The Russellville School District (RSD) jumped into a new wellness initiative that is part of the school board’s goals that were recently established by offering a free health screening to every employee.
Nearly 200 employees participated. Kyle Turner, a health consultant of the Wellness Works Department from Saint Mary Regional Health System, visited every campus. The health screening provided such information as blood pressure, pulse ox, body mass index and body fat.
“It’s important for people to know their numbers, and it’s eye-opening to some people and drives them to become healthier,” Turner said. “It’s rewarding for me to promote health, wellness and safety to people. It’s what I love and what I’m passionate about. If we can make all our workplaces healthier and safer, it’s a win for everyone.”
Karla Jacobs, sixth-grade social studies teacher, said, “I thought the screening was very informative. I gained some valuable information to help me become healthier and make a better me. I felt the way this information was gathered was done so in a way that was totally confidential and that made me comfortable in completing the screening.”
Annie Schanink, nurse coordinator for RSD, said, “Saint Mary’s came to each school and offered free health screenings to all RSD employees. Several staff members that work with me were told they had elevated blood pressures at these screenings. I have assisted with following up on their blood pressure readings by monitoring their blood pressure when requested during the school day. The Saint Mary’s wellness visits were very beneficial for the RSD employees. We really appreciate Saint Mary’s efforts on this great opportunity for our staff.”
After practicing at Millard-Henry Clinic (MHC) for 19 years, one the Arkansas River Valley’s top OB-GYNs is ready to leave the delivery room.
A retirement reception for Dr. Vickie Henderson will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the clinic.
After a career of delivering 4,750 babies for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Henderson is retiring for medical reasons of her own. She was recently diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a weakening of skeletal muscles.
“It’s certainly not how I thought I would retire,” Henderson said. “I’ve had a very fulfilling career.”
Henderson said she is thankful for all of the support she has received from patients, coworkers, friends and family.
“It has meant the world to me, and it definitely makes it easier,” Henderson said.
The connection with patients and their families is one aspect Henderson said she will miss.
“I have taken care of multiple family members,” Henderson said. “To be a part of something so special with a family is so rewarding.”
Henderson was born in Benton and attended the University of Arkansas before earning her biology degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She then attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she graduated with honors.
Henderson and her husband Ken, who is a state representative, have been married for 30 years. Her daughter Haley is candidate for her master’s in occupational therapy in 2015, and her son Braden is a junior chemistry engineering student at the University of Arkansas. The couple’s daughter Breanna is a freshman at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.
Henderson is on the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees and a district representative on the Arkansas Medical Society Board of Trustees.
Henderson served as the president of MHC in 2000 and 2012-13. She was also on the editorial board of the Journal of Arkansas Medical Society and was certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Serving as the medical director at Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, Henderson also taught Heartlifters, an adult women class, for nine years. She has also volunteered at the River Valley Christian Clinic and served on the Single Parent Scholarship board.
She has been honored with the Fay Boozeman Award and with the OB and GYN of the year awards from Arkansas Times.
Henderson has also completed mission trips to China, Tiajuana, San Diego and Branson, Mo.
Unexpected Death of Saint Mary’s CEO Donnie Frederic Announced – CEO since January 2012, Frederic died while on vacation with his wifeJuly 7th, 2014
Russellville, AR (July 7, 2014) – Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center CEO, Donald J. “Donnie” Frederic, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 4. Frederic was on vacation with his wife, Jeanne, in Canada when he apparently suffered a massive heart attack. He was 60 years old.
A memorial service will be held next week at Humphrey Chapel in Russellville, AR with details to be announced. The online guestbook may be viewed at www.humphreyfuneral.com..
Since Frederic became CEO of Saint Mary’s in January 2012, the hospital has experienced significant growth. He oversaw the investment of approximately $25 million in capital expenditures from parent company Capella Healthcare, funding expansions in cardiology, cancer treatment, and diagnostics, as well as the 48,000 square-foot new Millard-Henry Clinic.
He was highly engaged in the community, serving on the Boards of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Economic Development which he had just begun serving as Treasurer.
Frederic had also recently been appointed by the Arkansas State Senate President to serve on the state’s new Healthcare Quality and Payment Policy Advisory Committee, representing hospitals with more than 100 beds.
