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Brenda Hawkes leads new nonprofit to assist cancer patients

Brenda Hawkes leads new nonprofit to assist cancer patients

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Mar.

Mercy hospital designated Arkansas Level I trauma center

Mercy hospital designated Arkansas Level I trauma center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The trauma program at St. John’s Hospital - Springfield  has achieved Level I designation from the Arkansas Department of Health as providing the highest level of trauma care.

St. John’s received the designation following a survey by the state health department, which is administering a new statewide trauma system. At the top of the system for coordinating emergency care in the state, Level I trauma centers must have specialized surgeons on duty at all times to quickly care for the most serious and urgent cases.

St. John’s is a part of Mercy along with St. Joseph’s Mercy in Hot Springs, St. Edward Mercy in Fort Smith and Mercy Medical Center in Northwest Arkansas.  St. John’s also remains the region’s only Level I trauma center as certified by the state of Missouri, covering the southern half of the state.

The St. John’s program includes board-certified emergency medicine physicians and trauma surgeons. St.

Dozens of doggies Bark for Life

Dozens of doggies Bark for Life

“Team Weyerhaeuser,” which supports the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event, is hosting a special fundraiser called Bark For Life from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 26 to be held in the Magic Springs & Crystal Falls parking area.  The event is a relay for dog lovers and their favorite canine companions. 

The Bark For Life of Garland County website  www.relayforlife.org/garlandarbark. Log on for more information.

Mercy offers help for grieving parents

Mercy offers help for grieving parents

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Grieving the loss of a child is emotionally, spiritually and physically traumatic and many parents feel a need for a safe, supportive environment for dealing with their grief. St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is organizing a support group for parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.

This organizational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on March 15 in the Daffodil Room of the Mercy Cancer Center in Hot Springs. The purpose of this gathering is to generate ideas about topics for presentation and discussion and to determine the best time to meet monthly.

Sister Liz Koehler, Bereavement Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Mercy, will facilitate this process. Call Sister Liz at (501) 622-4113 for information.

St. Joseph's offers prayer line for patients

St. Joseph's offers prayer line for patients

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is proud to offer a prayer line for patients, visitors, co-workers and the Hot Springs area community.

The prayer line can be accessed by dialing (501) 622-1808 and callers are asked to enter a number from 1 through 8 to listen to one of eight different prayers.

“Our hope is that anyone who needs help with prayer can choose to use the prayer line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Deacon William L. Friedman, Director of Pastoral Services at St. Joseph’s Mercy. “We hope the public will use the prayer line as another means of addressing their spiritual needs. And we encourage employees to use the prayer line to uplift their spirits as needed throughout their shifts.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 18 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888.

Volunteer registry helps support families with autism

Volunteer registry helps support families with autism

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas families affected by autism have their first chance to participate in a volunteer registry that will track how many people in the state have autism spectrum disorders with the debut of a new website, ArkansasAutismAlliance.org. Families will also find a host of autism resources compiled on the site, which is a collaboration between Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

“This website will help families understand what’s happening with autism in Arkansas,” said Jill James, PhD, director of the Autism Metabolic Genomics Laboratory at ACHRI, a professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine, and an autism researcher who developed the site.

Parishioners can stay home; no church today

Parishioners can stay home; no church today

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - First Christian Church (1806 Central Avenue) in Hot Springs is cancelling our Thursday evening service tonight because of the weather.

Thank you.

Rev. Steve Willis, Pastor

www.fcchhs.org