Bradley County Medical Center News

BCMC Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer

Sarah Tucker was named as the Chief Nursing Officer for Bradley County Medical Center in May 2017. As CNO she is responsible for clinical oversight for nursing practice throughout the medical center and for business and administrative functions related to the nursing departments.

Ms. Tucker began her career in healthcare in 1991 in a rural hospital as a unit coordinator. She earned a degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1992. Upon graduating, she moved to a staff nurse role on a medical surgical unit. She has subsequently served in the role of charge nurse, house supervisor, case manager, Director of Nursing and Chief Clinical Officer in a Critical Access Hospital. She has extensive experience in all clinical settings within rural hospitals, as well as physicians' clinics and home health. In addition, she has worked in both hospice and long term care.

Sarah is a lifelong resident of Drew County. She enjoys reading, working in her yard and is an avid college football fan. Her passions in life are nursing and family. She and her husband are proud parents of 7 children and 8 wonderful grandchildren. She can be reached at

Certified Nurse Manager and Leader

October 5, 2016 - BCMC along with The America Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) is proud to announce that Tiffany L. Holland has earned the designation of Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML). The CNML is a national credential that distinguishes an individual as being among the elite in a critical role of nurse manager.

To earn the CNML, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of work experience and education, agree to adhere to Professional Standards of Conduct, and pass the CNML examination. The CNML examination tests knowledge required of a competent nurse manager professional in the areas of financial management, human resource management, performance improvement, and strategic management and technology. The CNML Program supports the community of nurse manager professionals and is designed to provide an objective and rigorous assessment of professional knowledge and competence.

Tiffany has been employed at BCMC since 2006. She worked as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department and then the Point of Care Contact prior to accepting the position of Chief Nursing Officer in 2013.

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography®

September 23, 2016 - Leanna Williams, BSDMS RT(R), RVT, RDMS(AB)(OB)(BR) has been an employee of BCMC for over 11 years and has recently met the rigorous qualifications for breast ultrasound certification by the premier credentialing organization for sonography professions, the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS).

Achievement of this certification acknowledges Williams's personal achievement of a highly recognized professional standard of excellence along with communicating her commitment to patient care and safety. ARDMS certifications represent the highest level of proficiency in the medical imaging modality of sonography (ultrasound) testing. She is also registered in abdominal, obstetrical & gynecology, and vascular ultrasound as well as radiologic technology (x-ray).

Greater Delta Alliance for Health - Stroke Education and Prevention

The Greater Delta Alliance for Health, a non-profit organization, is comprised of ten South Arkansas Delta hospitals, with Bradley County Medical Center being on of them. All ten hospitals participate in the AR SAVES stroke program. This valuable association reflects the GDAH's belief that by empowering local health care providers through education and resources, patients will get the proper help they need - when they need it the most.

Would you know what to do if you or a loved one were to have a stroke? Click Here to learn the risk factors and warning signs of a stroke and to also watch a short video on the subject.

Hospital Compare Data

Bradley County Medical Center ranks 4 out of 5 stars according to the National Hospital Compare Data which was recently updated on July 27, 2016. Follow the link below to view the full report for Bradley County Medical Center:
BCMC 2016 Hospital Compare Report

2016 Newborn Screening Conference

The PKU newborn screening is required by federal law. It is a blood specimen collected when the baby is 24 hours old. Our goal is to submit all PKU's to Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock such that testing can begin within 48 hours of collection. The goal of the total turnaround time of test completion is 10 days. The PKU test detects various congenital metabolic disorders which are extremely serious if left undetected and therefore untreated.

"In 2013, nationwide data targeted the need for scrutiny of this process. At that time, we established a log book tracking each specimen. We monitor when the specimen is collected, when it is taken to our local Health Unit for delivery to Little Rock by courier, when it is received at ADH in Little Rock, and when the report is received from Little Rock. We monitor our performance and Arkansas Department of Health monitors our performance as well." - Patti Kremers, MT (ASCP) SC, Laboratory Director

Both the Labor & Delivery/Nursery and Laboratory departments received a Certificate of Achievement for "reaching 100% Newborn Screening Specimens submission rate 2 out of 5 months between January 2016-May 2016" as well as "significant improvement of Newborn Screening Specimens submission rate between January 2016-May 2016" at the 2016 Screening Conference that was held in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 9, 2016.

