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Siloam Springs just recently got a brand new regional hospital to replace its aging infirmary.
“With this new facility, we are able to position ourselves as a regional hospital built to serve a four-county area,” said Kevin Clement, hospital CEO.

The $40 million facility on Progress Avenue, which opened April 28, dwarfs the previous one, allowing for 100 percent private patient rooms and larger operating rooms. It also has a state-of-the-art emergency department, homelike obsetrics unit and advanced medical equipment such as a 64-slice CT scanner and digital mammography equipment.

To guard against deadly storms, the two-story hospital was built with interior corridors for employees and patients to take cover if necessary. It also was designed for patients and visitors to navigate the building with ease.

The improved emergency room comes with a pledge that each patient will be seen by a clinical professional within 30 minutes of arrival.

During construction, 75 jobs were created to help build the 92,188-square-foot hospital. More than 660 yards of cardboard, metal and wood were recycled from the construction site.

SPRINGDALE IMPROVEMENTS

Northwest Health System, which has facilities in both Washington and Benton counties, is building a new emergency room at its Springdale hospital, adding clinics and constantly upgrading its medical technology.
At the Springdale hospital, a $12 million emergency room expansion was started April 2012 and is expected to open June 2013.

“This expansion has been 20 years in the making, and we are very excited that this investment will benefit the Springdale and surrounding communities,” said Dan McKay, CEO of Northwest Health System.

The new emergency room will add 10 beds, 30,000 square feet of hospital space and will allow the hosppital to treat more than 35,000 patients annually. With the addition also comes the creation of 10-20 jobs and a pledge to limit emergency wait time to 15-30 minutes.

Another addition to Northwest Medical Center-Springdale is the new Northwest Robotic Surgery Institue, which is the first facility in the area to bring robotics and robotically trained surgeons who specialize in prostate cancer, urology and gynecology.

Northwest Health also is expanding its clinical services with the opening of the Northwest Primary Care-Jones Clinic at 601 W. Maple Ave., Suite 101. Dr. Marsha Taylor is the clinic’s doctor and is board certified in family medicine.

Also, this fall, Northwest Primary Care-Southside will open on U.S. 71 in south Springdale, providing convenient access to residents of south Springdale and north Fayetteville.

A third clinic, Springdale Health, recently opened in the Jones Clinic on Maple Street. Primary care physician Dr. Carlos Suarez speaks Spanish and practices both tradtional western medicine and holistic medicine. Suarez is board certified in medical acupuncture.

WILLOW CREEK ADDITION

A new clinic also has opened at Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson.

Northwest Neonatal Graduate Care Clinic provides a year of follow-up care for neonatal intensive care unit babies and their families after they leave the hospital to help provide all resources needed in treating any developmental delays. The service will be provided to babies and families from Willow Creek’s NICU and those from Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville as well.

Willow Creek was able to recruist a maternal fetal medicine specialist last February. Dr. Bernard Canzoneri works in concert with local obstetricans to manage high-risk pregnant women in the area who previously had to travel out of the area for such treatment.

BENTON COUNTY ADVANCEMENTS

Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville recently was chosen by the Arkansas Department of Health to be one of 20 pilot hospitals that will use telemedicine technology to connect emergency room doctors to neurologists in Little Rock. These neurologists are available around the clock to diagnose strokes.

The Bentonville hopsital also opened a new catheterization lab along with a new outpatient diagnosis center.
Northwest Medical Plaza at Sugar Creek in Bella Vista is a new primary and multispecialty clinic set to open in August. Specialty care will include cardiology and podiatry. The clinic will have extended and weekend hours.
In 2011, Mercy Medical Center in Rogers finished a $5.5. million renovation that encompassed about 10,000 square feet. The project included the addition of a separate second-floor entrance, a private discharge area, a pre-procedure and post-procedure unit with 11 beds dedicated to cardiac patients, a fourth catheterization lab and a new cardiac-imaging suite.

The initial work also included the addition of the Artis — the state’s first multiaxis C-arm system. This new C-arm allows doctors to view and photograph hard-to-see arteries while lessening the invasiveness of certain procedures.

The second phase of the renovation provided a second-floor bridge connector from Mercy Physicians Plaza to the new hospital entrance, an improved discharge exit, and additional parking for cardiac patients.

Scott Street, CEO of Mercy, said the only constant in health care is change.

“We ask ourselves, ‘How do we change our process, protect our people and stay true to our calling?’ It is that intentional, analytical and prayerful response to change that makes Mercy unique among health-care providers and successful in our approach to the community’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs,” he said.
Washington County

UPGRADES

Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville recently made groundbreaking accreditation strides, opened the Willard Walker Hospice Home and added several new clinics.

The Walker Heart Institute in 2011 achieved full Heart Failure Accreditation status last year from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, becoming the only health-care facility in Arkansas to earn this certification. With its additional 2010 accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), Washington Regional became the state’s first hospital — and only the 23rd in the nation — to achieve dual accreditation.
Dr. Soliman A. Soliman, who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology, and Dr. Robert C. