Awards & Accolades

The most important award for Arkansas Hospice is to know that every patient and family has been provided with the most complete care available through their journey. On occasion, providing this care translates into special recognition by our industry associations and peers.

2021 Awards

American College of Healthcare Executives
Regent’s Award for Senior Level Healthcare Executive

In early 2021, Arkansas Hospice announced that President & CEO Judy Wooten had received the 2020 ACHE Regent’s Award for Senior Level Healthcare Executive. The recognition is given by the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 48,000 leaders who oversee hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. The award recognizes an Arkansas senior-level healthcare executive who has displayed innovative and creative management skills, contributed to the development of others in the healthcare profession, demonstrated leadership in local and state hospital and health association activities, and participated in community activities and projects. To learn more about this distinction, please click here.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Fellow status

Brian Bell, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Arkansas Hospice, has been honored with the designation of being a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM). The Academy is the professional organization for physicians whose professional activity is devoted to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine. The Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM) status is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a physician member. To learn more about this distinction, please click here.

HEALTHCAREfirst
Hospice Honors Award 

Arkansas Hospice was named a 2021 recipient of the Hospice Honors award, which recognizes agencies continuously providing the highest level of care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The distinction recognizes care provided by Arkansas Hospice’s area offices in Berryville, Russellville and Rogers as well as the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home in Russellville

Arkansas Hospital Association
Diamond Awards

Arkansas Hospice’s media team won two Diamond Awards, which recognize excellence in healthcare marketing and public relations. Cards of Kindness, a goodwill effort to send messages of love and hope to those in facilities with an indefinite hold on visitors, received the award in the Special Event category. In the Foundation category, the award was presented for Minority Outreach: “Black, Brown and the Challenge of Dying Well,” a series of virtual events made possible by a grant from The Rebsamen Fund. The awards are given by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations.

2020 Awards 

Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group Best Places to Work recipient Arkansas Hospice has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. This eighth annual program was created by Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Arkansas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. Arkansas Hospice is one of 47 award recipients for 2020. To learn more, please click here. HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award Arkansas Hospice was named a 2020 recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite and Hospice Honors awards, which recognize agencies continuously providing the highest level of care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The Hospice Honors Award recognizes Arkansas Hospice’s Batesville location, and the Hospice Honors Elite Awards recognize the organization’s offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Berryville, Conway, Hot Springs, Monticello, Pine Bluff, Rogers, Russellville and Searcy. To learn more, please click here. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards Arkansas Hospice’s media team received a Diamond Award in the Foundation category for its work promoting Gifts of Kindness. Supported by generous gifts and fundraising events, Gifts of Kindness make a difference in the lives of those in our care who have needs that are not met through traditional means. The media team also received a Certificate of Excellence in the writing category for “Puppy Love: Therapy Dogs Brighten Days at Arkansas Hospice." The awards are given by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. To learn more about Gifts of Kindness, please click here.

2019 Awards 

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas Heart Awards Two recipients of the 2019 HPCAA Heart Awards had special ties to Arkansas Hospice. The Heart Award for Volunteers was awarded to Ronald Kaddatz, who became a volunteer with Arkansas Hospice’s Hot Springs Area Office three years ago after utilizing our grief support services due to the loss of his wife. The Heart Award for Hospice Aide was presented to Edith Farias, a CNA at Arkansas Hospice’s Hot Springs Area Office, who goes the extra mile by providing translation help for patient care and grief support, plus at funeral homes to help with families for arrangements. Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Arkansas Hospice has been accepted as a Commemorative Partner by the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration for demonstrating activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service, valor, and sacrifice. HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award Arkansas Hospice was named a 2019 recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite and Hospice Honors awards, which recognize agencies continuously providing the highest level of quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The Hospice Honors Elite Award recognizes Arkansas Hospice offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs, Monticello, Pine Bluff and Searcy. The Hospice Honors Award recognizes the organization’s locations in Batesville, Berryville, Rogers and Russellville. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards The Communications & Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won three Diamond Awards given by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. A Fair to Remember 2018 – the Arkansas Hospice Foundation’s signature biennial event – received the award in the Foundation category while the Foundation’s  “You Deserve a Hug” end-of-year appeal for 2018 won a Diamond Award in the Advertising-Total Campaign category. In the writing category, “A Stitch in Time” won the award for highlighting a patient at the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home who, over the years, created more than 40 dresses for young ladies to wear for their sweet 16 parties, 15th birthday celebrations (also known as quinceañeras), family weddings and other once-in-a-lifetime events – at no cost to them. In addition, a certificate of excellence was awarded for the 2017 Arkansas Hospice Annual Report.

2018 Awards 

HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice Honors Award Arkansas Hospice was named a 2018 recipient of the Hospice Honors award, which recognizes agencies continuously providing the highest level of quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. The award recognizes Arkansas Hospice offices and inpatient centers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Hot Springs, Monticello, Pine Bluff and Searcy. Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas Heart Awards Two recipients of the 2018 HPCAA Heart Awards had special ties to Arkansas Hospice. The Champion Award was given posthumously to Dr. Reed Thompson, our longtime medical director who was a true pioneer in the field of comfort care through his work at Arkansas Hospice, UAMS and the Central Arkansas VA System. Dr. Thompson’s impact on his patients, colleagues and the organizations he served made a permanent mark that will be realized for generations to come. The Hospice Caregiver Award was presented to Stephanie Parsons, one of our generous donors and the daughter of an Arkansas Hospice patient. To honor her father, Art, Stephanie created Art’s Angels to help hospice patients in need. Both awards were presented at the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Arkansas’s Partners in Care Conference. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won three Diamond Awards given by the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. Arkansas Hospice’s 25th anniversary video received the award for the Print/Digital category, and the organization’s “Family Support with Comfort for All” advertisements won the award in the Advertising – Total Campaign category. In addition, the Arkansas Hospice Foundation’s “You Deserve Our Hugs” end-of-year appeal for 2017 won a Diamond Award in the Foundation category. A certificate of excellence was also awarded in the Special Event category for Arkansas Hospice’s Honoring Veterans event that was held on Nov. 8, 2017, in Berryville.

2017 Awards 

Unity Health Foundation Spirit of Unity award Shari Wells, MSN, APRN, received this award 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 Awards The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won in the Foundation category for A Fair to Remember 2016 and 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 received the Hospice Honors Award, and the Hospice Honors Elite Award was given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center. The awards recognize 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 In addition to being named as the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization, Arkansas Hospice’s signature event, A Fair to Remember, was chosen as the Best Nonprofit Fundraising Event. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards The Media Division of Arkansas Hospice won in the Annual Report category for our 2014 Fiscal Year in Review and 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. Deyta Analytics Hospice Honors Award and Hospice Honors Elite Award Arkansas Hospice received the Hospice Honors Award, and the Hospice Honors Elite Award was given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center. 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. 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 Arkansas Hospice was named a recipient of the Hospice Honors Elite Award. An additional Hospice Honors Elite Award was also given to Arkansas Hospice’s Russellville office and inpatient center. Receiving the honor places Arkansas Hospice in the top 2 percent of 1,700 hospices across the nation that use Deyta’s services. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards 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. Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Grant Recipient 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. Deyta Hospice Honors Elite Award  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 this award, which is based on the combined caregiver survey scores for the Arkansas Hospice Russellville home-based 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 Volunteer Hospice Heart Award 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. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards 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. A certificate of excellence also was awarded in the Foundation category for the 2013 end-of-year solicitation.

2013 Awards

Arkansas Business 9th Annual Best of Business Awards Winner – Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization  Arkansas Hospice was named the Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization in the Arkansas Business 9th Annual Best of Business Awards. 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. 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. Arkansas Hospital Association Diamond Awards 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. Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Arkansas Volunteer Hospice Heart Award Paula Coan, a volunteer for Arkansas Hospice's Russellville office, received the Volunteer Hospice Heart Award for the second year in a row.
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