LR’s West Central Health Clinic Opening Sept. 29

Healthy Connections Inc. and the City of Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Fall Festival and Grand Opening for the West Central Health Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

The West Central Health Clinic will provide primary care and behavioral health services on the campus of the West Central Community Center and Sports Complex in the John Barrow neighborhood of Little Rock.

The event will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29, at the clinic, which is located at 4511 John Barrow Road in Little Rock. The free event will include fun, food, games, activities, and tours of the clinic.

The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. and members of the community will speak about the project. Also on-site for the event and broadcasting live will be KWCP 98.9 LPFM – West Central Community Radio and KABZ-FM 103.7 The Buzz.

“We are excited to finally open the West Central Health Clinic, which we believe will be important in filling healthcare gaps in the community,” said Healthy Connections CEO Tony Calandro. “We want to thank the City of Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department for their partnership and support. And we look forward to providing primary care/family medicine and behavioral health services to the John Barrow Neighborhood.”

Appointments at West Central Health Clinic can be made by calling 888-710-8220. Clinic hours are still to be announced. More information about the clinic can be found at

Healthy Connections is a Mena-based nonprofit Community Health Network with locations throughout central and western Arkansas. Since its founding in 1998 as a home-visiting program, Healthy Connections has been able to provide much-needed medical, dental, behavioral health, and social services to families of all lifestyles. As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the West Central Health Clinic will accept most health insurance, including Medicaid, ARKids 1st, and Medicare. There is also a sliding-fee scale for patients without health insurance who qualify according to their total household income.

August Employees of the Month

August means the end of summer vacation and a busy month at our clinics as everyone prepares to head back to school. These employees stood out to become our August Shining STAR Employees of the Month. Congratulations to our winners:




Each month across the Healthy Connections Community Health Network, exemplary employees are nominated for this award for representing our Three Pillars: Excellence, Compassion, and Community. These pillars are considered heavily when choosing winners.

As winners of this Shining STAR award, Chris and Dr. Ward are winners of a $50 gift card.

Chris is the Network Administrator over Information Technology services throughout the Community Health Network. Dr. Ward is a primary care physician at the Hot Springs Central clinic.

  • In his short time with the organization, Chris has truly made a difference for our patients and employees. Managing an IT healthcare network can be very challenging, but Chris makes the difficult appear easy. He is a good steward of organizational resources and leads his team in providing exceptional customer service. He thoughtfully reviews processes and figures out the most efficient and effective way to solve problems. His leadership and professionalism have been instrumental in making sure our employees are able to care for our patients.
  • Patient-focused, an educator, and a soothing personality when things get hectic. I feel she has a special relationship with every employee in this clinic and supports our APRNs. Ward is a strong patient advocate. She comes to work with a smile on her face every day and is available at the drop of a hat to assist employees with anything that they need. She goes above and beyond to ensure that her collaborating providers can come to her with any needs they may have whether they be procedural and company questions, or for her professional opinion regarding patient care. Her bedside manner is second to none and she forms a relationship with each patient that comes through the door. Dr. Ward stands tall amongst healthcare professionals and is more than deserving of the recognition that comes with employee of the month.

Congratulations to both Chris and Dr. Ward.

Thanks again this month to everyone who nominated an employee. There were a lot of great nominations. Do you know who should be our next employees to be recognized? You can nominate them by visiting