NEA Health 2013

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Spring 2013

Inside this issue: Construction Update First of Its Kind Cancer Center 35th Anniversary Highlights Heart Healthy Nutrition Surgery for Obesity

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being in the know Our bodies change. And maybe just maybe Mom didn’t give us all the details. Whether during your annual check-up or through other health services along the way, we’ll bring you up to speed. NEA Baptist Clinic - Women’s Health provides services ranging from annual check-ups, procedures for incontinence, contraception to complete prenatal care. Clinical trial opportunities are also available. Ask your physician or nurse about the latest studies. More infforma ormation about our practice and your care can be found found on our website -

Mark C. Stripling, MD Charles C. Dunn, MD Norbert Delacey, MD

Michael Hong, MD

Lorna Layton, MD Charles Cesare, Jr., MD

870-972-8788 • 3104 Apache Dr., Jonesboro

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NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation has a mission to raise funds to help support the programs that impact lives and meet needs in Northeast Arkansas. It’s through the generous contributions of our donors that help us accomplish our mission. If you would like more information on how you can support NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, please call Robbie Johnson at (870)9345117 or Kim Provost at (870)336-1422. We would love to have you be a part of helping meet the needs of others in our community.

Thanks to all of our advertisers! Publication office 1835 Grant Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401 Deaundra Waddell, Editor Director of Marketing NEA Baptist Clinic Danial Reed, Marketing Coordinator Nicole Frakes, Art Direction and Design

NEA Health is published bi-annually for the purpose of conveying health-related information for the wellbeing of residents of Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. The information contained in NEA Health is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.


think the clinic probably began in the cafeteria of UAMS in the mid-1970s, when Dr. Ray Hall presented his idea to the other five of us and we began talking about our future plans,” says Dr. Stephen Woodruff, one of NEA Baptist Clinic’s eleven founding physicians.

“We have since become a leader in clinical research and key provider of medical specialty services with hundreds of thousands of clinic visits each year. Our 2007 merger with Baptist Memorial Health Care was a strategic step toward providing for the long-term well being of our communities. Our progress includes the construction of a new 181-bed hospital and adjoining medical office building set for completion late 2013.” Dr. Woodruff continues, “we’re shaped by the evolving health care needs of our communities. We’re listening as our patients tell us what healthy is to them. And we’re steadily developing new specialty services to meet their expectations – right here at home.” Pictured below are Dr. Stephen Woodruff, Dr. Ray Hall and Dr. Robert Taylor, three of the eleven NEA Baptist Clinic founders - Dr. Michael Hightower, Dr. Michael Mackey, Dr. Anthony White, Dr. William Hubbard, Dr. Ronald Blachly, Dr. Michael Isaacson, Dr. Allen Nixon and the late Dr. Hank Jordan.

Editorial, advertising and general business information can be obtained by phoning 870-9345101 or by writing in care of this publication to: PO Box 1960, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403. Copyright© 2011 NEA Baptist Clinic. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording and any information storage retrieval system, without written permission from NEA Baptist Clinic.

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pages of advice from doctors and health professionals you know and trust.

wo and a half years ago when I began my job with NEA Baptist, I was tasked with scheduling a ground breaking. It feels like forever that I have been saying “2013” when answering the question when will you open. Now, it is 2013, and what has been the largest construction project in the state of Arkansas will be completed later this year.

I had fun traipsing around the green pasture on a dirt road with photographer, Tim Rand, as we captured a few “before” photos. If you have driven by our construction site on US 49, you have seen that the landscape has dramatically changed. More importantly, the landscape of health care in our region is changing. Our new hospital and clinic bring new technology allowing for new methods of care to be provided. What was once a pasture will now be a place of healing; a place where patients are cared for and lives are saved everyday. A vision that occurred in a meeting years ago is indeed becoming a reality. The cover of this issue features three of our doctors that have been instrumental in the vision to build health care around you. Founder Ray Hall, MD, along with Robert Taylor, MD, president of NEA Baptist Clinic, and Stephen Woodruff, MD, board president, and other NEA Baptist Clinic physicians have spent many hours working with NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, architects and contractors to create an integrated medical campus. You will find more in this issue on integrated health care, as well as articles by our physicians and construction updates. Be sure to visit our website and follow us on twitter and Facebook for more on what's going on at NEA Baptist!

2013 is indeed our year! Deaundra Waddell, Editor

3 Donor Appreciation

- Robbie Johnson 4 Celebrating 35 Years 8 NEA Baptist Cancer Center

- NEA Baptist Clinic – Hematology/Oncology 10 Heart Healthy Nutrition

- Matthew Haustein, MD 12 A Woman’s Health

- NEA Baptist Clinic – Women’s Health 14 Power of Oxygen

- James Fletcher, MD 16 Surgery for Obesity

- Bruce Jones, MD 17 Integrated Health Care Model

- William Hubbard, MD, Robert Taylor, MD 18 Building Health Care Around You 20 Knee Replacement Advances

- Jason Brandt, MD 22 Dementia

- Kristin J. Addison-Brown, PhD 24 Leading the Way in Clinical

Research - Paul Koros, RN, CCRC 26 Running & Injury Prevention

- Brian Lewis, PTA 27

In Review NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation - Program Updates - Event Updates - Memorials/Honorariums

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he new NEA Baptist Medical Campus has several naming opportunities. By making a tax deductible gift to the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation individuals in the community can to be a part of history and contribute to a worthy organization. Three families - the Harrisons, Bentons and Bryants - recently made contributions for the new campus.

Bob and Liz Harrison made a gift in memory of Mrs. Harrison’s parents, Dr. R. Wilbur and Mary Elizabeth Herring. The Harrisons’ gift will go towards setting up a Pastoral Endowment fund, continuing the legacy of the Herrings’ ministry in Northeast Arkansas. Dr. Herring served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro from 1952 to 1958 and then from 1969 to 1983. Mrs. Herring served the church in many roles including church organist. The chapel at the new NEA Baptist campus will be named in memory of the Herrings. Murray and Nancy Benton made a gift in honor of their parents: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Benton, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Jerre Hassell. Their gift will go to purchase the Christmas Box Angel Statue which will be located in the prayer garden on the new NEA Baptist campus. The statue, also known as the Angel of Hope statue, originated from the best selling book and hit television movie The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her Pictured L-R: Maggie Benton, Bill Benton, Jr., Helen Benton, child at the base of an angel monument. Though Murray Benton, Jr., Barbara Hassell, Bill Benton, Sr., Jerre Hassell the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument Murray Benton and Nancy Benton once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. The statue at the new NEA Baptist campus will be one of only 130 statues located around the country. A gift from Dr. Chris and Nikki Bryant will provide a cross statue at the new NEA Baptist campus. The beautiful marble piece will be located in the prayer garden. Dr. Bryant, a native of Jonesboro, is a Gynecological Oncologist who joined NEA Baptist in 2012. He, along with the entire NEA Baptist oncology team, will move to the new 34,000 square-foot NEA Baptist Cancer Center in the fall of 2013. Additionally, brick pavers, which will be located in the prayer garden, are available for purchase online. For more information about donations, visit or contact Robbie Johnson, Director of Development for NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation at (870)934-5117.

Pictured L-R: Liz and Bob Harrison holding a picture of Dr. R. Wilbur.

Naming Opportunities: Cancer Center: NEA Baptist Cancer Center Cancer Center Garden HopeCircle Room

Clinic: Women's Breast Health Center

Hospital: Community Education Center Hospital Prayer Garden Dining Room Staff Education Center Nursery Women's Center Oncology Wing Artwork

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Celebrating W

hat began as an idea is now the area's single largest multi-specialty group practice. Our 35th anniversary year has been filled with celebrations, achievements, events, and additions of new doctors and staff.

In 1977, a single practice with a moderate number of physicians and subspecialties was launched. Since then NEA Baptist Clinic has become a multi-specialty, award-winning clinic with over 25 locations. NEA Baptist continues to grow with more physicians and specialties being added this year, as we open our new medical campus.

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012 was a year of great achievements – from awards to accomplishing major milestones.

Our clinics and physicians and the hospital were honored with several awards throughout the year. NEA Baptist Clinic Best of Region 8, Best Health Clinic Dr. Adam Sills Best of Region 8, Best Dermatologist Dr. Scott Hoke Occasions Reader Choice Award, Physician NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Outstanding Patient Experience Awardtm (2009-2010/2012) Patient Safety Excellence Awardtm (2011-2012) Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Awardtm (2012-2013) 4 Arkansas Hospital Association Advertising Diamond Awards NEA Baptist Health System reached the following milestones in 2012: January 26th - Cancer Center Groundbreaking May 5th - Baptist Centennial Picnic June 1st - 35th Anniversary Gala June 27th - Topping Out Ceremony for medical campus construction site October 22nd - Pediatric Palooza December 7th - Celebrated 10 years of Duck Classic with a record breaking event

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wenty new physicians have joined NEA Baptist Clinic over the past two years bringing the total number of physicians to over 100. With the physicians, new specialities now include dermatology, interventional radiology, neuropsychology and gynecologic oncology. A pediatric location was added along with two orthopedic and physical therapy locations.