The Labor & Delivery/Nursery department also received a Certificate of Excellence in "Infant Hearing Program Quality Improvement".

BCMC Home Health Agency Receives Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction

The Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction is presented annually to home health organizations subscribed to Fazzi's Patient Satisfaction Service that have demonstrated superior performance in overall patient satisfaction results. These national best practice agencies are proven leaders and have placed in the top 25% of Fazzi's patient satisfaction national database based on a comparative analysis of overall satisfaction. Congratulations to BCMC HHA for receiving this distinguised award!

BCMC Chief Executive Officer Named Greater Delta Alliance for Health's Chairman

The Greater Delta Alliance for Health, Inc. (GDAH) is a non-profit, horizontal hospital network governed by the Chief Executive Officers of the following hospitals in the southeast quadrant of the State of Arkansas: Ashley County Medical Center, Baptist Health-Stuttgart, Bradley County Medical Center, Chicot Memerial Medical Center, Dallas County Medical Center, Delta Memorial Hospital, DeWitt Hospital & Nursing Home, Drew Memorial Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, and McGehee Hospital. This unique network is the largest healthcare service provider in the area with participating sites and rural residents located in Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Dallas, Desha, Drew and Jefferson Counties. Together, the GDAH will continue to expand, nurture and resource programs throughout the Alliance Service Area.

Rex Jones, CEO of Bradley County Medical Center, was recently named GDAH Chairman. Jones began his career in executive leadership positions in both For-Profit and Not-ForProfit hospitals in Kansas and Oklahoma, earning his MBA from the University of Phoenix along the way. Jones was elected NE Region Chair for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, was appointed to positions on the Councils of Rural Health and Education and elected Charter President of the Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition, a successful community health alliance. "I have always been committed to community health and wellness," he said. Jones has been successful in assisting hospitals return to financial viability and as CEO of Okmulgee Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma he recorded four straight years of profit after fifteen years of negative margins. Since stepping in as CEO of BCMC in September 2013, he has reduced the loss in operations from $2.3 million to $900,000 and is working diligently to cut that figure even more. But Jones said it's equally important to "never lose focus on the mission of providing care to all members of the community." That compassionate attitude extends to staff members, one of whom said, "He is always there to listen with genuine concern and offers great advice when needed. He is involved with the employees, has made great changes for BCMC and is a big supporter of our community projects."

Jones' support for the community and its healthcare will continue in his role as Chairman of the GDAH, who have stated that the organization is privileged and honored to have him leading the way as they continue their work to provide a better healthcare system in the Arkansas Delta.

To see what else is going on in the GDAH, CLICK HERE

Two Nurses Receive Recognition As Certified Lactation Counselors

Kristina Morrison, RN, L&D/Nursery Manager and Elizabeth Lawson, LPN have received recognition as Certified Lactation Counselors. This CLC credential signifies that the holder has demonstrated the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to provide breastfeeding counseling and management support to families who are thinking about breastfeeding or who have questions or problems during the course of breastfeeding/lactation. CLCs are dedicated to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding and human lactation in their work to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. They understand that breastfeeding works best when it is the cultural norm and when the provider of lactation support and services is culturally competent. Obtaining the CLC credential is a way of demonstrating knowledge and skills in lactation management.

Bradley County Medical Center offers breastfeeding classes and support. Contact Krissy at (870) 226-4328 for more information and available classes.

January 2016 - American Hospital Association Highlights Bradley County Medical Center in "Ideas & Innovations" Publication

The American Hospital Association has chosen Bradley County Medical Center for inclusion in its 2016 edition of "Community Connections: Ideas & Innovations for Hospital Leaders." The annual publication features case examples from across the country on how hospitals and health systems are improving community health. It is distributed nationwide to hospital CEOs as a way to inspire initiatives and spark dialogue. Only two programs from each state and Washington, D.C., are selected every year, qualifying for one of four categories: Access and Quality, Health Behaviors, Socioeconomic Factors, or Physical Environment. Bradley County Medical Center was included in the Socioeconomic Factors section. To view the 2016 case example booklet and read the Bradley County Medical Center case study, CLICK HERE (we're featured on page 26).

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BCMC Welcomes New CNO
Sarah Tucker, RN was named as the Chief Nursing Officer for BCMC in May 2017.

As CNO she is responsible for clinical oversight for nursing practice throughout the medical center and for business and administrative functions related to the nursing departments.