Dr. Kara Worley Joins Healthy Connections

Transforming Women’s Healthcare in Central Arkansas with Compassionate Obstetrics and Comprehensive Women’s Health Services

Healthy Connections, Inc., is thrilled to introduce a radiant gem in women’s health: Dr. Kara Worley, MD OBGYN.

A Lively Approach to Women’s Health

Dr. Worley’s approach to women’s health is as unique as her spirited personality. She doesn’t simply deliver babies; she joyfully declares that she “catches babies.” This lively philosophy encapsulates her approach to healthcare, resonating deeply with her patients and colleagues.

“When you talk about labor and delivery, I don’t deliver anything. The moms deliver and I catch,” Dr. Worley said. “I had a mom several years ago start the hashtag #DeliveredByMomsCaughtByDrWorley which is more the truth of what I do. The mom does all the hard work and we’re the cheerleaders around her.”

Complementary Partnership

Dr. Worley’s partnership with Pittman Moore, MD OBGYN, adds a new dimension to women’s healthcare at Healthy Connections. Dr. Moore is an experienced specialist in women’s health procedures and Biote, a bioidentical hormone treatment. Their collaboration forms an unbeatable team. Having attended medical school together, they share a profound understanding of each other’s approach to patient care.

“I am delighted to be part of Healthy Connections and contribute to the well-being of women in our community,” Dr. Worley said. “I believe Healthy Connections is the perfect place for me to continue this journey.”

Her path to Central Arkansas

Dr. Worley’s journey in medicine began with her roots in Texarkana, Ark., and culminated in a medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Her training took her to places like New Orleans, where she completed internships, and Albuquerque, N.M., where she pursued her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“I had been a doctor for about 5 minutes, so you know at that point we learned quickly what we needed to do,” Dr. Worley said of her time in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. “It was a good lesson of what happens when conditions deteriorate. It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long ago. There are still traces of Katrina and New Orleans. Now, I think it made me appreciate my job more especially happening so soon in my career.”

Prior to joining Healthy Connections, Dr. Worley made substantial contributions to women’s healthcare during her tenure at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, Ark. Her commitment to providing compassionate and comprehensive care aligns seamlessly with Healthy Connections’ core values of Community, Compassion, and Excellence.

Expanding Access Across the Region

Dr. Worley is dedicated to serving communities throughout Central Arkansas. Patients can access her expertise at Healthy Connections clinics in Hot Springs, Malvern, and Arkadelphia. This expansion brings essential women’s health services closer to home, ensuring that women in these areas receive the care they deserve.

Accepting Medicaid, Medicare, and Most Health Insurance

Dr. Worley’s commitment to accessible healthcare extends to her acceptance of Medicaid, Medicare, and most health insurance plans. For patients without insurance who qualify, Healthy Connections offers a sliding fee scale, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to receive quality care.

A Bright Future for Women’s Health

Dr. Worley will have an affiliation with National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, where she will deliver babies and perform surgeries.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kara Worley to our Healthy Connections family,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc. “Her dedication to excellence and compassionate care mirrors our values, and her expertise will help us grow our Women’s Health and Obstetrics program to better serve our communities.”

Seamless Healthcare Transitions

Healthy Connections boasts a robust healthcare network, including primary care/family medicine services at clinics throughout the region and My Kids Pediatric Clinic in Hot Springs and Malvern, led by Dr. Jeremy Porter. The integration of the expanded obstetrics program means that women will have the opportunity to seamlessly move through the Community Health Network, from primary care to obstetrics, to pediatrics, ensuring comprehensive and coordinated care for the entire family.

As Healthy Connections continues to shine as a beacon of healthcare excellence, the arrival of Dr. Kara Worley promises a brighter and more vibrant future for women’s healthcare in Central Arkansas. Her philosophy of providing personalized and compassionate care aligns perfectly with the spirit of Healthy Connections, creating a harmonious narrative in the journey of healthcare for women. Whether you’re looking for the best OBGYN, prenatal care, or maternity services in Hot Springs, Dr. Worley and Healthy Connections stand ready to meet your needs.

