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.
MARCH OF DIMES RECOGNIZES SAINT MARY’S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR ITS WORK TO GIVE MORE BABIES A HEALTHY START IN LIFEJanuary 17th, 2014
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center has been recognized by the March of Dimes for having zero elective inductions and scheduled caesarean deliveries before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes says.
“We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who recognized the importance of full term gestation and put in place policies to avoid scheduling elective inductions or caesarean deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary” said Donnie Frederic, Saint Mary’s CEO.
“The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs. ” says Scott Berns, MD, MPH, senior vice president and deputy medical director for the March of Dimes. “I commend Saint Mary’s for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.”
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year and more than one million of those infants die as a result of their early births. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. Recent research by the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall threat is small, the risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.
Through Strong Start, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the March of Dimes has been getting out the word that “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait” The campaign urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy, rather than scheduling elective delivery before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.
The March of Dimes offers professional and consumer education materials about the importance of a full term pregnancy and the critical development of the brain, lungs and other organs that occur during the last weeks of pregnancy.
RUSSELLVILLE, ARKANSAS –
December 9, 2013—This time of year is known as the season for giving, but for the Saint Mary’s Auxiliary, tis’ the season year round! Each year Saint Mary’s hosts a Christmas tea to celebrate the generous contributions made by members of the hospital Volunteer Auxiliary and honor them for their tireless efforts.
For more than 40 years, volunteers have given their time and energy to assist patients and family members as well as support hospital operations. Giving thousands of hours of service each year to the hospital and our community, the auxiliary has proven itself an invaluable asset. With a current roster of almost 60 members, they are expected to collectively exceed over 10,000 hours of service this year. These Auxiliary members help the hospital fulfill its mission of exceeding expectations while delivering quality healthcare with courtesy and compassion.
The Christmas Tea event was held Monday December 02nd in the Hospitals café’s 2 & 3. The room was adorned with bright, fun, and festive colors as well as scores of red poinsettias. Hospital administrators Donnie Frederic, Chief Executive Officer, Wendell Van Es, Chief Financial Officer and Pat Torrico, Chief Nursing Officer were present to welcome volunteers as they arrived and thank them for their service and commitment to Saint Mary’s. Ceremonies were initiated with a welcome from Auxiliary President Janet Thurber. Vice President Evelyn Denton then led the group in the Prayer for Hospital Auxiliaries. Joyful entertainment was provided as attendees enjoyed their meal. Scott Arnold of Russellville played the piano beautifully for all attendees to enjoy. CEO Donnie Frederic led the group in singing Christmas Carrols as he played the guitar and keyboard.
Volunteers new to the Saint Mary’s program were given a warm welcome immediately following lunch. Committee members were recognized as well. President Janet Thurber and Vice President Diana Stensland, along with Secretary Wanda Reed and Treasurer Sharyn French each received a beautiful gift in appreciation for their guidance and leadership.
LOU PETERSON RECEIVES VOLUNTEER OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Christmas Tea ended with a very special presentation. Volunteer Lou Peterson was awarded with the 2013 Volunteer of Excellence award presented by CEO Donnie Frederic.
Lou Peterson has proudly served Saint Mary’s for 20 years, beginning her service as a volunteer in January 1993. Since that time she has served more than 4000 hours even while undergoing Cancer treatment herself. When she’s not volunteering at the hospital, she knits colorful hats for cancer patients who are receiving treatment in Saint Mary’s Cancer Treatment Center. She is kind and courteous to all those she comes in contact with and she proudly lives out Saint Mary’s Mission and vision.
Following the presentation, each volunteer received a beautiful Christmas Poinsettia to take home and enjoy.
If you would like to share your time and talents with other, consider volunteering at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Diane Herrera for more information by dialing 479-968-2841 extension “0”.
Photo Caption: Donnie Frederic, CEO, Lou PEterson with a plaque for the 2013 Volunteer of Excellence Award. Peterson has been a member of Saint Mary’s Auxiliary since 1993.
Photo Caption: Committee members were recognized and were presented with beautiful gifts in appreciation for all the guidance and leadership. From Right to left, Donnie Frederic, CEO, President Janet Thurber and Vice President Diana Stensland, along with Secretary Wanda Reed and Treasurer Sharyn French.
About Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is a 170-bed acute care hospital. With a medical staff of more than 111 active physicians in 18 specialties, Saint Mary’s offers a wide range of quality healthcare services to residents of west central Arkansas, including cardiac catheterization, surgery, diagnostic radiology, cancer treatment, rehabilitation therapy, women and children’s services, home health and 24-hour emergency services. Saint Mary’s employs over 900 healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care with courtesy and compassion. For more information, visit www.SaintMarysRegional.com Saint Mary’s is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for high quality patient care and excellent service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 15 acute care and specialty hospital facilities in seven states. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.CapellaHealthcare.com