Top Row:

Third Row

Stacy L. Wilbanks, MD Aaron Wallace, MD Kristin J. Addison-Brown, PhD Tommy Taylor, MD Ryan Brenza, DO

Edward Cooper, MD Ron Schechter, MD Stacy Richardson, DO Scott Dorroh, MD Botton Row:

Second Row: Owen K. Criner, MD Charles Cesare, Jr., MD Adam Sills, MD Thomas Nix, MD Adam B. Woodruff, MD Matthew Haustein, MD

Mark Wendel, MD Faiza Chaudhry, MD Amy Bailey, MD Christopher Bryant, MD Richard Reinhard, III, MD

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NEA Baptist Cancer Center


n a cold, rainy day in January, 2012, NEA Baptist Health System, broke ground on a premiere, 34,000-square-foot Cancer Center, located on the new medical campus and overshadowed by the construction of the new hospital and clinic. The only facility of its kind in Northeast Arkansas, the $24 million project combines all components of cancer care under one roof—from diagnosis to chemotherapy treatments to radiation to support and educational resources. Patients will receive high-quality care without having to endure the added emotional and physical stress of traveling between locations for doctor appointments and treatment.

“We are excited to be able to provide another service not only to the people of Jonesboro, but to the entire Northeast Arkansas region,” said Brad Parsons, administrator and CEO of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. “This additional building project on our new medical campus combines the oncology and radiation therapy services, along with other areas of the hospital and clinic to add yet another dimension of integrated health care, but this time, it is focused entirely on the treatment of cancer.”

practices to the NEA Baptist Cancer Center upon completion of the facility.

NEA Baptist Clinic physicians Ronald Blachly, MD, Allen Nixon, Jr., MD, Carroll Scroggin, Jr., MD, Scott Dorroh, M.D., and Christopher Bryant, MD., specializing in gynecologic oncology, will move their

Other service areas of NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital focused on cancer care will also relocate to the new center. Patients will have onsite access to the NEA Baptist Clinic Clinical

“It is a privilege for us at NEA Baptist Clinic oncology to take care of our cancer patients, and we are humbled by the trust they and their families place in us,” said Dr. Carroll Scroggin, Jr. “We are dedicated to improving cancer care and treatment in Northeast Arkansas and the new NEA Baptist Cancer Center will be symbolic of this commitment to our community for years to come.

Research department for participation in research study opportunities. NEA Baptist Clinic is actively recruiting and signing physicians for the center. This comprehensive approach for cancer care further exemplifies NEA Baptist Health System’s commitment to bringing integrated health care to the Northeast Arkansas community. The radiation oncology portion of the facility will house state of the art technology, providing the facility the capacity to treat cancer patients that need radiation. This technology includes a linear accelerator and a CT simulator. The infusion area is designed to provide patients with the most comfortable experience possible. Twenty infusion chairs divided into five-chair pods will overlook an exterior healing garden. In addition, there are two private rooms with infusion beds. The infusion process takes approximately four hours; therefore, each patient chair is equipped with a personal TV, a curtain for privacy and wireless internet to help patients pass the time. The medical oncology area is also equipped with 12 exam rooms. A highlight of the building, designed by architectural firm Earl Swensson Associates Inc., features a circular tower that will be the home of HopeCircle – an NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation program that supports patients and

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families of those who have been diagnosed with an illness, such as cancer. The mission of HopeCircle is to provide a community of hope, support, and educational programming to meet the needs of anyone diagnosed and living with a catastrophic illness. HopeCircle will house a library full of resources and a group meeting room for patients and their loved ones, as well as an area with wigs, hats and blankets. These items are all free of charge. “We want our patients to receive the best care and treatment possible when fighting cancer. Having the physicians and services, as well as the support and resources available in one location will benefit all parties involved,” said Darrell King, CEO of NEA Baptist Clinic. “We are proud to be a part of bringing these outstanding services to our community.”

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Heart-Healthy Nutrition


t’s no secret that eating low-fat, high-fiber foods can reduce your risk for heart disease. But with food companies constantly promoting healthier food options, it’s hard to tell whether their claims are really true. Just because food packaging claims to be reduced-fat, doesn’t automatically make the food a nutritious choice. Dr. Matt Haustein, Cardiologist at NEA Baptist Clinic in Jonesboro, explains the importance of eating right to maintain your heart health. He says, “the amount and kind of food we consume is important in reducing the risk of heart problems, especially coronary artery disease. A diet low in saturated fats, low salt and with multiple servings of fruits and vegetables with just enough calories to maintain an ideal body weight is best. Eating this kind of diet consistently while exercising regularly and maintaining an ideal body weight decreases our risk of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.”

Here are a few things you may not know about the foods you eat: All oil is not created equal. The best choices are those low in cholesterol and saturated and trans fats. Oils made from vegetable fat are healthiest – try corn, canola or olive oil. Stay away from butter and use margarine with liquid vegetable oil listed as the first ingredient and no more than two grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Fatty acids reduce heart disease risk. It may seem strange that something with fat in the name could actually be good for you, but it’s true. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of arrhythmias and plaque, plus they decrease triglyceride levels. Fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, especially tuna, salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines. Other sources include soybeans (including tofu), walnuts and flaxseeds. Try to incorporate fish into your diet at least twice a week, and ask your physician if omega-3 supplements are right for you.

Matthew Haustein, MD Cardiology NEA Baptist Clinic – 870.935.4150

Reduced-fat products aren’t always low in fat. To be considered reduced fat, the product must have at least 25 percent fewer fat grams than the original product. This sounds good and is definitely an improvement, but the food still may be high in fat. For example, if the original product has 20 fat grams, and the reduced-fat version has 15 grams, it is still high in fat. To be classified as low fat, the product cannot have more than three fat grams per serving, and fat must account for less than 30 percent of the total calories. Be sure to check the labels on your food; many times low-fat baked goods include more sugar than their full-fat counterparts. Also, people often eat larger portions of reduced-fat foods, sometimes resulting in higher calorie intake than eating the full-fat version. Always check the labels on your food so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Healthy is…making small changes to your diet to improve your heart health.

Take the Million Hearts™ pledge to live a heart healthy life with NEA Baptist.

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Exciting Times!

We’ll handle all of your financial needs so that you have more time for the things in life that matter most.


t’s hard to imagine a more exciting time to be living in Jonesboro and Northeast Arkansas. Even during these challenging economic times, our community continues to hold its own – even thrive. At NEA Baptist, we would be content to play even a minor part in this success story, but it has been our good fortune to be in a position to be the catalyst for change and growth. A few weeks back, I was flying into Jonesboro and for the first time caught a glimpse from the air of the new NEA Baptist medical campus on Johnson Avenue. While I’ve walked in and around the building many times before, the view from 10,000 feet is breathtaking.

PRIVATE BANKING Visit any one of our four convenient locations in Jonesboro or any one of our other 12 branch locations in NE Arkansas. Call 870-934-4091 or visit us at

We are in fact – Building Health Care Around You! Every detail in our new facility is designed with the patient in mind and equipped to provide the best health care experience. In order to provide this level of care, we are hiring the best and brightest physicians from here in Arkansas and across the country. Hundreds of dedicated colleagues come along side and assist in taking care of folks from all over the region who come to us for their health care. In total, NEA Baptist Health System will hire an additional 500 people to fill many roles at our new medical campus The future ahead of us is bright. We owe it to the physicians that had the vision to see our clinic and our hospital become a regional medical center, and to the patients who choose NEA Baptist. In a few short months, we will open the doors to our new state of the art campus. We are inviting you now to come celebrate with us! Darrell King Chief Executive Officer NEA Baptist Clinic 11 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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Healthy Lifestyle Choices f o r Wo m e n


t is easy to become overwhelmed by all the health care advice offered by experts and wannabe experts in the media today. Is fat good or bad? Am I eating too many

carbohydrates? How often am I supposed to exercise? Do I need to take vitamin supplements or not; if so, how many and which ones?

The confusion is enough to make you want to throw up your hands, lean back in the recliner and forget about it. But if you want to live your best, healthiest life, that’s not the right choice. NEA Baptist Women’s Clinic has made things a little easier for those searching for a healthier lifestyle. Following The 10 Healthiest Lifestyle Choices for Women will put you on the road to a fitter, more productive life. In the tradition of the Top 10 List of talk show host David Letterman, we’ll start with Number 10 and work our way up. #10 Kick the habit. Stop smoking or better yet, don’t start. It is well-known that smoking causes lung cancer and other serious ailments such as emphysema. But smoking also is linked to or is known to aggravate other conditions such as bladder cancer, cervical dysplasia, heart disease, osteoporosis, premature aging of the skin and high blood pressure. #9 Go for fake instead of bake. Unprotected sun exposure poses many health risks including skin cancer. Make sure to use sunscreen whenever in the sun. If you really want that bronzed look, try self-tanning products. They are available at drug stores and discount stores. Many salons and spas offer bronzing application services as well. #8 Reinvent yourself over and over. Studies show that people who make changes and are happier in their lives live much longer. How you view changes in your life can help give you a positive outlook. Take stock in your life. If youre unhappy, make some changes.

#7 Take vitamins. It is unlikely your daily diet will provide you with the vitamins, minerals and other substances you need for maximum health. The following supplements are recommended. • Calcium and Vitamin D. These two substances build strong, healthy bones, but did you also know your heart needs calcium? If you don’t take in enough calcium your heart will start taking it from your bones. Calcium also aids in fat metabolism and colon cancer prevention. Women start losing calcium at age 30. • Essential fatty acids. Over the last few decades, much emphasis has been placed on low-fat diets, but your body does need some fat. It is especially important for making hormones. If you take the fat out of your diet, your hormones are going to suffer. Now that doesn’t mean adding fried chicken and onion rings. You need good fats such as omega3 fatty acids. Sources of good fat include flaxseed oil, primrose oil, olive oil and nuts. • Antioxidants. Our bodies contain substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. • Niacin and folic acid. These substances help increase good cholesterol and lower the bad. • Aspirin as directed by a physician. It may provide protection for stroke and heart disease. • Multivitamin. A multivitamin is a good overall supplement.

