Legacy of Firsts

Legacy of Firsts at CHI St. Vincent

  • St. Vincent Morrilton first and only hospital in Arkansas to achieve Pathway to Excellence® designation from American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (2014)
  • St. Vincent Hot Springs is the first in the state to perform LINQ implantable heart monitor (2014)
  • State’s first to perform LINX reflux surgery (2013)
  • State’s first to provide drug-free treatment for severe asthma bronchial thermoplasty (2013)
  • First (and only) Arkansas hospital to earn ANCC Magnet status (2013)
  • First Cardiac Hybrid operating room (2012)
  • First in-hospital Peripheral Arterial Disease Care Center (2007)
  • First chest pain center accreditation (2006)
  • First live orthopedic surgery (2006)
  • First multiplace hyperbaric chamber (2006)
  • First hospital for Spine Disc Replacement (2005)
  • First in Arkansas to provide private rooms for all orthopaedic patients (2004)
  • First in Arkansas to hire Vice-President of Orthopedic service line (2004)
  • First hospital in State of Arkansas to perform Lumbar Disc Replacement (2004)
  • First hospital in State of Arkansas with medical Cyclotron (2003)
  • First hospital in State of Arkansas with a comprehensive Memory Center (2003)
  • First Cyclotron for non-teaching purposes ( 2003)
  • First hospital to open a Memory Center (2002)
  • First hospital in State of Arkansas to perform Computer Assisted Orthopedic Surgery (2002)
  • First hospital in State of Arkansas with Adult Electrophysiology Lab with Bi-Plane Capabilities (2002)
  • First hospital to offer PET / Fusion (2002) First hospital in Central Arkansas to perform Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (2002)
  • First implants of aortic connector / coronary artery bypass surgery (2001)
  • First hospital in Arkansas to perform aortic stent graft placement (2000)
  • First hospital in Arkansas to perform vertebroplasty (1999)
  • First acute care facility in Sherwood (1999)
  • First in Arkansas to establish a Joint Replacement Unit (1996)
  • First hospital to introduce church-based Health Ministry Program (1996)
  • First hospital in State to offer full-service occupational medicine program (MedWorks - 1996)
  • First hospital in State to perform minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery (1996)
  • First hospital in State to perform rotablator procedure (1994)
  • First hospital to offer preschool immunization program (Project Guardian Angel - 1993)
  • First Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in State of Arkansas (1995)
  • First hospital in Arkansas to create a Center for Health Education (1988)
  • First hospital in Arkansas to perform percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty (1987)
  • First hospital in Arkansas to open Sleep Disorder Center (1987)
  • First hospital in Arkansas to offer extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (1985)
  • First site of CARTI (1976)
  • First hospital in State to open an intensive care nursery (1972)
  • First hospital to form Department of Nuclear Medicine (1972)
  • First School of Nuclear Medicine Technology (1969)
  • First hospital in State of Arkansas to perform arteriogram (1967)
  • First hospital to follow Little Rock’s westward growth with development of new acute care center (1954)
  • First hospital Women’s Auxiliary formed (1953)
  • First hospital in the state certified by JCAHO (1920)
  • First hospital to open hospital-based nursing school (1906)
  • First hospital in Central Arkansas, founded in 1888

Other Notable Accomplishments

  • CHI St. Vincent Infirmary named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac, Orthopaedic and Spine Care by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield (2013)
  • CHI St. Vincent Infirmary ranked No. 1 hospital in Arkansas by U.S. News & World Report (2013)
  • CHI St. Vincent West opens and includes family practice physician offices, the CHI St. Vincent Urgent Care Center, and CHI St. Vincent Sleep Disorders Center (2011)
  • Arkansas Neuroscience Institute opens (2009)
  • Opened all-new Emergency Department at St. Vincent Infirmary (2008)
  • Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success, ranked St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center one of the nation's top 100 facilities for general orthopedics; as well as, for two specialties: knee replacement and fracture repair. (1999 HCIA Study, Top 100 Hospitals)

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