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August 20, 2015 Clinic News

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients. These awards build on the $101 million awarded to 164 new health center sites in May 2015.



June 12, 2015 Clinic News

1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally-recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in April 2015. During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.



April 2, 2015 Clinic News

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The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen handed out 21 grants totaling over $900 thousand to Arkansas organizations. 1st Choice Healthcare was awarded a grant of $45,190.00 for its program entitled Breast Care Awareness Program. This year marks the 21st year for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer. These funds are predominantly raised through the Race for the Cure® chaired in 2014 by Ashley Hurst. Also introduced was 2015 Race for the Cure ® Chair Jack Powell.
A total of $917,526 was granted. Also announced was $275,000 of money raised in Arkansas that will go directly into Komen National Research grants to find a cure for breast cancer.
We are always proud of the opportunity to help the women in our state with our grants,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde. “Our grants are a direct result of the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters. The recipients of these funds were chosen because they reflect the commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need. Additionally, $265,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.”
The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994. This year the largest grant totaled $159,501 and the smallest awarded was $8,955.
“We were so pleased to be able to raise almost $1 million dollars that will have a direct impact on the women and men of Arkansas fighting breast cancer,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Leila Dockery. “Whether they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts to eradicate this disease. We worked hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs. We are also pleased to send $275,000 to Komen National for research. Our fight continues until a cure is found.”
The Affiliate also awarded its highest honor, the Hickingbotham Award for Service, to
Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC). BRMC has provided mobile mammography to the north central part of our state serving the underserved women since 2001. Their mobile mammography unit (MMU) has travel to factories, businesses, schools and places of worship to reach women who would not otherwise have received their mammogram. Their MMU is on the road almost every day, seeing an amazing 2700 patients each year. In a show of future commitment to their community, BRMC outfitted the MMU with 3D Tomosynthesis Imaging; making Baxter Regional the first MMU in the United States to provide this cutting edge technology. As a result of their innovative approach, they were invited to bring the MMU to Capitol Hill for viewing by Congress and New York City to be part of ringing the bell for the NASDAQ.
The Hickingbotham Award is named in honor of businessman Frank Hickingbotham and his family who were founding sponsors of the Arkansas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
During the meeting, the Komen Arkansas Affiliate inducted four new members to its Pink Ribbon Society: AY Magazine, Black Men United Race for the Cure Team, Craig O’Neill, and the Jonesboro Country Club Women’s PGA Golf Association. Honorary membership in the Pink Ribbon Society is based on community leadership in the area of breast health and breast health awareness and given to recognize significant contributions to the state to advance the mission of the Komen organization.
The Pink Ribbon Society is an honorary membership based on community leadership in the area of breast health and breast health awareness and given to recognize significant contributions to the state to advance the mission of the Komen organization.
Also awarded was the Promise of One Awards. Long time volunteers Edith Bowman and Jerry Keys.
The Promise of One Award, established in 2007 by Komen for the Cure national, is awarded to two local individuals each year in recognition of their exceptional volunteer contribution.

Grants awarded this year are:
∙ $159,501 to Greater Delta Alliance for Health in Lake Village/Pine Bluff for its “Access Project Pink/Reach Every Women” program
∙ $119,131 to Encore for Women’s Health in Little Rock for its “Encore Navigation Project”
∙ $82,240 to Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation in Mountain Home for its “Mobile Mammography Unit” program
∙ $80,698 to ARcare in Augusta for its “ARcare Comprehensive Breast” program
∙ $66,689 to St. Bernards in Jonesboro for its “Bringing Mobile Mammography to Your Community” program
∙ $50,000 to CHI St. Vincent Health Systems in Little Rock for its “Services to Breast Cancer Survivors” program
∙ $35,000 to CARTI in Little Rock for its “Access to Treatment-Overcoming Barriers” program
∙ $34,797 to CHI St. Vincent Breast Center in Little Rock for its “Targeted Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention” program
∙ $33,484 to White River Health System in Batesville for its “The Get Your Mammogram (GYM)” program
∙ $31,000 to Encore for Women’s Health in Little Rock for its “Direct Financial Assistance” program
∙ $31,000 to St. Bernards in Jonesboro for its “BreastAssured XI” program
∙ $25,518 to Baptist Health Foundation in Little Rock for its “Early Detection Program”
∙ $23,000 to Arkansas Hospice in North Little Rock for its “Funding Charitable Care Breast Cancer Hospice Patients” program
∙ $21,000 to CrossRidge Community Hospital in Wynne for its “Making Breast Health a Priority in Cross County” program
∙ $15,000 to Baptist Health Foundation in Little Rock for its “Positive Appearance Center” program
∙ $14,500 to SHARE Foundation DBA Interfaith Clinic in El Dorado for its “Interfaith Clinic Bridge to Diagnosis” program
∙ $14,281 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock for its “Early Detection with Mobile 3D Mammography” program
∙ $13,500 to Baptist Health Foundation in Little Rock for its “Genetic Screening” program
∙ $13,042 to Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton for its “Changing Lives Through Early Detection” program
∙ $8,955 to CHI St Vincent in Hot Springs for its “Mobile Mammography” program
Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.