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Protect your #6 De-stress your life. Stress contributes to or is the cause of many health problems including irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic pain, heart disease, fatigue, backaches and depression. It wears down the immune system. Make time for yourself. Find out what makes you relax. Exercise is also a great way to reduce your stress level. #5 Find a role model and be a role model. We should all live our lives in a way so that we can set examples for others. Inspire others to live a better life. One good way to achieve that goal is to look to your own role models. What makes you admire them? Use their lives as motivation to build your own unique, productive life. #4 Get that tune-up. Get a check-up once a year. Get your mammogram, Pap smear, blood pressure, and cholesterol tests. Consult your physician about other needed tests and exams. #3 Eat right for your type. Cut down on carbohydrates. Lowcarbohydrate diets can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Know the ingredients of what you are eating and pay attention to portion size. There are lots of additives in foods. Stay away from highly refined foods. Eat lean proteins and don’t be afraid of the right kinds of fat. We need fat to live. #2 Get off the couch. You can’t lead an inactive lifestyle and expect to be fit. Too many Americans don’t get enough exercise. It is estimated that 61 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Over one third of children and adolescents are overweight, according to the CDC. Regular, vigorous exercise is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. However, before starting a new exercise program, you should consult with your physician. #1 Start living healthier today! Make the commitment to pay attention to your health and what you are doing to impact it. Take advantage of applications on your smartphone or websites that help you journal your activities from calories taken in to exercise completed. The main point here is to get started--today! For more information, visit or visit the National Library of Medicine Web site at

Hands Gloves with the right


ood gloves are essential for keeping hands safe in many work situations. Losing a hand or a finger can be a career-ending injury, so choose your work gloves with care.

Consider these options: • Canvas. These are useful for any kind of general yard work, or tasks that call for use of long-handled tools for extensive periods of time, preventing blisters and chafing. • Cotton/fabric. Good for painting, gardening, and light yard work, these allow the skin to breathe and offer a good grip. • Leather. Best for construction, woodworking, and electrical work (with an insulated liner). Leather is tough and durable, and it offers some protection against punctures and cuts, as well as sparks from electrical equipment. • Latex. These can be used for painting, food processing, and handling some chemicals. They are disposable, protect against mild skin irritants, and provide good dexterity. • Aluminized. Advisable for welding and any kind of furnace work, they’ll protect your hands against heat.

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EA Baptist Wound Prevention and Management performs hyperbaric oxygen treatments. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been proven effective for many medical conditions including diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, burns and a wide variety of other wounds requiring specialty care.

The combination of high pressure and pure oxygen drives the life-giving oxygen into the bloodstream at a very high concentration so that it can spread deep into the body tissues to help fight many types of illness. Currently, NEA Baptist Clinic has the largest and most technologically advanced monoplace chambers in the region. Along with the hyperbaric chambers, our staff is dedicated to helping patients on their road to recovery by providing education to manage and prevent future wounds.

Wound Healing Tips To help your wounds heal or to prevent wounds, you should: • Eat a good, high-protein diet. Take a multi-vitamin daily, and start your day with a nutritional supplement, such as an instant breakfast drink, etc. • Inspect your feet every day for cuts and scrapes, especially if you have diabetes. • Do not smoke.

Hyperbaric Chambers help treat: • Brown Recluse Spider Bite • Diabetic Lower Extremity Wounds • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections • Osteomyelitis (Refractory) • Osteoradionecrosis • Compromised Skin Grafts & Flaps

• Treat and control conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure and anemia. • Reduce leg swelling by wearing support hose as recommended and elevating your legs for 20 minutes, three times a day.

• Soft Tissue Radionecrosis

• Avoid trauma to your legs and feet.

• Arterial Insufficiency

• Prevent infection. • On open, clean wounds, don't use peroxide or Betadine. Don't air dry.

James Fletcher, MD Wound Prevention and Management NEA Baptist Clinic – 870.336.3211 14 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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Be One in a Million Take the Million Hearts™ pledge with NEA Baptist Clinic at and make a commitment to:

PREVENT heart disease and stroke by UNDERSTANDING the risks

KNOW your ABCS: – Appropriate Aspirin Therapy – Blood Pressure Control

– Cholesterol Management – Smoking Cessation

GET UP and GET ACTIVE STAY STRONG by eating a heart-healthy diet

TAKE CONTROL of your heart health by following your doctor’s instructions. L-R: Robert Taylor, MD, Suresh Patel, MD, Matthew Haustein, MD, Michael Isaacson, MD, D.V. Patel, MD, Eumar Tagupa, MD, Anthony White, MD

870-935-4150 •

A New Speciality & Physician NEA Baptist Clinic is excited to welcome Dr. Steven Stroud and add the new specialty of infectious diseases. This new speciality will provide consultation and treatment for inpatients and outpatients with all types of infectious disease. Special interest is placed on the diagnosis and treatment of difficult infectious diseases, including mycobacterial and fungal infections.

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Surgery For Obesity Something New Up My Sleeve


assive obesity shortens life. Obesity influences many diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, spine and joint diseases, infertility, cancer, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers, and reflux esophagitis. In this weight conscious society, obesity may negatively affect self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and employment opportunities. Genetics play a huge role in obesity. “Thrifty genes� helped protect our ancestors from starvation by programming humans to store large quantities of food as fat to be used during famine. Even in good times hard outdoor work helped use up excess fat. In all human history food has never been as constantly available as now. Work has become less physical. The result is that we have an obesity epidemic. Body mass index (BMI) is used to measure obesity. BMI formula of weight divided by height squared factors out the differences in heights when comparing weights. A body mass index of 40 is life-threatening obesity. Sometimes, even lower BMI’s are associated with serious illness. Because of strong genetic and environmental influences significant long term weight loss through dieting alone is extremely difficult. Surgical procedures for weight loss help counter the genetic predisposition to be obese.

Today, there are three common operations for weight loss (bariatric surgery). The reason there are three is because taking all factors into account, none has shown a clear superiority over the other two. The gastric bypass is the oldest and most “tried and true�. It is the most aggressive of the three and provides both restriction of caloric intake and some malabsorption of calories. Average excess weight loss is greatest with the gastric bypass and it has a very powerful effect on diabetes. The lapband provides restriction only and is extremely safe. Weight losses vary although tends to be less than with the bypass. Weight loss also tends to be slower and is very dependent on careful patient follow up. The gastric sleeve is the newest bariatric operation. The sleeve provides restriction only but involves removal of a part of the stomach. Weight losses with the sleeve tend to be intermediate between the band and bypass. The sleeve is about seven years old and is showing great promise with good weight loss average and good reduction of obesity associated illnesses. For more information about all of the bariatric operations and other aspects of obesity please attend our free seminar. Seminar dates can be found at Bruce Jones, MD, General Surgery NEA Baptist Clinic – 870.932.4875

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s health care reform arrives in America, large clinics and hospital systems are coming together to form integrated care models. Simply put, the clinic staff and the hospital staff are essentially the same. Successful examples include the Mayo Clinic Foundation, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Geisinger Health System. All of these models have been cited by the Department of Health and Human Services and examples of the health care delivery system of the future. To that end, NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital have chosen to adopt the integrated staff model at this time. In so doing, the intent is to improve overall efficiency while enhancing quality and decreasing redundancy at all levels. The integrated staff model brings a level of accountability and a culture of quality to the hospital, which is extremely difficult to reproduce with a collection of unaffiliated physicians. Common leadership, governets, electronic medical records, and financial integration are all critical to keep the hospital and medical staff working together in a most efficient manner. In the future, in such integrated staff models, hospital and physician compensation is not just determined by productivity but, rather, performance in relation to established quality measures as well as

patient satisfaction. This creates a win-win situation for the community at large. The patient-centered delivery models in the outpatient, inpatient, and long-term care areas center around these integrated care model systems. The new Federal Health Reform Act supports such a model by bundling payments and supporting accountable care organizations as well as patient centered medical homes. Such models have proven to reduce cost with enhanced quality for the involved patients. Furthermore, systems such as this attract young physicians by providing support and essential specialty services for the area. Efficient care delivery models with ambulatory clinics as well as hospitals thrive in such an environment, enhancing community access to care at all times. Truly, integrated staff model systems have proven to be the most efficient and cost effective manner of care delivery in the United States today, and we at NEA Baptist Health System are excited about bringing this model to our region for the future. William Hubbard, MD, Hospitalist Medical Director – NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Pulmonology – NEA Baptist Clinic 870.935.4150



he continuing national debate and new laws about health care reform have highlighted the need for change in the way medical care is delivered and paid for. The demand for better value (higher quality at reasonable cost) medical care is greater than ever.

The recent difficult economy, rising national debt and the continued rapid rise in heath care costs have lead many to conclude that the current health care system is not sustainable long term. The cost of health care continues to stress limited national (Medicare) and state (Medicaid) budgets leading to decreased reimbursement levels which are already below the cost of providing care in many health care organizations. Health care costs represent a large and increasing cost for employers and employees with average cost of health insurance premiums rising rapidly. Governments and private payers are beginning a move away from fee for service and toward payment systems, which incentivize achieving quality measures and lower cost of care. A truly integrated delivery system has been shown to be the best way to deliver high quality care in a very efficient and cost effective manner. NEA Baptist Health System (NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital) continues to move toward a more integrated system. In this system we will be able to coordinate care across all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. We believe and national experience has shown that a fully integrated system will allow us to become more efficient with less duplication of tests and services, decreasing the overall cost while improving the quality of health care.

We are pairing physicians with professional managers and personnel at every level of hospital and clinic operations to ensure that we are meeting the needs our patients and that high quality patient care process are in place. This should result in optimal use of resources around the needs of the community and individual patient. This system will allow the best clinical quality and highest operational efficiency with sustained improvement over time. NEA Baptist and Baptist Memorial Health Care are committed to recruiting the people and building the infrastructure needed to become a very high quality, high value organization. We have committed to significant investment in new and updated infrastructure, including buildings, technology and electronic records, which will be necessary to make this progress possible. In an integrated system duplication of services and technology can be minimized decreasing overall cost. Even more important than the physical infrastructure is our ability to recruit, support and retain the best physicians and staff. We will collect and use data on quality measures, patient satisfaction and the true cost of care to help us understand where we have opportunities to improve. We are committed to building a high quality organization capable continuing to provide the best medical care to the people of this region regardless of the rapid changes occurring in medicine. Robert Taylor, MD, NEA Baptist Clinic President, Cardiology – NEA Baptist Clinic 870.935.4150 17 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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t’s the single largest investment in a community by Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis, Tennessee and the largest health care investment in Arkansas in the last decade – the new NEA Baptist medical campus, home to NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Cancer Center..

This new facility will bring integrated health care and streamlined record-keeping to Northeast Arkansas, connecting the hospital and its patients to physician offices. New specialities such as interventional radiology infectious disease and gynecologic oncology will be housed on the campus, providing patients with an even higher level of care. Also, part of the 80-acre medical campus will be NEA Baptist Cancer Center, the first of its kind in our region, bringing together the area's most respected oncology physicians in one extraordinary new facility housing research, diagnosis, treatment and support side-by-side. Watch the construction of our new medical campus online through streaming video. 18 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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s one year ends and another begins, I often reflect on the past years and wonder what the New Year has in store. I wanted to reflect on what I experienced professionally in past years and look at an area that holds promise now and in the future. New approaches in post op pain management in knee replacement proved to be very successful in my practice in the past years. Traditionally, postoperative medicines consisted mainly of narcotics like morphine and codeine derivatives. They were given in response to pain. While somewhat effective, side effects like sedation, nausea, and constipation hindered rehabilitation. More recently I implemented a new approach for post op pain control popularized by Dr. Ranawat from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. This new method, multimodal pain management, begins in the operating room before the procedure ends. A local cocktail of medicines is injected into the muscles and capsule of the knee. In recovery, patients receive strong anti-inflammatory medicine intravenously to prevent pain. Once able to take oral meds, my patients take a combination of medicines on a regular basis and at that point only use intravenous narcotics for pain not controlled with the standard regimen. These medicines work at many different pain receptors in the body and overall narcotic usage can be diminished. By treating the multiple pain receptors, pain control is maximized and often side effects are less. Early on I was optimistic that this new way would be better and fortunately the results have exceeded my expectations as well as the patients. I knew we were on to something when members of the nursing staff stopped me to tell me how much they appreciated the improved pain control their patients were experiencing. To hear patients say, "I thought this was supposed to hurt?" is now a common occurrence. With less pain, I have seen patients have the courage and desire to work with their physical therapists. Improved rehabilitation has led to faster return to independent living. Although no pain protocol is ideal, I have experienced enhanced patient satisfaction and function in my arthroplasty patients since implementation of this approach. As new medications become available, my approach to pain control will evolve.

Improved rehabilitation has led to faster return to independent living.

For the future, I see a possible change in how we make decisions on alignment and implanting the prosthesis. Alignment of a knee prosthesis is a critical component in surgical success, and new technology is making alignment decisions easier and more optimal. This can be accomplished through MRI, CT, and specialized software. In short, the process becomes much more customized. The improvements may lead to less blood loss, a shorter operative time and reduced risk of infection. Total knee replacement is a common and extremely successful procedure worldwide. Embracing new technologies will only make it an even better and more successful procedure.

Jason Brandt, MD Orthopedic Surgery NEA Baptist Clinic – 870.932.6637 20 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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Is it Dementia? A

lzheimer's disease. Dementia. Senility. These words strike fear in the hearts of aged men and women everywhere. But what do they really mean? How do know if you "have" any of the above? And what do you do about? These are questions I hope to answer, at least in part, with a series of forthcoming articles in the NEA Health.

First, some groundwork is in order. In my practice, I am often asked by patients and families whether someone has "Alzheimer's or dementia." If someone is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, the answer is actually "both." Dementia, by definition, is a neurodegenerative condition (with "neuro" referring to the brain, and "degenerative" indicating it worsens over time) that causes a decline in cognition (i.e., thinking abilities) and day-to-day function, such as managing the finances or driving. There are many different causes of dementia - just one of which is Alzheimer's disease. Other causes of dementia include cerebrovascular disease (i.e., vascular dementia), dysfunction of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (i.e., frontotemporal dementia), and chronic alcohol abuse (i.e., alcohol-related dementia), among others. Future articles further address the various forms of dementia.

Often, it is the patient or a loved one who first brings the possibility of dementia to a physician's attention. At that time, or when the physician suspects dementia, patients are frequently asked a series of questions as part of a commonly-used screening tool for dementia. This includes several tasks assessing memory, attention, language, and other aspects of cognition. This screening test provides a reasonably quick overview of one's current skills. Poor performance is thought to generally support a dementia diagnosis. However, this test is not in and of itself a diagnostic instrument. First, it does not provide any information about the particular type of dementia, which may have implications for treatment and course of the disease. Further, a "passing" score does not necessarily mean that an individual does not have dementia. In fact, research shows that individuals can achieve a near-perfect score on this test, yet still meet diagnostic criteria for dementia when more thorough diagnostic techniques are applied. Other diagnostic techniques may include various laboratory tests, neurological examination, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological evaluation. Some of these tests serve primarily to rule-out other conditions. For example, laboratory tests may rule out vitamin B12 or other deficiencies as the cause of an individual's difficulties. Neuroimaging can help to rule out stroke or other acute problems in the brain. Certain findings are also known to coincide with specific types of dementia. Alzheimer's dementia, for example, is associated with atrophy (or shrinkage) of the temporal lobes of the brain. However, this is not always the case, as it is often later in the disease before these changes

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are apparent with currently available techniques. Therefore, individuals in the earlier stages of dementia can have normal findings on neuroimaging. Neurological exam is another highly useful tool for the diagnosis of dementia, though I will defer to the neurologists any further description of their particular procedures. Neuropsychological evaluation is another technique frequently employed in the diagnosis of dementia. This technique differs from neuroimaging in that it represents a picture of how the brain is functioning, rather than simply a picture of the brain itself. Neuropsychology is the study of how the brain impacts thinking, behavior, and mood, as well as the interaction of these and other factors. When an individual presents for neuropsychological evaluation, he or she will typically undergo a comprehensive interview in order to establish a context in which test results will be interpreted. This interview includes (but is not limited to) information regarding onset and progression of symptoms, description of symptoms, the effect of symptoms on the individual's day-to-day functioning, and other background information such as medical and social history. Often a relative or close friend is interviewed, as well, in order to provide an additional perspective. The neuropsychological tests themselves involve a series of pen and paper type tests which are designed to obtain a relatively comprehensive measure of the individual's abilities across types of thinking skills. These include attention, various aspects of memory (i.e., learning, retention, recall, recognition), speed of thinking ("processing speed"), visual-spatial skills, executive function (which includes planning and problem solving), and others. Once the tests are scored, the individual's performance is weighed against a set of

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"norms," which represent the performance of "normal" individuals of the same age, gender, and/or education level. Based on one's pattern of strengths and weaknesses on these tests, the neuropsychologist can infer what may be going on the brain to be causing the individual's day-to-day problems. Fortunately, dementia is often not the cause at all. Other common contributors to cognitive symptoms include untreated obstructive sleep apnea, depression/anxiety, medication effect, or the early effects of hypertension, diabetes, and other medical Failure illnesses.

time, as well as providing other benefits such as decreasing some of the behavioral symptoms of dementia. Finally, undiagnosed dementia is (even more than diagnosed dementia), quite frankly, scary. Certain types of dementia can cause changes in behavior and personality that, if not directly attributed to the effects of dementia, can cause anger and resentment on the part of one's spouse, children, and other important individuals in one's life. Although dementia is never a diagnosis that one hopes for, sometimes just knowing that there is something else causing one's problems, and knowing what that something is, can be a relief.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

to detect dementia If you suspect that you or a loved Certainly, accurate one may have some form robs a person of the diagnosis of dementia of dementia, please speak opportunity to plan is important, however with your physician. If he for the future... the diagnosis is made. or she feels that a Obviously, falsely diagnosing neuropsychological evaluation is someone with dementia has serious appropriate, I encourage you to follow implications for that person and loved ones. through with this recommendation, whether through me or another neuropsychologist. Fortunately, I have not encountered this Of course, I would be glad to provide this problem on regular basis. However, the service. Appointments can be made by converse error is unfortunately rather calling 933-9250. common: failing to diagnose a dementia that is actually present. This tends to be more of You can find additional information at a problem early in the disease, when it is under easily attributable to other factors such as Neuropsychology in specialities. stress or age. Failure to detect dementia robs a person of the opportunity to plan for the future, in terms of finances, wills, and other such matters. It also deprives the individual and loved ones of the benefit of treatment. Although current medications for dementia do not reverse the disease, they have been shown to slow decline over the course of Kristin J. Addison-Brown, PhD Neuropsychology NEA Baptist Clinic 870.932.8122 Ext. 234

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EA Baptist Clinic has participated in clinical trials for over 27 years.

