March 17, 2019

Arkansas Surgical Hospital, a physician-owned surgical facility, has been awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on its Hospital Compare website in February.

The website reports quarterly on quality measures for more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States, using data from Medicare beneficiaries’ experiences, surveys sent to patients, and clinical data in categories such as mortality, safety, and readmissions.

March 17, 2019

Owen S. Maat, MD, gastroenterologist, has joined the Conway Regional medical staff. He will practice at the Conway Regional Gastroenterology Center, alongside Martin Moix, MD, OT Gordon, MD, and Brandy Eason, APRN.

“Conway Regional has been very welcoming and I am thoroughly looking forward to settling into the Conway community,” said Maat, who brings more than 27 years of experience in the practice of gastroenterology to the community from his time in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

March 17, 2019

The Arkansas Health Network has partnered with Anthony Timberlands Inc. to work toward reduced healthcare costs, increased quality for its staff, and improved experiences for families receiving care. Anthony Timberlands, which has owned and managed timberlands, sawmills, and multi-faceted wood products businesses since its founding in 1907, will be among the first to take full advantage of this unique healthcare delivery model designed specifically for self-insured employers. The model became available Jan. 1.

March 17, 2019

Because of overwhelming feedback from campers, Camp Healing Hearts is expanding from an overnight camp to a weekend event for Arkansas children and families struggling with grief. Coordinated by Kaleidoscope Grief Center, which is a program of Methodist Family Health, Camp Healing Hearts is free to families attending and will begin at 5 p.m. on May 17 and end at 10 a.m. on May 19 at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock. 

March 17, 2019

A study led by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) surgeon Brendan C. Stack Jr., MD, has shown the potential to alter neck dissection surgeries in about 21 percent of head and neck cancer patients.

Stack served as co-investigator on the international study examining the effectiveness of PET/CT scans in determining whether a patient’s cancer has spread to their lymph nodes. The study’s results were published Feb. 15 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.