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BRMC History

BRMC opened as Baxter General Hospital in 1963 as an acute-care hospital with 39 beds and four physicians on staff. Today, the facility is a 268 all-private bed facility with more than 100 physicians on staff. BRMC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized under the laws of Arkansas. An uncompensated board of directors governs our organization.

The hospital encompasses 500,000 square feet of space and is the largest employer in Baxter County, employing more than 1,400 individuals and over 600 volunteers in our auxiliary. We serve patients from a two-state, 14-county area. Clinics include Baxter Regional Ahrens Clinic, Baxter Regional Ash Flat Clinic, Baxter Regional Bone and Joint Clinic, Baxter Regional Comprehensive Women's Clinic, Baxter Regional Gynecology Clinic, Baxter Regional Heart Clinic, Baxter Regional Neurology Clinic, Baxter Regional Pediatric Clinic, Baxter Regional Rheumatology Clinic, Baxter Regional Urology Clinic, BRMC Clinic at Flippin, BRMC Clinic at Salem, BRMC Family Clinic, BRMC Nephrology / Pulmonology Clinic, Fairlamb Senior Health Clinic, The Clinic at Walmart operated by BRMC and the Yellville-Summit Health Center. Affiliates include Baxter Regional Home Health, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation, Hospice of the Ozarks and Baxter Regional Wound Healing Center. Scribner Family Practice Clinic and Baxter Regional Center for Integrative Medicine are also affiliated with Baxter Regional Health System.


Baxter Regional Medical Center Timeline

2014

  • 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 Children's Hospital.
  • 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.

2013

  • 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 a 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 preventable readmissions.
  • 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 International.
  • 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 in August. 
  • 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 of $117,213.
  • 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.

2012

  • 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 bell ceremony.
  • The BRMC Mobile Mammography Unit visited the nation's capitol.
  • 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 Senior Expo.
  • 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.


2011

  • 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 four community houses.
  • Active Lifestyle Institute sponsors the 2nd Annual “Kidz in Motion” event.
  • BRMC reopens upgraded 2 West.
  • BRMC receives Susan G. Komen grant.


2010

  • Employees participate in the BRMC Employee Fund Drive for the tenth 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.


2009

  • 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


2008

  • BRMC Guest House becomes the home of North Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
  • 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 countywide disaster drill.
  • BRMC employees help with Convoy of Hope, a communitywide 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.


2007

  • 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 countywide disaster drill.
  • BRMC Auxiliary purchases new hydrotherapy pool for the Physical Therapy Department.
  • 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.


2006

  • 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.


2005

  • 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.


2004

  • BRMC adds new specialists, including 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, yellow-and-navy uniforms.


2003

  • 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 No. 1 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.


2002

  • New Diabetes Learning Center house is dedicated. Five new physicians are added to the medical staff. BRMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program starts.


2001

  • 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.


2000

  • 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.


1999

  • Two new surgery suites and a second cardiac catheterization lab are completed. Hospital performs first angioplasty. Construction of six-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.


1998

  • Phase IV expansion begins, including a six-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.


1996

  • Physical Rehabilitation Center opens. Hospital parking increases with the addition of a 187-space parking deck. Ahrens Clinic opens in Yellville.


1994

  • The emergency room grew to 17 beds, 9 treatment rooms, a consultation room, and a decontamination room.


1993

  • Phase III expansion doubles the size of the hospital, increasing the number of beds to 197. Home Health and Hospice Building are completed.


1992

  • Medical Arts Building is completed. Bull Shoals Ambulance Station is established.


1990

  • Hemodialysis unit opens. Yellville Ambulance Station established.


1989

  • Phase II plans include an 8,000-square-foot expansion and the addition of a cancer treatment center. Hospital grows to 151 beds.


1988

  • BRMC added Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, to the Radiology Department.


1987

  • The hospital Auxiliary donated their third ambulance.


1983

  • Phase I expansion is completed. Hospital grows to 133 beds with a three-story addition.


1978

  • Renovation was completed to house a 5 bed surgical intensive care unit.


1977

  • New construction was completed that provided additional space for radiology, surgery, emergency room, and pharmacy. Total bed capacity grew to 97.


1974

  • Fifty-two beds and a separate in-service education building are added.


1963

  • Baxter General Hospital opens with 39 beds and four physicians.
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