Newsletter-July Edition

A Message from Our CEO:

It is an exciting time at Ashley County Medical Center as we grow to better serve our family, friends, and neighbors of Southeast Arkansas. I would like to welcome our two new OB/GYNS, Dr. James Brown and Dr. Ira Murphy. Dr. Brown and Murphy join Dr. Stewart Rushton at Ashley Women’s Health Services in Crossett. It really is a blessing to have three board certified OB/GYNS at our facility.

Dr. Scott Claycomb, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, is now offering Cataract surgery at Ashley County Medical Center! Welcome Dr. Claycomb!

We extend a warm welcome to the Family Clinic of Ashley County. A merger between Family Clinic and Ashley County Medical Center went into effect on July 1. The organizational structure of the clinic has transitioned to hospital governance so that all physicians and staff will become employees of ACMC.

Our new Toshiba MRI is now up and running. This MRI has the largest bore (opening) that is on the market, 99 percent quieter than your average MRI, and does not use any dye for contrast imaging. The MRI suite now offers a lighting package, complete with a 4K television to allow patients to choose from several different Sentient Nature Themes, or patients can bring a Blu-ray with them to watch, which help them feel calmer and in control during the scan. Patients can choose what color lighting they would like the room, as well as choose what kind of music they would like to listen to from iHeart Radio while getting their test done. We are pleased to offer this to our community.

Thank you to our great team of employees for their hard work as our census and surgery cases have increased. And thank you to our patients, we are here to better serve you.

-Phillip Gilmore, FACHE CEO

Family Clinic of Ashley County Joins ACMC Team

Ashley County Medical Center and the Family Clinic of Ashley County have announced that the two entities have agreed to merge. The organizational structure of the clinic will now transition to hospital governance so that all physicians and staff will become employees of Ashley County Medical Center. Officials say this is a mutual merging that will not change patient care. “Patients will not see any change at Family Clinic,” says Ben Walsh, M.D. Family Clinic of Ashley County. “The same providers, nurses, and employees will continue doing the same work.”

The Family Clinic of Ashley County recently began negotiations with Ashley County Medical Center and have finalized the agreement.

“The merger will bring more stability to the medical community, and by combining efforts enable the team to do more to improve healthcare in the county,” says Dr. Ben Walsh. “The clinic and the hospital each have resources that will benefit the other in the merger.

“We are pleased to have the Family Clinic of Ashley County join our provider base at Ashley County Medical Center,” says Phillip Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer of Ashley County Medical Center. “We welcome a closer relationship with the providers and employees of the Family Clinic. This enables us to bring greater efficiencies for the residents of southeast Arkansas.”

“As a medical center, we believe that we are here to serve the patients of Ashley County with quality care,” explains Gilmore. “We have been working hard to expand our clinics and increase services to our patients. This is a win-win for all parties. The Family Clinic of Ashley County has been our close neighbors and friends for years. We are pleased to have them working with us as we strive to be southeast Arkansas’s first choice for health care.”

The merger went into effect July 1.

ACMC Welcomes Board Certified OB/GYNS

Ashley County Medical Center is excited to welcome Doctors James Brown and Ira Murphy to our team! Dr. Brown and Dr. Murphy join Dr. Stewart Rushton at Ashley Women’s Services in Crossett, giving us three board certified OB/GYNS. Having your board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty or subspecialty of medical practice. These certifications involve a demanding process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in that specific area of medicine. We are blessed to have Dr. James Brown, Dr. Ira Murphy, and Dr. Stewart Rushton a part of our ACMC family! Call today to make your appointment! 870-364-3800.

Dr. James Brown:

Dr. James Brown, is a native of California and has been practicing for 25 years. He received his doctorate of medicine from St. Georges University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. His residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and The Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and affiliated with the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine.

Dr. Ira Murphy:

Dr. Ira Murphy, is a native of India, and has been in the United States practicing for over 25 years, since 1991. She received her doctorate degree in medicine at Dr. Vaishampayan Memorial Government Medical College in Solapur, India. Her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology was also completed at Dr. Vaishampayan Memorial Government Medical College. After taking her examinations in the United States, Dr. Murphy attended two years of residency in Internal Medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center, and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Hurley Medical Center, both in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Murphy is certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist.

ACMC Acquires New MRI and Sentient Lighting Suite

Ashley County Medical Center has acquired the latest in MRI technology by installing the new Vantage Titan from Toshiba. The new open-bore of the 1.5T Vantage Titan MR system is 18 percent larger than other 1.5T systems on the market and features a large 71-centimeter patient aperture, outstanding homogeneity, providing the highest level of patient care and diagnostic capability in MR imaging. “The Toshiba Vantage Titan is a dramatic improvement over traditional open-bore 1.5T MR systems, as it offers the largest and widest bore available with a significant reduction in noise,” said Ronnie Dillion, Director of Radiology at Ashley County Medical Center. “The Vantage Titan’s large clinical FOV is unique for this bore size and produces high-quality images without compromising homogeneity or overall imaging performance. In addition, the Vantage Titan’s bore size offers more space for patients inside the machine and limits MR acoustic noise using Toshiba’s patented PianissimoTM technology, which creates a better imaging experience for all patients, especially those with claustrophobia.”

