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.

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.

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.

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.