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Mercy Hospital Fort Smith adds obstetric hospitalists

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith is launching an obstetric hospitalist program that will provide an team of board-certified obstetricians 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

OB hospitalists will deliver babies if a patient's physician is unable to be present. Other services by hospitalists include providing emergency care prior to a physician's arrival; supporting care of high-risk pregnancy patients; and delivering babies for patients who don't have an obstetrician.

As part of the program, Mercy Childbirth Center in the labor and delivery building on the main hospital campus will have an Obstetric Emergency Department with four rooms dedicated to emergency care at any gestational age. Eight OB hospitalists have been hired.

Hospitalists are physicians who specialize solely in caring for patients who are hospitalized, rather than those in a clinical or outpatient setting. OB hospitalists are required to have additional training such as advanced fetal assessment and monitoring.

The program, not intended to replace a woman's regular obstetrician, is offered in partnership with the OB Hospitalist Group, which staffs and manages programs throughout the United States.

ADH recognizes hospitals for stroke care

The Arkansas Department of Health formally recognized nine hospitals for excellence in stroke care performance June 7 at the Clinton Presidential Center.

The awards are based on hospital performance as documented in the Arkansas Stroke Registry between July 2017 and June 2018. They are given to hospitals for providing defect-free stroke care. Defect-free care is an aggregated metric based on the 10 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Coverdell performance measures in the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Patient Management Tool.

The Arkansas Stroke Registry is the health department's stroke surveillance and quality improvement program.

Hospitals receiving stroke care performance awards for defect-free patient care include:

Level 1 Award -- Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville

Level 2 Award -- St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center, Pocahontas, and Johnson Regional Medical Center, Clarksville

Level 3 Award -- Baptist Health -- Fort Smith; Baptist Health Medical Center -- Little Rock; Methodist University Hospital, Memphis; St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Russellville; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock; and Wadley Regional Medical Center, Texarkana, Texas.

Bentonville chamber wins award

The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce won a Grand Award for Communications Excellence by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for its work on the #BecauseBentonville campaign.

The association is an Alexandria, Va.-based association that represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals and 1,300 chambers of commerce around the world. The award qualifies the Bentonville chamber to compete for the Best in Show award, which will be announced July 15 at the association's annual convention in Long Beach, Calif.

The Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce created the #BecauseBentonville campaign as an economic development strategy.

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives's Awards for Communications Excellence program is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization's Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its 35th year.

Briefs are for businesses in Northwest Arkansas that are new, have moved or closed, opened a new branch, changed .owners or have been honored by an independent organization. Email items to cswanson@nwadg.com. Information will be published as space allows.

SundayMonday Business on 06/16/2019

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