April Employees of the Month Announced

Announcing Our April 2024 Shining STAR Employees of the Month

We are pleased to announce our Shining STAR employees of the month for April 2024, celebrating individuals who exemplify our core principles of Community, Compassion, and Excellence. This month, we recognize Halee Baker and Dr. Anne Murphy, outstanding contributors from our West and East Communities, respectively.

Halee Baker, the West Communities winner, has been a vital part of Healthy Connections since 2017. Serving as the Centralized Scheduling Call Center Manager, Halee oversees the team responsible for all our incoming calls. A nomination from one of her colleagues highlighted her exceptional leadership: “She goes above and beyond to make sure her team is taken care of. She is the best manager I have had. She makes us want to show up every day. Not to mention, her patient care is always amazing. We may just answer the phone, but she can make any upset patient happy. She really is an amazing person!” Halee’s dedication ensures that our team members are supported and our patients receive the highest level of care.

Dr. Anne Murphy, DO, our East Communities winner, rejoined Healthy Connections last year, having previously been part of our organization. She currently serves patients in Hot Springs and has expanded her care to Arkadelphia and Malvern, with plans to start in Sheridan later this month. Dr. Murphy’s flexibility and commitment to patient care have been crucial during her time with us. According to a co-worker’s nomination, “Dr. Murphy is a great asset to HCI. She has been filling in at several locations, with Arkadelphia being one of the main ones. She exhibits a passion for taking care of patients no matter what clinic she is in. She shows empathy and compassion. She makes the day fun with her upbeat personality, and we love hearing her dog stories. We love us some Dr. Murphy; she is amazing.”

As winners, Halee and Dr. Murphy will each receive a credit to the Healthy Connections HC Hub Company store. This award is a small token of our appreciation for their significant contributions.

Please join us in congratulating Halee Baker and Dr. Anne Murphy on their well-deserved recognition. Their dedication not only enhances the health and well-being of our communities but also inspires all of us at Healthy Connections to strive for excellence every day.

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 Matt York Joins Healthy Connections and My Kids Pediatric Clinic

Welcome Matt York, APRN, to Healthy Connections and My Kids Pediatric Clinic in Hot Springs

Healthy Connections and My Kids Pediatric Clinic are thrilled to announce the addition of Matt York, APRN, to our healthcare team in Hot Springs. As a Family Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in both pediatric and adult care, Matt joins us at our location at 3604 Central Avenue, Suite D. Our clinics embody the commitment to providing comprehensive healthcare services across all ages in the Hot Springs community.

Comprehensive Pediatric and Adult Care

Matt York brings his expertise to My Kids Pediatric Clinic and Healthy Connections, enhancing our capacity to offer top-tier pediatric care and adult primary care in Hot Springs. His approach to healthcare is deeply rooted in compassion and understanding, ensuring a seamless experience for patients and their families.

“Healthy Connections is a good fit for me. They need someone that’s going to be able to see pediatric patients and then go immediately to the next room and maybe see a 75-year-old, and I’m comfortable doing both,” he said.

Healthy Connections, Inc., CEO Tony Calandro said York is an ideal match for the Hot Springs Central location.

“Bringing Matt into our team is more than just adding a skilled practitioner; it’s about enriching our family with someone who embodies our core values of community, compassion, and excellence,” Calandro said. “Matt’s unique ability to connect with patients of all ages and backgrounds, coupled with his dedication to providing inclusive healthcare, perfectly aligns with our mission to serve and uplift the entire Hot Springs community.”

Pediatric Healthcare Services in Hot Springs

My Kids Pediatric Clinic, which also features Jeremy Porter, MD, and Melanie Newman, APRN, is set to redefine pediatric healthcare in Hot Springs. York’s commitment to making healthcare visits enjoyable and memorable ensures that children and their families have a positive experience.

“I don’t take things seriously. I have a good time. Everybody’s going to enjoy seeing me. We pal around and joke and have a good time, and I will remember little funny things about the last visit, usually bring them up.,” he said.

Adult Healthcare Services in Hot Springs

Healthy Connections welcomes adults to benefit from Matt York’s comprehensive approach to adult medicine. Matt’s ability to cater to the complex needs of adult patients while maintaining a light-hearted and engaging environment makes him a valuable asset. His approach underscores the clinic’s mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for the adult population in Hot Springs.

