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Conference to focus on the future of health care

Conference to focus on the future of health care

HOT SPRINGS, Ark.  – The annual meeting of the Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) will open at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The theme of the three-day conference will be "2011: Beginning a New Decade of Health.”

Governor Mike Beebe will provide opening remarks. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, will deliver the opening keynote address entitled, "21st Century Health: Equity, Human Rights and Social Justice.” Dr. Troutman is the director of Public Health Practice and Leadership at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

The closing keynote address on Friday will at the Austin Hotel and will be delivered by Carter Blakey, acting deputy director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MDA Hot Springs Lock-Up

MDA Hot Springs Lock-Up

On Wednesday, April 27, Hot Springs business and community leaders will go behind bars for "GOOD" at the Hamilton House Bed and Breakfast.

Each jailbirds' bail has been set at $2,000 and they will not give up until they can raise this bail to help "free" Arkansans with neuromuscular disease. Jailbirds will enjoy gourmet "bread and water" catered by Starbucks and Papa Johns pizza, and will enjoy computer and internet access from Cricket Wireless. These jailbirds will be arrested and escorted to the Hamilton House by Hot Springs Firefighters and Emergency services! This is a serious mission and we won't stop until we have made our mark in Hot Springs. Come on Hot Springs community members, let's raise awareness and services for these people suffering from MD in our community.

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

20th Century Club's Lodge

20th Century Club's Lodge

Did you know that 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year? Maybe you know someone who has cancer or is receiving treatment — a friend, relative or a coworker. And it’s possible they travel to central Arkansas where a number of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities are located. Being far away from the comforts of home during this challenging time can be both frightening and frustrating. That’s why the 20th Century Club’s Lodge was founded — to make a difference in the lives of patients by giving hope away from home.

In a typical year, the 20th Century Club’s Lodge provides about 1,500 nights of no-cost housing to more than 240 patients. Our Lodge is more than a place to stay — it is a caring, compassionate environment that builds a bridge of hope over a chasm of worry.

Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

Ark. National Guard organizes drug takeback

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard will assist in the prescription drug Takeback this year in an effort to help prevent the illegal use or misuse of prescription drugs in the state.

According to the 2007 Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) survey, Arkansas had the worst teen prescription pain reliever abuse problem in the United States.

Mercy Health System turns medical "trash" into treasure

Mercy Health System turns medical "trash" into treasure

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – If you think it’s tough cleaning out your garage, imagine trying to get rid of outdated medical supplies, obsolete equipment and slightly damaged surgical goods. It’s not an easy task but the Sisters of Mercy Health System is committed to keeping these items out of the landfill and getting them into the hands of people who need them.

“Co-workers really made this happen,” said Julie Jones, Mercy’s executive director of mission and ministry. “Out of their desire to help others and reduce waste, a number of people began investigating what Mercy could do with extra resources.”

ROi, Mercy’s supply chain division, spent two years looking for an outlet for supplies and equipment that could not be resold or repurposed. Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach fit the bill with a worldwide distribution network.

“They have a team of volunteers that sorts all the donations into usable and unusable.

Mercy Clinic welcomes new doctor

Mercy Clinic welcomes new doctor

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System welcomes Dr. Ken Wright to Mercy Clinic. Wright, a family practice physician, began seeing patients this week at 101 McGowan Court, near St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.

“It’s a good healthcare system. It’s large enough that it has a large variety of specialists and yet they want to do very individualized, personal healthcare treatment,” Wright said. “It’s a great opportunity for me.”

Wright earned his medical degree from SABA University School of Medicine and did his residency in Texarkana. He was also a member of the Air Force, traveling to Iraq in 2004 and the Middle East in 2006. He comes to St. Joseph’s mercy after working in Ruston, La.

“I spent several years in the Air Force and have been able to travel overseas. I spent a lot of time down in Texas, South Dakota, Georgia and Louisiana,” Wright said.