White River Medical Center Represented on Arkansas Healthcare Quality Advisory Board

Two staff members of White River Medical Center (WRMC) have been elected to a six-member Arkansas quality advisory board. Members of 45 Arkansas hospitals voted to elect Jody Smotherman and Holly Robbins to serve on the Inpatient Quality Initiative (IQI) advisory board. Smotherman will serve a three-year term as quality improvement director, while Robbins’ term as abstractor is two years.

Smotherman is the Director of Quality, Case Management, and Clinical Documentation Improvement at WRMC and Holly Robbins is the CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Measures Coordinator at WRMC.

The Arkansas IQI is a program developed by the Arkansas Hospital Association, Arkansas Medicaid, and Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). The program rewards hospitals that improve the quality of care according to the Arkansas Medicaid Program’s clinical priorities including Care Coordination at discharge, obstetrics and tobacco cessation. Since 2007, Arkansas Medicaid has awarded a total of $16.7 million to hospitals that have participated in the program and successfully improved care. As members of this panel, Smotherman and Robbins will assist in developing new measures and making recommendations for Arkansas IQI quality programs.

The program has earned national attention for its innovative involvement with the health care community and reflects a growing movement toward rewarding hospitals for commitment to quality and providing evidence-based care to their patients. WRMC is the only hospital in the state with two active members serving on the board consecutively.

WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.