Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Ouachita County Medical Center

Small/Rural Hospital Finalist: Ouachita County Medical Center
Ouachita County Medical Center, Camden

Ouachita County Medical Center strives to be the focal point of a coordinated, county wide continuum of health care services, from preventive care to geriatrics.

The vision is shared by a staff that, working as a team, recognizes opportunities to more efficiently deliver and improve the quality and cost effectiveness of services.

OCMC is one of the few remaining stand-alone hospitals in the nation. It is independent and therefore not owned or operated by a large system.

Remaining independent has been a key factor that allows OCMC to better serve the needs of the community by making decisions locally regarding continuance or initiation of service lines. OCMC has earned high scores in all quality initiative programs, including the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.

Last year, OCMC was one of two hospitals in Arkansas to receive the “A” grade from the patient safety watchdog Leapfrog Group, which scores hospitals on a national basis.

OCMC has focused on quality in its day-to-day operations for years before “quality” became a buzzword emphasized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiatives and other external organizations.

In November 2018, OCMC implemented a cardiac service line that includes heart catheters. Since its inception, approximately 400 cardiac procedures have been done at the center. OCMC also installed a state-of-the-art heart catheter lab within its OR Department.

OCMC anticipates the cath lab will provide a revenue stream that will help offset the negative impact of certain reimbursement cuts as well as create better access to care for the community. Also, the center implemented a “Good Catch” program that has enhanced patient safety. The program encourages the reporting of errors, as in medication for example, that are caught before they reach the patient.

OCMC holds true to its stated mission to provide quality, accessible and personal health care. Located in a small, rural setting, OCMC is the safety net hospital for the community, so every day it looks for ways to make a positive difference in the lives of those it serves.

State safety ranking by

Years in business

400 +
Cardiac procedures done at OCMC

In October the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) inducted OCMC staff general surgeon Samuel Arnold as a Fellow (FACOS).