Physicians at NEA Baptist Clinic have literally worked on over a thousand studies and assisted many pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies obtain approval to bring products to market. The products worked on cover the gamete and range from pharmaceuticals for pediatrics to women's health to antibiotics to chemotherapies and even devices for such things as point of care testing for coagulation studies, improved pap smear essays, and cardiac stents. NEA Baptist Clinic is very well known in the research world and has been a leading research site in many clinical studies. On occasion NEA Baptist Clinic is one of only two or three sites in the entire country approved to conduct a particular study. The clinic and its physicians realized a long time ago the vast importance of participating and being involved in clinical trials. They knew back then and still agree today that it is an extremely important investment in the future of medicine. Participating in clinical trials benefits the economy in so many ways. It allows participants to utilize treatments that

may not otherwise be available. It delivers this care at no cost to the participants as the sponsoring companies pay for everything associated with the study. The research being conducted and paid for by the sponsor is often something the participant would not have been able to otherwise afford or receive. Participating in clinical trials brings new and improved products to the market and to the very people that need it and it benefits future generations as the clinical trials of today often become the “gold standards” of tomorrow. If that wasn't enough, participants also often say they get a strong sense of accomplishment and feeling of inner peace by participating. They feel they are doing their part in improving medicine. All studies offered by NEA Baptist Clinic are approved through the FDA as well as an ethics review board. The ethics review board's sole responsibility is to be an advocate for participants. Both organizations are dedicated to regulating and overseeing all aspects of the studies being conducted at NEA Baptist Clinic. On top of this, the sponsoring company’s employee some of the most experienced researchers known to lead their studies. The companies then seek out the most experienced local physicians to provide care and see participants. In most organizations around the country, or the

entire world for that matter, this is enough but not for NEA Baptist Clinic. Baptist Memorial Health Care hired Robert Bienkowski, PhD to lead the system through the complicated process of gaining accreditation from the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRP). This is a voluntary process that Baptist is imposing on itself to obtain this prestigious rating that less than 5% of all sites have. Next time you hear of a clinical trial taking place, think about how important the work is and consider participating yourself. If you would like to keep in the loop and see what trials NEA Baptist Clinic is working on, and to see if there is something you can participate in, visit the clinic's website at or call the Research Department at (870) 934-1006. You can do a quick phone screening to see if you qualify for a study. By doing this, you can become part of a winning team to benefit current and future generations.

Paul Koros, RN, CCRC Clinic Research Center NEA Baptist Clinic – 870.934-1006 24 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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A leader in medical research, NEA Baptist Clinic brings more new and important clinical trial opportunities to Northeast Arkansas than any other healthcare provider. A clinical trial is a research study conducted with volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the fastest and safest way to find treatments that work and improve patient care.

Current Clinical Trials: Atrial Fibrillation Registry Study Cardiac Stent Carotid Stent Epileptic Seizures Gout Heart Attack Lupus Obesity with Hypertension Overactive Bladder


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If you would like to become part of an exclusive group of people benefiting from and helping clinical research, please contact us.

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Running Injury Prevention


hether you run for fun or to compete, run one mile or ultramarathons, there is one common factor linking all runners - injuries and trying to prevent them. Running injury prevention is a very important topic especially for beginning runners and those that run very long distances. Factors commonly recognized include muscle weakness, inadequate flexibility, training errors, poor or incorrect running shoes, and poor or abnormal biomechanics. Knowing how to train properly and safely is crucial to staying injury-free. Here are ways to reduce your chances of injury.


Rest Ice Compression Elevation Remember RICE for immediate treatment

Important Tips: • Don’t Do Too Much: Speedwork or Racing • Use Properly Fitted Shoes • Run on a Level Surface • Stay Hydrated during Hot and Cold Weather

Strength Training Strength training helps to keep your body properly aligned while you are running and reduce stresses on the joints. It is particularly important to strengthen the core and the hip muscles. Also, running will help develop certain muscle groups in the legs, but will not work others as much which could lead to an imbalance. For example runners typically have strong hamstrings but weaker quads. You don't have to build bulging muscles to be a runner but strength is very important.


Stretching should be an important component to any runner’s routine. Runners tend to be tight in predictable One reason for running injuries is doing too areas (most notably the hamstrings and much, too soon, too fast. The body needs time to calf muscles) and in turn, they get adapt from training changes and jumps in mileage injured in and around those areas. There or intensity. Build your weekly training mileage are a few rules when it comes to by no more than 5% to 10% per week. For • Get Proper Nutrition stretching. First, pain is never acceptable. example, if you follow the 5% rule and run 10 Stretching should be comfortable and miles the first week, do just 10.5 miles the second relaxing, never painful. If something week, and so on. If you are recovering from an hurts, you’re not in the right position or injury or are brand new to running, it is best to stay close to the 5% you’ve stretched too forcefully. Back off and check your position, limit to reduce the risk of injury or re-injury. More experienced then try again more gently. Second, move slowly into each stretch runners who have no history of injuries can safely train closer to the and don’t rush it. Once in position, hold steady for about 30 seconds 10% limit. and do not bounce. Finally, be consistent. The more consistently you stretch, the more effectively you will increase your flexibility. Listen to Your Body Stretching daily initially and later three times a week for Most running injuries don't erupt from nowhere and blindside you. maintenance is a good rule of thumb. They produce signals like aches, soreness, blisters and persistent pain. It's up to you to listen to them and take appropriate action. Of Stretching is best done after a warm-up period of 10 to 15 minutes course anytime you exercise you may experience muscle soreness or or at the end of your workout. An important note about stretching aching but this should subside in a day or two. Any pain or soreness after runs longer than 15 miles: do not lasting more than a few days or that increases every time you run stretch immediately following your run. should be addressed. At the first sign of an atypical pain (discomfort Your muscles have hundreds of micro-tears that worsens during a run or causes you to alter your gait), take 2 or and stretching could turn some into macro3 days off. You could substitute light walking, bicycling, or another tears, causing significant damage. Instead, cross-training activity during this “off time”. When you return to cool down, take a shower, eat a good meal running, begin slowly. Run about half of your normal easy day and drink plenty of fluids. Then perform amount at a slower pace to see how your body reacts. If your some light stretching. symptoms do not return then start building up to your normal distance/intensity. If your symptoms do return it may be time to seek Brian Lewis help from a medical professional. Your family physician may be able Physical Therapy to help or refer you to a specialist like a podiatrist, orthopedic NEA Baptist Clinic – 870.336.1530 surgeon or physical therapist.

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The Charitable Foundation’s mission is to help change lives through the programs and services in Northeast Arkansas. The Foundation, through your generous gifts, touches every community member and every corner of Northeast Arkansas. Make a cherry blossom! Visit for instructions on how to make the cherry blossom.

A ll gifts to NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation are appreciated and carefully used. Your support gives help and hope to the many people who benefit from the special community services and programs provided by NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation. – In this section you will find stories of how our events and programs affect Northeast Arkansas.

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NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation ... Caring for our Community


012 was a great year at the Center for Healthy Children. We had two full semesters as well as two full summer camp sessions. The children learned how to dance, do karate, make “blubber” and so much more. On top of having fun, they have learned that being active is very important as well as how to eat to live a healthy lifestyle. They have given up different foods up weekly, such as sugary treats and fast food, and realized that they felt better when they didn’t eat those things.

This is a sixteen week program that focuses on teaching the family as well as the child about healthy eating and lifestyle changes. We incorporate parent/child nutrition classes, self-esteem workshops and team sports. To qualify, your child must be within the ages of 8-12 and have a BMI of 25 or greater. To apply for the program, log on to and download an application. Read below how Center for Healthy Children has impacted one child’s life: My name is Abbey Boylls and I am 10 years old. I have been doing Healthy Kids since I was 7. My story started one day when none of my clothes would fit. I got upset and told my mom that I couldn’t do this by myself. So that’s when we found Healthy Kids. It was really hard at first. We had to run a mile. When I first

started I walked way more than I ran, and then I walked a little more than I ran, and then I ran a little more than I walked. Finally I could run way more than I walked, and by the time I finished, I could run a whole mile in 7 minutes without walking any! Now I can run 2 miles without getting a drink and it takes me less than 20 minutes. It also taught me how to eat healthier. Now me and my mom and dad tweak recipes. My mom uses Splenda instead of sugar and so much more! Center for Healthy Children has taught me to never give up, no matter how tough it gets. You have to just keep on going! I love Healthy Kids! So just remember, no matter how hard it gets, just keep on trying because you’re worth it!

Jennifer Martinez, Program Manager Center For Healthy Children & Wellness Works NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation The results have been amazing. Groups and individuals throughout the area have come together to celebrate Hope and to spread Hope through activities and events that symbolize Hope to them. This year’s Hope Week became more like “Hope Season,” beginning the first of September with many activities focusing on Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and ending in October with the Ride for Hope.


even years ago, NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation’s HopeCircle began Hope Week as a way to call attention to Hope and the impact it has on our daily lives. We saw the importance Hope made to our HopeCircle families and wanted to increase the awareness of the impact Hope can have.

