Health Care Archive

Baptist Health Breaks Ground on Conway Hospital

by Lee Hogan 7/7/2014 02:50 pm

Baptist Health of Little Rock broke ground Monday on a 216,000-SF, 96-bed hospital in Conway. The facility is expected to open in 2016. The entire project is estimated to cost about $130 million. The hospital is expected to open in 2016 and employ about 425 workers.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Skin in the Game (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Everyone understands that last week's special legislative session was, as it concerned health insurance benefits for public school employees, a short-term fix to a long-term problem that had been ignored until it simply couldn't be ignored any longer.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Dan McKay Named Sparks, Summit CEO

by Lee Hogan 6/30/2014 01:50 pm

Sparks Health System in Fort Smith and Summit Medical Center in Van Buren have named Dan McKay as its next chief executive officer. He will assume the duties in August and become the fourth person to hold the position this year.

Waiting Room: Medicare Appeals Tie Up Hospitals' Millions

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Adding to hospital frustration is the way that the RACs, which are private companies, are paid: They have a financial incentive to deny as many claims as possible because they receive up to 12.5 percent of the money recovered.

Jim Bolt Criminal Saga Reveals ‘A Certain Amount Of Genius'

by Gwen Moritz 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A federal judge sentenced James W. Bolt to a sentence 29 months longer than standard sentencing guidelines. It was an acknowledgement that the only way to keep Bolt from breaking the law was to keep him locked up.

Fort Smith Osteopathic School Picks Architect

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education of Fort Smith recently named Risley & Associates of Fort Smith as the lead architect to build the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a job estimated at $75 million.

Dental Examiners Board Asks Court To Toss Ben Burris Lawsuit

by Mark Friedman 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The Arkansas Board of Dental Examiners recently asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by orthodontist Dr. Ben Burris of Fort Smith.

Two Harrison Hires Highlight North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Sammie Cribbs has been promoted from director of nursing to chief nursing officer at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison. Dr. Justin L. Cutler has been hired at NARMC as an orthopedic surgeon. He joins Dr. Tarik Sidani at the Arkansas Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic.

Elaine Eubank Set To Start at Easter Seals as CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Elaine Eubank has been hired as president and CEO of Easter Seals Arkansas in Little Rock, a position she will start Tuesday. She said the new job will allow her to build on the Easter Seals mission, offering training and rehabilitation services to children and adults.

Pambra's Says New Jersey Company Should Go Belly Up on Tummy Liner Infringement

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Pambra's said it created and sells the tummy liner, a cotton-based piece of material that is worn under the lower belly fold of obese people to keep the skin dry and preventing chaffing. A pack of three sells for about $20 on Amazon.com.

Insurance Company Hot Over Craighead County Halloween Fire

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

An incident last Halloween season is still haunting the owners of a spook house in Craighead County. Nightmare Productions Haunted House owners Cody and Nicole Russell are facing a lawsuit filed last month by Western World Insurance Co. of New Jersey.

Baptist Health Plans July 7 Groundbreaking for Conway Hospital

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

Ground will be broken for the 100-bed medical center at 10:30 a.m. July 7 at 1455 Exchange Ave., near the Dave Ward Drive exit off Interstate 40.

CHI St. Vincent Lays Off 91 in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 6/26/2014 05:14 pm

Catholic Health Initiatives of Englewood, Colo., and its affiliate, St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, says it will lay off 91 employees from its operations in Arkansas. Seventy-four employees will be laid off from its hospital in Hot Springs, 14 total in its hospitals in Little Rock and North Little Rock and three from its Morrilton location, Peter Banko, president and CEO, told Arkansas Business Thursday afternoon.

Jim Bolt: 100 Months 'Essentially a Life Sentence'

by Gwen Moritz 6/24/2014 11:14 am

U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville threw the book at the career criminal because "there's a high likelihood that Mr. Bolt will recidivate."

Testimony: Arvest Bank Was Jim Bolt's Biggest Victim

by Gwen Moritz 6/24/2014 11:04 am

The Fayetteville bank had to make good on a guarantee it issued when Bolt fraudulently claimed $1.9 million in assets held as unclaimed by the state of California, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Dustin McDaniel Files Suit Against Chiropractic 'Runners'

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 04:28 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Roger D. Pleasant, the businesses he owns and his employees for deception and harassing tactics in their attempts to convince accident victims to visit a chiropractor.

Government Recovers $4M in Late Mountain Home Doctor's Medicare Fraud Case

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 02:04 pm

More than $4 million in property has been recovered as result of a claim filed against the probate estate of Dr. Stacey M. Johnson of Mountain Home and a civil forfeiture action.