NARMCNorth Arkansas Regional Medical Center (Harrison, AR)
NARMCNorth Atlantic Regional Medical Command (US Army)
NARMCNational Association of Regional Media Centers
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Of the 75 general, medical/surgery hospitals in Arkansas, NARMC is one of the few located in a rural populated area.
NARMC not only meets health care needs in Harrison and Boone County but is the region's second-largest employer with a staff of more than 850 and an annual economic impact of $178 million.
As a nonprofit, NARMC also provided over $ 1 million in charitable care in the past year.
Many rural communities are losing their hospitals, but NARMC continues to grow, with almost 100,000 annual outpatient visits and another 6,000-plus home health visits.
Promotion of breastfeeding to impact better health is now a state and national initiative, and Brown and NARMC have worked to improve rates and outcomes.
Through telemedicine technology, NARMC is able to provide high risk OB ultrasounds as well as maternal fetal medicine appointments.
Skin-to-skin and rooming-in opportunities were created to enhance mother-baby bonding, and safe sleep instruction earned NARMC a Silver Safe Sleep certification from Cribs for Kids.
Brown is on the lookout for new ways to improve NARMC's processes and services.
* The NARMC emergency team has won the Arkansas Governor's Quality Award two consecutive years.
Now, under Leist's guidance, the NARMC system has flourished as a financially stable industry leader.
Leist added affiliated physicians, an unusual staffing move for a rural hospital, as well as affiliated clinics, and NARMC became the first hospital in Arkansas to go online with the State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE).
Along the way, NARMC has earned multiple five-star and top 100 rankings for exceeding outcome standards, treatments and procedures including joint replacements and stroke treatment, and patient satisfaction.