Sep 28, 2012
White County Medical Center announced today that the hospital will officially begin a collaborative partnership with St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas as of October 1. The clinic, which houses offices for Cardiologists Leon Blue, M.D.; David Evans, M.D., Eric Robinson, M.D., Bradley Hughes, M.D.; and Katherine Durham, M.D., located at 711 Santa Fe Drive, will now be known as the White County Medical Center Cardiology Clinic, an outpatient department of WCMC.
WCMC’s goal is to improve the quality of care delivered in the community. “The delivery of healthcare is expected to see major changes in the coming months and years; particularly in moving away from fee-for-service care. WCMC is partnering with these local cardiologists to prepare for these changes. Such a transformation includes accountable-care organizations and the bundling of payments to healthcare providers. We are positioning ourselves to improve quality and efficiency as we prepare for the future of healthcare,” said WCMC President/CEO Ray Montgomery.
“This change should have little or no effect on the employees of the clinic and patient care will only be affected positively, as the transition will improve their continuity of care. The bottom line is that healthcare is going to change in Searcy because of the changes that are happening at the state and federal levels through healthcare reform,” said Montgomery.
“White County Medical Center is an exceptional healthcare organization and St. Vincent is truly honored to develop a relationship with WCMC that will have a positive impact on the White County community. St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas physicians are part of the largest cardiovascular network in the state of Arkansas. They offer top quality, service-oriented and safety patient care and bring a level of expertise that rivals any cardiac program across the country,” said Peter D. Banko, President & CEO, St. Vincent Health System.
WCMC previously formed partnerships with Searcy Medical Center, Family Practice Associates and White County Oncology. Interest in hospitals consolidating private practices is particularly keen in more rural areas like White County because a partnership helps to streamline the continuum of care for patients. This process is a way for WCMC to prepare for the future of healthcare.
ABOUT WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to create a healthy community by providing quality patient care and participating in community health events. White County Medical Center is the second-largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,600 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.