At Millard-Henry Clinic, we understand you have a choice when it comes to seeking medical care for you and your family. Our goal is to provide state-of-the art medical care so that you do not have to go anywhere else and to provide the highest level of service so that you will enjoy receiving care from us.
Physicians, staff, patients and the community are excited about our new office building, which opened in March 2014: Opening the Doors for More Complete Care (Online Courier article). The new medical-office complex is the largest in the River Valley region. The $7 million three-story state-of-the-art medical building is located next to the former offices on Skyline Drive. It’s a long-time vision that’s finally become a reality.
The former 40-year-old Millard-Henry Clinic had 28,000 square feet while our new offices have 47,000 square feet. We’ve grown from 19 physicians in December of 2012 to room for 30, and with the newest physicians recruited, the complex is 90 percent full.
The clinic houses pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, orthopedics and general surgery, along with advanced laboratory and radiology services. A walk-in clinic will be available without an appointment for same-day care of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
The obstetrics and gynecology practices of Millard-Henry Clinic remain in the building at 105 Skyline Drive, and the space is now dedicated exclusively to women’s health services.
The project is significant because it shows the region’s residents that health care providers in Russellville are “progressive, proactive, forward-thinking.”
Dr. Vickie Henderson, an obstetrician/gynecologist and a past president of the Millard-Henry Clinic executive committee, said: “The facility matters, but the bottom line is what’s delivered,” she said. “We want to provide state-of-the art medical care that you would not have to go anywhere else to get any better care in a nicer facility where patients feel like they matter.”
During the groundbreaking ceremony in December 2012, Dr. Keith Ison, president of the Millard-Henry Clinic executive committee, said the new clinic initiative came after an intensive, targeted three-year effort that included input from clinic physicians and corporate leadership. Financed through partner Summit Bank (now Bank of the Ozarks), the year-long project was overseen by Russellville-based EWI Construction. The project was a clear investment in the region that provided local jobs in tough economic times.
More services and greater convenience
Efficient design, including the wise use of technology and improved workflow, was critical to the facility’s new design. Every aspect of location, from the cashier’s office to departmental placement, is designed around the primary goals of enhancing the patient’s healthcare experience and the physician’s ability to provide even greater care.
“With larger elevators, bigger waiting rooms … I think it’s going to be more convenient for the patient and the patient’s family. It will mean greater comfort and just a better overall experience,” Dr. Robin Kirby, pediatrician, said.
Another pediatrician, Dr. Rick Harrison, concurred. “Having this new facility allows us to have on-the-spot consults with some of our partners. It’ll make it easier for the patients and it’ll really bring cohesiveness to our department.”
Because the surgery department (previously housed with Millard-Henry Clinic Gynecology and Obstetrics Services) relocated to the new building, Millard-Henry’s women’s services benefit as well.
“The new Millard Henry Clinic facility is significantly larger than our prior facility. Our Ob-Gyn clinic is now exclusively devoted to women’s healthcare, which I think will make our patients very comfortable when they come for their visits,” Dr. David Nelson, gynecologist/obstetrician, said.
“I think Millard Henry Clinic is unique — one building holding many doctors who treat all stages of life. With this new building, we’re able to expand and add two new physicians to our pediatric group. It just provides comprehensive care for the whole family,” Dr. Christina Bartlett, pediatrician, said.
Jeff Pipkin, president and CEO of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, said the health care community makes an impact on economic development in many ways.
“It’s really hard to put it in words. Anytime you have a clinic the size of Millard-Henry in your community, and it is continuing to grow, it is an understatement to say it is a boost to the local economy,” Pipkin said.
Pipkin said he can speak from experience — having lived in seven other Arkansas cities — that Russellville’s strong medical community is unique.
“Until you live somewhere that doesn’t have that quality of care, you really have a hard time appreciating it,” he said.
“From a recruiting standpoint, whenever we’re recruiting industry to the area, the medical community in this region of the state is a bright, shining star,” Pipkin said.
Millard-Henry Clinic was founded in 1945 by two doctors. Along with the main campus in Russellville, the clinic has offices in Dover and Atkins. Other affiliated clinics include Cardiology Associates, Urology Associates and Valley Health Serves in Hector.