“I’m excited to be here. I feel like this is exactly where I need to be.” Dr. Moore said.
He comes to Arkadelphia and Hot Springs after spending the past four years in Clarksville. He will see patients three days each week in Arkadelphia and one day in Hot Springs.
Through the Compassion Women’s Clinic in Arkadelphia, Dr. Moore will provide comprehensive gynecologic care and women’s health services, including well-woman care, infertility, and 3D ultrasounds. He will also treat endometriosis and perform hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, cystoscopy, and pelvic floor reconstruction via minimally-invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Moore’s other specialty is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy done with BioTE, which uses pellets inserted into the hip at periodic times throughout the year. This treats a hormone imbalance in both men and women. Some of the symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include fatigue, foggy thinking, excessive intolerance to exercise, lethargic depression, and anxious depression. In men, the symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, brain fog, decrease in sexual performance, inability to maintain muscle mass, depression and anxiety.
“I’ve had tremendous results associated with it,” he said.
Healthy Connections is a Mena-based nonprofit organization serving the needs of children and adults throughout West-Central Arkansas. Since its founding in 1998 as a home-visiting program, Healthy Connections has been able to provide much-needed health, dental and social services to families of every lifestyle.
Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, including ArKids First, Medicare and most forms of health and dental insurance. However, no person will be turned away for lack of insurance. Qualified families will be charged according to their total family income and total persons living in the household. This sliding scale fee allows many to receive treatment who otherwise would not have been able to afford it.
There are currently 11 clinics located in Mena, Hot Springs, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Mount Ida, and De Queen providing primary care/family medicine. Depending on location, Healthy Connections also offers dental, behavioral health, cardiology, pediatrics, podiatry, chiropractic, physical therapy, and OB/GYN women’s services.
We purchased and remodeled the building completely and are excited to be able to provide state-of-the-art healthcare in a patient-friendly location. Other than a new location, we expect the same service you have come to expect from Healthy Connections to continue at the new location
We’re also excited to add the women’s health services from Dr. Pittman Moore, MD, who has recently joined Healthy Connections and the Compassion Women’s Clinic. We are delighted to continue to provide the best women’s healthcare possible in an environment that instills worth and respect for all.
The final day at the Pine St. location will be Thursday, September 19, 2019.
Innovative model at former school to address “whole person” needs
LITTLE ROCK – Community Health Centers of Arkansas (CHCA) announced Wednesday that a $650,000 federal grant will be used as seed money to develop an innovative Community Health Center focusing on healthcare, education and a multitude of other needs in the central Little Rock area.
“Finding ways to bridge the gaps with inequalities in the health sphere are constantly on our minds at Community Health Centers of Arkansas,” said LaShannon Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of CHCA. “It’s why we’re developing the Franklin Community Health Complex, a first-of-its-kind endeavor in Little Rock. It is singularly designed to erase disparities that persists, ZIP code by ZIP code.”
The project will invigorate a vacant educational facility, the former Franklin Elementary School in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Little Rock, just south of War Memorial Stadium. The Little Rock School District in 2017 closed the school due to declining enrollment. CHCA bought the facility later that year, and plans for the multi-faceted and detailed project have been ongoing since then.
The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) earlier Wednesday issued a news release about the New Access Points grants for new Community Health Centers across the country. The list included the grant for Franklin, which was awarded to CHCA and Healthy Connections Inc. of Mena, one of the 11 member Community Health Centers in the CHCA. Healthy Connections will administer the healthcare clinic at Franklin.
“The Franklin Project is really the culmination of everything we’ve done everywhere else in Arkansas,” said Healthy Connections CEO Tony Calandro. “When you look at the patient population that surrounds Franklin, you’re looking at patients who have not been able to access quality, affordable healthcare. We’re excited to be involved and to be part of the solution to fill these health services gaps.”
Healthy Connections plans to offer family medical/primary care and behavior and mental health therapy services at Franklin.
Franklin, located at 1701 S Harrison St., was built in 1949 and named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. It encompasses about 70,000 square feet spread over four wings.
Other plans for the facility tackling overall wellness issues include, but aren’t limited to, after school programs, early educational programs, community meeting space, a community computer lab, recreation areas, a neighborhood cafe, a community garden, and job training classes.
Spencer said improving “whole person” well-being is a must to raise the healthcare standing of Arkansans because, other factors of life — called the Social Determinants of Health — are root causes of good or poor health.
Private fund-raising and other funds must supplement the HRSA grants, which are largely limited to healthcare initiatives. If you are interested in becoming involved in the success of the Franklin project, please contact Spencer (info above).
There are 12 Community Health Centers in Arkansas with some 130 branches in nearly every corner of the state.
This is the third item of significant news for Community Health Centers in recent weeks. In July, CHCA announced that centers have embarked on an innovative MAT program (Medication Assisted Treatment) for opioid abuse. Last week, CHCA and UAMS announced a partnership whereby UAMS would provide medical students to shadow physicians at Community Health Centers.
Community Health Centers provide services regardless of ability to pay. Those without insurance are charged on a sliding scale based on their income. Community Health Centers are funded through patient revenue and federal grants. These much-needed grants are scheduled to expire September 30, pending action in Congress.
LaShannon Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, CHCA
501.517.0842, lspencer@chc ar.org
Seth Blomeley, Communications and Policy Director, CHCA
Jeffrey Slatton, Business Development Specialist, Healthy Connections Inc.