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.

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.

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.

The Importance of Quality Sleep for Your Health

By Tamara Tate, APRN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Healthy Connections

Tamara Tate APRN

Understanding the profound impact of sleep on our overall health is crucial. As a Family Nurse Practitioner with Healthy Connections, I’ve seen firsthand how quality sleep—or the lack thereof—affects everything from immune function to weight management. It’s not merely about being well-rested; it’s about educating our community on the myriad benefits of quality sleep and the risks associated with sleep deprivation. Sleep is as critical to our well-being as a balanced diet and regular exercise, yet it often receives less attention in our health discussions.

The Crucial Role of Quality Sleep in Physical, Mental, and Emotional Well-being

Quality sleep stands as a pillar of good health, influencing various facets of our lives. Physically, it supports heart health and is fundamental for a robust immune system. Mentally, it plays a vital role in cognitive functions such as memory consolidation and problem-solving skills. Emotionally, maintaining good sleep hygiene can significantly improve mood regulation and stress management, highlighting sleep’s essential role in our emotional well-being. Moreover, good sleep habits are linked to lower risks of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, illustrating the broad impact of sleep on physical health.

How to Improve Sleep Quality

To enhance sleep quality, adopting healthy sleep habits is essential. Here are some practical strategies to help you get better rest:

  • Establish a consistent sleep schedule to help regulate your body’s internal clock.
  • Develop a relaxing bedtime routine to signal your body that it’s time to wind down.
  • Optimize your sleeping environment by ensuring it’s quiet, dark, and maintained at a comfortable temperature.
  • Limit exposure to screens and blue light before bedtime, as they can disrupt sleep patterns.

For those experiencing sleep difficulties or seeking to learn more about improving sleep, professional advice can be invaluable. Sleep disorders can have a significant impact on your health, so consulting with a healthcare provider experienced in sleep medicine is crucial for making meaningful improvements.

Closing Thoughts

The critical role that sleep plays in our health and well-being cannot be overstated. By adopting healthy sleep practices and understanding the consequences of sleep deprivation, we can enhance our quality of life. Recognizing the importance of sleep is the first step towards prioritizing it in our daily routines.  I am committed to supporting your journey toward better sleep and, consequently, better health. Together, we can work towards achieving not just more sleep, but better quality sleep for a healthier, more vibrant life.

Tamara Tate is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Healthy Connections Malvern Teeter Plaza. For appointments and more information, call 888-710-8220 or visit https://healthy-connections.org.