea works at the Hot Springs Central clinic.

Check out what Mary’s co-workers had to say about her:

  • “She works very hard to keep all the finances up and running. She really holds the whole department together.”

And what Andrea’s co-workers had to say about her:

  • “Over the past month, our clinic has had to adjust to being open five days a week. Our clinic is already short-handed when it comes to nurses and Andrea has stepped up to volunteer to work five days a week. Because she is working with multiple providers, Andrea comes in early and stays late most days to ensure her patient care is complete. Although this transition has been difficult at times, Andrea consistently vows to put the patients first and work hard to ensure her providers are taken care of.”
  • “We have been low staffed this month and she has done an amazing job of working with the team and working her hardest each and every day, even when others were not. She shows compassion and care for the patients and works well with the rest of the staff!”

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


Rooted In Our Communities

August 4-10, 2019

National Health Center Week

National Health Center Week (August 4th-10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

Health Center Fact Sheet

Healthy Connections, Inc., is one of 11 community health centers in Arkansas. Healthy Connections operates 10 locations throughout west-central Arkansas, offering medical, dental, and behavioral health services to the underserved population.

Across the country, health centers serve 28 million patients – a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special patient populations. Each year we celebrate the work and services health centers provide to special populations within their community on designated days during the week.

This year, the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Health Center Advocacy Network invites you to celebrate the ways that health centers are “Rooted in Communities.”

Healthy Connections employees volunteered with United Way’s Stuff the Bus back to school drive in Hot Springs. Healthy Connections also offered free foot screenings for the homeless on Monday, Aug. 4, 2019, at the Eleanor Klugh Jackson House in Hot Springs. These screenings were performed by Healthy Connections Specialty podiatrist Richard Bennett, DPM.

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Jenkins Named HSC’s Best Therapist

Tisha Jenkins, LCSW, has been named the Best Therapist in the Malvern Daily Record’s 2019 Best of Hot Spring County Readers’ Choice Awards.

Jenkins, who sees patients in Malvern and Arkadelphia, joined Healthy Connections in 2018. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Jenkins provides emotional support, mental health evaluations, therapy, and case management services to people experiencing psychological, emotional, medical, social, and/or familial challenges.

Healthy Connections is a Mena-based nonprofit organization serving the needs of children and adults throughout West-Central Arkansas. What started as a home visiting program in 1998 is now is a Community Health Center and Specialty organization. It contains primary care, dental, behavioral health and pediatrics, and specialties like Podiatry, Cardiology, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and soon to be women’s health.

Healthy Connections operates 10 clinics, including two in Hot Spring County. The Malvern Clinic is located at 900 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. The College of the Ouachitas Health Center is located at One College Circle in Malvern. This facility, which is currently open on Tuesdays, sees COTO students and employees, as well as the public.

The Malvern Clinic was named the runner-up for Best Physician Office in Hot Spring County.

For primary care and behavioral health services, Healthy Connections accepts most private health insurances, including Medicaid, ARKids First, and Medicare. There is also a sliding-fee scale, based on family income, for patients without health insurance.

Learn more about Healthy Connections by visiting