Arkadelphia Clinic Ribbon Cutting and Welcome Celebration

Ribbon Cutting and Welcome Celebration at Healthy Connections Arkadelphia Clinic

On Thursday, the Healthy Connections Arkadelphia clinic hosted a vibrant Ribbon Cutting and Welcome Celebration, in partnership with the Arkadelphia Alliance. This event marked the official introduction of our newest healthcare providers: Kristin Brown, APRN; Leslie Collie, APRN; and Dr. Kara Worley, OBGYN. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us to celebrate this milestone. The event was a wonderful opportunity for the community to meet Kristin and Leslie, who are now available for primary care and family medicine services for patients of all ages.

Our Arkadelphia clinic is committed to providing accessible and high-quality healthcare. We proudly accept Medicaid, Medicare, ARKids 1st, and most major health insurance plans. For those without insurance, we offer a sliding fee scale to ensure no one is left without the care they need. Dr. Kara Worley, known for her “Catching Babies” philosophy, specializes in women’s health, including gynecology and obstetrics.

Kristin Brown, APRN, and Leslie Collie, APRN, bring a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to patient care. They are dedicated to promoting wellness and providing comprehensive healthcare services to individuals and families in our community. Whether you need routine check-ups, management of chronic conditions, or acute care, Kristin and Leslie are here to support your health journey.

Dr. Kara Worley offers specialized care in obstetrics and gynecology. Her “Catching Babies” philosophy underscores her commitment to providing personalized and empathetic care to expectant mothers. Dr. Worley is well-known for her dedication to women’s health and her ability to make her patients feel comfortable and supported throughout their healthcare experience.

Located at 301 Professional Park Drive, the Arkadelphia clinic is open Monday through Thursday, from 7:45 am to 6:00 pm. For appointments, please call 888-710-8220. You can learn more about the clinic and our services at Healthy Connections Arkadelphia.

Community Support and Acknowledgements

We are deeply thankful for the overwhelming support from our community, which made this event a success. Special thanks to Patterson Federal Credit Union, Southern Bancorp, Justin Rogers with Farm Bureau, Shuffield Music Company, Arkadelphia Walmart, The V B & Grill, Billie Murphy and the UPS Store, Heartland Pharmacy, Dr. Byrd’s office, Samantha’s Bakery, and Michael Brown with Brown’s Grinding Co. for their generous contributions.

Congratulations to our door prize drawing winners: Patricia McGee of Arkadelphia, Carolyn King of Arkadelphia, KiShiana Walton of Hope, Johnesha of Arkadelphia, Gabrielle Perry of Arkadelphia, Jason Lowe of Point Cedar, Marquita Morehead of Arkadelphia, and Linda Easley of Gurdon. Prizes can be picked up at the clinic during normal business hours.

Thank you once again to everyone who came out to support us. We look forward to continuing to serve the Arkadelphia community with the same dedication and excellence that defines Healthy Connections.

Arkadelphia Clinic Celebration Event June 6

Join Us for the Arkadelphia Clinic Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration on June 6!

Healthy Connections is excited to invite the community to the ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of our Arkadelphia clinic on Thursday, June 6. The event will commence at 9:30 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in collaboration with the Arkadelphia Alliance, marking the beginning of a day filled with festivities.

We welcome everyone to stop by and enjoy a complimentary lunch, meet our exceptional healthcare providers, and tour our state-of-the-art facility. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know our new providers Kristin Brown, APRN, Leslie Collie, APRN, and Kara Worley, OBGYN. Our clinic is currently accepting new patients and is in-network for most health insurance plans. We also have openings for Medicaid and Medicare patients and offer a sliding fee scale for those without insurance who qualify.

Join us to meet Leslie, Kristin, Kara, and Dr. Anne Murphy, and to experience firsthand the comprehensive healthcare services we provide. There will be fun activities for both kids and adults, making it a perfect family event.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888-710-8220. Learn more about our Arkadelphia clinic, its providers, and the services offered by visiting Healthy Connections Arkadelphia Clinic. We look forward to seeing you there!

