BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Regional Health System has added new services to their already extensive line-up and either remodeled or relocated some of their centers.
A new general surgeon has been added to the team. Dr. Anthony Burton, M.D., was a senior partner with Fayetteville Surgical Associates for 20 years. Dr. Burton will join Dr. Thomas Sullivan at MRHS to provide 24/7 surgical-coverage for patients. The Mena Surgical Clinic is now treating patients at their new location, 400 Crestwood Circle, Suite L.
Dr. Richard Mynatt, a Urologist, will be conducting an outpatient clinic at Mena Medical Associates beginning August 3rd. Dr. Mynatt has practiced for the last 30 years and is currently treating patients at the Urology Center of Hot Springs. Dr. Mynatt also serves on the medical staff team at National Park Hospital in Hot Springs, where he will continue as a full-time urologist.
In addition to the new urologist and surgeon, Hot Springs Cardiology Associates joined the MRHS team several months ago and provide an outpatient Cardiology Clinic at Mena Medical Associates. Dr. Jeffrey Rauf, M.C., FACC; Eric Bowen, M.D.; Victor Castro, M.D., FACC, FACS; and Greggory St. John, M.D., FACC. Dr. Leding from Arkansas Heart Hospital will also still be a part of the Cardiology Clinic. JoLee Wilson is also new and joined as a full-time Occupational Therapist, serving in-patient and out-patient needs.
Mena Medical Associates is now offering an on-site laboratory draw station. The on-site station will eliminate an additional trip to the hospital for lab work, creating a rapid turn-around and convenience for patients.
The Walk-In Care Center will be relocating to the Mena Medical Associates building on August 1st. The facility will provide walk-in patients with the new on-site lab, provide convenience for follow-up appointments, and a new facility with a larger, more comfortable waiting room area. The Walk-In Care Center hours will remain the same, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Sleep Lab, at 403 North Morrow, is currently undergoing a complete remodel. Construction is near completion with new flooring, trim, and paint throughout, new sleep test equipment, enlarged patient rooms with a new handicap accessible restroom, as well as an enlarged full-service Pulmonary Function Lab. The Sleep Lab provides testing and diagnosis for a wide range of sleep disorders including: snoring and sleep apnea, delayed sleep phase, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, excessive daytime sleepiness, irregular sleep-wake schedule, and sleepwalking syndromes.
The Acute Rehabilitation Center has also undergone a complete remodel including flooring, paint, bedding, and curtains. The Rehabilitation Center is a 12-bed acute unit with therapy services and rehabilitation nurses under the direction of a medical director who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They now offer the addition of a full-time speech therapist, Hailey Feldhaus, Certified Vital Stem and Brain Injury Specialist.
MRHS was recently honored by AVATAR Solutions, a survey research program designed to collect data to measure and compare hospitals nationwide. MRHS was awarded the Exemplary Service – Most Improved In-Patient Care; HCAHPS Most Improved – Responsiveness – Medium Hospital; and HCAHPS Most Improved-Pain Management – Medium Hospital. Based on a 5-star rating system, MRHS is currently rated a 4-star facility.
Hospital CEO Jay Quebedeaux said, “At MRHS, we will remain committed to growth through continuous improvements and constantly reassessing our community’s healthcare needs. MRHS is firmly committed to taking care of the people of Polk County when they need us. As we continue to expand our services in an effort to conveniently provide additional healthcare services to our community, we appreciate your support.”