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The Joint Commission


AMMC Holds Annual Meeting

Shane Carter July 19, 2011

During the meeting, Chairman Pat Quinn thanked W.T. Shewmaker for 24 years of distinguished service to the AMMC Executive Board. While Shewmaker has retired from the executive board, he will remain a member of the corporate board of directors. Quinn praised Shewmaker for his dedication, and presented him with an award for his service.

Ron Rooney, President/CEO, outlined areas of growth for the medical center, which has become much more than a sole hospital. Rooney credits a strong team approach to an increase in utilization of services. "An unified effort set forth more than 60 years ago is as alive today as it was then. The people of Arkansas Methodist have developed a culture that focuses on treating patients with not only quality care but also the utmost compassion," President Rooney commented. AMMC served 114,109 people during the past fiscal year, had 26,501 emergency department visits and provided $12,990,831.07 in uncompensated patient care. Arkansas Methodist is the largest non-industrial employer in Greene County with 702 employees and a yearly payroll of $29,130,472.28 including benefits.

During the meeting, President Rooney outlined renovations that are scheduled for the medical center as well as announced expansions to the medical staff. Dr. Steven Branch, who is originally from Kennett, Missouri, has joined AMMC from Tampa, Florida as an additional general surgeon. Branch, who has relatives in Paragould, specializes in single-port surgery. Rooney also announced the addition of Dr. Coralee McKay, an internal medical specialist, who is relocating to Paragould from Phoenix, Arizona.

Bill Block, Retirement Community Chairman, outlined progress on Chateau on the Ridge, which will open an assisted living center in October. Block noted that the new center is on schedule, and will offer large apartments combined with an extensive grouping of health and wellness services.

Working together, the staff of AMMC has continued to reach new heights for quality healthcare. During the past year, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care identified AMMC as one of the top hospitals in the state as the medical center is ranked at 95% for appropriate care measures as compared to the state average of 88%.

"AMMC embraces an exciting future as we’re proactively positioned to meet changing healthcare needs with the assurance that all of our resources will remain focused on caring for the residents of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri," said Pat Quinn, AMMC Chairman.

2010-2011 AMMC Activities and Accomplishments Include:

-Breaking ground on Chateau on the Ridge, a continuing care retirement community, with the first phase, an assisted living center, slated to open in October.

-Caring for more than 114,000 patients.

-Providing nearly $13 million in uncompensated patient care in keeping with the medical center’s non-profit mission.

-Earning two Innovator Awards in the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s (AFMC) Annual Quality Awards Program. The AMMC Emergency Department is one of only 19 hospitals to be recognized and AMMC Home Health is one of only five agencies to be recognized.

-AMMC Home Health named as one of the top 500 home health agencies in the United Sates.

-Pumping nearly $30 million into the local economy in wages and benefits.

-Receiving three awards from VHA, Inc., a national healthcare network that helps not-for-profit hospitals improve their clinical and economic performance. The Surgery Department received the Core Clinical Performance Award for implementing measures that reduce the risk of surgical site infections. The Emergency Department received two awards based on decreasing the overall length of stay for patients in the Emergency Department.