The History of Baxter Regional Medical Center
Over Half a Century of Providing Effective Healthcare Services
Baxter Regional Medical Center initially opened in 1963 as Baxter General
hospital, an acute-care medical center with 4 physicians and 39 beds.
Today, BRMC boasts 268 all-private beds with more than 100 skilled physicians
on staff. Under Arkansas law, BRMC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation
governed by an uncompensated board of directors.
The BRMC hospital encompasses about 500,000 square feet of space and we
are the single largest employer in Baxter County. We employ over 1,550
people and utilize over 500 volunteers in our auxiliary. BRMC serves a
2-state, 11-county area. We are deeply ingrained and involved within our
local community by hosting, volunteering for, and participating in community events.
Baxter Regional Medical Center Timeline
- BRMC celebrate the first full year of an Accountable Care Organization.
- Baxter Regional Home Health Baxter County received a 5 star rating by CMS
- A record number of patients were served by BRMC in 2016.
- 2 clinics opened in Mountain View: Baxter Regional APRN Clinic and BRMC
Hometown Clinic at Mountain View opened.
- Foundation provided $398,000 to 108 nursing students for scholarships.
- Rock Steady Mountain Home Program, a program for people with Parkinson’s
disease, began with great success.
- 80,000 volunteer hours were donated by BRMC Auxiliary.
- Pain Management Associates, a department of BRMC, opened a Harrison branch
office in July.
- BRMC Family Clinic was chosen by CMS to be one of only a select group of
CPC+ Track 2 Clinics.
- All BRMC Security Officers completed an 8 hour edged weapons defense and
deployment course and qualified at the level of sharp shooter or above.
- BRMC Community Paramedic Program helped with the development of new EMS
legislation for the State of Arkansas.
- BRMC Ambulance Services had 9 dispatchers complete National Training as
Certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers and was the first Ambulance Service
in the state to receive the American Heart Association STEMI Gold Award
for Cardiac Services,
- Baxter Regional Pediatric Clinic closed but then reopened to help provide
access to care for our community’s pediatric population,
- Retiring Hospital Board member Tom Schmuecker was honored for 30 years
- Construction was completed on new Operating Room in Surgery,
- BRMC welcomed Rev. Randy Ludwig as Hospital Chaplain.
- Cardiac Rehab Unit was remodeled and reopened as BRMC Cardiac & Pulmonary
Rehabilitation Unit sponsored by the BRMC Auxiliary.
- BRMC Sleep DME opened and accredited.
- Debbie Henry was named new VP/Chief Financial Officer.
- Baxter Regional Wound Healing Center celebrated a 10 year anniversary in
October and completed a remodel and installed a fourth hyperbaric chamber.
- Five new Lab Draw Stations opened to better assist outpatient lab work.
- Dr. Sarah Robertson, Dr. Candy Lincoln, Dr. Ryan Krafft and Dr. Stephen
Lattanzi joined the BRMC Medical Staff.
- Women & Newborn Care Center became a Safe Sleep Certified Center, and
4 nurses received lactation certification.
- BRMC was chosen as a high-performing hospital nationally in the 2015 HEN
High Performing Hospital Video Spotlight Series thanks to significant
success and improvements in using best practices and peer-to-peer learning
to reduce harm. The series was part of the American Hospital Association
(AHA)/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement
Network (HEN) initiative.
- Acute Inpatient Rehab was recognized in 2016 by UDS as a 2015 Top Performer
for being in the top 10% of facilities. The unit previously received the
award in 2008.
- The annual Employee Fund Drive kicked off on Thursday, March 12, and 1,094
(85%) employees committed to give $116,873. Thank you, BRMC team!
- BRMC Ambulance Service employees Randy Fowler, Dan Snyder and Bill Martin
received the 2015 Stars of Life award and were recognized at the Arkansas
State Capital in the House and Senate Chambers on Wednesday, March 11.
- The Donor Banquet was held in April, celebrating our generous donors. It
was announced that new gifts totaling $475,000 had been received.
- Teen Girls Go to College 2015 was held in the spring and hosted by the
Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education and Arkansas State
University – Mountain Home. Twenty two scholarships were presented
to high school seniors surrounding high schools.
- In 2015, 5 physicians joining the BRMC Medical Staff, including Dr. Brian
Malte, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Dr. John Neis, Otolaryngology;
Dr. David Waddell, Internal Medicine/Hospitalist; Dr. Mark Hammonds, Dermatology;
Dr. Charles Zehm, Anesthesiology.
