December Employees of the Month

December is the gift that keeps on giving. And these employees gave their all for Healthy Connections this month. Congratulations to our HealthyConnections Shining Star December Employees of the Month:




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, Debbie and Monica are winners of a $50 gift card to the HC Hub Company Store.

Debbie works with Human Resources in recruiting for the Community Health Network. Monica is a phlebotomist at the Hot Springs Central clinic

  • Debbie has done an amazing job and has made the hiring process go so much more smoothly. She is professional, friendly, and helpful to both managers and new employees. She develops a rapport with new hires which certainly helps in getting them off to a good start. I truly appreciate her.”
  • “Monica is the definition of excellence, compassion, and community! She always makes sure to clarify orders so that the right tests get done in a speedy manner. This is such a help for providers and helps us all deliver more quality care. She is knowledgeable about all things lab-related and is always happy to lend her help and expertise, even when it is not expected or required. She is a friendly face and always brings positive energy into the work environment. Patients love her and trust her. She rocks!”


Congratulations to both Debbie and Monica.

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


Cardiology Services Update

Jennifer Kesterson, APRN; Zachary Geiling, APRN, and Dr. Jeffrey Tauth to see cardiology patients

Healthy Connections Specialty will continue to offer cardiology and cardiovascular disease services in 2023.

Dr. Vito Calandro is leaving Healthy Connections Specialty in January 2023. His patients will now be seen by nurse practitioners Jennifer Kesterson, APRN, and Zachary Geiling, APRN, in collaboration with Dr. Jeffrey Tauth from Hot Springs Heart and Vascular. This will continue at the Healthy Connections clinics in Mena, Hot Springs, and Hot Springs Village.

Kesterson is a nurse practitioner based in Mena (136 Health Park Lane) and joined Healthy Connections in 2021. She sees patient for primary care/family medicine, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, cardiology and cardiovascular diseases, and more.

Geiling is a nurse practitioner based in Hot Springs (208 McAuley Ct., Suite B) and Hot Springs Village (4585 AR-7 Suite 11). He joined Healthy Connections this year and sees patients for primary care/family medicine and cardiology and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Tauth sees patients for the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. He also offers nuclear cardiac testing, cardiac catheterization, coronary artery intervention and stenting, peripheral vascular angiography and intervention, pacemaker evaluation and implantation, cardiac arrhythmia diagnoses and treatment, and comprehensive treatment of hypertension and hyperlipidemia.

Call 888-710-8220 to schedule appointments with Healthy Connections. Learn more at

Jennifer Kesterson, APRN

Jennifer Kesterson, APRN

Primary Care, Cardiology, Vascular

Zachary Geiling, APRN

Zachary Geiling, APRN

Primary Care, Cardiology, Vascular

2022 Employee Awards

Healthy Connections Community Health Network is excited to announce our 2022 Employee Award winners.

These employees exemplified our three pillars of Community, Compassion, and Excellence throughout the year. Check back each day as we announce the winners in all 10 categories.

Rookies of the Year
  • Linda Lee, Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Tyrontala Walker, Medical Assistant at the Malvern Teeter Plaza Clinic
  • Eric Luster, APRN PMHNP, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based at the Little Rock Midtown, West Central Health Clinic, and Malvern Teeter Plaza clinic.
Customer Service Award
  • Tracey Price, Dental, Mena
  • Grace Hill, Patient Care Coordinator, Little Rock Midtown
Rising Star Award
  • Christi Martin, Patient Care Coordinator, Mena
  • Erica Manley, Lead in Medical Records in Mena
  • Kim Carson, Lead Patient Care Coordinator at Mena
  • Allie Anderson, 340B coordinator
 Support Staff Super Star Award
  • Andrea Pilcher, Lead Nurse at Hot Springs Central/My Kids Pediatric Clinic
  • Misty Morris, Medical Assistant at Little Rock Midtown clinic
  • Krystal Lenard, Referral Coordinator, remote
  • Connie Case, Lab Manager in Mena
Game Changer Award
  • Tina Allison, Director of Ancillary Services
  • Janet Dean, Human Resources Generalist, Mena
  • Chris Masters, Network Administrator, Mena
Monday, December 19 – Behind the Scenes Hero Award
  • Debbie Welch, Billing Clerk, Remote
  • Amanda Dunn, Accounting Manager, Remote
  • Misty Surber, Program Manager Healthy Families Arkansas Polk and Garland Counties.
Providers of the Year
  • Melanie Newman, APRN, Hot Springs Central and My Kids Pediatric Clinic
  • Terri Barrada, APRN, Mena
Distinguished Leadership Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Employee of the Year


2022 Healthy Connections Employee Award Winners

Game Changer Award

Cunningham Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Healthy Connections, Inc., is proud to announce the winner of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award is Phyllis Cunningham.

Cunningham is the Director of Nursing for Healthy Connections, Inc., and has been with the organization since 2009. She is set to retire in 2023.

“Several years ago we began recognizing those members of the Healthy Connections team who have dedicated their efforts to the improvement and advancement of our company. Phyllis is an advocate for Healthy Connections and delivers our Mission and Vision on a daily basis,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections. “She has been an inspiration to others and helped to shape Healthy Connections.”

See the complete list of 2022 Healthy Connections award winners at:

Singleton Wins Distinguished Leadership Award

Healthy Connections, Inc., is proud to announce the winner of the 2022 Distinguished Leadership Award is Susan Singleton.

Singleton is the Chief Financial Officer of Healthy Connections and joined the organization in 2019. Since then, she has been heavily involved in many areas and has proven to be a prominent leader.

“Susan is someone who has made an impact from the start and continues to make and influence every day,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections. “She has stepped in where assistance and help is needed and provided guidance and direction for staff, managers, and the entire company. She has been instrumental in the continued development of Healthy Connections.”

See the complete list of 2022 Healthy Connections award winners at: