Awards & Accolades

Awards and Accolades

2017 Awards

Unity Health Foundation
Spirit of Unity award

Shari Wells, MSN, APRN, was named a recipient of the “Spirit of Unity” award given by the Unity Health Foundation! The recipients of this special award were nominated by families for going above and beyond to provide excellent care. Shari is part of our Supportive Care Services that are provided in Searcy by Unity Health and our Arkansas Palliative Care subsidiary.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Award

The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one in the Foundation category for A Fair to Remember 2016 and one in the Writing category for “Arnie Makes a Splash.” The Diamond Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

Deyta Analytics
Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award

Arkansas Hospice was named a recipient of the Hospice Honors Award given by Deyta Analytics, a data-gathering company – and a division of HEALTHCAREfirst – that partners with thousands of home health and hospice providers across the United States. In addition, the Hospice Honors Elite Award was given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center, which Deyta Analytics measures separately from the rest of the organization’s locations. The awards recognize hospice agencies that provided the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. 

Blue & You Foundation
Grant Recipient 

For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice received a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation to fund our subsidiary organization, Arkansas Palliative Care, which is being piloted in Searcy in conjunction with Unity Health.

2016 Awards

Arkansas Business
Best of Business Awards
Winner-Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization and Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event 

Arkansas Hospice was named as the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the Arkansas Business Best of Business Awards. In addition, Arkansas Hospice’s signature event, A Fair to Remember, was chosen as the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event. According to Arkansas Business, these reader’s choice awards are voted on by “thousands of Arkansans who use and frequent the companies and organizations they think are foremost in the state.” Finalists for the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization Award were Our House and United Way. Finalists for the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event Award were Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure and Toys for Tots.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Award

The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one in the Annual Report category for our 2014 Fiscal Year in Review and one in the Writing category for “We Honor Veterans: The Story of Cletis Overton.” Certificates of excellence were also awarded in the Advertising-Special Visuals category for the 2016 Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog & Friends Calendar and in the Advertising-Total Campaign category for the organization’s minority outreach advertising. The Diamond Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

Deyta Analytics
Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award

Arkansas Hospice was named a recipient of the Hospice Honors Award given by Deyta Analytics, a data-gathering company – and a division of HEALTHCAREfirst – that partners with thousands of home health and hospice providers across the United States. In addition, the Hospice Honors Elite Award was given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center, which Deyta Analytics measures separately from the rest of the organization’s locations. The awards recognize hospice agencies that provided the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. 

Alzheimer's Arkansas
Outstanding Support Group Facilitator of the Year Award

Amy Thomason, Arkansas Hospice’s Community Liaison in Hot Springs, was named 2016’s Outstanding Support Group Facilitator of the Year by Alzheimer's Arkansas. The award was presented during a ceremony on March 24 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Hospice President and CEO Judy Wooten said that Thomson “is a tireless advocate for our patients and families, and extends that same passion and enthusiasm to her volunteer work with Alzheimer’s Arkansas and the many other community and health care organizations to which she donates her time. She is a remarkable individual and a true servant leader.

Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
Grant Recipient


For the second year in a row, the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen named Arkansas Hospice as a grant recipient. Part of the $62,326 award is for Arkansas Hospice’s Charitable Care Fund, and part of it is for our Bereavement Services to help the loved ones of our breast cancer patients in need of grief support.

Blue & You Foundation Grant/Private Gift from the Grace W. Dyer Sturgeon Trust

Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Blue & You Foundation and a private gift from the Grace W. Dyer Sturgeon Trust, Arkansas Hospice started a new subsidiary organization, Arkansas Palliative Care. This new program is being piloted in Searcy in conjunction with Unity Health. 

2015 Awards

Deyta
Hospice Honors Elite Award


For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice was named a recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite Award given by Deyta, a data-gathering company that partners with thousands of hospice, home health, human services and other healthcare organizations. An additional Hospice Honors Elite Award was also given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center, which Deyta measures separately from the organization’s other locations. The award recognizes hospice agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Receiving the honor places Arkansas Hospice in the top 2 percent of 1,700 hospices across the nation that use Deyta’s services. 

We Honor Veterans
Level 4 Partner

We Honor Veterans has promoted Arkansas Hospice to a Level 4 Partner, the highest recognition awarded by the nationwide program that aims to improve the care of veterans nearing the end of life. The program’s goal is to address the unique healthcare needs – both physical and emotional – facing America’s veterans and their families, many of whom are unaware of end-of-life services and benefits available to them. At least 25 percent of those who die every year in the United States are veterans. We Honor Veterans recognizes participating organizations – or partners – with a tiered, 4-level system, based on their ongoing efforts to improve care for veterans. Currently, the program has more than 2,500 hospice partners enrolled in the program. Of those, Arkansas Hospice is the first in the state to reach Level 4.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Award

The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one for the Arkansas Hospice 2013 Annual Report and another in the Foundation category for A Fair to Remember. The 2014 Fair, which was held on September 18 in Little Rock, reflected the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned state fair and featured Craig O'Neill as master of ceremonies. Certificates of excellence also were awarded in the Advertising-Special Visuals category for the 2015 Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog Calendar and in the Advertising-Print category for the organization’s ad that ran in the “Faces of Cancer” issue of Inviting Arkansas. The Diamond Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen

Grant Recipient

The Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen handed out 21 grants totaling over $900 thousand to Arkansas organizations. Of those, Arkansas Hospice was awarded a $23,000 for its program entitled Charitable Care for Breast Cancer Patients. This project will provide the full complement of hospice care to breast cancer patients and their families who are facing the end of life but cannot afford the expense, do not have private insurance, and do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

2014 Awards

Arkansas Business
Best of Business Awards
Winner-Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization and Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event

For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice was named as the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the Arkansas Business Best of Business Awards. In addition, Arkansas Hospice’s signature event, A Fair to Remember, was chosen as the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event. According to Arkansas Business, these reader’s choice awards are voted on by thousands to select the companies and organizations “that they think are the best in the state.” Finalists for the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization Award were Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and Our House. Finalists for the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event Award were CARTI Festival of Fashion and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Deyta
Hospice Honors Elite Award


Arkansas Hospice was named as a recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite Award given by Deyta, a data-gathering company that partners with thousands of hospice, home health, human services and other healthcare organizations. The award recognizes hospice agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Receiving the honor places Arkansas Hospice in the top 2 percent of 1,700 hospices across the nation that use Deyta’s services. The Hospice Honors Elite Award recognizes Arkansas Hospice offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Monticello, Conway and Searcy.

Deyta
Hospice Honors Award

For the second year in a row, Arkansas Hospice Russellville received the Hospice Honors Award given by Deyta. The award is based on the combined caregiver survey scores for the Arkansas Hospice Russellville homebased office and the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home. Deyta introduced its Hospice Honors Award program last year, making Arkansas Hospice Russellville one of the first in the country to receive the honor.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas

Sandy Isom, a volunteer at Arkansas Hospice's Conway office, received the Volunteer Hospice Heart Award. The award is presented each year at the HPCAA's Partners in Care Conference.

Arkansas Health Care Association
Volunteer of the Year

Lucy Star Walker, one of Arkansas Hospice's certified therapy dogs, was the first therapy dog to ever be chosen as a Volunteer of the Year by the Arkansas Health Care Association. Lucy, a Petite Goldendoodle, is certified by Therapy Dogs International and was nominated by Cabot Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she and owner Susan Walker visit each week. Oftentimes accompanied by Susan's son, Jonathan, and his certified therapy dog, Maggie Mae, the Walkers visit patients and families in areas as far away as Newport.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Award


The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one for the Arkansas Hospice 2012 Annual Report and another for a feature story on Sarah Kempker, an Arkansas Hospice patient who served as a bombardier during World War II. The article was on the cover of Arkansas Hospice Matters, the organization's newsletter. A certificate of excellence also was awarded in the Foundation category for the 2013 end-of-year solicitation. The Diamond Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

2013 Awards

Arkansas Business
9th Annual Best of Business Awards
Winner-Best Non-Profit/Charitable Organization


Arkansas Hospice was named the Best NonProfit/Charitable Organization in the Arkansas Business 9th Annual Best of Business Awards. Finalists for this readers’ choice award were Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and The Salvation Army.

Arkansas Business
Winner-Nonprofit CFO of the Year


Arkansas Hospice Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kathy Jones was named the 2013 Arkansas Business Nonprofit CFO of the Year at a ceremony on November 6. Kathy has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years.

Deyta
Hospice Honors Award


Arkansas Hospice Russellville was named as a recipient of the Hospice Honors Award given by Deyta, a data-gathering company that partners with thousands of hospice, home health, human services and other healthcare organizations. The award recognizes the top 100 hospice agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the caregiver's point of view. Based on results from independent surveys, Arkansas Hospice was given the award as a result of the combined scores of the Arkansas Hospice Russellville homebased office and the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Award


The Media Department of Arkansas Hospice won two Diamond Awards, one for the Arkansas Hospice 2011 Annual Report and another in the total campaign category for A Fair to Remember. The 2012 Fair, which was held on October 4 in Little Rock, reflected the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned state fair. Following a six-year hiatus, the event was brought back — with Craig O'Neill returning as master of ceremonies —  to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arkansas Hospice. The Diamond Awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas

Paula Coan, a volunteer for Arkansas Hospice's Russellville office, received the Volunteer Hospice Heart Award for the second year in a row.

2012 Awards

Arkansas Business
8th Annual Best of Business Awards


Arkansas Hospice was a finalist for both of the Best of Business Awards given in the nonprofit category. Those awards were for Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization and for Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event, which featured our signature event, A Fair to Remember, as a finalist.

Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Organization of the Year


Arkansas Hospice Hot Springs was named the 2012 Organization of the Year by the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the Chamber's Community Service Awards dinner on January 17, 2013, at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

National Board of Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses

Jennifer Scheible, RN, CHPN, was named Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year by the National Board of Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

ASBN Update
2012 Nursing Compassion Award


Sherrie Guinn, RN, received the 2012 Nursing Compassion Award from the ASBN Update, the publication of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. Sherrie works for Arkansas Hospice Russellville.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas

Betsy Arnim received the HPCAA Hospice Heart Award in the staff division. Betsy works for the Arkansas Hospice Ottenheimer Inpatient Center in Little Rock. Also from the HPCAA, Paula Coan received the Volunteer Hospice Heart Award. Paula volunteers for Arkansas Hospice Russellville.

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Award

The Media Department of Arkansas Hospice won three Diamond Awards, including one for the 2012 Arkansas Hospice Therapy Dog Calendar. The awards are sponsored by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.