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Teal Toes, Teal Toes for Men and the Teal Talk luncheon called attention to the importance of awareness of ovarian cancer symptoms and early detection. The events were fun with a serious purpose. They also gave Hope to those who have or will experience ovarian cancer diagnosis. Individuals, school groups, companies and organizations chose different ways to share Hope. From creating pendants for patients undergoing

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012 was a busy year for HopeCircle. It was filled with the blessings of meeting HopeCircle families who are walking a new, scary and often difficult journey and traveling that journey with them. HopeCircle’s mission is to provide support and hope for families experiencing catastrophic illness. We do that in many ways, including providing patients with a free wig, hats, and scarves and giving them a handmade afghan and other items. Sometimes we just listen. Every time we offer encouragement, hugs, love and Hope.

Our HopeCircle volunteers were amazing in 2012. They contributed over 18,000 volunteer hours and over $40,000 in in-kind donations. But, more than that, they gave of themselves. They made it possible for HopeCircle to serve more than 5,200 individuals. Some came to the Resource Center and treatment room, some knitted, crocheted or sewed. Some baked items and worked special events. Some came to HopeCircle often, others rarely came, but spent hours at home making items. Each one provided a valuable service for our HopeCircle families that was greatly appreciated.

‘I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate HopeCircle and what you did for my wife. She loved her wig, and couldn’t believe it was free.” “Thank you for the afghan for my mom. She loves it and says it makes her feel special and loved.”

These are just a few of the many comments we received from grateful HopeCircle families. As I was writing this, a precious woman walked in the door with a “thousand watt” smile. “I just wanted you to know I am in remission. 2013 is going to be a great year,” she said. She was right. 2013 is going to be a great year. HopeCircle will celebrate its 10th birthday and move to our new home in the new NEA Baptist Cancer Center, where we will have the opportunity to serve even more families. We are grateful for all you did to make 2012 a wonderful year for our HopeCircle families and for all you continue to do to make HopeCircle a place of comfort, support and Hope….

“The gas cards made a huge difference. I don’t know what we would have done without them.” “I don’t know what we would have done without HopeCircle. You gave us items and helped us feel hopeful again.” treatment to bringing lunch to patients; sponsoring a breast cancer awareness and free mammogram event, a Pizza Ranch for 1st graders, or a spaghetti supper for survivors; mentoring elementary students, or holding a food drive for a backpack program, the projects were varied but the purpose was consistent. Everyone was spreading Hope. One of the highlights of the week was the fourth ShareHope Walk of Remembrance where hundreds gathered at Fort Rotary to honor the memory of children who died too soon and to give Hope to their families.

June Morse, HopeCircle Program Manager NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation

Capping off the events was the Ride for Hope, spaghetti supper and bicycle ride to benefit LiveStrong and HopeCircle. The events highlighted the importance of Hope and participation in survivorship. This year’s Hope Week was hugely successful because of the involvement of those who recognized the importance of Hope and helped create Hope for others. Thanks to everyone who participated and created a more “Hope Filled” community for all of us.

“Every time you sow a seed of Hope, you reap a harvest of possibilities.”

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Foundation Events


012 was a fun and blessed year with many events to support our foundation. Our events are designed to raise funds and awareness for support of the foundation programs. Each year we are continually amazed and grateful for the community support of each of these events. A

Decade of Duck Classic – Duck Classic 2012 was a huge success - raising $450,000 to support our foundation programs. Duck Classic is an annual fundraiser, held in early December. It starts with a dinner and auction followed by a morning duck hunt. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Duck Classic. This event serves as the largest fundraiser for our foundation. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, hunters, landowners, and banquet at over ac attendees we have been able to touch over 60,000 lives with the monies raised Tyler the past 10 years. Congratulations to Team Fat Sack (Brandon Horton, Mo Warren, Glen Smith, Chris Junkin) and Landowner Tyler Cole for their firstof place finish. Check out for pictures of this years event. In June, we celebrated 35 years of NEA Baptist Clinic with a gala att Centennial Hall on the Arkansas State University campus. This was a formal event with dinner and dancing to the sounds of the 1-900 band. Live and Silent auctions were held with all proceeds going to support the five programs of our foundation. Hopeweek is a unique community-wide, week long series of events and activities designed to salute and highlight the spirit of Hope and its importance in the life of our community. The week is coordinated by our HopeWeek committee. HopeWeek included Teal Talk featuring Dr. Christopher Bryant presenting on Ovarian Cancer awareness, Hoping for a Cure, a Breast Cancer Event with free mammograms, a Mother/Daughter Healthy Lifestyles workshop, and Ride for Hope. The week concluded with our annual ShareHope Walk. HopeWeek 2013 is set for September 22nd – 28th. We would love to have you involved! Contact HopeCircle at (870)934-5214 for more information. Events to come in 2013: Art Slam, ShareHope Mother’s Day Butterfly Release, Grief Conference, Cancer Survivor Day, Lily Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibit, ShareHope Father’s Day Tree Planting, HopeWeek, Hope for Healthy Children - CHC Hopeweek event, ShareHope Walk, Duck Classic, ShareHope Candlelight Service Visit

Kim Provost, Director of Fundraising & Events NEA Baptist

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Don’t have prescription coverage...

Maybe we can help! PO Box 1089, Jonesboro, AR 72403


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NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation ... Caring for our Community

The Cherry Blossom

Memorial and Honorary Contributions – We offer a way to remember friends and loved ones through a Memorial Contribution or to recognize a birthday, anniversary or major accomplishment through an Honorarium. With each memorial or “gift in honor” contribution received, an acknowledgement letter is sent to the appropriate person named. You will also receive letter for your records. Gifts may be designated for specific programs or services.

Memorials 2012

Christine Anderson Dr. Michael Isaacson Joyce Andrews Dr. Michael Isaacson Betty & Oswald Aydlett NEA Baptist Clinic Voy Bailey Dr. Ray Hall Lavelle Bass Dr. Michael and Julie Isaacson Frances Berk Dr. Michael Isaacson Marion Bickerstaff Dr. Eumar Tagupa Donald Bigham Dr. Ray Hall Mary M. Bolin Dr. Ray Hall Dottie Bossert Dr. Michael Isaacson Gladys Bradley Dr. Ray Hall Charles Brand Dr. Michael Isaacson Bob Brewer Dr. K. Bruce Jones Suzi Ballard Bridger Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Joseph Brien Dr. Ray Hall Betty Brown Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Carl W. Brown Dr. K. Bruce Jones Goldie Brown Dr. Ray Hall Joyce Cantrell Dr. Michael Isaacson William Chance Dr. Ray Hall

Matthew Chase Childers Ron and Pam Towery George Clairday Dr. Michael Isaacson Donald Clem Dr. Michael Isaacson Don Clements Dr Michael Isaacson Ms. Iona Cline Dr. Michael Isaacson Lucy Cobb Dr. Eumar Tagupa Pat Console Dr. Ray and Barbara Hall Nancy K. Cory D. Barylske Dorothy Marie Cox Wess & Elizabeth Campbell Shirley Creech Clara, Joan, James & Melanie, Joseph & Karen Jennie Holmes Ruby Lamkin Bill & Bea Lamkin Sharon Lamkin Jake & June Morse Carol Ann Ward Eunice Cross Dr. Michael Isaacson Pearlie Cross Dr. Michael Isaacson Grady Daugh Dr. Michael Isaacson Kyle Davis Dr. Michael Isaacson Danny Deal Dr. Ray Hall Donald Deis Dr. Eumar Tagupa Gerald Deveney Dr. Eumar Tagupa

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James Dunahoo Dr. Michael Isaacson Norma Elkins Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Friends and Colleagues of Mrs. Annette Bednar, Department of Clinical Laboratory Scienes, ASU Ira Ellis Dr. Michael Isaacson Cornelius England Dr. Michael Isaacson James Farley Dr Michael Isaacson Dr. K. Bruce Jones Martha Sue Farmer Nettleton School District Sue Farmer Michelle Shannon Sue Kincaid Farmer Carter and Guy Patteson Bernice Freeman Dr. Ray Hall Betty French Dr. Ray Hall Thyda Lee Fryer Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Coleman June & Jake Morse Mona Goodman Dr. Ray Hall Dr. Michael Isaacson David Gossett Dr. Michael Isaacson Kathy Gott Judy Childers Nancy Cook Carol Duncan Delores Garner Karen Haynes Sheila Hendrix Susan Lumpkin Gale Maxwell

Just as five petals make up the cherry blossom, creating more than the sum of its parts. The origami cherry blossom, where each petal is created separately and then glued together, illustrates how the hard work and dedication of the foundation’s staff and volunteers make up NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation.

