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Healthy Connections continues its mission to make healthcare more accessible with new extended hours in Hot Springs and De Queen.

Two clinics will now be open and seeing patients from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. three days each week.

“Many people’s schedules have changed as they return to work or school and we are proud to offer access to quality health care both early in the morning and into the evening,” said Tony Calandro, CEO of Healthy Connections, Inc.

The Healthy Connections clinic at 1723 Malvern Ave., in Hot Springs will now be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, starting Sept. 9. The clinic is also open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Healthy Connections clinic at 1206 W. Collin Raye Dr., in De Queen, will now be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays starting Sept. 8. This clinic is also open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Both clinics see patients of all ages for primary care/family medicine. Mindy Gallegos, DNP APRN, will staff the Hot Springs extended hours, while Inja Brown, APRN, will staff the De Queen extended hours.

Healthy Connections, Inc., which is based in Mena, is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with clinics in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Mena, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Mount Ida, and De Queen. The Healthy Connections Community Health Network includes Evolve Behavioral Health and Medication Management, Little Rock’s Health For Life Clinic, Mena’s Rich Mountain Chiropractic, and Healthy HouseCalls, a new home-visiting program scheduled to debut in 2020.

For most services, Healthy Connections accepts Medicaid, ARKids 1st, Medicare, and most private health insurance. There is also a sliding-fee scale for patients without health insurance who qualify. Medicaid patients may be required to switch their primary care provider to Healthy Connections before they can be seen.

Specialties offered include primary care, pediatrics, dental, behavioral health, cardiology, podiatry, chiropractic, wound care, addiction treatment, HIV/AIDS care, and hormone therapy for both men and women. Learn more about Healthy Connections at www.healthy-connections.org.