Community Chooses Sparks Regional Medical Center Best Overall

For the first time in 10 years, the residents of Fort Smith have made a change in their top choice for hospitals.

Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith has been named a 2013/2014 Consumer Choice Award winner.

The annual awards recognize 277 hospitals consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in the U.S.

Since being acquired by Health Management in late 2009, Sparks has worked tirelessly to improve the hospital’s quality, staff and services. Sparks CEO Charles Stewart says this latest recognition is “further evidence that our efforts are really being noticed by our patients and visitors.”

“We are thrilled to offer this annual award because we understand how important the role of reputation plays in consumer decision-making,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and Chief Operating Officer at National Research. “These winners have done an outstanding job of representing their organizations in terms of high quality care, improvement initiatives, and positive consumer perceptions and experiences. The consumers have spoken. And we congratulate the winning hospitals in receiving this honor.”

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