“We were all shocked to hear of Donnie’s passing,” said Jerry Mabry, President of Capella Healthcare’s Arkansas Market, and a former CEO of Saint Mary’s. “He was an outstanding leader, and had achieved significant success in his all-too-brief tenure at Saint Mary’s. Donnie shared our vision of developing Saint Mary’s as a strong regional medical system to better serve people throughout the River Valley Region. That vision is now coming to fruition. He was also very successful in building strong relationships with the medical staff, managers and employees at Saint Mary’s.”
Kevin Moore is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the hospital. “Saint Mary’s and our community will miss the leadership and vision that Donnie gave and had for providing the best quality health care systems to the Arkansas River Valley. He dedicated himself to promoting not only Saint Mary’s and Millard-Henry Clinic, but all the health care providers in our community. Through his leadership, he inspired everyone he worked with to provide excellent health care to our community. Donnie was not only an advocate for Saint Mary’s and Milliard-Henry Clinic, he was an advocate for our community. We will miss him.”
“It has been an honor and privilege to work with Donnie the past two and a half years,” said Mike McCoy, Saint Mary’s COO. “Donnie was committed to providing quality care for our patients, performing our services with compassion and passion, and taking pride in our work. He led by example and would not ask anyone to do something he would not do himself. When Donnie came on board in 2012, one of his first priorities was to get more involved in the community and meet with local civic groups. Donnie was quickly becoming a leader in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jeanne and his family.”
“Along with our colleagues at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, we were shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of CEO Donnie Frederic. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues during this challenging time,” said Michael Wiechart, President and CEO of Capella Healthcare. “As CEO of Saint Mary’s, Donnie has had a tremendous impact on the hospital and in the community. Last year, he was honored with Capella Healthcare’s CEO Leadership Award for his outstanding work. We were blessed to have Donnie as a part of our Capella family, and are all better for his time with us.”
Frederic came to Saint Mary’s from Louisiana Medical Center and Heart Hospital, Lacombe, LA, where he had been President and CEO since January of 2009. Prior to that, he served in senior leadership positions at a number of facilities, including three in Arkansas: Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock as COO; Northwest Health System in Springdale as Administrator and COO; and Bates Medical Center in Bentonville as COO. He also served at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon, IL, as CEO; Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette, LA, as COO; and Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, TX, as CEO.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his master’s degree in health administration from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. He began his career in health care as a Purchasing Agent at East Ascension Hospital in Gonzales, LA, moving up to Director of Materiel Management at Hamilton Medical Center in Lafayette, LA.
He had earned fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and had been active in both the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Louisiana Hospital Association.
He and his wife, Jeanne, had been married for 22 years.
About Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Located in Russellville, Arkansas, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is a 170-bed acute-care facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Saint Mary’s has been serving the Arkansas River Valley for more than 75 years, offering a wide range of medical services, including Women’s and Children’s Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Diagnostic Cardiac Services, Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Outpatient Therapy Center, Sleep Study Lab, Hyperbaric Wound Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Senior Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Adult Behavioral Health Unit, MSICU and 24-hour Emergency Services. The hospital is one of the region’s largest employers and tax-payers. For more information, visit the hospital’s website at www.SaintMarysRegional.com
About Capella Healthcare
SMRMC is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for quality patient care and exceptional service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 13 general acute-care hospitals in six states. For more information, visit www.CapellaHealthcare.com
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Though Gov. Mike Beebe declared April 2014 to be ATV Safety Awareness Month, four all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries have been reported by Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center during the past three months.
According to Vickie Morris, trauma coordinator at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, four cases of ATV-related injuries were treated in March, April and thus far in June.
“This includes three adults and one child,” Morris said. “Three had head injuries and had to be transferred to a higher level of care.”
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) admitted 81 children, ages 2-17 years old, with ATV-related injuries in 2013.
According to the Children’s Safety Network, children under the age of 16 are four times more likely to sustain ATV-related injuries that require a visit to the emergency department than riders 16 and older.
To combat these injuries, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no one under the age of 16 ride or operate an ATV. The ACH Prevention Center recommends children who ride or operate ATVs wear helmets and not ride adult-sized ATVs. The center also suggests hands-on training on how to operate an ATV safely and correctly.
Training is offered for free by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
More information about ATV safety can be accessed by calling the ACH Injury Prevention Center at (866) 611-3445.