2023 Healthy Connections Employee Awards

Healthy Connections Community Health Network is excited to announce our 2023 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 8 categories.

Customer Service Award (Dec. 11)

  • Lauren Gage, Mena
  • Cindy Dillavou, Arkadelphia

Lauren Gage, a financial counselor in billing at the Mena clinic since 2020, and Cindy Dillvou, a Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) in Arkadelphia since 2022, are the recipients of the Customer Service Award. These dedicated individuals consistently provide exceptional customer service to patients, whether interacting over the phone or in person. Their commitment to ensuring a positive and supportive experience for patients reflects the values of Healthy Connections.

Support Staff Super Star Award (Dec. 12)

The Support Staff Super Star Award goes to Paula Bradley, an administrative assistant in Mena since 2021, and Kristen West, a PCC Training Coordinator based in Hot Springs, who has been with Healthy Connections since 2017. Paula and Kristen play vital roles in supporting various staff members with information, training, and whatever assistance is needed. Their dedication to the smooth operation of the organization contributes significantly to the overall success of Healthy Connections.

  • Paula Bradley, Mena
  • Kristen West, Hot Springs

Rookies of the Year (Dec. 13)

Brittany Mayberry, an LPN in Mount Ida, and Jessica Hood, the Director of Nursing, are recognized as the Rookies of the Year. Brittany, who joined in February, and Jessica, who has been with Healthy Connections since January, have made notable contributions in their short time with the organization. Jessica’s role in recruitment and organization has been particularly impactful in enhancing the nursing and support staff.

  • Brittany Mayberry, Mt. Ida
  • Jessica Hood, Director of Nursing

Rising Star Award (Dec. 14)

Lisa England, the lead in Medical Records, and Ashley Steadham, a lead Patient Care Coordinator (PCC), are the recipients of the Rising Star Award. Joining Healthy Connections in 2023, Lisa and Ashley have demonstrated outstanding work and show promise for a bright future within the organization. Their commitment to excellence is evident in their respective roles, with Ashley based in Malvern and Lisa in Mena.

  • Lisa England, Mena
  • Ashley Steadham, Malvern Pinnacle

Behind the Scenes Hero Award (Dec. 18)

Tammy Abner, the manager of clinic services since 2013, and RosaLea Dodson, a remote bookkeeper since 2022, are honored with the Behind the Scenes Hero Award. While the public may not see their contributions, Tammy and RosaLea are integral to the organization’s success. Their behind-the-scenes efforts enhance the work environment and ensure that Healthy Connections continues to provide excellent care to patients.

  • Tammy Abner, Mena
  • RosaLea Dodson, Remote

Game Changer Award (Dec. 19)

Shane McWilliams, the Power Platform Business Analyst, and Jeffrey Slatton, the Business Communications and Marketing Manager, are recognized as the Game Changers of the Year. Shane’s efforts in bridging IT and staff across locations and Jeffrey’s transformative contributions to marketing and communication have had a profound impact on Healthy Connections. Their innovative approaches and dedication to excellence make them true game-changers for the organization.

  • Shane McWilliams, Remote
  • Jeffrey Slatton, Hot Springs

Providers of the Year (Dec. 20)

Dr. Patrick Fox and Zachary Geiling, APRN, are our 2023 Healthy Connections Providers of the Year. Click here to learn more about them and why they were selected.

  • Patrick Fox, MD, Mena
  • Zachary Geiling, APRN, Hot Springs Village

Employee of the Year (Dec. 21)

Director of Practice Management Andrea Wright has been named the 2023 Healthy Connections Employee of the Year. Click here to learn more about her and why she was selected.

