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WCMC Welcomes Neurosurgeon to Community
Sep 20, 2011
White County Medical Center welcomes Neurosurgeon Gregory Ricca, M.D., to the medical community. Dr. Ricca has joined Searcy Medical Center his office is at the White County Surgery Center.

Dr. Ricca has been in practice for more than 20 years; part of that time was spent in solo practice at the Ricca Neurosurgical Clinic in Jonesboro. He established the clinic with a goal of providing outstanding neurosurgical care to patients in a friendly, customer-service oriented environment. In his practice, Dr. Ricca’s philosophy is to deliver medical care in a compassionate environment for patients and their families. He devotes quality time to each patient to ensure their questions are answered and they are prepared for surgery.

As the first physician in Arkansas to perform minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery, Dr. Ricca is an expert in neurosurgery and also specializes in complex adult spinal reconstruction, which is rare because so few neurosurgeons perform such a high-level procedure.

Dr. Ricca has worked as a consultant with several biomedical companies on developing techniques for spinal fusion surgeries and has taught spinal fusion techniques to hundreds of surgeons at seminars and conferences. He is a member of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Ricca is equally passionate about aviation and is an avid pilot. He is a certified flight instructor on single- and twin-engine aircraft and works as a ground and flight instructor for the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program, for which he helped write the educational material. Also, Dr. Ricca serves in an appointed role as a special consultant to the Federal Aviation Administration and works directly with staff at the FAA office in Washington, D.C.

Finally, Dr. Ricca is the owner and operator of Happy Bull Ranch near Hardy, Ark., where he and his ranch staff raise grass-fed, grass-finished, hormone-free cattle and sheep. In only its second year of operation, the ranch received the Good Stewardship Award of Sharp County for their progressive leadership in improving the quality of the environment and caring for the land.

Dr. Ricca sees patients on Thursdays by physician referral only at the White County Surgery Center, located at 710 Marion St.; beginning in January 2012, he will see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to create a healthy community by providing quality patient care and participating in community health events. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in Searcy with more than 1,500 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.

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