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GrandRounds CARTI Expands Statewide Presence with Ashley County Medical Center to Open CARTI Crossett CROSSETT – CARTI announced that its newest clinic, CARTI Crossett, opened in August featuring medical oncologist Bilal Malik, MD. The clinic offers infusion services, including chemotherapy. Thanks to a partnership with Ashley Bilal Malik, MD County Medical Center, and with Dr. Malik at the helm, the clinic looks forward to bringing the most advanced technologies and expertise to the patients living in and around Ashley County. Dr. Malik has run his own solo practice, South Arkansas Hematology & Oncology Clinic, in Pine Bluff for more than 20 years. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Arkansas Blood and Cancer Society, American Can Society and the Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America. He earned his medical degree from Nishtar Medical College in Pakistan. He completed residencies in pathology at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and The State University of New York in Buffalo, New York, and in internal medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York, New York. He completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama.

UAMS Joins Consortium to Advance Blending Complementary with Conventional Health Care Methods LITTLE ROCK - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has joined the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health as part of its effort to improve evidence-based integrative health research and patient care for Arkansans. Integrative health treats the whole patient by blending conventional and complementary health care methods to create a holistic, patient-focused approach to wellness. This can include cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, tai chi, chiropractic manipulation, nutrition and other physical and behavioral therapies as complements to traditional health care approaches. The Academic Consortium includes over 70 highly esteemed academic medical centers and health systems from across North America. The Consortium advances the principles and practices of integrative health care by providing its membership with a community of support and a collective voice for influencing change. These efforts include: • Supporting and mentoring academic leaders, faculty and students to advance integrative health care education, research and clinical care. • Disseminating information on rigorous scientific research, educational curricula in integrative health and sustainable models of clinical care.

• Informing health care policy. UAMS’ membership was approved by the Consortium’s Membership Committee and by member institutions. Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, vice chancellor for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, and Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, will serve as UAMS’ representatives for the Academic Consortium. UAMS is already engaged in these goals in several ways. For example, UAMS faculty have published 150 peerreviewed articles on integrative health. At its Northwest Regional Campus, UAMS has received $20 million in extramural research funding to evaluate and implement holistic solutions for the prevention of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. UAMS is partnering with Brightwater and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for educational programs on culinary medicine and the arts in health. The UAMS Interventional Pain Management Clinic offers a holist approach to speed healing and eliminate dependence on opioids. Additionally, programs like ARIMPACT (Arkansas Improving Multidisciplinary Pain Care and Treatment) enable physicians from across the state to interact directly with UAMS experts in pain management and integrative treatments for pain available for education and case consults. For more information on the Academic Consortium, visit

Mercy Hospital NWA Achieves Primary Stroke Center Certification ROGERS - When it comes to treating stroke, it’s important to act quickly and seek care that can help lessen its potentially debilitating effects. It’s also essential to get help at a hospital that provides top-level stroke care. The Joint Commission announced recently that Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas has earned certification as a Primary Stroke Center. The certification means Mercy Hospital can display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, a symbol of quality that reflects Mercy’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. Mercy has a stroke team on site 24 hours a day, augmented by support from vStroke, Mercy’s virtual stroke program. Mercy Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review June 12. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews. Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care, said Mark Pelletier, chief operating officer for Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. In addition, The Joint Commission announced that Mercy Bella Vista, a multispecialty facility with a 24-hour Emergency Department, was certified as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. The certification signifies the clinic’s expertise in diagnosing and treating stroke. arkansasmedicalnews


Arkansas Health Network Appoints Dr. Shahid Shafi as Chief Medical Officer & Vice President LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Health Network (AHN), a physician-led, clinically integrated network (CIN) serving Arkansas patients, providers, and employers, announced that Dr. Shahid Shafi has been appointed as its new Chief Medical Officer and Vice President. Dr. Shafi’s responsibili- Dr. Shahid Shafi ties will include all aspects of clinical quality improvement, evidence-based medical guidelines and the development of quality metrics across the network in addition to supporting AHN’s other strategic initiatives. AHN is the largest and most successful CIN in the state of Arkansas. The organization currently manages over 95,000 patients across the state of and partners with a growing network of nearly 2000 providers. AHN has repeat successes in programs sponsored by both commercial and governmental payors. Its Medicare ACO in the state earned shared savings both in the 2014 and 2017 performance years. In addition, with the rising cost of healthcare growing as a concern for employers across Arkansas, AHN has partnered with Arkansas Children’s Care Network to provide a unique health care delivery model designed specifically for self-insured employers. It leverages technology and big data to identify high-risk patients and then connects them with registered nurse health coaches to proactively manage their care with an emphasis on preventative, rather than reactive, services. The holistic approach drives positive outcomes for employees and associated lower costs for employers. Dr. Shafi previously served as Medical Director of Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance ACO in Dallas, Texas and as CEO of Surgical Group of North Texas. He also served as Medical Director of Trauma Surgery for Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas as well as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas. Dr. Shafi earned his Doctor of Medicine from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and received his trauma surgery fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and his Master of Business degree from Southern Methodist University.

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