- The 5th annual Pink for Peitz Benefit Rodeo held in August raised $16,074.28
for the Peitz Cancer Support House of BRMC.
- At the annual Employee Recognition Banquet, 78 employees were honored for
15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 milestone years of service.
- The Reppell Diabetes Learning Center hosted a series of free education
and cooking programs in 2015, even taking some on the road to neighboring
- The Mruk Family Education Center on Aging hosted free Lunch & Learn
bi-monthly featuring renowned expert on aging Dr. David Lipschitz.
- Baxter Regional Center for Integrative Medicine opened and hosted an integrative
medicine event for the community.
- Shannon Nachtigal, BSN, RN, was named Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer
after serving as served as BRMC’s Interim CNO.
- Baxter Regional Medical Center's Community Paramedic Mobile Healthcare
Program received a grant from the Blue & You Foundation totaling $149,900.
- The Reppell Diabetes Learning Center celebrated World Diabetes Day by hosting
a free diabetes education program for the community.
- In November, Dr. Angel Perez joined the BRMC Medical Staff, adding neurologist
to the list of BRMC specialists.
- Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation hosted the first annual Masquerade
Ball, kicking off the 2014 Lend-A-Hand campaign and raising over $20,000
for the community houses.
- Scribner Family Practice Clinic, affiliated with Baxter Regional Health
System and located in Salem, Arkansas, opened October 1.
- Dr. Jennifer Foster, General Surgeon, and Dr. Thomas Foster, Geriatric
Psychiatrist, joined the BRMC Medical Staff.
- The 4th annual Pink for Peitz Benefit Rodeo held in August more than doubled
its $7,000 fundraising goal by raising over $15,000 for Peitz Cancer Support House!
- BRMC welcomed Dr. Kevin Steffen, Podiatrist, and Dr. Allison Booth, Ophthalmologist,
to our medical staff.
- In September, Dr. Louis Elkins began performing minimally invasive procedures
using the superDimension™ Navigation System to aid with earlier
diagnoses of lung cancers.
- 81 children and grandchildren of employees were able to start the new school
year with backpacks and supplies they couldn’t otherwise obtain
thanks to the efforts of the annual BRMC Employee Backpack Drive.
- The Robert L. Kerr Medical Student Scholarship was awarded to 18 medical
students from our service area.
- Dr. John Edavettal, interventional cardiologist, joined the BRMC Medical Staff.
- Dr. Ray Stahl retired after 35 years of surgery.
- In July, Phyllis Tucker of Health Information retired after 50 years of
service. She began working at BRMC 2 weeks before the hospital opened
its doors in October, 1963.
- In June, Dr. Jason McConnell, orthopaedic surgeon, joined the BRMC Medical Staff.
- Yellville-Summit Health Center opened to the public.
- BRMC was awarded a grant in the amount of $80,381 for the BRMC Mobile Mammography
Unit (MMU) by Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas.
- Dr. Jamie Pritchard, Cline Emergency Center Medical Director and emergency
medicine physician, was named Arkansas SAVES Physician of the Year at
the Arkansas SAVES 2014 statewide conference.
- Mruk Family Education Center on Aging hosted their first fundraiser. Hangin'
Out in the Hangar raised funds and awareness for areas seniors.
- The Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education provided scholarships
for 17 high school senior girls at the 2014 Teen Girls Go to College event
held in conjunction with ASU-Mountain Home.
- In April, the 14th Annual BRMC Employee Fund Drive concluded with 1,003
employees pledging $102,949.
- The 35th Annual Health Fair held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. 750
free labs tests were performed, and over $1,500 was raised for the Food
Bank of North Central Arkansas.
- Dr. Perry Wilbur was honored with prestigious Townsend Award by Arkansas
- MyBRMC Patient Portal launched as an online tool for patients to view test
results, medical history and their electronic medical record.
- AARP recognized the Mruk Family Education Center on Aging as top 3% of
Driver Program facilities.
- In April, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation celebrated 25 of years of
donors at the annual Donor Banquet.
- In March, the BRMC Patient Safety Team was nationally recognized for a
developed diabetes surveillance protocol.
- Buy-A-Block launched as Phase 2 of Building for Babies Campaign. The Donor
Wall, a 6' custom painting depicting a child's playroom, was unveiled
at the campaign kickoff.
- Cohort II of the RN Residency officially began with 12 residents.
- The BRMC Chapel was renovated and dedicated in honor of the Tennison family.
