HJAR May/Jun 2020

28 MAY / JUN 2020  I  HEALTHCARE JOURNAL OF ARKANSAS   Healthcare Briefs CHI St. Vincent Launches Virtual Visits for Patients CHI St. Vincent launched a new virtual visits program to ensure the continuity of services and care for patients in this time of social distancing and concern over access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. By leveraging easy to use virtual platforms, healthcare professionals can now provide acute or chronic care management, annual wellness visits and address new or exist- ing conditions. “Patients now more than ever want care that is not only convenient and easy to access, but care that is also delivered in the safety of their homes,” said Dr. David Foster, president of the CHI St. Vin- cent Medical Group. “CHI St. Vincent can now deliver a solution that maintains the quality of our compassionate care through virtual visits.” Virtual visits at CHI St. Vincent provide the opportunity for patients to stay connected with their physician and ongoing care without requir- ing them to physically visit the hospital, or their local clinic. Virtual visits are now available through a patient’s primary care provider, CHI St. Vincent specialty clinics, the CHI St. Vincent Heart Insti- tute, and CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic. Patients interested in scheduling a virtual visit should contact their current healthcare provider’s office to schedule an appointment. New patients may contact any CHI St. Vincent clinic location. Learn more at CHIStVincent.com Baptist Health Urgent Care Opens inWest Little Rock Baptist Health Urgent Care opened at 14524 Cantrell Road, next to Senor Tequila restaurant in West Little Rock. The center is open seven days a week and offers evening hours during the work week, for added convenience. Walk-ins are welcome or online scheduling is available with Hold My Spot. Leading the healthcare team are nurse practi- tioners Heath Houtchens and Deshondra Ingram. Houtchens graduated with a Master of Sci- ence in Nursing from Harding University Carr College of Nursing in Searcy. His recent experi- ence includes post-surgical care for orthopedic and spine patients. Ingram, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, brings experience treating patients of all ages with a variety of healthcare needs. There are eight Baptist Health Urgent Care cen- ters throughout the state. All of the centers are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat- urday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Patricia Ellen Sheppard, APRN, FNP-C, Joins Northwest Medical Plaza – Bentonville Patricia Ellen Sheppard, APRN, FNP-C, recently joined Northwest Medical Plaza - Bentonville as a nurse practitioner. A member of the allied health professionals staff at Northwest Health, Sheppard is accepting new patients. Sheppard earned both her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in family nurse practitioner doctorate and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South University online. She com- pleted her registered nurse diploma program at Baptist Health College in Little Rock, Ark. She has more than 25 years of nursing experi- ence in various clinical areas. Northwest Medical Plaza - Bentonville is located at 601 SW Regional Airport Blvd, in Bentonville. Rheumatologist Dr. Zainab Siddiqui Joins CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic Dr. Zainab Siddiqui has joined the team of rheu- matologists at the CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic, a multi-specialty medical prac- tice founded in 1961, providing diagnostic and treatment services to patients throughout Cen- tral Arkansas. Siddiqui most recently practiced at the Little Rock Rheumatology Clinic and McClellan Memo- rial Veterans Administration Hospital. She has also served as an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Division of Rheumatology since 2013. Siddiqui attended medical school at Fatima Jinnah Medi- cal College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan and completed her residency in rheumatology and internal medicine at UAMS. The CHI St. Vincent Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic is located at 10001 Lile Drive in Little Rock. Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute NowOffering Services on Baptist Health- Conway Campus Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute-Conway is now offering specialized treatment to help patients regain their independence and restore them to the highest level of function. The eight- bed unit is conveniently located on the Baptist Health-Conway campus. “Through Baptist Health Rehabilitation Insti- tute-Conway, our care team of highly trained specialists is bringing unparalleled rehabilita- tion services to Faulkner County residents,” said Tim Bowen, president of Baptist Health-Conway. “These additional services reaffirm our commit- ment to addressing the changing health needs of our community.” Each patient spends a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week in a mix of therapy ses- sions customized to their specific condition, including physical, occupational, speech, or rec- reational therapy. Patients may be referred by physicians, family Patricia Ellen Sheppard, APRN, FNP-C Zainab Siddiqui, MD