Healthy Connections Welcomes Kristin Brown, APRN

We are excited to announce that Kristin Brown, APRN, has joined Healthy Connections as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Kristin will be available to see patients at both our Arkadelphia and Malvern Teeter clinic locations, where she will apply her experience in family medicine to serve our community.

Exceptional Primary Care Services Offered in Arkadelphia and Malvern

Kristin Brown offers a comprehensive range of health services, including primary care, HIV management, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction. Her expertise also covers wellness checks, sick visits, physicals, and immunizations.

“Joining Healthy Connections feels like a natural step in my career, aligning perfectly with my passion for comprehensive, community-based healthcare,” Brown said. “I am excited to contribute to our mission of providing excellent care with a personal touch.”

Visit Our Arkadelphia and Malvern Clinics to Meet Kristin Brown

Kristin is now accepting new patients at the Arkadelphia clinic located at 301 Professional Park Drive and the Malvern Teeter Clinic at 900 MLK Blvd. The Arkadelphia clinic is open from 7:45 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, and the Malvern Teeter Clinic operates from 7:45 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, please call us at 888-710-8220.

Committed to the Community: Kristin Brown’s Local Connection

A native of Arkadelphia and a graduate of Henderson State University, Kristin is deeply committed to giving back telto the community that shaped her.

“Growing up in Arkadelphia was definitely a blessing to my career. I’m proud to serve the community that raised me and to see familiar faces in my clinic, bringing a unique, personal touch to healthcare,” said Kristin.

Providing Accessible Healthcare to All

Both the Arkadelphia and Malvern clinics accept Medicaid, Medicare, most insurance plans, and offer a sliding fee scale for qualifying uninsured patients. This ensures that all members of our community have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare. We encourage everyone to take advantage of our preventative and ongoing healthcare services.

Leadership and Vision for Community Health

Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, warmly welcomes Kristin to the team: “We are thrilled to have Kristin join our family. Her professionalism, compassion, and deep roots in the community are invaluable as we continue to strive for excellence in every aspect of our care. Kristin embodies the spirit of Healthy Connections, and we look forward to her contributions to our community’s health and wellbeing.”

For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment with Kristin Brown, please call us today at 888-710-8220 or visit us at one of our clinics. Let us help you take the first step towards a healthier future.

Sellers Appointed Executive Vice President Of Operations

Healthy Connections, a leading provider of community health services across Western and Central Arkansas, is excited to announce the appointment of Ron G. Sellers, MBA, as its new Executive Vice President of Operations.  Sellers brings to the organization a rich background in healthcare management, with extensive experience in enhancing operational efficiency and patient care.

“I’m here to help grow the organization, continue the mission, vision, and values of Healthy Connections, and to expand services the patient population that we’re reaching,” he said.

Healthy Connections is a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) committed to providing medical, dental, and behavioral health services throughout Western and Central Arkansas. Sellers’ commitment to the organization’s core values of community, compassion, and excellence is evident and aligns with his personal and professional aspirations to improve healthcare accessibility and quality.

“One of the reasons I joined Healthy Connections and stayed in the FQHC model is because of what it stands for, what we’re here to do, the patient population that we’re here to serve,” said Sellers, who comes to Healthy Connections after working at another FQHC.

With a strong focus on operational excellence and strategic growth, Sellers is poised to make significant contributions to Healthy Connections. His approach to leadership, deeply rooted in a commitment to service and community engagement, underscores Healthy Connections’ ongoing efforts to provide exceptional healthcare services.

Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, welcomed Sellers, highlighting his strategic vision and commitment to healthcare excellence as invaluable to the organization’s mission.

“With Ron’s leadership, we look forward to expanding our reach and continuing to provide high-quality healthcare to the communities we serve,” said Calandro.

Sellers’ educational background includes a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Union University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Health/Health Care Administration/Management from Ottawa University, alongside a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science in Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For more information or to schedule appointments, please call 888-710-8220 or visit www.healthy-connections.org.

