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Baptist Health makes land purchase to build new medical center in Conway

Baptist Health makes land purchase to build new medical center in Conway

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Baptist Health) –– Baptist Health has purchased approximately 37 acres to construct a wholly owned and operated medical center in Conway to serve the growing healthcare needs of Faulkner and surrounding counties.

“Baptist Health and a dedicated team of local physicians will bring to the community of Conway and surrounding areas an innovative and  cooperative approach to providing the highest standards of clinical quality, a fully staffed emergency room, and a proven track record of long-term commitment to supporting Arkansas communities,” said Russell Harrington, president and CEO of Baptist Health.

Baptist Health is collaborating with more than 30 Conway-based physicians to develop and open the new medical center in Conway to be operated as a not-for-profit, faith-based community hospital providing comprehensive clinical services.

Professor's research helps create award-winning mobile app

Professor's research helps create award-winning mobile app

CONWAY (UCA) —Dr. Julie Meaux, nursing professor, collaborated on a mobile application that has been selected as the first place winner in the Shire ADHD Transitions Challenge sponsored by Health 2.0 and Shire Pharmaceutical. Collaborators will receive $100,000 to bring the application closer to public availability.

"This mobile app is a great tool to help young people take control of their ADHD symptoms. Designed on the latest research, the Traxion app will help young people learn about multiple strategies for managing ADHD symptoms and help them track their progress over time,” Meaux said.

Meaux collaborated with professionals from Rebar Interactive and Omniscience Mobile to develop Traxion mobile app to support young adults with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) who are transitioning from structured to unstructured environments.

It takes all blood types to help save lives

It takes all blood types to help save lives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the 2 percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage.

Those with O negative, A negative and B negative are especially urged to donate, as their blood types are often in high demand because they can potentially be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.

Vacations, activities and holidays contribute to a decrease in donations during the summer, but patients don’t get a break from needing blood. Visit the Summer of Stories campaign website, redcrossblood.org/summer, to make an appointment to donate, then share why you give blood and watch videos about people whose lives have been touched by donors.

Campbell slated to speak at Camp iRock

Campbell slated to speak at Camp iRock

Written by Wendy Miya                                                                                                                                                                  &nbs

UALR, Kognito offers students help for with depression, anxiety

UALR, Kognito offers students help for with depression, anxiety

Kognito Interactive’s web-based, interactive training prepares students, faculty and staff to identify and help students exhibiting signs of mental distress, such as depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (May 7, 2013) – University of Arkansas at Little Rock has partnered with Kognito Interactive to offer an online, avatar-based gatekeeper training where users learn the common indicators of psychological distress and how best to approach at-risk students for referral to the university’s counseling center. UALR offers two Kognito programs, At-Risk for College Students and At-Risk for Faculty & Staff. Each training program is tailored to a specific type of user: college students and RAs, as well as administrators, faculty and staff, respectively.

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Blood donations needed in Faulkner County

Blood donations needed in Faulkner County

Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 4, 2013) — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where.