White County Medical Center

White County Medical Center, Home Health nurse Kelly Chism was recently nominated to represent the state of Arkansas as one of the Top 50 Home Care and Hospice Nurses in the country for the 2014 Home Care and Hospice Nurse of the Year Recognition Program. This award is given annually by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA); both professional nursing organizations involved in educating and leading the way in home health care and hospice.

One nurse from each state was nominated by their supervisors for this award. Nominees will attend an annual meeting and exposition in Phoenix, Ariz., where the winner will be announced. The top 10 finalists were announced on July 11 and the final vote will be announced on Sept. 30.

Nominees were chosen by their supervisors based on their exceptional care, credentials, past awards and honors, and the difference they make in the lives of their patients. Supervisors also considered nurses who they felt served as positive ambassadors for home care and hospice and helped inspire those around them to be their best.

“Kelly’s nursing experience in cardiac and her positive, innate coaching style became the foundation that White County Medical Center built their heart failure program around,” said Vicki Pennington, director of Home Health. “Kelly is a highly-skilled nurse who coaches patients and peers to be the best they can be. She speaks boldly on behalf of the patients and home care and is a great asset to our department.”

Chism said she did not realize the value of knowledgeable and caring home health nurses had to their patients until she experienced it first-hand.

“I am such a small part of the amazing work that is done every day at White County Medical Center,” Chism said. “And I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to shine the light for the true ability of home health to change and give lives.”

The 2014 winner will be announced this fall at the NAHC Annual Meeting Exposition. To read more information, go to www.nahc.org.


As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.

In addition to the North and South Campuses, White County Medical Center includes Family Practice Associates, Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas, Searcy Medical Center and Searcy Medical Center – West Clinic, Westside Family Medical Clinic, WCMC Cardiology Clinic and White County Oncology.