  • Andrea Wright

Holiday Clinic Schedule

As we approach the festive season, we want to ensure you have all the information you need about Healthy Connections’ clinic schedule. Please note the following schedule, and check back here for any updates:

📅 Holiday Clinic Schedule:

ClinicFriday, Dec. 22Dec. 23, 24, & 25Tuesday, Dec. 26Wednesday, Dec. 27Thursday, Dec. 28Friday, Dec. 29Dec. 30, 31 & Jan. 1Tuesday, Jan. 2
ArkadelphiaClosedClosedClosed8 am-6 pm8 am- 6 pmClosedClosed8 am-6 pm
De Queen8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6pm8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm
Haskell8 am-NoonClosed7:30 am-5 pm7:30 am-5 pm7:30 am-5 pm8 am-12 pmClosed7:30 am-5 pm
Hot Springs Central8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm
Hot Springs Chippewa8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed8 am - 6 pm
Hot Springs McAuleyClosedClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed8 am-6 pm
Hot Springs VillageClosedClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed8 am-6 pm
Little Rock Midtown8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed8 am-6 pm
Malvern Teeter PlazaClosedClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed8 am-6 pm
Malvern Pinnacle8 am-NoonClosed7:30 am-5 pm7:30 am-5 pm7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.ClosedClosed7:30 am-5 pm
Mena Health Park8 a.m.-6 p.m.Closed8 am- 6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm
Mount IdaTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily Closed
RussellvilleClosedClosed8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosedClosed8 am-6 pm
West Central Health Clinic8 am-12 pmClosed7:30 am-5 pm7:30 am-5 pm7:30 am-5 pm8 am-12 pmClosed7:30 am-5 pm
SheridanTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily Closed

For any additional updates, please call our dedicated line at 888-710-8220. We recommend checking back here for the latest information as it becomes available.

As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we want to express our deepest gratitude for allowing us to be a part of your health journey. Wishing each and every one of our patients joyous holidays and a happy, healthy New Year!

November Employees of the Month

Congratulations to Kim Carson and Laci Sims – November 2023 Employees of the Month!

We are thrilled to announce that Kim Carson from West Communities and Laci Sims from East Communities have been selected as the November 2023 Healthy Connections Employees of the Month.

Kim, a Lead Patient Care Coordinator based in Mena, showcases an outstanding commitment to her role. Colleagues commend her for going above and beyond to assist everyone, regardless of their department. Her infectious positive attitude and diligent work, always accompanied by a smile, make her an invaluable asset to the team.

Laci, a Medical Assistant traveling with the team of Dr. Pittman Moore, has been recognized for her tireless efforts in securing insurance coverage and ensuring smooth coordination of surgeries. Colleagues appreciate her accessibility, willingness to answer questions, and her medical background, which aids in effectively communicating results and explaining procedures conducted by Dr. Moore.

Kim and Laci embody the core values of Healthy Connections – Community, Compassion, and Excellence. As a token of appreciation, each will receive a $50 gift card to the HC-Hub Company Store.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Nominate them on the HC-Hub Intranet for a chance to be the next Employee of the Month!

Thank you, Kim and Laci, for your dedication to the Healthy Connections community. Your commitment to excellence is truly commendable!

2023 Thanksgiving Hours

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for entrusting Healthy Connections with your healthcare needs. In observance of the holiday, we want to keep you informed about our clinic hours for the week of Thanksgiving.

📅 Thanksgiving Week Clinic Hours:

ClinicMonday, Nov. 20Tuesday, Nov. 21Wenesday, Nov. 22Thursday, Nov. 23Friday, Nov. 24
De Queen8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosed8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Haskell7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.ClosedClosed
Hot Springs Central8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosed8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hot Springs Chippewa8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed
Hot Springs McAuley8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed
Hot Springs Village8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed
West Central Health Clinic7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.Closed8 a.m.-Noon
Little Rock Midtown8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosed (Update)
Malvern Teeter Plaza8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosedClosedClosed
Malvern Pinnacle7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.ClosedClosed (Update)
Mena Health Park8 a.m.-6 p.m.8 am-6 pm8 am-6 pmClosed8 am-6 pm
Mount IdaTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedTemporarily ClosedClosedClosed
Russellville8 a.m.-6 p.m.8 a.m.-6 p.m.ClosedClosedClosed
For any inquiries or to schedule appointments, please contact our dedicated hotline at 888-710-8220. Our team is available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

We value the trust you place in us for your medical, dental, and behavioral health services. As we express our gratitude during this holiday season, we also extend our best wishes to you and your loved ones for a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thank you for being a part of the Healthy Connections community.