The NEA Baptist Health Care System held a dedication ceremony for the new, fully integrated medical campus that includes the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and NEA Baptist Clinic.
“We are so thrilled to be offering this new facility to help improve the health of our community,” said Brad Parsons, administrator and CEO of NEA Baptist Hospital.
The new facilities follow the Mayo Clinic model of a side-by-side clinic-hospital campus. The new hospital will be a six- story, 181-bed facility with expansion space for an additional 300 beds. Two buildings will house the NEA Baptist Clinic’s headquarters.
“Having the hospital and clinic on the same campus will be so beneficial to our patients and doctors,” said Darrell King, CEO of the NEA Baptist Clinic. “We look forward to the growing research and technology we will offer to our patients.
The campus will also house a freestanding, 34,000-square-foot, advanced cancer center featuring radiation therapy, chemotherapy, clinical research, as well as supportive services.
Wallace and Jama Fowler of Jonesboro recently made the largest donation in Baptist Memorial Health Care’s 101-year history to create the Fowler Family Patient Assistance Endowment for the cancer center. The fund will expand and enhance support services for cancer patients and their families. In their honor, the NEA Baptist Cancer Center will be named the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.
Along with these new facilities comes a new way of practicing medicine that continues to focus on enhancing the patient experience, from adding doctors and specialties to acquiring new technology.
The new campus is a $400 million investment in Jonesboro and the surrounding counties, one of the largest health care investments ever made in Arkansas.