Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello has been named “Small Hospital of the Year” by Arkansas Business.

“We have an award-winning team at Drew Memorial, and I look forward to bringing this back to them,” Drew Memorial Hospital CEO Scott Barrilleaux said as he accepted the award at Arkansas Business’ annual Health Care Heroes luncheon on Wednesday in Little Rock.

Arkansas Business Health Care Heroes program honors individuals, companies and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Arkansas, according to a November 7 article by Arkansas Business publisher Mitch Bettis.

Lance Turner, an Arkansas Business editor and the awards luncheon emcee, outlined some of Drew Memorial Hospital’s activities over the last year which cemented its place as a finalist. The hospital’s range of services rivals that of any health care system in the state, with many service lines growing. The Emergency Department received the UAMS-ARSAVES best door-to-needle time in the state for the month of June for quick treatment of stroke patients. And, last winter, the Drew County voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax that will help fund the construction of the hospital’s 51,000 square-foot expansion, which broke ground in September.

The recognition as Arkansas Business’ Small Hospital of the Year comes just months after Drew Memorial Hospital was named by National Research Corporation as the nation’s Most Improved Small Hospital, a designation based on significant gains in “overall hospital rating” scores assigned by patients.

The other finalists in the Small Hospital category were CHI St. Vincent in Morrilton, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro, and Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden.

More information about the Health Care Heroes awards luncheon can be online at the Arkansas Business website and in the November 28 print issue of Arkansas Business.