The inaugural edition of Arkansas Money & Politics’ Outstanding Health Care Professionals features some of the state’s finest in the field of medicine. For the last three months, AMP has received hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes for those who would be considered the most outstanding hospital CEO, physician, nurse, small and large hospital, mental health facility, insurance provider, nurse practitioner, as well as women’s, men’s and children’s health provider, lifetime achievement, volunteerism, and best place to work. The following health care professionals and institutions represent the best in their respective category, as chosen by their peers from across the state of Arkansas.
Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas
Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) is an independent physician group that includes family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and an array of specialists and health services. It traces its roots back to 1957, but their dedication to and reputation for women’s health has been growing for the last 15 years. In 2003, Drs. Danna Grear and Kevin Pope established The Breast Center, the state’s first independent breast imaging facility. It was the first in Northwest Arkansas to offer digital mammography, first in the state to offer breast MRI with world-renowned radiologist Steven Harms and the only practice in the state to offer automated whole breast ultrasound screening. In 2005, Kathleen Paulson opened Renaissance Women’s Healthcare, dedicated to educating women about their health from their first gynecology appointment through menopause.
“Our mission is to improve quality of life by providing compassionate, comprehensive, quality healthcare,” says MANA CEO Jason Wilson. “We believe in working with our peers inside MANA and outside of our group to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients. Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas is honored to receive the Outstanding Women’s Health award from Arkansas Money and Politics.”