In addition to the Vantage Titan MRI, ACMC also offers the Sentient Suite from Sentient, an innovative, calming and stress-relieving approach to diagnostic imaging suite design. The Sentient Suite Patient Experience reassures, coaches and relaxes a patient who is about to undergo a medical scan, such as a MRI. The Sentient Suite creates a whole new approach to the scanning room—one that is designed from the patient’s point of view and give total control back to the patient over the environment. “The Sentient Suite has positive benefits for patients and staff alike,” said Phillip Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer, Ashley County Medical Center. “We at Ashley County Medical Center are pleased to be able to offer to the community.”

Nursing at ACMC from the CNO

Ashley County Medical Center nurses have their hearts in the right place. What this means is that each and every nurse is chosen based on their desire to provide patient centered care and the ability to apply this in a skilled manner.

Ashley County Medical Center prides itself on hiring nurses with a caring heart and a skill set that delivers excellent care. Each nurse goes through a special interview process where peers are involved to assist in hiring the right person for the right position. Working with a team day in and day out requires a cohesiveness that cannot be forced. Nursing is a most honored and among the most trusted professions nationally. We do not take this lightly.

The nursing staff are grateful at each opportunity to serve our communities. They participate in introducing themselves in a way that opens and encourages the patient and nurse relationship, hourly rounding, and bedside shift reporting, and interacting with all areas that engage in the patient’s experience. Through hourly rounding the nurses check on patients each hour throughout the day and every two hours or so at night. It is purposeful rounding where the nurses are focusing on specific elements that contribute to the success of the patient.

The bedside shift report allows the off going staff to be informed on what is occurring with the patient and perhaps even the family. This allows discussion with family members and the patient if able. A patient often does not exist alone. They have people in their lives that are part of who they are.

Nurse Managers visit the patients and allow them to recognize staff. However, this often is a time when we are told “they are all so good. I can’t just pick out one or two.” Nothing that we do at Ashley County Medical Center is easy. We don’t expect it to be. I can honestly say that I am grateful for the experiences I have gained and will continue to gain.

Education among nursing staff is also imperative. We strive to create learning opportunities regularly and utilize computer based learning as well for those who want to learn more on their own.

We extend education to expectant mothers, potential babysitters and the community as well. We also offer education on trauma and stroke prevention to name a few. We have a lot going on and we are excited. Please choose to receive care where your nursing staff is picked carefully and those who will lay their hands on you want to extend healing and comfort.

Thank you for trusting us to take care of you. You are in the right place.

Education Opportunities

  • Safe Sitter July 20th from 9am-3pm.
  • Childbirth Classes July 24 &25 from 5:30-7:30 pm in Conference Room-meal included.
  • UAMS trauma in-service for nursing July 25th 1:30-3:30pm and 4-6pm.
  • Safety Baby Shower July 31 at 5:30pm.
  • ACMC Summer Blood Drive July 27 10am-6pm.
  • ACLS one-day renewal for approved staff August 17th 9am-4pm.
  • Aide Skills lab check off August 18th 3-4pm.
  • UAM Nursing In-service on September 6th. CE’s will be available.

Two session options 9:30-11 am and 11-12:30pm.

CPR classes available for the public and staff.
Call Shawna Hawkins at 870-364-0563.

IT Update

Current IT Projects

  • Slated to install Vonage phone system in hospital campus 8/14.
  • Phreesia Clinic Admissions Tablets being tested for deployment.
  • Pending Cable Jobs being completed in down time.
  • BloodGas interface almost ready for implementation.
  • Free Wifi Circuit ordered for Business Office / IOP.
  • Quoting several things for new clinic infrastructure.
  • SunRX Interfaces paid and projects started.
  • New Fiber Hub Switch racked and ready for testing.

Completed IT Projects

  • Outcome Health Tablets and Displays implemented in ASC and Hamburg.
  • Baptist TeleHealth ePsych Cart Operational.
  • Vonage phone system implemented at all off-site locations.
  • OB informational cart swapped to Raspberry Pi.

Network Backup

To back up your documents and other files, you can call the IT Department (Travis x202 or Shawn x294) and we can setup a desktop shortcut that will take you directly to your backup folder. You will then simply drag over the files you want to backup.

ACMC Family Home Health

ACMC Family Home recently received a grant of $1000.00 from Blue and you. We will be using this money to purchase medication organizers for our patients. Every year, many patients are hospitalized because they did not take the right medication at the right time. Medication errors are extremely dangerous. A medication organizer can help to prevent mistakes that can lead to hospitalizations. They remind patients to take the right medication at the right time. Hoping to improve the wellness of patients and them being able to stay at home.

Tips for Patient Registration

1.Have drivers licenses ready

2.Have insurance cards ready

3. Have doctor orders if their doctor given them one.

4.Come 30 mins before their apt.

