Mainline Health Systems, Inc. has been selected as a finalist for the Arkansas Business of the Year Award in the nonprofit category.

The Business of the Year Awards are sponsored each year by Arkansas Business Publishing Group. Arkansas Business readers nominate businesses, executives and nonprofits for the awards, and an independent panel of judges determines the winners.

Mainline is a nonprofit organization in Southeast Arkansas established in 1978 by a small group of agricultural leaders in Portland (Ashley County) who wanted access to healthcare for the people in their community. It has grown from that one small clinic with one physician to a system of six medical clinics in Dermott, Eudora, Monticello, Portland, Star City and Wilmot, three dental clinics, and 10 school-based health clinics in the Dermott, Drew Central, Hamburg, Lake Village, and Star City school districts with multiple healthcare providers. Mainline will open its seventh clinic, a clinic in Rison, this month.

Mainline has 19 primary care providers: a pediatrician, four dentists, four dental hygienists, three behavioral health therapists, and three psychiatric providers.

“Mainline is made up of a team of employees and board members who are high performing and driven professionals that have a heart to serve,” said Mainline CEO Allan Nichols. “They believe in our mission to provide the very best possible care and patient experience to everyone in Southeast Arkansas who desires it regardless of ability to pay. We are competitive and we believe in our cause. Our team has the talent and support to truly make a difference. I believe completely that we are doing God’s work and that is the greatest job in the world.”

Mainline’s goal is to make a difference and fill healthcare gaps. Its school-based health clinics is one way they accomplish that goal.

“At Mainline, we are dedicated to taking care of people,” said Brittany Sears, Mainline’s marketing director. “We not only want to take care of them, but want to make sure they are receiving the best care possible. Being a system of clinics gives us the opportunity to reach many people and to provide them with multiple services. We have wonderful staff that truly believe in our mission. They go above and beyond for their patients. We recently had a young patient who came to one of our school based clinics for an exam. During that exam, our provider caught that the child had a life threatening issue that needed immediate attention. This child is alive today because healthcare was available at the school the child attends. We see countless children who have never received any healthcare treatment. This is just one example of how we are trying to fill the healthcare gaps. We work everyday to fulfill our mission and have big plans for the future. We look forward to growing and having the opportunity to serve more people.”

Last year, Mainline was the recipient of four national awards for high level performance: The Clinical Quality Improver Award, Health Center Quality Leaders Award, Enhancing Access to Care Award and Addressing Health Disparities Award.

The winners of the Arkansas Business Awards will be announced during the 31st annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards banquet at the Marriott Ballroom in Little Rock on March 6.