Martin, Morales Accepting New Patients In De Queen

At Healthy Connections De Queen, we are excited to announce that both Angela Martin, APRN, and Autumn Morales, APRN, are accepting new patients.

It’s our mission to provide accessible, high-quality healthcare to our community, and Angela and Autumn are dedicated to making that a reality for you and your family.

Martin has an extensive background in nursing, combined with several years as a nurse practitioner, demonstrating her deep-rooted connection to De Queen. She is a well-respected figure in the De Queen area, having previously owned the Martin Family Medical Clinic and worked at the De Queen Medical Center. Angela is passionate about contributing to the well-being of the De Queen community and Sevier County.

“When I was an ER nurse, you see patients all the time that don’t need to be at the ER. They need to be seen in a clinic setting. I just wanted to be able to help people,” Martin said of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Morales, the latest addition to our healthcare team, brings her wealth of experience and dedication to De Queen, Sevier County, and the surrounding areas. She’s not only a healthcare provider; she’s a community member who genuinely cares about the well-being of her neighbors.

“I’ve always wanted to do healthcare,” Morales said. “It’s something I’ve been passionate about, and I’m dedicated to providing quality care for families in the De Queen area. My goal is to provide top-notch healthcare and make a positive impact in the lives of our patients.”

The De Queen clinic is conveniently located at 1206 W. Collin Raye Drive. Healthy Connections’ commitment to ensuring access to high-quality healthcare is unwavering, and we are proud to serve the De Queen community and Sevier County. Whether you’re covered by Medicaid, Medicare, ArKids 1st, or most insurance plans, we’ve got you covered. And for those without insurance who qualify, our sliding fee scale makes healthcare accessible, regardless of your financial situation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Martin and Autumn Morales to our De Queen clinic team. Their dedication to community healthcare aligns perfectly with our mission, and they embody our commitment to providing quality healthcare for our patients,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc.

Booking an appointment is simple – just call us at 888-710-8220, and our friendly staff will assist you. We’re here to serve you, and your health and well-being are our top priorities.

To learn more about the services, providers, and everything Healthy Connections has to offer, visit our website at https://healthy-connections.org.

We’re looking forward to welcoming new patients into our healthcare family and providing you with the best care possible. Your health matters, and we’re here to make sure you receive the care you deserve.

FNP McDermott Joins Malvern Teeter Clinic

Healthy Connections Welcomes Laura McDermott, APRN, to the Malvern Teeter Plaza Clinic

Healthy Connections is thrilled to introduce the newest addition to our Malvern healthcare team, Family Nurse Practitioner Laura McDermott, APRN.

As a Gulf War veteran with a profound dedication to community health, Laura brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to primary care and family medicine. She has joined the Malvern Teeter Plaza Clinic, situated at 900 MLK Blvd.

Her journey into healthcare was shaped by a profound desire to make a positive impact on the world. Her commitment to patient care is characterized by building strong and genuine patient-provider relationships. Laura firmly believes in the importance of being authentic, understanding, and caring, as she believes these are the keys to helping patients on their individual health journeys.

McDermott, a New York native, was inspired by a deep appreciation for the motto “Above all, we care.” In her own words, “Caring is the biggest thing that comes with medicine, regardless of degree or title. You have to be real with people to reach them where they’re at, to bring them up to a better level of health.”

McDermott joined Healthy Connections earlier this year and has been seeing patients for primary care/family medicine in Hot Springs and Malvern.

“Laura’s approach to healthcare perfectly aligns with our organization’s core values of Community, Compassion, and Excellence. She’s not only a seasoned healthcare provider but also a dedicated community health practitioner who will undoubtedly contribute to the well-being of the Malvern community,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc.

Healthy Connections is committed to serving the healthcare needs of Malvern with two clinics in the area. The Malvern Teeter Plaza Clinic offers extended hours, operating from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Alongside Laura, the clinic offers the services of pediatrics physician Dr. Jeremy Porter, Women’s Health Specialist Dr. Pittman Moore, and Evolve Behavioral Health and Medication Management.

Furthermore, the Malvern Pinnacle Clinic, led by healthcare professionals Absalom H. Tilley, MD; Briana Newcomb, APRN, and Gabrielle Williams, APRN, specializes in primary care for patients of all ages, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS patients and those dealing with addiction and related concerns.

Your health and well-being are our top priorities. To schedule an appointment with Laura McDermott, APRN, or for any inquiries, please call 888-710-8220. To learn more about our services and our commitment to the Malvern community, visit our website at www.healthy-connections.org/malvern.

Healthy Connections, together with Laura McDermott, APRN, is excited to embark on a journey of healing, compassion, and excellence in healthcare, continuing our mission to make the world a better place—one patient at a time. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our clinics, where we combine community-focused care with unwavering compassion to provide you with the high-quality healthcare you deserve.

Whether you’re a long-time resident of Malvern or new to the area, our healthcare team is here to serve your medical, dental, and behavioral health needs. With Laura McDermott and the entire Healthy Connections team, your health and well-being are in capable and caring hands. We aim to create a healthier and happier Malvern, one patient

FNP Autumn Morales Joins De Queen Clinic

Healthy Connections is excited to introduce the newest member of our healthcare team at the De Queen clinic, Autumn Morales, APRN.

Autumn Morales is a dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner with a wealth of experience in De Queen, Sevier County, and the surrounding areas. With a strong commitment to quality healthcare, she is here to provide the best care to you and your family.

