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Hospital earns certification

Washington Regional Medical Center recently earned certification as a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission. This designation is given to hospitals that have capabilities to treat complex stroke cases.

To earn this certification, Washington Regional underwent an on-site review in which the commission's experts evaluated compliance with stroke standards and requirements. The commission is an independent nonprofit organization that sets standards in health care.

Mercy hospitals receive ratings

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith received a four-star rating and Mercy Northwest Arkansas received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The five-star rating is the highest given by the centers, which evaluates hospitals using more than 100 measures divided into seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and effective use of medical imaging.

Economic program comes to Harrison

Harrison is one of five Arkansas communities chosen for a community catalyst program through Entergy Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas' Center for Community and Economic Development.

The program uses a process called "strategic doing," which is a community development tool focusing on immediate, effective small wins and goals to create transformation in communities.

Harrison also will receive follow-up assistance from the center and a $1,000 mini-grant to complete a community development project.

Briefs are for businesses in Northwest Arkansas that are new, have moved or closed, opened a new branch, changed owners or have been honored by an independent organization. Email items to lthompson@nwadg.com. Information will be published as space allows.

SundayMonday Business on 02/16/2020

Print Headline: NWA business briefs

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