Accepting Medicaid, ARKids 1st, and Medicare in Hot Springs

Ensuring accessibility to healthcare is a priority for both Healthy Connections and My Kids Pediatric Clinic. York emphasizes the importance of this inclusivity. Our clinics are dedicated to serving the community by accepting Medicaid, ARKids 1st, Medicare, and most health insurance plans, alongside offering a sliding fee scale for those without insurance.

“I would estimate 90 percent of the patients that I see in the pediatric clinic have Medicaid. It doesn’t change care. It can be nice because things get covered that private insurance won’t usually cover,” he said.

Join Us at 3604 Central Avenue, Suite D, for Family Healthcare

Our clinic at 3604 Central Avenue, Suite D, stands as a beacon of health and wellness in Hot Springs, offering a range of services tailored to meet the healthcare needs of both children and adults. In addition to primary care and pediatrics services, the Hot Springs Central Avenue location offers Women’s Health, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Bioidentical hormone treatment, wound care, and more.

Matt will begin seeing patients in early May. To schedule an appointment or for more information about our comprehensive healthcare services, please call 888-710-8220.

March 2024 Employees of the Month

Healthy Connections Announces March 2024 Shining STAR Employees of the Month

Healthy Connections is proud to announce the March 2024 Shining STAR Employees of the Month: Schanae Rocha, a dental assistant at our Mena clinic, and Chelsi Snider, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at our Hot Springs Chippewa clinic. Rocha and Snider have been recognized for their outstanding embodiment of our core values: Community, Compassion, and Excellence, receiving nominations from their peers for their exceptional work and contributions to our health center and the communities we serve.

Schanae Rocha stepped up significantly during a time when both our Mena and Hot Springs locations faced challenges in dental operations. As a single mother, she managed her personal responsibilities with precision to ensure she could provide necessary dental services at the Chippewa dental department. Rocha’s commitment involved early mornings and late evenings, traveling from Mena to Hot Springs to assist where needed, showcasing a strong commitment to our community’s health needs.

Chelsi Snider is recognized by her colleagues as an exemplary nurse who consistently performs at a high level of professionalism and respect towards staff and patients alike. Snider’s approach to her work, giving 110% every day, highlights her as a model of excellence and a valued member of the Healthy Connections team.

In recognition of their contributions, both Rocha and Snider will be awarded a $50 credit to the HC Hub Company store.

Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, offered his congratulations, saying, “Schanae and Chelsi stand as prime examples of what we value at Healthy Connections. Their actions and commitment to our pillars of Community, Compassion, and Excellence not only contribute significantly to our mission but also set a high bar for all of us. We are grateful for their efforts and proud to acknowledge their achievements.”

At Healthy Connections, we believe those who embody our values of Community, Compassion, and Excellence can profoundly impact our team and the communities we serve. If these values resonate with you and you’re seeking a rewarding career path, we invite you to consider joining our team. For more information on career opportunities, please visit https://healthy-connections.org/careers.

 

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.

February Employees of the Month

Healthy Connections is proud to announce our February 2024 Employees of the Month: Charlotte Craig from our West Communities and Andrea Pilcher from our East Communities.

These recognitions are a testament to their outstanding contributions and embodiment of our core values: Community, Compassion, and Excellence. Each month, we celebrate team members who exemplify these principles, making a significant impact in their roles and in the lives of those we serve.

Charlotte Craig, a billing specialist who has been with Healthy Connections since 2017, works remotely to ensure the seamless operation of our financial services. Charlotte’s role is critical in maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of our billing processes, directly affecting our ability to care for patients and support our staff. A colleague’s nomination praised her, stating, “Charlotte is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help anyone. She is so kind and good-hearted, truly wanting the best for our patients and coworkers. She strives to ensure that our patients are taken care of in a timely manner, demonstrating her commitment to compassion and excellence in every task she undertakes.”

Andrea Pilcher, our East Communities winner, has been a pivotal part of Healthy Connections since 2016, serving as a Clinical Territory Lead at the Hot Springs Central clinic. Andrea’s role is instrumental in mentoring new nurses and providers, ensuring they receive top-notch training and support. Her dedication to excellence is evident in the way she goes above and beyond for her team, as highlighted by a coworker: “She provides excellent training and has ensured that both nurses and providers’ onboarding experience and training are of the highest quality.” Andrea’s efforts significantly enhance our clinical operations, contributing to the overall health and well-being of our communities.

We are delighted to honor Charlotte Craig and Andrea Pilcher for their exceptional contributions to Healthy Connections. Their dedication to our pillars of Community, Compassion, and Excellence not only strengthens our team but also inspires others to achieve their best. Congratulations to both Charlotte and Andrea on this well-deserved recognition.