(Town Crier photo/Yvonne Hernandez)
Parten is a family practice physician in Monette. He is also on staff at St. Bernards Medical Center and also serves as the medical director of nursing homes in Manila, Lake City, and Monette.
"Dr. Parten is a very compassionate physician. He listens to his patients and encourages their participation in the decisions about their healthcare. He develops strong relationships with his patients and genuinely cares that they receive the highest level of care possible. When patients are physically unable to come to the office, he makes home visits when necessary," said Susan Webb, clinical services manager with St. Bernards Home Healthcare, in her nomination letter.
Parten serves a large population of St. Bernards Home Healthcare patients in Monette, Lake City, Leachville, Manila and the Buffalo Island rural areas.
A graduate of Monette High School and Arkansas State University, Parten taught chemistry and physics in Monette before attending medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He did his family practice residency at St. Bernards Medical Center in 1984. Parten opened his practice in Monette in 1988.
"This award is a great honor for me and my office," Dr. Parten said. "I wish to thank my wife, Jeresa, and children Barrett and Olivia, and all my family for the support and help through the years.
"This would not have been possible without the help and dedication of my office staff which are very caring and a dedicated group of health care professionals. I ask that all of us which provide home health care, challenge ourselves to deliver the hgihest level of care, keeping patients at home and keeping them healthy. Finally, Home Health should receive this recognition, and I would like to thank them for their help and dedication to our patients."