May Employees of the Month

Healthy Connections Announces May 2024 Shining STAR Employees of the Month

Healthy Connections is proud to announce our May 2024 Shining STAR Employees of the Month: Mandy Simers of the Mena Street location and Joanna Welch of the Malvern Pinnacle clinic. Mandy represents the West Communities, while Joanna represents the East Communities. This recognition is based on nominations from their fellow co-workers, reflecting our three pillars of Community, Compassion, and Excellence.

Mandy Simers: West Communities Winner

Mandy Simers, who has been with Healthy Connections since 2020, serves as the Inventory Controller at the Mena Street location. Her dedication and consistent excellence in her role have earned her high praise from her colleagues. One co-worker shared, “Mandy consistently demonstrates excellence in her work. It is a habit Mandy embodies, not just a one-off act. Mandy is extremely reliable; she only misses work when she has preplanned approved PTO. She embodies community by fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment between all departments within HCI and outside of HCI with vendors. She sets a standard for us all and reminds us of what can be achieved with dedication and passion.”

Mandy’s commitment to excellence and her ability to foster a strong sense of community within the workplace exemplify the values that Healthy Connections holds dear. Her role as Inventory Controller is crucial to the seamless operation of our services, and her reliability and passion are truly inspirational.

Joanna Welch: East Communities Winner

Joanna Welch, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the Malvern Pinnacle clinic, has been with Healthy Connections since 2023. Joanna’s hard work, pleasant demeanor, and kindness toward patients have made her a standout employee. Her colleagues commend her ability to embrace change and conquer any challenge thrown her way. One co-worker remarked, “Joanna is a hard worker, always pleasant, and is very kind to our patients. She embraces change and conquers any challenge thrown her way.”

Joanna’s dedication to providing compassionate care and her adaptability in the face of challenges embody the core values of Healthy Connections. Her positive attitude and commitment to patient care make her an invaluable member of our team.

Each month, Healthy Connections selects two employees for this prestigious award, based on nominations from their peers and votes from the Senior Management Team. Mandy Simers and Joanna Welch are shining examples of the dedication and excellence we strive for at Healthy Connections. We congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition and thank them for their outstanding contributions to our organization.

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.

 

Clark Roberts to be FNP at Sheridan Clinic

Healthy Connections Announces Clark Roberts, APRN, Joining Sheridan Clinic

Healthy Connections is proud to announce the addition of Clark Roberts, APRN, to the Sheridan Clinic team. Roberts brings a wealth of experience in family medicine and a strong commitment to providing compassionate patient care. His arrival aligns with Healthy Connections’ mission of offering accessible, high-quality healthcare services. Recently relocating to Sheridan, Roberts is eager to meet and serve the community.

Commitment to Community Healthcare

Roberts’ approach to healthcare is deeply rooted in the principles of compassion, excellence, and community service. With extensive experience in rural and underserved areas, he brings a deep understanding of the unique healthcare challenges and opportunities within community settings. “Joining the Sheridan community is incredibly meaningful to me,” said Roberts. “I look forward to forming lasting connections and ensuring that everyone has access to the quality care they deserve.”

Journey to Family Medicine

Inspired by the impact of nursing on a family member’s health, Roberts embarked on a path that led from being an ER nurse to achieving a Master’s degree in Nursing and specializing in family practice. This journey reflects his desire to positively influence the health and well-being of his patients. “Every patient presents a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on their health,” Roberts shared.

Excellence in Comprehensive Care

Roberts’ expertise spans a wide range of healthcare services, from primary care for all ages to specialized treatments such as Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) and HIV care. He is committed to a holistic approach to healthcare, addressing the physical, emotional, and mental aspects of patient care. “Providing comprehensive, empathetic care is my primary goal, ensuring each patient receives the continuum of care they need,” he stated.

Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, expressed his enthusiasm for Roberts’ addition, “Clark Roberts is distinguished by his compassionate approach and dedication to healthcare. His broad expertise and patient-centric approach are tremendous assets to our clinic in Sheridan.”

A New Chapter in Healthcare and Community Engagement

Roberts has already relocated to Sheridan and is looking forward to becoming an active member of the community. “As a healthcare partner, I aim to provide personalized care that meets the diverse needs of our patients,” Roberts said, extending an invitation to the community to visit the Sheridan Clinic for their healthcare needs.

With the addition of Clark Roberts, APRN, Healthy Connections reinforces its commitment to improving community health through dedicated service and quality care. Roberts’ expertise and dedication to healthcare excellence and community engagement are set to make a significant impact on the Sheridan Clinic and the community it serves.