Phillips County’s outstanding healthcare infrastructure was recently recognized as one of the most innovative rural health systems in the country in the documentary Crossroads - Rural Health Care In America. Some of the key players include:
HELENA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Helena Regional Medical Center (HRMC) offers 155 beds and 15 active physicians with specialties as diverse as internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and cardiac rehabilitation, as well as emergency services. In the last year alone, HRMC added an ENT Clinic, Surgical Clinic, Hospitalist Program, and a Wound Care Center, featuring hyperbaric technology. HRMC is also a part of the Arkansas S.A.V.E.S. network that ensures the highest level of urgent stroke care by connecting its emergency room physicians to the best experts in the state via a two-way video “telemedicine” link. In 2011, HRMC was one of only two hospitals in the state to receive The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures Award and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s IPPS Best Achievement Award.
UAMS East is an area health education center that serves seven counties in eastern Arkansas and is headquartered at its flagship facility in Helena. The center provides a wide variety of health education and prevention services including smoking cessation, aerobics, TaiChi, and yoga. The center also features an affordable, fully-equipped indoor fitness center as well as an outdoor exercise circuit and playground.
TRI-COUNTY RURAL HEALTH
Despite its name, this innovative Helena-based non-profit’s “Community Connectors” program has expanded to help individuals in 15 Arkansas Delta counties connect to the vital healthcare services they need.