Jennfier Ray Mona Ruziak Adrienne Strait Karen Tippitt Willis Green Dr. Michael Isaacson Lynn Greene Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Dr. Michael and Julie Isaacson Terry Griffin Dr. Michael Isaacson Gerald Grim Dr. Michael Isaacson Mr. Gus Gross, Jr. Dr. Michael Isaacson Ms. Maggie Gurley Dr. Michael Isaacson Jerry Halsey Dr Michael Isaacson Rex Haney Dr. Michael Isaacson Hugh Heath Dr. Ray Hall Glenn Heern Dr. Michael Isaacson Sammy Hicks Dr. Michael Isaacson Terry Hill Dr. Michael Isaacson Harold Hirsch Dr. Michael Isaacson Bertha Hiserodt Dr. Michael and Julie Isaacson Mayford Hodge Dr. Michael Isaacson Van Hudson Dr. Ray Hall Buren Jackson Dr. Ray Hall

Holland Jefferson Dr. Michael Isaacson J.R. Johnson NEA Baptist Clinic Widner-Penter CPA’S, LLC Kim Day Judy and Tom Fleming Dr. & Mrs. Ray H. Hall, Jr. Ron and Williadean Hogue Nettleton School District Michelle Shannon James Way L. Alan and Annette Wright Mildred Johnson Dr D.V. Patel Donald Jones Dr. Ray Hall Viola Jones Dr. Michael Isaacson Dr. Ralph Joseph Gloria Nixon Ross Elder Jr. Dr. Michael Isaacson Viola Kelley Dr. D.V. Patel Juanita Late Dr. Ray Hall Linda Lee Dr. Michael Isaacson Betty Mann Dr. Michael Isaacson Jones Martin Dr. Ray Hall Connie Matthews Sharon Lamkin June & Jake Morse Harold Maynard Dr. Michael Isaacson Enos Mays Dr. Michael Isaacson

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2617 Phillips Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401

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2617 Phillips Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 • 870.336.1760

A FREE exercise and nutrition education program for children who struggle with weight problems.

A community of hope, support and educational programs FREE for families living with a catastrophic illness. 311 East Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.934.5214

This program helps patients get their prescriptions from pharmaceutical companies for FREE.

A FREE support program for those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. 311 East Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401 • 870.336.1421

Genevieve McCasland Dr. Ray and Barbara Hall Barbara Perdzock Bonnie McDaniel NEA Baptist Clinic Dr. K. Bruce Jones Betty McKisson Dr. Ray Hall Gordon Miller Dr. Michael Isaacson Raymond Moore Dr. Michael Isaacson Sam Morgan Dr. & Mrs. Carroll Scroggin, Jr. Susan Muller Michael and Barbara Goodwin June & Jake Morse Mable Neal Dr. Ray Hall Thomas Nelson Dr. Ray Hall Larry Newton Dr. Michael Isaacson

John Noel Oman Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Lexicon Management Group Irish Cultural Socity of Arkansas Rene and Diane Bressinck John and Glenda Brownlee Sandra Burns Eaker Chapter Members Distinguished Flying Cross Society Dr. Ray Hall Becky and Jack Harrington Dr. & Mrs. Allen Nixon Billie and Skip Rutherford Mary Ruth Scholes Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Weatherford Charlie Parks Dr. Ray Hall Mary Parson Dr. D.V. Patel Mitsuko Patterson Dr. Michael Isaacson Marie Phillips Dr. Michael Isaacson

Honorariums - 2012 Dr. & Mrs. Lou Adams Louis Schaaf Angie Carlton Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Center for Healthy Children Gabby Layton Carneshia and Kylah Hood Chris Gardner Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Neal Graham Louis Schaaf Dr. Ray H. Hall Jr Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Dr. Matthew Haustein Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor

Mr. David Hogan Louis Schaaf Lexanne Horton Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Allen Hughes Louis Schaaf Dr. Michael Isaacson Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Darrell King Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Dr. Michael Mackey Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Jennifer Martinez Wesley Handwork

PO Box 1089, Jonesboro AR 72403 • 870.934.5400

Velva Powers Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Ms. Pauline Preston Dr. Michael Isaacson Gay Roach Dr. Ray Hall Dr. Michael Isaacson Terry Rogers Dr D.V. Patel Michael Rouse Dr. K. Bruce Jones Tommy Sanders Dr. Eumar Tagupa William Simmons Dr. Michael Isaacson Elizabeth Simpson Dr. Ray Hall Eilene Sipes Dr Michael Isaacson Areous Smith Dr. D.V. Patel B.L. Smith Dr. D.V. Patel Charles Smith Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall

Anne Snapp Dr. Michael Isaacson Alta Spades Dr. Michael Isaacson William Stayton Dr. D.V. Patel Corinne Stevenson Dr. Ray Hall Dr. Michael Isaacson Martha Elizabeth Stroupe Dr. K. Bruce Jones Frank Sudduth Dr. Ray Hall Dora Tadwick Dr. Michael and Julie Isaacson Mary N Thompson Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Terry Tillman Dr. Eumar Tagupa Paul Tinsley Bill and Michelle Shannon Elmer Tipton Dr. Eumar Tagupa Lonnie Tribble Dr. Michael Isaacson

NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Gloria Nixon Dr. D.V. Patel Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Dr. Suresh Patel Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Gary Prosterman Louis Schaaf Ariane Qualls Wesley Handwork Mr. Stephen C. Reynolds Louis Schaaf Dr. & Mrs. M. Coyle Shea, Jr. Louis Schaaf

Dr. Eumar Tagupa Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Dr. Brannon Treece Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Barbara Warren Norma Stotts Tina Watson First National Bank Dr. Anthony White Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor Dr. Stephen Woodruff Norma Stotts Dr. & Mrs. Robert & Pam Taylor

Betty Uselton Dr. Michael Isaacson Ms. Carolyn Vinson Dr. Michael Isaacson Loren Vore Dr. Michael Isaacson Cloyce “Lefty” Wade Dr. K. Bruce Jones Shirley Millsap Bill and Michelle Shannon Ernestine Wheeler Dr. Ray Hall Janice Whitman Dr. Michael Isaacson James Wiggins Dr. & Mrs Ray Hall Gloria Nixon A.C. Williams Dr. Michael Isaacson Flossie Williams Dr. Ray Hall Frank Wimberley Dr. Michael Isaacson Sylvia Wood Dr. Eumar Tagupa

The perfect gift for any occasion!

A Memorial or Honorarium

mail to PO Box 1960, Jonesboro, AR 72403 or donate online

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Berry­Smoothie Ingredients: 1/2 cup frozen strawberries 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 cup oatmeal 2 scoops of whey protein powder 1 banana 1 cup milk 1/2 tsp vanilla

Almost-­­Upside-Down­ Pineapple­Muffins

Directions: If using frozen fruit, blend/crush up the fruit. Taking the fruit out, put the oats in the blender and let it run until they are ground up to as close of a powder as desired. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 tbsp water 1 (20oz) can crushed pineapple, drained 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/3 cup granulated sugar 4 tsp baking powder 1-1/3 cups milk 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar and baking powder. Add milk, the 1/2 cup butter or margarine, egg, pineapple (for an added taste, you can include a little of the pineapple juice to the batter, but I wouldn’t add more than 2-3 tbsp), and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin pans.

Homemade­Salsa Ingredients: 1 large can of tomatoes (whole, stewed, or diced) 1/4 chopped onions (or to taste) 1 chopped jalapeno pepper Salt Pepper 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/t tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1 clove garlic cilantro

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Bake in a oven for 25 minutes or til a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

Directions: Add peppers, 1/2 of onions, and juice from tomatoes in a blender. Blend for about a minute or until onions and peppers are small enough or pureed. Pour into mixing bowl. Add tomoatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, rest of the onions, and cilantro in a blender. Pulse blend 3 or 4 times, just enough to break up the tomatoes. Add to pepper mixture. Stir.

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What is your child eating at School?


s your child one of the millions in the US that eat a school lunch and/or breakfast? If so, do you know what they were served today? What about yesterday? Tomorrow? If you are not sure, it may be a good idea to tune into a school lunch menu. Most schools post the monthly menu on their website, while all public schools can provide you a hard copy. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food and Nutrition Service has been providing the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for over 40 years now. This federally assisted meal program helps schools provide low cost meals to public school and non-profit private schools. It is a great service to our children that ensures everyone is fed a nutritionally balanced meal, regardless of household income. However, not all foods that are provided are the picture of perfect health. Upon searching the online breakfast menus in the NEA area, you may see foods like “Super Donut”, “Moon Pie”, “Honey Bun” or even “Funnel Cake”. Many of these foods did not even come with any healthier options to choose from. Lunches did seem to have more options, however an unhealthy option is almost always available. It is very likely that a student could choose something fried most days of the week. Popular lunch items that show up repeatedly are hamburgers, fries, corn dogs, pizza, chips or nachos and chicken strips or nuggets. Some schools even offer double cheeseburgers! While there are usually vegetables and sometimes fruits available, what do you think your child is more likely to pick? Educating your kids about healthy choices is extremely important. Discussing the importance of fruits and vegetables and the dangers of consuming too many fried foods can really make a difference. Of course, you cannot hold their hand as they go through the lunch line, but what you discuss will remain on their minds. Also, looking ahead at a menu will help you and your child plan for good days to bring a lunch or eat breakfast at home. If eating at home in the morning is too pressing for time, try buying cereal bars or bananas to eat in the car or at the bus stop. Healthy lunch box ideas include turkey, ham or roast beef sandwiches, fresh fruits, yogurt, raw veggies with lowfat dip, string cheese, pretzels, low-fat pudding or applesauce, etc. Your child will eat lunch and/or breakfast at school about 20 days per month. It is important to know what kind of foods they are consuming and how it is contributing to their health. While schools do their best to provide fast, inexpensive meals to a large number of students, there are often too many unhealthy options. Talk to your child about what they had for lunch today. And then plan for tomorrow! For more information on the USDA National School Lunch Program, visit Jennifer Martinez, Program Manager Center For Healthy Children & Wellness Works NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation 35 NEA HEALTH • Spring 2013

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atients and family members of patients often ask us if there is a way to recognize a hospital or clinic employee who touched their lives. Maybe it was a doctor who showed just the right amount of compassion. Or a nurse who went above and beyond. Even a food service or housekeeping colleague who lifted your spirits during a difficult time with a single smile.

The NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation has established a program to allow you to honor these everyday heroes with a tax deductible gift that supports the foundation. Health Care Heroes is a program that gives you the opportunity to honor a person who has had a significant impact on your health care experience. Any hospital or clinic employee is eligible. To honor your hero, simply fill out the attached form and place it in the envelope with your tax deductible gift. In recognition, your recipient will receive a special pin designating them as a Health Care Hero. If you wish to receive a photo of your Hero’s recognition, simply give us your email address and we will send you a photo. You also have the option of directing your gift to a specific program within the foundation. Simply pick the program on the back of this form that you want to benefit from your gift.


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About the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation The NEA Charitable Foundation was started by the physicians of the NEA Baptist Clinic, one of the largest physician owned multispecialty groups in the Mid-South. The physicians started the foundation as a way to not only give back to their community, but also to help meet unmet needs. With the creation of the new NEA Baptist Health system, NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation continues its legacy while being a part of this new partnership. The Foundation, through the generous gifts of our community, continues to touch the lives of people throughout Northeast Arkansas. We appreciate you choosing to honor your Health Care Hero by giving to the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation.

NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation Giving Information My name is (Donor): Dr. Mr. Mrs. Ms. ____________________________

Send acknowledgement of my gift to:

(please include full name and title: Dr. Mr. Mrs Ms.)

Name: ______________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________

(please include full name and title: Dr. Mr. Mrs Ms.)

(street, city, state and zip code)

NEA Baptist Facility: ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Address: Telephone: ____________________________________________________


(street, city, state and zip code)

____________________________________________________________ E-mail address: ________________________________________________ My enclosed gift of q $25 q $50 q $100 q $250 q $500 qOther $ ____________________________________________________ Select one gift designation select one:

This person’s relationship to honoree: q Spouse q Mother q Father q Son q Daughter q Brother q Sister q Friend q Other ____________________________________________________

q In Memory of q In Honor of q General Donation

I would like to receive information regarding the automatic contribution system to authorize a contribution from my checking account each month.

Honoree Name:

You can make a secure online donation by visiting


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DOC+FINDER 870.935.NEAB (6322) FAMILY PRACTICE Jonesboro Locations

WINDOVER CLINIC & URGENT CARE J. Timothy Dow, MD Douglas L. Maglothin, MD Joe McGrath, MD James Murrey, MD (870) 935-5432

STADIUM CLINIC & URGENT CARE Michael E. Crawley, MD Michael E. Tedder, MD Arnold E. Gilliam, MD (870) 931-8800

WOODSPRINGS CLINIC & URGENT CARE Craig A. McDaniel, MD Troy A. Vines, MD W. Scott Hoke, MD Randy Carlton, MD Nathan Turney, MD (870) 933-9250




Oksana Redko, MD Larry L. Patrick, MD Reagan Baber, MD Stacy Richardson, DO (870) 972-7390

William Hubbard, MD Brock Harris, MD Robert B. White, MD, FACP Kara Cooper, MD Matt Quick, MD Faiza Chaudhry, MD (870) 972-7000

Bryan Lansford, MD Heidi Cohn, APN (870) 934-3484 Hearing Center Amy Stein, AuD, CCC-A (870) 934-3484


Mark Wendel, MD (870) 933-7471

CARDIOLOGY Anthony T. White, MD Michael L. Isaacson, MD Robert D. Taylor, MD, FACP Eumar T. Tagupa, MD D.V. Patel, MD Suresh Patel, MD, FACP Matthew Haustein, MD Margaret Cooper, APN Jennifer Jarrett, APN Brooke Pruitt, APN (870) 935-4150


HILLTOP CLINIC & URGENT CARE Tim Shown, DO Melissa Yawn, MD, MRO Jeffery Barber, DO, MRO (870) 932-8222

James A. Ameika, MD Deborah Fairchild, APN (870) 972-8030

CLINICAL RESEARCH (870) 934-1006


OSCEOLA CLINIC Jimmy Ballard APN (870) 563-5888


TRUMANN CLINIC Brannon Treece, MD Ryan Brenza, DO Chris Rowlett, DPM (Podiatry) Michelle Montgomery, APN (870) 483-6131

CHEROKEE VILLAGE CLINIC Tommy Taylor, MD (870) 856-2862

PARAGOULD CLINIC & URGENT CARE Chris McGrath, MD William Long, MD, PhD (Neurology) Ron Schechter, MD (Orthopedic Surgery) Angie Jones, APN (870) 240-8402

William Hubbard, MD Owen K. Criner, MD (870) 972-7000

DERMATOLOGY Adam Sills, MD (870) 934-3530

EMERGENCY MEDICINE Brewer Rhodes, MD Jerry R. Biggerstaff, MD James Fletcher, MD Karen Kuo, MD Cole Peck, MD Stacy L. Wilbanks, MD William Baker, III, MD David M. Bennett, MD (870) 972-7251

ENDOCRINOLOGY Kevin D. Ganong, MD (870) 935-4150

Open 7 days a week No Appointment Necessary

DIABETES CENTER Amber Toombs, APN (870) 935-4150

GASTROENTEROLOGY STADIUM 3003 Apache Dr. 870-931-8800

WINDOVER 1111 Windover 870-935-9585

HILLTOP 4901 E. Johnson 870-934-3539

WOODSPRINGS 2205 W. Parker Rd. 870-910-0012

PARAGOULD 4700 W. Kingshighway 870-240-8402

Michael D. Hightower, MD (870) 935-4150

GENERAL SURGERY K. Bruce Jones, MD Russell D. Degges, MD David L Phillips, MD (870) 932-4875

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY Christopher Bryant, MD (870) 935-4150

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY 1111 Windover 870-910-6040 open late Mon - Fri

Ronald J. Blachly, MD D. Allen Nixon, Jr., MD Carroll D. Scroggin, Jr., MD Scott Dorroh, MD Stacia Gallion, APN (870) 935-4150

Steven Stroud, MD (870) 935-4150



INTERNAL MEDICINE Ray H. Hall, Jr., MD, FACP Stephen O. Woodruff, MD, FACP Brannon Treece, MD Kristy Wilson, APN Carla Nix, PA Aaryn Spurlock, APN (870) 935-4150

Amy Bailey, MD Richard Reinhard, III, MD Amy Duch, APN (870) 972-5437 Brannon Treece, MD (870) 935-4150 *All NEA Baptist Clinic family medicine physicians see children as well.



Mark Wendel, MD (870) 972-7000

Jeff Ramsey, PT Nikki Luster, PT Leif Lovins, PT (870) 336-1530 Christopher Enger, PT (870) 240-8402 Wayne Traylor, PT (870) 483-6131

NEPHROLOGY Michael G. Mackey, MD Adam B. Woodruff, MD Sara Culbreath, APN (870) 935-4150 Dialysis Center (870) 934-5705

NEUROLOGY Kenneth Chan, DO Bing Behrens, MD William Long, MD, PhD (870) 935-8388

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY Kristin J. Addison - Brown, PhD (870) 933-9250

W. Tomasz Majewski, MD, FACS Paula Arnold, RN, CLT Shea Wilson (870) 934-3530

PODIATRY Chris Rowlett, DPM (870) 932-6637


NEUROSURGERY Robert Abraham, MD Rebecca Barrett-Tuck, MD Starla Emery, APN (870) 935-8388

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Mark C. Stripling, MD, FACOG Charles C. Dunn, MD, FACOG Norbert Delacey, MD, FACOG Michael Hong, MD, FACOG Lorna Layton, MD, FACOG Charles Cesare, Jr., MD (870) 972-8788

OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE Melissa Yawn, MD, MRO Jeffery Barber, DO, MRO (870) 910-6024

William Hubbard, MD Meredith Walker, MD Owen K. Criner, MD Sam Hiser, APN (870) 935-4150

RADIOLOGY Jeffrey S. Mullen, MD (870) 934-3533 John K. Phillips, MD Gregory Lewis, MD (870) 972-7000

RHEUMATOLOGY Beata Majewski, MD Leslie McCasland, MD (870) 935-4150

SLEEP MEDICINE David Nichols, MD Bing Behrens, MD William Long, MD, PhD Jamie Agee, APN (870) 336-4145

OPHTHALMOLOGY Joseph George, MD Thomas Nix, MD James Cullins, OD (870) 932-0485

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY Jason Brandt, MD Henry Stroope, MD Aaron Wallace, MD (870) 932-6637 Edward Cooper, MD (870) 972-8521 Ron Schechter, MD (870) 240-8402


WELLNESS CENTER (870) 932-1898

WOUND CARE James Fletcher, MD Stacy L. Wilbanks, MD Brandy Crump, APN (870) 336-3211

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health care


NEA Baptist will soon open one of the most advanced health care facilities in our region — a fully integrated medical campus combining NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and the specialists of the NEA Baptist Clinic. And along with this new facility comes a new way of practicing


medicine that continues to focus on an outstanding patient experience. From adding new doctors and specialties to acquiring the latest technology, NEA Baptist is busy building healthcare around you.

The Future of Health Care is Here

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