Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Howard Memorial Hospital

Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Howard Memorial Hospital
Howard Memorial Hospital of Nashville

Howard Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital providing comprehensive patient-focused care in a variety of settings — emergency, surgical, inpatient and outpatient — delivered by skilled medical professionals.

The hospital’s not-for-profit status ensures that all financial resources remaining after expenses are reinvested in the hospital to improve technology, the facility and patient services.

For more than 60 years, Howard Memorial has been committed to bringing its service, care and technology to Nashville and surrounding communities so friends, families and neighbors can always have access to close-to-home care.

The hospital is governed by an eight-member, volunteer board of directors, comprising a spectrum of professional, business and community leaders. The board is responsible for hospital compliance with legal requirements, maintenance of professional and ethical standards of health care and financial and operational management. Board meetings are held monthly.

Howard Memorial’s services include rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging, surgical care and speciality services. In each service area the hospital is dedicated to friendly, high-quality care and state-of-the-art technology.

Howard Memorial’s efforts show in its patient satisfaction scores. The hospital ended Fiscal Year 2019 with a 99.64% patient satisfaction score. This is a direct reflection of the quality of care provided to patients. Additionally the hospital’s clinics are meeting their quality metrics by 100%.

Howard Memorial’s staff has been working on a sepsis program to improve the early identification and care of sepsis patients. The hospital’s sepsis coordinator has worked on a white paper with Dr. Sarma Velamuri regarding the program.

Additionally, Howard Memorial began a transportation service to assist patients who need to make appointments for behavioral health, wound care, physician office visits and rehab services appointments.

These new services will mean improved patient outcomes and ensure patients will be cared for more quickly.

Hospital and clinics comprising Howard Memorial

Years Howard Memorial has been in business

Year the Howard Memorial Foundation was established

Last year Howard Memorial was one of only three hospitals in the state honored by the Arkansas Department of Health and AFMC for excellence in quality-driven performance measures for critical access hospitals.