- In February, the Surgery Waiting Room was refurbished with a $50,000 gift
from the BRMC Auxiliary.
- The renovated Women & Newborn Care Center opened, equipped with the
latest technology focusing on patient-centered care and featuring 10 state-of-the-art
labor and delivery rooms, a larger, completely renovated nursery as well
as a new nurse call system, fetal monitoring system, and security.
- In January, Yellville-Summit Health Center opened to serve employees, students,
and families of Yellville-Summit Schools.
- In December, a recognition event was held this week celebrating the completion
of the 18-week program for the first cohort of the BRMC RN Residency program.
- At the annual Employee Recognition Banquet, 63 employees were honored for
15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 50 milestone years of service.
- Dr. John Simmons TerKeurst retired after nearly 25 years of dedicated service
to our community in private practice as an urologist.
- The BRMC Continuity of Care department completed a weight loss competition,
with a group of 20 employees losing a total 168 lbs. from September 14
to November 20.
- Jodi Owens, RN, Coordinator of the Reppell Diabetes Learning Center, earned
the designation of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), making 3 CDEs on
staff at the RDLC.
- The 4th annual Baxter Regional Medical Center Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run/Walk
was held to benefit the four community health education and support houses.
- BRMC was chosen as 1 of 34 Arkansas hospitals to earn "Century Club"
membership through its achievements to improve patient care and reduce
- The Peitz Cancer Support House received a $500 donation from the faculty
and staff of Mountain Home Kindergarten and Pinkston Middle School in
honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
- Over $30,000 was raised at 2013 Lend-A-Hand, including proceeds from the
first ever LAH Auction.
- Cindy Costa, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Director of Development
earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE
- The 5th annual Women's Health Forum was held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds.
- BRMC celebrated 15 years of offering a complete cardiovascular care program.
Today, we continue the tradition of being state-of-the-art heart care,
right here at home.
- BRMC implemented the new Community Paramedic Mobile Healthcare Program
as part of an effort to reduce unnecessary 911 calls or non-emergent visits
to the BRMC Cline Emergency Center and provide patients more appropriate
healthcare rather than overly utilizing the emergency system.
- The BRMC RN Residency Program, in partnership with Versant®, was launched
- BRMC Clinic at Flippin opened August 5.
- Laboratory and Cardiopulmonary departments were honored with Customer Service awards.
- Building for Babies campaign to raise funds for the Women and Newborn Care
Center remodel kicks off in July.
- BRMC Employee Council hosted a Department Fair to encourage employees to
learn what other departments are tasked to do.
- Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation was awarded a grant of $88,000 from
the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Mobile Mammography Unit Outreach Program.
- Schliemann Center for Women's Health Education launched new "Working
Women in the Know" program series.
- The 5th Annual Men’s Health Forum was held in May.
- The 2013 BRMC Employee Fund Drive goal of $100,000 was met - and greatly
exceeded! 84% (1,044) of the staff contributed, pledging a grand total
- The 34th Annual Health Fair was held in April, and a record number of people
from the community attended. The BRMC Lab Team performed 2,177 free blood tests.
- The annual Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Donor Banquet was held March
28 to celebrate the last 50 years of BRMC and to thank the generous donors,
volunteers, physicians, and friends of BRMC for their continued support.
A $500,000 gift for the Women & Newborn Care Center remodel was given
by the BRMC Auxiliary.
- Eleven scholarships were awarded at Teens Girls Go to College event, held
in partnership with ASU-MH.
- BRMC welcomed 26 new RN graduates to our team.
- New interactive website launched in January.
- PCSH hosts open house for newly renovated space, including larger meeting
rooms, additional storage and rest room, and a renovated kitchen.
- Active Lifestyle Institute sponsored the third annual Jingle Bell Run and
raised $1,615 for the community health education and support houses.
- Hospice of the Ozarks celebrated 33 years in the Twin Lakes area.
- Sandy Priebe, MSN, RN - Risk Management/Administration, was sworn in to
serve on the Arkansas State Nursing Board.
- In October, a silent auction held at a Lady Bomber Vollyball match yields
$3,000 donation to the Mobile Mammography Unit.
- BRMC Auxiliary wins a Five Star Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association.
- BRMC begins partnership with renowned expert on aging David Lipschitz, MD, PhD.
- Fourteen medical students received a Robert L. Kerr Scholarship.
- Lend-A-Hand Fund Drive resulted in commitments totaling $157,937.
