Washington Regional Medical Center

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To help Arkansas medical systems better manage escalating COVID-19 hospitalizations, Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order in November that speeds up licensure for all graduating nurses and waives application fees.

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Heading into November, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the establishment of the Winter COVID-19 Task Force. One of the task force members is Larry Shackelford, the president and CEO of Washington Regional Medical System. Shackelford discusses his role in the group, regional hospital capacity and his concerns about the numerous holidays coming up in the next few weeks.

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According to statistics from a coalition of Northwest Arkansas healthcare providers, at last check, there were 57 patients in the region's COVID-19 Units. Those patients are being cared for by nurses like Zenobia Taylor, who has been working in one of Washington Regional Medical Center's COVID-19 Units since March.

On Thursday night's Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Maddow shared a letter the president and CEO of Washington Regional Medical System sent to his staff on June 19. At one point, President and CEO Larry Shackelford wrotes he not prepared for what I experienced after making rounds through Washington Regional Medical Center's two COVID-19 units.

Northwest Arkansas Health Care Providers

Cases of COVID-19 have been skyrocketing in Northwest Arkansas over the last few weeks, so healthcare providers in the region ware launching a new campaign called "Safe and Strong" to remind residents of the serious nature of the coronavirus.

Washington Regional Medical Center is launching a new billing system Feb.1. The new system will consolidate most Washington Regional hospital, clinic and department bills on a single statement.

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A device called a CuddleCot, which was recently donated by the Chandler and Paisley Skies Foundation to Washington Regional Women and Infants Center, allows grieving families to spend more time with deceased stillborn and newborn infants.

The Washington Regional Cancer Support Home and Community Clinic are partnering to provide free clinical breast exams from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Registration is required by Aug. 15, and appointments can be made by calling 479-521-8024.

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Washington Regional Medical Center is partnering with Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank to be the first human milk depot in Northwest Arkansas. Nursing women who are preapproved by the milk bank can donate their extra breast milk at the Fayetteville hospital.

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Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville hosts a job-training program, called Project Search, for young adults with developmental disabilities, coordinated by Life Styles, which is a nonprofit advocacy group that works to integrate individuals with disabilities into the community.

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