“I’ve known a little bit about Healthy Connections for a while,” Morales said. “I’ve known some of the good programs that they have, some of the sliding scale fees for patients that may be in underserved areas. And I think that’s a phenomenal thing, and I’m super excited to be able to serve patients that are in that area as well as all the other patients.”

Morales’ roots run deep in Southwest Arkansas, having lived here her entire life and graduating from Nashville High School. Her local ties and extensive nursing experience make her a valuable addition to our Healthy Connections family.

“I’ve always wanted to do healthcare,” Morales said. “It’s something I’ve been passionate about, and I’m dedicated to providing quality care for families in the De Queen area.”

Autumn and her husband, Hasler, have called De Queen home since 2016. They are actively involved in the community and their local church, New Life De Queen. Autumn is not just a healthcare provider but a community member who cares deeply about the well-being of her neighbors.

As part of Healthy Connections, Autumn Morales aligns perfectly with our three pillars: Community, Compassion, and Excellence. She embodies these principles by serving the community, showing deep compassion for her patients, and maintaining a commitment to excellence in healthcare.

The Healthy Connections De Queen clinic serves patients for primary care/family medicine, Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction, HIV/AIDS testing, treatment, and care, and more. It features providers who speak both English and Spanish including Carolin Hockersmith, APRN; Inja Brown, APRN; and Inja Brown, APRN. Morales speaks both English and some Spanish. She and Martin worked together at AmCare Clinic in De Queen.

“We are thrilled to welcome Autumn Morales to our De Queen clinic. Her passion for providing top-notch healthcare aligns perfectly with Healthy Connections’ mission to serve our community,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc. “With Angela Martin and Autumn Morales now on our De Queen clinic team, we have an amazing roster of providers dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients.”

The De Queen clinic, located at 1206 W. Collin Raye Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, catering to both pediatric and family medicine patients.

Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most health insurance. There is also a sliding fee scale for patients without insurance who qualify.

Healthy Connections is committed to providing excellent healthcare services to the De Queen community, and with Autumn Morales on board, we’re more prepared than ever to meet your healthcare needs. We look forward to serving you and your family.

Mt. Ida Clinic To Close

Today, we have important news to share regarding our Montgomery County Community Clinic in Mt. Ida. In recent weeks, the Mt. Ida clinic has faced significant building and staffing challenges, leading us to suspend clinic operations. Our primary focus is on providing you with the high standards of care you deserve.

During this closure, we want to reassure you that our other locations, including Mena and three Hot Springs area facilities, are fully operational and ready to serve your medical needs. Additionally, we are thrilled to introduce Telehealth Services to better serve you during this period. This convenient option allows you to consult with our experienced medical professionals from the comfort of your own home, providing access to medical advice when you need it most.

Our dedicated healthcare professionals remain committed to delivering the same compassionate and comprehensive care you’ve come to expect from Healthy Connections. This closure offers us an opportunity to make important improvements, including enhancing our facilities, upgrading our equipment, and expanding our healthcare resources.

We understand that you may have questions about the future of the Mt. Ida clinic. Please rest assured that our decision is rooted in our commitment to your well-being and our dedication to providing quality healthcare. To schedule an appointment or for any information you may need, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-710-8220. Stay updated on the latest developments and clinic status by visiting our website at www.healthy-connections.org. Your health and convenience remain our top priorities.

Lear, Ledesma September Employees of Month

At Healthy Connections, we believe that our staff embodies the heart and soul of our organization. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary of providing exceptional healthcare services to communities across Western and Central Arkansas, we are thrilled to announce the shining stars of September: Katheryn Ledesma and Anna Lear. They have exemplified our core values of Community, Compassion, and Excellence, and we are proud to recognize their outstanding contributions.

Katheryn Ledesma: West Communities Winner

Katheryn serves as a Medical Assistant at our De Queen clinic. Her dedication and positive attitude have made her an invaluable member of the De Queen team. In her nomination, her colleagues had this to say about her: “Katie is a wonderful member of the De Queen team. She is a help to everyone and always has a positive attitude!”

Her commitment to our patients and her fellow staff members truly embodies the essence of Healthy Connections.

Anna Lear: East Communities Winner

Anna is a Patient Care Coordinator at our Hot Springs clinics. Her consistent pleasant demeanor, helpful nature, and exceptional competency have left a lasting impression on both patients and colleagues. One client even shared, “I missed her when she was gone. She is always pleasant and helpful.”

Anna’s dedication to her work and her unwavering commitment to our mission have made her a true asset to Healthy Connections.

Recognizing Excellence

At Healthy Connections, we believe in recognizing and rewarding excellence. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Katheryn and Anna, our September Shining Star Employees, will each receive a $50 credit to the HC Hub Company Store. This credit allows them to grab some Healthy Connections swag as a token of our appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

Nominate the Next Shining Star

Do you know a colleague who goes above and beyond to embody our values of Community, Compassion, and Excellence? We invite you to nominate them for next month’s Employee of the Month award. Your nominations help us recognize the outstanding individuals who make Healthy Connections exceptional. To submit a nomination, please visit our website at www.healthy-connections.org/nominate.

As we celebrate 25 years of caring for our communities, we’re reminded that our success is built upon the dedication and excellence of individuals like Katheryn and Anna. Their commitment to our mission and values is truly commendable, and we are grateful to have them as part of the Healthy Connections family.