April 16, 2014 Clinic News

2014 AFMC- Stephanie Young, RN1st Choice Healthcare (1st Choice Healthcare) with clinic locations in Corning, Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge, and Ash Flat, has earned a Gold Award in the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s annual Quality Awards program.

The Quality Awards are designed to recognize health care providers for their demonstrated commitment to quality improvement in the ambulatory care setting. The Gold Award is given to physician offices that meet or exceed the following award criteria: 1) Their practice care delivery system design supports population and care management methods; 2) They are currently participating in at least one quality reporting initiative; 3) They have demonstrated improvement in nationally recognized clinical quality measures.

AFMC presented the award at a luncheon held April 4 as part of its annual Quality Conference in Little Rock.

AFMC congratulates 1st Choice Healthcare on its commitment to high-quality health care for the citizens of Arkansas.



April 14, 2014 Clinic News

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1st Choice Healthcare’s Family Medical Center in Corning celebrated their 20 year Anniversary in March 2014.  Ms. Brigitte McDonald, CEO, welcomed guests and spoke about the growth of the facility since its opening in March 1994.    Senator Robert Thompson and Mayor Dewayne Phelan both addressed the crowd  stating the importance of the clinic emphasizing how the clinics are here to serve everyone. 

When the clinic first opened, there were 2 physicians.  1st Choice Healthcare has grown into 4 counties with 10 physicians (which include specialty care of OBGYN and Pediatrics), 6 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and 95 employees.    The Pocahontas clinic opened in 2000 and Walnut Ridge opened in 2005.  1st Choice Healthcare just recently opened their Ash Flat clinic in March 2014.  

Following opening ceremonies, the guests were able to participate in many health fair events.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, cake and punch were also served.



April 7, 2014 Clinic News

2014 Komen grant

The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen handed out 21 grants totaling over $1 million to Arkansas organizations.

1st Choice Healthcare with clinic locations in Corning, Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge and Ash Flat was awarded a grant of $39,456 for its program entitled Breast Care Awareness Program.

This year marks the 20th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer.  These funds are predominantly raised through the Race for the Cure® chaired in 2013 by Mike Gavigan.  Also introduced was the 2014 Race for the Cure ® chair, Ashley Hurst.  A total of $1,006,737 was granted.

“We are delighted by the amount we were able to issue in grants this year,” said Arkansas Affiliate Executive Director Sherrye McBryde.  “It is directly due to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters.  The recipients of these funds were chosen because they reflect the commitment of the Arkansas Affiliate to assure the uninsured and under-served women of Arkansas get the vital breast health services they need.  Additionally, $340,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.”

The Komen Arkansas Affiliate first awarded grants totaling $78,700 in 1994.  This year the largest grant totaled $113,290 and the smallest was $10,510.

“We are so pleased to be able to raise almost $1.6 million dollars that will have a direct impact on the women and men of Arkansas fighting breast cancer,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Leila Dockery.  “Whether they fight for someone they love, or fight for themselves, or for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or children, we join them in their efforts to eradicate this disease. We worked hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs. Our fight continues until a cure is found.”

The affiliate also awarded its highest honor, the Hickingbotham Award for Service, to Mattye Willis. Mattye was recognized for her long service to breast health in Arkansas. She is a long time volunteer with the Witness Project, which began at UAMS in Little Rock, and is now in thirty-three states in large part to Mattye’s efforts. The Witness Project provides education, outreach and navigation services for African American and medically underserved women over the age of 40 needing mammograms and pap test. In addition, Mattye is a long time volunteer and Board member of Susan G. Komen.

The Hickingbotham Award is named in honor of businessman Frank Hickingbotham and his family who were founding sponsors of the Arkansas Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

During the meeting at the Junior League of Little Rock Building, the Komen Arkansas Affiliate also inducted Heather Owens and Donna Terrell into its Pink Ribbon Society.

The Pink Ribbon Society is an honorary membership based on community leadership in the area of breast health and breast health awareness and given to recognize significant contributions to the state to advance the mission of the Komen organization.

Also awarded was the Promise of One Awards.  Long time volunteers Kim Cook and Mike Gavigan were recipients.

The Promise of One Award, established in 2007 by Komen for the Cure national, is awarded to two local individuals each year in recognition of their exceptional volunteer contribution.



April 3, 2014 Clinic News

1st Choice Healthcare is proud to announce the opening of their 4th clinic site.  1st Choice Healthcare opened in March 2014.  They are located at 308 Hwy 62 West in Ash Flat, Arkansas.    A Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Tuesday, April 15th from 11 am to 1 pm.  Stop by and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, and cake!  Don’t forget to sign up for the door prizes and participate in our health fair!!  Hope to see you there!  AF-Grand Opening-Single Invitation


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