Competition for patients means more clinics, services.
Health care continues to be undergoing great changes in northwest Arkansas. As the competition for patients heats up, area hospitals have added clinics and services in an attempt to attract more patients.
For their part, patients are getting more services offered closer to home as a result of the new clinics.
Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute in Springdale celebrated its 12th anniversary in 1997, an occasion it marked with new, state-of-the-art CAT scan CAT scan (kăt) [computerized axial tomography], X-ray technique that allows relatively safe, painless, and rapid diagnosis in previously inaccessible areas of the body; also called CT scan. technology equipment.
The new scanner, purchased at a cost of nearly $1 million, produces a three-dimensional image, helps physicians pinpoint the precise location of cancer cells cells once believed to be peculiar to cancers, but now know to be epithelial cells differing in no respect from those found elsewhere in the body, and distinguished only by peculiarity of location and grouping.
See also: Cancer in patients and helps ensure that treatment is directed to the proper spot. It's less time-consuming and more comfortable for patients, too, than older technologies.
In Rogers, Mercy Health System Mercy Health System is a non-profit health care provider and hospital based in Janesville, Wisconsin, with over 50 facilities in over 20 communities across a seven-county area including parts of Illinois. of Northwest Arkansas now includes St. Mary's Hospital, a dozen clinics and, most recently, Mercy Health Center.
Mercy Health Center is a 75,000-SF outpatient center in Bentonville. Built at a cost of $16 million, the center offers a variety of specialty services, including cardiology, family practice, pediatrics, pulmonology pul·mo·nol·o·gy
The branch of medicine that deals with diseases of the respiratory system.
pulmonology The study of the lungs and respiratory function and surgery.
A dozen physicians are on staff at the center, which officially opened March 11.
Sobering Year at Northwest
Northwest Medical Center in Springdale experienced some sobering events, including the resignation of CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Russ Sword, cuts in the chaplaincy program and layoffs.
Sword had promoted the idea of "centers of excellence" among the region's hospitals in an effort to eliminate duplication of services that require expensive equipment and for which the demand is relatively small. But the other hospitals rejected the idea, moving instead toward expanding their own services.
Northwest and Bates Bates , Katherine Lee 1859-1929.
American educator and writer best known for her poem "America the Beautiful," written in 1893 and revised in 1904 and 1911. Medical Center in Bentonville merged to form Northwest Health System, but those facilities both suffered when they were excluded from the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Shield A US not-for-profit health care insurer that is a reimbursement intermediary for physicians. Cf Blue Cross. network of providers. The exclusion was costly for Northwest, and, in fact, Blue Cross and Blue Shield completed a joint venture early in the year with Washington Regional and Sisters of Mercy (R. C. Ch.) a religious order founded in Dublin in the year 1827. Communities of the same name have since been established in various American cities. The duties of those belonging to the order are, to attend lying-in hospitals, to superintend the education of girls, and protect , parent of St. Mary's and Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas.
Northwest Health has been through several rounds of layoffs although the administration has declined to say just exactly how many jobs were eliminated.
Recently, severe slashing of the chaplaincy program raised an outcry from the ministers who had been paid to provide services to the hospital and from some members of the public.
The hospital system's new CEO, Greg Stock, came on board in early December, and the system has hired auditing firm Deloitte & Touche to analyze hospital operations.
Still, everything wasn't bleak at Northwest. Among the happier events for the year was an alliance with Village Athletic Club in Rogers. The system's Center for Health and Wellness provides staffing for the club, which, in turn, pays employees' wages. The department doubled in size as a result of the agreement, which puts qualified employees in charge of exercise programs, child-care facilities and junior athletic club activities at the center.
Also, all newborn infants at Northwest are now being tested for possible hearing problems. The screening was made possible through donations from the Walton Family This article is about the family of Sam and Bud Walton, founders of Wal-Mart. For the television program, see The Waltons.
The Walton Family is arguably the richest family in the world (the dispersed fortunes of the Rockefellers and the like being unknown Foundation and First National Bank of Springdale.
Newborns are too small for some diagnostic procedures, but this screening can alert parents to possible problems. The equipment, in the form of ear muffs, is slipped onto the baby's head and monitors scan the infant's brain waves brain waves Neurology Oscillations/sec that correspond to various types of cerebral activity, as measured on an EEG. See Electroencephalogram. . Certain brain waves may be consistent with hearing problems.
Regional Expands Clinics
Washington Regional's CEO, Patrick D. Flynn, was named chairman of the Arkansas Hospital Association board in October, and Regional expanded many of its services and clinics. Also, Dr. Richard Roberts Richard Roberts may refer to:
This year, Fayetteville City Hospital, a part of the Regional system, was named among the top nursing homes in Arkansas. The 1998 "Inside Guide to America's Nursing Homes" ranked Fayetteville City Hospital 36th in the state and first in Washington County Washington County is the name of 30 counties and one parish in the United States of America, all named for George Washington. It is the most common county name in the United States. , based on government inspections and surveys of certified nursing homes.
The facility was recognized as the 1997 Facility of the Year by the National Association of Geriatric Nursing Assistants. A nomination for the award requires a demonstrated commitment to recognizing nursing assistants as professionals and enhancing the role of nursing assistants through their commitment to personal and professional development. City Hospital met those goals by providing in-service training programs, encouraging involvement in facility operations and seeking suggestions from the nursing assistants.
Regional's new Fayetteville Dialysis Clinic opened in November, replacing a 23-year-old facility on the hospital grounds. Regional Kidney Centers is the parent system and includes a clinic at Hidden Springs. Additionally, a third dialysis clinic is scheduled to open in mid-June in Siloam Springs.
Regional Wound Care Center opened last spring, part of a national network of wound-care centers operated by Curative Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract . Just a few months after opening, the center was rated No. 1 in the Southwest region for its 94 percent healing rate.
Wound-care centers offer comprehensive care for people with chronic, nonhealing wounds as a result of diabetes, pressure ulcers or circulatory problems and other causes.
Asthma sufferers got some relief from the Regional Asthma Center, which opened last fall to provide education. The idea is to help stop asthma attacks before they start and to help patients have more control over their daily lives. The program provides individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.
2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.
3. treatment plans for patients, education about asthma triggers, how to allergy-proof homes and how to use various equipment needed by asthma. patients.