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.

Sheridan Clinic Grand Opening May 23

Healthy Connections Sheridan Celebrates Grand Opening with Community Event

Healthy Connections is thrilled to announce the grand opening of our newest location in Sheridan. Join us for a festive celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1409 S. Rock St. Suite B. This event highlights a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to provide comprehensive healthcare services to the communities of Central Arkansas.

The Sheridan clinic welcomes all community members to explore the wide range of primary care services offered, suitable for patients of all ages. From Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and HIV care to immunizations and physical exams, the clinic is equipped to meet diverse healthcare needs. The event will also introduce our dedicated in-clinic providers, Dr. Anne Murphy, DO, and Family Nurse Practitioner Clark Roberts, APRN.

Clark Roberts will begin seeing patients at the clinic starting Monday, May 20, just a few days before the grand opening.

“We are excited to open our doors in Sheridan and bring high-quality, accessible healthcare to the community,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc. “This clinic not only expands our reach but also strengthens our commitment to serving Arkansans with the utmost compassion and excellence.”

Attendees can look forward to free food, a chance to meet our healthcare providers, and a tour of the newly-remodeled facility. The Grant County Chamber of Commerce will be present, along with their ambassadors, to assist with the ribbon cutting. The clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and is in-network for most insurance plans. Additionally, a sliding-fee scale is available to assist patients without insurance who qualify, ensuring that no one is denied care due to financial limitations.

Clinic hours are conveniently scheduled from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, to accommodate our patients’ busy lives. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 888-710-8220. Learn more about the Healthy Connections Sheridan clinic and the services it offers by visiting our website at https://healthy-connections.org/sheridan. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our new location and celebrating this new chapter together.

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.

 

Russellville Clinic Welcomes Kaylee Wolfe APRN

Healthy Connections Russellville Welcomes New Family Nurse Practitioner Kaylee Wolfe, APRN

Broadening Primary Care Accessibility in Arkansas with a Focus on Comprehensive Health Services

Healthy Connections, a Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) operating across Western and Central Arkansas, is excited to announce the addition of Kaylee Wolfe, APRN, to its Russellville clinic. Wolfe, a Family Nurse Practitioner, is actively accepting new patients at 3312 West Main Street, bringing a wide array of essential primary care services to the local and surrounding communities.

Kaylee Wolfe, APRN: Enhancing Local Healthcare with Specialized Services

Offering services ranging from primary care/family medicine to HIV management, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, wellness checks, immunizations, and more, Kaylee Wolfe embodies the comprehensive care model that Healthy Connections is known for. Wolfe’s appointment follows her impactful tenure at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville, bringing valuable experience and a commitment to the health and wellness of the community she knows well.

Reflecting on her new role, Wolfe said, “Returning to serve the River Valley, where my heart truly belongs, has always been my aspiration. I’m eager to contribute to our community’s health by providing a holistic approach to care that prioritizes education, prevention, and comprehensive treatment plans.”

Expanding Services for Diverse Health Needs

The Russellville clinic, open from Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., is a cornerstone of quality and accessible healthcare in the area. Wolfe’s expertise in family medicine, HIV, hepatitis care, and women’s health complements the already robust services provided by healthcare professionals such as Angelia Paylor, APRN; Leslie Ward, MD; and Pittman Moore, MD.

“Kaylee’s profound understanding of our community’s health necessities and her enthusiastic approach to inclusive care perfectly resonates with our mission,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc. “Her vast expertise will significantly enhance our ability to extend primary and specialized care to more individuals in Russellville and its vicinities.”

Navigating Healthcare with Flexible Insurance and Payment Options

Recognizing the diverse financial situations of its patients, Healthy Connections Russellville clinic emphasizes ease of access through a flexible approach to payment and insurance. The clinic proudly accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and is in-network for most insurance plans, ensuring that a broad spectrum of patients can receive the care they need without undue financial burden. Furthermore, for patients without insurance, Healthy Connections offers a sliding-fee scale based on income and family size to those who qualify, underscoring its commitment to ensuring no one is denied healthcare services due to financial constraints.

A Dedication to Enhancing Community Health Outcomes

Healthy Connections’ initiative to provide comprehensive and accessible healthcare services is reflective of its commitment to improving health outcomes and the well-being of communities across Western and Central Arkansas. The integration of Kaylee Wolfe into the Russellville clinic further solidifies Healthy Connections’ role in offering high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services tailored to meet the evolving needs of its patients.

For more detailed information about the range of services provided, insurance and payment options, or to schedule an appointment with Kaylee Wolfe or any of our skilled providers, please call 888-710-8220.

About Healthy Connections

As a premier provider of comprehensive health services in Western and Central Arkansas, Healthy Connections stands committed to delivering exceptional medical, dental, and behavioral health care. Through its status as an FQHC, the organization ensures that comprehensive care is accessible to all, highlighting the importance of health equity and accessibility.

For additional information on Healthy Connections and its services, visit our website at 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.