May 11, 2012

Naming Ceremony at BRMC

Seniors 65 or older rejoice! BRMC answers the call by announcing the opening of the Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic. Focus groups and assessment needs indicated that many or our senior population wanted healthcare delivery from those specializing in Geriatricsandrsquo;.

The Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic is the clinical component of the newly established Baxter Regional Center on Aging (Mruk Family Education Center on Aging), the ninth Center on Aging of the Arkansas Aging Initiative. This is made possible through a collaborative effort of Baxter regional Medical Center and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Aging Initiative, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

The clinic is named on behalf of Rick and Pam Fairlamb, area residents since 1998. andldquo; As part of our quest for a place to retire, we came to Mountain Home thinking we would rule it out and move on to other locations, instead we fell in love with it, said Pam Fairlamb. “ As volunteers for the hospital, we got to view first hand the services, caring and progressiveness of the hospital and were very pleased with what we saw, Rick Fairlamb stated. “Our decision to donate funding for the clinic was based upon seeing our older friends and neighbors struggling due to traveling great distances for services that will now be provided right in their “own back yard” The couple committed to one and a quarter million dollars to help establish the clinic and meet the needs of the community.

The FSHC will provide clinical services for older adults aged 65 or older, complementing your physicians care by using an interdisciplinary team approach to developing a plan of care. A comprehensive geriatric assessment will be offered, to include a physical examination, memory testing, medication reconciliation, fall assessment and nutritional screening. The clinic will have an Advanced Practicing Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician and part time Neuro-psychologist available. Dr. Timothy Paden is the Medical Director. Once the patient is evaluated, a plan will be developed to include education and assistance with referrals to community services. The Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic is unique to this area and patient needs will be discussed in-depth to help determine what will best improve the patientand#39;s quality of life. Another focus of the FSCH is to assist families caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The clinic accepts Medicare and most healthcare insurance. Hours: M-F 8:00- 4:30

Ron Peterson, CEO/President of BRMC had this to say at the recent naming ceremony, andldquo;It never fails to amaze me about how lucky we are to live in a community that always continues to help others. The Fairlambs’ generosity is another example of why our healthcare services in the Twin Lakes Area are exceptional,’ Peterson said.