- The first chapter in Arkansas of Mended Hearts started.
- MMU kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in NYC at the NASDAQ opening
- The BRMC Mobile Mammography Unit visited the nation’s capital.
- Pink for Peitz Rodeo was held in August to raise awareness of breast cancer
and support services offered at the Peitz Cancer Support House.
- In August, BRMC hosts Employee Carnival.
- EBUS (Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscope) purchased for advanced diagnosis.
- Dr. Lonnie Robinson received a Heroes with Halos award.
- Dr. Max Cheney retired in July.
- The Endoscopy Department received a Heroes with Halos award.
- Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic for patients 65+ opened.
- Celebrated 50th anniversary (1962-2012) of volunteers at BRMC.
- In May, BRMC celebrated National Nurses Week.
- The new BRMC Mobile Mammography Unit debuts as the first mobile 3-D digital
equipment in the United States.
- More than 400 celebrated at the Annual Donor Banquet.
- Award-winning Breast Imaging Center opened at BRMC.
- In April, BRMC hosted the 33rd Annual Health Fair in conjunction with KTLO-KCTT
- The Baxter Regional Active Lifestyle Institute "Sports Team"
presented a check to the Hospital Foundation for the Mobile Mammography
Unit outreach program. Proceeds came from the annual Jingle Bell Run hosted by ALI.
- Shared Governance - our Journey to Excellence moves BRMC toward the new future.
- In March, 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment arrived at BRMC.
The higher strength magnet (3T) gives greater detail in neurological and
joint imaging which helps differentiate minute details.
- BRMC was one of 25 hospitals to receive the State Medicaid Quality Award.
- BRMC welcomed new board members Jerry Don Cunningham and Sammie Smith
- BRMC Employee Council created I CARE values.
- 3-D Mammography implementation resulted in numerous instances of earlier
detection and earlier treatment for women of the Twin Lakes Area.
- 2012 Falls Prevention Program kicked off early in the year.
- BRMC earned Level 3 Trauma Designation.
- BRMC unveils the da Vinci® Surgical System.
- BRMC becomes the first hospital in Arkansas and Missouri to offer 3-D Mammography.
- Lend-A-Hand Campaign was held. The campaign designates 100% of the funds
raised to our 4 community houses.
- Active Lifestyle Institute sponsors the 2nd Annual “Kidz in Motion” event.
- BRMC reopens upgraded 2 West.
- BRMC receives Susan G. Komen grant.
- Employees participate in the BRMC Employee Fund Drive for the 10th year.
- Baxter Regional Wound Healing Center opens in its new state-of-the-art
facility on Burnett Drive.
- The 1st Annual “Move It for Diabetes” 5K event was held by
Reppell Diabetes Learning Center.
- Active Lifestyle Institute sponsors the 1st Annual “Kids in Motion” event.
- Heroes with Halos program begins. The program offers patients and their
families a way to recognize employees and volunteers that made a significant
impact during their stay at BRMC.
- Electronic Medical Records implemented.
- eICU (Electronic Intensive Care Unit) opens.
- BRMC becomes a member of ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education
and Learning System), a telehealth link with specialists from University
of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
- BRMC joins UAMS' Arkansas SAVES (Stroke Assistance through Virtual
Emergency Support) program.
- Adopt-A-Room campaign to renovate 2 West.
- Baxter Regional Center on Aging becomes the Mruk Family Center on Aging
thanks to a generous donation from volunteers Janet and Paul Mruk.
- Human Motion Institute opens.
- BRMC Guest House becomes the home of North Central Area Health Education
- Chief Nursing Officer Margaret Fielding retires after 25 years at BRMC.
- Thanks to the generosity of BRMC employees, 237 children were able to start
to school with new backpacks and supplies.
- Ambulance Department helps with hurricane relief in Louisiana.
- BRMC participates in a county-wide disaster drill.
- BRMC employees help with Convoy of Hope, a community-wide effort to help
those in need, and continue to support Mountain Home Christian Clinic.
- Preparation continues for Electronic Medical Records to go live in April
2009. Cerner’s “Smart Semi” gives a view of a hospital
room with electronic medical records.
- Risk Manager Sandy Priebe, RN, MSN, is appointed to State Nursing Board.
- BRMC President and CEO Ron Peterson is named Administrator of the Year
by Arkansas Hospital Association.
- Women’s Health Education Center is named the Schliemann Center for
Women’s Health Education after Josee Schliemann, who also gives
her time in service on the Women’s Health Advisory Board.
