Health Care in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties
There are many health care services in Pulaski and Lonoke counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act.
See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a full list of community health centers in Arkansas, visit the Community Health Centers of Arkansas website at www.chc-ar.org.
The Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners website, www.dentalboard.arkansas.gov, is a useful place to start in finding a dentist with its roster lists. Select “Online Services” from the home page and select an option under “Roster Searches” to find or verify a dentist, hygienist or dental assistant. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
- Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?
The Arkansas Department of Health can give you tips for oral health and low-cost dental care. Visit its website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/take-care-of-your-teeth.
FINDING A LOCAL DOCTOR
The best rule in finding a health care provider in a new location is the sooner, the better. Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the Arkansas State Medical Board’s online directory at www.armedicalboard.org/Public.aspx. You can browse for a provider by name.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.
You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org. To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the Arkansas State Medical Board at www.armedicalboard.org or call 501-296-1802. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.
- When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
- When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
- Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
- When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
- During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?
Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.
Veterans in Pulaski and Lonoke counties are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 16 (VISN 16) — the South Central VA Health Care Network, with the nearest major medical center in North Little Rock, less than 30 minutes from Little Rock Air Force Base. VISN 16 serves more than 450,000 veterans each year with eight medical centers and 61 community-based outpatient clinics located throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and portions of Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida. The closest community outpatient clinic is in El Dorado.
Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center
2200 Fort Roots Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-257-1000
John L. McClellan Memorial
4300 W. Seventh St.
Little Rock, AR 72205 501-257-1000
The Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center and John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital offer a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient health care services, ranging from disease prevention to primary care, complex surgical procedures and extended rehabilitative care. This system serves as a teaching facility for more than 1,500 students and residents enrolled in more than 65 education programs; its principal affiliate is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
2200 Fort Roots Drive
Bldg. 65, Room 119
North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-370-3820
Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255
The Department of Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for Arkansas’ veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources.
Because emergencies can happen without warning, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way
Little Rock, AR 72202 501-364-1100
Baptist Health Medical Center — Little Rock
9601 Baptist Health Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205 501-202-2000
Baptist Health Medical Center — North Little Rock
3333 Springhill Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72117 501-202-3000
CHI St. Vincent Infirmary
2 St. Vincent Circle
Little Rock, AR 72205 501-552-3000
CHI St. Vincent North
2215 Wildwood Ave.
Sherwood, AR 72120 501-552-7100
CHI St. Vincent West
16221 St. Vincent Way
Little Rock, AR 72223 501-552-8150
North Metro Medical Center
1400 Braden St.
Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-985-7000
Pinnacle Pointe Hospital
11501 Financial Centre Parkway
Little Rock, AR 72211 501-223-3322
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center
4301 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205 501-686-7000
Public Health Care
Arkansas Department of Health
4815 W. Markham St.
Little Rock, AR 72205 501-661-2000
The state department of health works to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans. To that goal, the organization offers more than 100 services provided statewide by public health professionals to ensure that water is safe, children have their immunizations, restaurants are safe and birth certificates are correct — to name just a few.
The department’s main office is in Little Rock, with 94 local health units in each of the state’s 75 counties. More than 5,000 employees and public and private partners help make the department’s goal a reality by helping people make their lives healthier. Its website has information on health topics, services available and a listing of local health units by region.
Local health units offer a variety of services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, family planning, immunizations, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location. A listing of local health units in Pulaski and Lonoke counties follows. For a full list of local health units and their available services, visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov and select “Local Health Units.”
118 S. First St.
Cabot, AR 72023 501-843-7561
Central Little Rock
3915 W. Eighth St.
Little Rock, AR 72204 501-280-3100
3000 N. First St.
Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-982-7477
306 N. Center St.
Lonoke, AR 72086 501-676-2268
North Little Rock
2800 N. Willow St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-791-8551
Southwest Little Rock
8901 Dailey Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209 501-565-9311