 

FNP Collie Joins Arkadelphia, Malvern Clinics

Healthy Connections Welcomes Leslie Collie, APRN, to Our Arkadelphia and Malvern Clinics

Healthy Connections is excited to announce Leslie Collie, APRN, as a new addition to our healthcare team. As a Family Nurse Practitioner who is also an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Leslie will provide services in Arkadelphia and Malvern, enhancing our primary care and women’s health services.

Bringing Valuable Experience to Patient Care

With more than 20 years of experience in nursing, specializing in nursery, labor, and delivery, Leslie is well-equipped to join Healthy Connections. “I’ve always been passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through healthcare. Joining Healthy Connections allows me to extend that impact to more individuals and families in Arkadelphia and Malvern,” Leslie said.

Leslie’s arrival is warmly received across the organization, with CEO Tony Calandro noting, “We’re delighted to have Leslie join us. Her experience, skills, and dedication to healthcare excellence align perfectly with our mission to provide comprehensive, compassionate care.”

Enhancing Women’s Health Services

Leslie is poised to make a significant impact in women’s health, leveraging her certification as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. “Women’s health is a cornerstone of family health. I’m looking forward to using my skills to support women and their families in this community,” Leslie said, emphasizing her dedication to a holistic approach to healthcare.

Education and Professional Development

Leslie’s commitment to her field is underpinned by a solid educational foundation and continuous professional development. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Henderson State University, further solidifying her expertise in healthcare. Her certification as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant was achieved after completing 90 hours of coursework and over 5000 hours of clinical breastfeeding education. This dedication to learning and growth ensures that Leslie brings the latest in healthcare practices to Healthy Connections.

Committed to the Community

A native of Arkadelphia, Leslie brings not only her professional expertise but also her deep personal connection to the community. Her involvement extends beyond the clinic, including educational initiatives like childbirth preparation classes. “Being from Arkadelphia, I understand the unique health needs of our community. I’m excited to give back to the place that has given me so much,” Leslie said.

An Invitation to Health and Well-being

Leslie is ready to welcome patients and address their healthcare needs. “Healthcare is a journey we take together with our patients. Whether it’s a routine check-up or more specialized care, I’m here to support you every step of the way,” Leslie said, inviting individuals and families to connect with Healthy Connections.

To schedule an appointment with Leslie Collie, APRN, or to learn more about the services at Healthy Connections, please call 888-710-8220. We are committed to providing accessible, high-quality healthcare, anchored by our core values of community, compassion, and excellence.

Watch Dr. Sharon Meador On KATV GMA

We’re excited to share a recent highlight from Healthy Connections, featuring Dr. Sharon Meador on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas. Dr. Meador, a dedicated member of our medical team, took the opportunity to discuss the vital role of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the field of addiction and recovery, especially concerning opioid use.

At Healthy Connections, we understand that addiction is a complex challenge that requires a multifaceted approach. It’s not just about addressing the physical aspects but also nurturing the emotional and mental well-being of those affected. This is where MAT steps in as a cornerstone of our treatment options, combining medication with counseling and behavioral therapies to offer a comprehensive, individualized recovery plan.

Dr. Meador’s appearance on Good Morning Arkansas was more than just an interview; it was a moment to shine a light on the hope and healing that MAT can bring to individuals and families struggling with opioid addiction. It emphasized our commitment to providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to our community, underlining our core values of Community, Compassion, and Excellence.

Recovery from addiction is a personal journey, one that requires support, understanding, and the right resources. Medication-Assisted Treatment at Healthy Connections offers a path forward, helping individuals regain control of their lives and embark on a path to healing and resilience.

If you or someone you know is facing the challenges of addiction, we’re here to help. Visit our dedicated MAT page at https://healthy-connections.org/mat or call us at 888-710-8220 for more information on how we can support your journey to recovery.

Together, we’re not just confronting addiction; we’re fostering an environment of healing and hope, one patient at a time. Join us at Healthy Connections, where every step towards recovery is a step towards a brighter, healthier future.