- Backpack drive helps 172 area children with back-to-school needs. Emergency
department becomes known as the Cline Emergency Center following a donation
by Auxiliary member Betty Cline and her family. With the new name comes
a new look, additional space, and more streamlined services.
- Security cameras are installed around the hospital.
- BRMC participates in county-wide disaster drill.
- BRMC Auxiliary purchases new hydrotherapy pool for the Physical Therapy
- Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Jan Heine retires after 16 years with Hospice
of the Ozarks.
- BRMC receives the Sperduto and Associates Award for Highest Employee Satisfaction.
- BRMC is named one of the nation’s top performance improvement leader
hospitals by Thomson Healthcare.
- BRMC Ambulance is named EMT-Paramedic Emergency Medical Service of the
Year by EMS Magazine and National Association of EMTs.
- Ron Peterson becomes BRMC president and CEO.
- Dr. Robert Kerr returns to BRMC to serve as president and CEO. Peitz Cancer
Support House expands. Foundation receives gift and names Lagerborg Dining
Room. Reppell family donates the Reppell Diabetes Learning Center. BRMC
opens four new clinics: Ash Flat, Urology, Pulmonology, and Orthopaedic.
- Women’s Health Education Center opens in September, followed by Hospice
House in November. East and West Lobbies renovations are completed. BRMC
opens a clinic in Horseshoe Bend.
- BRMC adds new specialists in endocrinology, cardiovascular surgery, and
psychiatry. Dr. Robert Kerr retires from practice. Renovation begins on
Women’s Health Education Center. Construction begins on new Hospice
House. Cath Lab performs 1,000th cardiac catheterization. Women’s
Center delivers a new record number of babies. Auxiliary introduces new,
- Baxter Regional Medical Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with a community-wide
celebration. Twelve physicians are added to the medical staff. Rheumatology
and bariatric surgery services are added. Women’s Center delivers
a record number of babies – 720. BRMC nursing staff ranks number
one in the nation for employee satisfaction. In October, BRMC Cardiovascular
Team celebrates the 1,000th open-heart case. Women’s Health Advisory
Board is formed.
- New Diabetes Learning Center house is dedicated. Five new physicians are
added to the medical staff. BRMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program starts.
- BRMC performs 500th open-heart surgery. Remodeling of dietary, materials
management, and laundry areas is completed. New exterior and interior
signage is added. Oncology unit moves to 4 South.
- Hospital officially changes name to Baxter Regional Medical Center. Stephen
M. Erixon takes over as chief executive officer. Administrator H. William
Anderson retires after 17 years of service. Six-story tower that includes
a new patient registration area, cardiac care center, relocation of RCU,
and Hensley Behavioral Health Center is dedicated. Peitz Cancer Support
House is dedicated.
- Two new surgery suites and a second cardiac catheterization lab are completed.
Hospital performs first angioplasty. Construction of 6-story tower begins.
New parking lot is added on Hospital Drive. Four new labor, delivery,
recovery, and postpartum rooms (LDRP) are added to the Women’s Center.
- Phase IV expansion begins including a 6-story, 90,000-square-foot patient
tower that, when fully complete, will bring the total number of beds to
approximately 275. Homes along Hospital and Broadmoor drives are purchased
for patients’ family use and additional parking. Hospital performs
first cardiac bypass surgery.
- Physical Rehabilitation Center opens. Hospital parking increases with the
addition of a 187-space parking deck. Ahrens Clinic opens in Yellville.
- The emergency room grew to 17 beds, 9 treatment rooms, a consultation room,
and a decontamination room.
- Phase III expansion doubles the size of the hospital, increasing the number
of beds to 197. Home Health and Hospice Building are completed.
- Medical Arts Building is completed. Bull Shoals Ambulance Station is established.
- Hemodialysis unit opens. Yellville Ambulance Station established.
- Phase II plans include an 8,000-square-foot expansion and the addition
of a cancer treatment center. Hospital grows to 151 beds.
- BRMC added Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, to the Radiology Department.
- The hospital auxiliary donated their third ambulance.
- Phase I expansion is completed. Hospital grows to 133 beds with a 3-story addition.
- Renovation was completed to house a five-bed surgical intensive care unit.
- New construction was completed that provided additional space for radiology,
surgery, emergency room, and pharmacy. Total bed capacity grew to 97.
- 52 beds and a separate in-service education building are added.
- Baxter General Hospital opens with 39 beds and 4 physicians.