Each day the physicians, nurses and staff members at Washington Regional work together to make amazing things happen for the community. Their commitment to providing patient-centered care remains true despite the obstacles found in today’s healthcare environment, with increasing regulatory burdens, decreasing reimbursements and more complex patients.
Their continued commitment was underscored recently when Washington Regional Medical Center recently earned Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2014 — the only hospital in Northwest Arkansas and one of only four hospitals in the state to do so. Washington Regional received a total of nine 5-star top ratings as well as three quality awards, for Patient Safety Excellence, Coronary Interventional Excellence and Joint Replacement Excellence.
Improving Access to Healthcare
To help patients more easily access their health information, Washington Regional made a significant financial investment in creating WR HealthLink, a patient portal that is one component of Washington Regional’s electronic medical record. WR HealthLink is designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs and give patients more control over their personal health information.
A growing community needs new doctors. Washington Regional continually adds physicians whose skills and expertise will complement existing practices and will serve demonstrated community needs. In August alone, Washington Regional will welcome at least 15 new physicians to serve the community.
Providing Advanced Care
Among the new physicians will be three neurosurgeons joining Washington Regional’s Northwest Arkansas Neuroscience Center. With Arkansas claiming the nation’s highest rate of death from stroke, it’s more important than ever to provide advanced neurosurgical treatment in our area.
As part of a neuroscience expansion, Washington Regional is bringing an advanced treatment known as endovascular neurosurgery to Northwest Arkansas. Through the use of catheter technology and radiological imaging, endovascular neurosurgery provides patients with minimally invasive treatment options for various orders — such as stroke, cerebral aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation — that in the past have required complex open surgeries not available locally.
Washington Regional will soon complete construction of an innovative hybrid operating suite that will be primarily dedicated to the treatment of stroke and other brain disorders. The suite is designed to accommodate both endovascular and conventional neurological surgeries.