Giving Thanks

​This Thanksgiving Day, we at Healthy Connections give thanks for all of our providers, staff, patients, friends, and families.

To celebrate this year, we asked some of our employees what they are thankful for this year.


Family, Friends, Health, Co-Workers, My job, my church, and all the blessings that the Lord continues to give to me daily.

Jessica Sickles


This year I’m thankful for many things. My family, my job, and my co-workers are just a few. Yes, it has been a rough year for many of us, but we all can look and see good things that have happened as well. Remember to thank those around you for all they do. Also under all these masks, smile!

Kathy Cook


I am so thankful for so many things – friends, family, being an American. But I’d like to especially point out that I’m thankful for my co-workers, people who have come together for the purpose of taking care of other, understanding that even with the risks of working in healthcare the benefits of helping others outweigh those risks. Happy, happy Thanksgiving to my HCI peeps!

Phyllis Cunningham


I am thankful that I have such a wonderful work atmosphere where everyone cares about meeting our patient needs. We have something very special here at HCI.

Stephanie Matthews

Mount Ida

I am thankful for my Salvation and my Church family, my husband, kids, and family and that they are all healthy and live close, my health, my job, living in a small town where everyone knows everyone and looks after each other, the freedoms we have now in America, Vacations with my husband and family, Pepsi, Sweet Tea, Dressing, Coconut Pie and ziplock baggies. 

Traci Pulley


I’m thankful for me and my family staying healthy and well with everything that is going on!

Nikki Dillard


I am thankful for Latricia Reed & Audra Davidson. They never fail to help me. The Chippewa Clinic has been super informative and the women are amazing.

Candy Meyer

Hot Springs

Mostly for my salvation, and my God who makes all blessings flow, innumerable to count. The inner joy that carries me through, and the peace that comes from that security. My family, our health, and freedom. Our jobs, my boss, and the amazing dental team. They are an amazing group of people.

Debbie Bailey


I am thankful for my family (my children) and my work family at HCI! 🙂

Megan Carter


Open Enrollment Through Dec. 15

With the Covid-19 pandemic ongoing, now is the time for Arkansans to enroll in Medicaid and ArKids 1st for the next year. Enrollment runs through Dec. 15, 2020, and can be done at the federally run health insurance exchange

You can get quality insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, and more. Even if you or a family member have a preexisting condition, like cancer, diabetes, or asthma.

Current enrollees who don’t update their application and enroll in a plan by Dec. 15 will generally be automatically enrolled in the same plan, or another plan with the same insurance company intended to be as similar as possible.

Thankgiving, Black Friday Hours Update

Special hours are in effect this week for clinics across the Healthy Connections Community Health Network.

All clinics will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020, for Thanksgiving.

The following clinics will be re-open on Friday, November 27 2020:

Health For Life Clinic, Little Rock Franklin, Arkadelphia, Hot Springs Central, and Mount Ida clinics are closed Friday and will re-open at their normal operating hours on Monday, November 30, 2020. See the complete list of clinic locations and hours at



National Rural Health Day Nov. 19


Healthy Connections, Inc., is proud to recognize the innovation, quality of care, and dedication of health professionals and volunteers in our community during National Rural Health Day 2020.

National Rural Health Day falls on the third Thursday in November each year and recognizes the efforts of those serving the health needs of an estimated 57 million people across the nation.

“We are proud to recognize our talented team of healthcare workers on National Rural Health Day. They work every day to help keep the communities we serve healthy,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc. “Our rural communities are wonderful places to live and work and these small towns are places where people work together to benefit the greater good.”

The Healthy Connections community health network is a federally-qualified health center (FQHC). Healthy Connections and Evolve Behavioral Health both accept Medicaid, ARKids 1st, Medicare, and most private health insurance. There is also a sliding-fee scale for patients without health insurance who qualify. Medicaid patients may be required to switch their primary care provider to Healthy Connections before they can be seen. Learn more about Healthy Connections at

A special website ( has been established for rural health stakeholders to explore a partnership pledge, showcase individuals and organizations selected as 2020 Community Stars, and provide visitors with a variety of tools, including social media posts to help #PowerofRural trend in outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. The website also shares how rural communities across the country will be celebrating National Rural Health Day.

Honoring All Who Served

On this Veterans Day, we want to take a moment to recognize and honor all who served. Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers — both past and present. We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our freedom.

To all veterans of all branches, thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. To our soldiers out there, thank you for the risks you take and the sacrifices you make.

And thank you to our numerous Healthy Connections Community Health Network employees who have served our country.

Thank you for your service!