Human Resources News

  • Employees—Care Learning is due by July 30.
  • If you have worked for ACMC for 1 year and worked more than 1,000 hours, please come see me for 401K information.


Chief Information Officer, Stan Rankin, will start August 1.

Annual Summer Blood Drive July 27th from 10 am- 6pm

July Birthdays

Betty M; Ginger S; Stephanie H; Greg R; Cheryl R; Joyce R; Kelli B; Debby F; Connie J; Denise R; Desiree S; Cassi C; Jesse H; Sarah C; Natasha C; Windy J; Deana W; Lisa H; Meredith F; Erica R; Ira M; Patricia S; Glynda S; Kallina J.

July Anniversaries

Tammy Carter- 29yrs; Rose Johnson- 20yrs; Greg Ballard- 19yrs; Amy Rice- 19yrs; Cheryl Rabalias-18yrs; Irene Davey 16yrs; Janice Rogers- 15yrs; Haley Strunk- 12yrs; Lisa Jones- 11yrs; Health Breedlove- 10yrs; Monica Richards- 10yrs; Debby Fields- 10yrs; Darlene Roositer- 9yrs; Shelly Martin- 9yrs; Phillip Gilmore-8yrs; Erica Tanksley- 6yrs; Kim Massey- 6yrs; Chelsey Reed- 6yrs; Samantha Webb- 5yrs; Samantha Dumas- 4yrs; Krystal Watkins- 4yrs; Maria Garcia- 4yrs; Brooke Pippen- 4yrs; Kim Johns- 3yrs; Deralynn Williams- 3yrs; Travis Meeks- 3yrs; Brittney Pearcy- 2yrs; Leah Johnson- 2yrs; Beverly Simpson- 2yrs; Carolyn Williams- 2yrs; Theresa Dupree- 2yrs; Pam Keely- 2yrs; Traci Fitch- 1yr; Deana Wright- 1yr; Liz Ferguson-1yr; Krystle Broooks- 1yr; Charlette Grice- 1yr; and Kim McFarland- 1yr.

August Birthdays

Kayla H; Emily B; Jana E; Wylma M; Lisa J; Pam S; Jean L; Laurie K; John K; Jerald H; Lauren G; Sarah W; Ramona H; Teresa H; Sandra D; Vonda R; Theresa D; Cedrix H; Deanna F; Kayla N; Pamela H; Kelly A; Kewona S; Christina P; Kim M; Whittney J; Sasha W; Cheyenne S; Samaria L.

August Anniversaries

Magaret Pope- 36 yrs; Patricia Barnett- 28yrs; Dawn Burchfield- 25yrs; Sherri Rice- 22yrs; Carol Murphy- 19yrs; Emily Bowden- 18yrs; Kathy Smith- 18yrs; Neil Harrington- 16yrs; Connie Jordan- 10yrs; Shelly Jackson- 6yrs; Robbie Baldwin- 6yrs; Emily Kelly- 5yrs; Sarah Williams- 4yrs; Dr. Richards- 3yrs; Madelyne Cockerham- 3yrs; Kolby Stewart- 3yrs; Kelsie Casculescu- 3yrs; Jareka Mason- 2yrs; Cedrix Hampton- 2yrs; Kelsey Webb- 1yr; and Felicia Brown-1yr.

September Birthdays

Sharon B; Pam T; Amy R; Shirley W; Nancy S; Neil H; Jenny G; Shannen W; Melissa S; Phillip G; Freddie W; Lauren M; Katherine T; Kim M; Belinda H; Dr. Stewart Rushton; Krystal W; Hannah M; Gayla W; Jessi P; Beverly S; Kellie S; Connie A; Krystle B; Carolyn S; Sharon J; Karen M; Brittany B; Julie B; Dorothy W; Kisha R.

September Anniversaries

Donna McKenzie- 41yrs; Kelly Melanson- 28yrs; Linda McDougald- 27yrs; Ginger Stewart- 24yrs; Jana Sled- 24yrs; Jami Harthshorn- 15yrs; Carla Jones- 14yrs; Marcy Henslee- 9yrs; Christie Williams- 7yrs; Jessica Tippen- 7yrs; Cassi Carter- 5yrs; Carolyn Kelley- 5yrs; Sarah Cook- 4yrs; Kim Johns- 3yrs; Brenda Perritt- 3yrs; Jonathan Steadman- 3yrs; Alicia Johnson- 3yrs; Jacob Dorman- 2yrs; Monica Watkins- 2yrs; Chancey Ricks- 2yrs; Lisa Hunter- 1yr; Melanie Stell- 1yr; Laci Luellen- 1yr; Terri McKnight- 1yr; Karen Halley- 1yr; Whitney Jackson- 1yr; Sasha Weatherspoon- 1yr; Tina Whitaker- 1yr; and Brandon Odom- 1yr.

Happy Birthday to all of our employees! We hope you each had a wonderful day! Happy Work Anniversary to all of our employees! We are so blessed to have you a part of our ACMC Family! Thank you for your years of service and dedication to Ashley County Medical Center.