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Bradley County Medical Center Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes from NOSORH

Recently, as part of the celebration of National Rural Health Day, Bradley County Medical Center announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

"I am very pleased with the work that the staff at BCMC has done in order to be recognized for overall excellence in Outcomes," CEO Steve Henson said. "We continually strive to improve ourselves in order that we may better serve our communities and this is a fine example of our commitment."

BCMC was one of just five hospitals in Arkansas to receive the recognition for overall excellence in Outcomes from the organization.

The Performance Leadership Awards are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics' Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry's most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Leveraging data from public data sources, the INDEX aggregates data from 50 rural-relevant metrics across eight pillars to derive a single overall percentile rating for all Critical Access Hospitals and Rural & Community Hospitals. The Performance Leadership Awards spotlight top performance in the areas of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

"National Rural Health Day provides the ideal opportunity to spotlight the power of rural and recognize those facilities excelling in Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Outcomes," said Michael Topchik, National Leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health. "We're thrilled to partner with NOSORH on this program and commend this year's recipients who are working diligently to provide quality care within their communities."

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America's 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children's hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at

It's National Nurse Practitioner Week! (Nov. 11-17)

Get to Know April Harris, APRN

1. Where are you from and what high school did you attend?

I am from Warren, Arkansas and Graduated from Warren High School.

2. Where did you attend college and what degrees did you obtain?

I am a graduate of the University of Arkansas-Monticello with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing.

I graduated from Walden University with a Master's of Science Nursing (Family).

3. What drew you back to the Bradley County/Warren area?

When you are born and raised in a town like Warren you visit many places but you soon realize there is no place like home and the people there!!!!

4. Why did you decide to become a nurse practitioner?

Becoming a nurse practitioner has always been my goal, and I just knew that this is what I was meant to become in life.

5. What is the most rewarding part of being a nurse practitioner?

The most rewarding part of being a nurse practitioner being able to help those you can and comfort those you can't.

6. What do you consider the most important aspect of your job?

I believe the most important aspect of my job is fellowship with my patients.

7. Anything else you'd like to share for Nurse Practitioner Week?

With each and every day I learn something new. I don't know everything but I am eager and willing to learn.
Happy Nurse Practitioner Week to my partner Kristen and everyone!!!
"Sometimes I inspire my patients; more often they inspire me." - Unknown

Get to know Kristen Harvey, APRN

1. Where are you from and what high school did you attend?

I was raised and currently reside in Monticello with my husband, Alex and our 2 children, Hudson (9) and Hadleigh (5). I graduated from Monticello High School.

2. Where did you attend college and what degrees did you obtain?

I completed my Bachelor's Degree as a Registered Nurse at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and obtained my Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner through Simmons College.

3. What drew you to the Bradley County/Warren area?

I love being a part of a small community. I am excited to be involved with a new clinic that has great potential to grow and serve locally. Coming from Monticello (Who has always rivaled with Warren in football), I have been welcomed with open arms by everyone!

4. Why did you decide to become a nurse practitioner?

I am passionate about healthcare and helping others. As a nurse, I was interested in advancing my career but not losing the 1-on-1 patient interaction. Becoming a Nurse Practitioner has allowed me to advance my knowledge and clinical skills while still providing hands on patient care!

5. What is the most rewarding part of being a nurse practitioner?

The most rewarding part for me, is when I know I have made a positive influence in someone else's life.

6. What do you consider the most important aspect of your job?


Providing the safest and most effective care guided by my knowledge and research, on a patient individualized basis.

7. Anything else you'd like to share for Nurse Practitioner Week?

Favorite Quote:
"The Best Way to Find Yourself is to Lose Yourself in the Service of Others" Mahatma Gandhi

Kristen's office hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the BCMC Family Care Clinic across the street from the hospital.

American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging Statement on Radiation Received to the Thyroid from Mammography

Concern that the small amount of radiation a patient receives from a mammogram may significantly increase the likelihood of developing thyroid cancer simply is not supported in scientific literature.

The radiation dose to the thyroid from a mammogram is extremely low. The thyroid is not exposed to the direct X-ray beam used to image the breast and receives only a tiny amount of scattered X-rays (less than 0.005 milligray). This is equivalent to only 30 minutes of natural background radiation received by all Americans from natural sources.

For annual screening mammography from ages 40-80, the cancer risk from this tiny amount of radiation scattered to the thyroid is incredibly small (less than 1 in 17.1 million women screened). This minute risk should be balanced with the fact that thyroid shield usage could interfere with optimal positioning and could result in artifacts - shadows that might appear on the mammography image. Both of these factors could reduce the quality of the image and interfere with diagnosis.

Therefore, use of a thyroid shield during mammography is not recommended. Patients are urged not to put off or forego necessary breast imaging care.

Nurses Honored with DAISY Award

Nurses at Bradley County Medical Center were honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. This award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. The Award at Bradley County Medical Center is co-sponsored by generous donations. Initial funding was provided by the facility. The program is maintained through generous support from donors, to include a large donation from an anonymous donor, from committee members, from the Employee Council, and from Yankee Candle Sales.

All individuals, who had received nominations for The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ® since its inception here at Bradley County Medical Center, were honored at this ceremony. BCMC began taking nominations in the Fall of 2017. The following individuals received nominations: Jean Rhodes, Laci Dalton, Dana Sawyer, Devin Hargrave, Kim Langford, Summer O'Conner, and Laci Dalton.

Four nurses were chosen to receive The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses ®. Awards were given for the fourth quarter 2017, the first, second, and third quarters of 2018 with the honorees being Dana Sawyer, Summer O'Conner, Jean Rhodes, and Laci Dalton. Each honoree received a certificate commending her for being an "Extraordinary Nurse." The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." The Honoree will also be given a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer's Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

Nurses were nominated by patients, families, and colleagues. The nominations were blinded and voted on by the DAISY Committee. Committee members include: Katrina Hammock, Ruthie Griffin, Joyce Lephiew, Tammy Deal, Stephanie Slaughter, and Laci Dalton. Cheryl Wells, serves as DAISY coordinator. The nominations were graded based on set criteria, a numeric value was assigned based on this criteria, and awards were determined based on score. The committee members voted. The process was overseen by the DAISY coordinator.

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing, and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at

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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Bradley County Medical Center Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes from NOSORH

Recently, as part of the celebration of National Rural Health Day, Bradley County Medical Center announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.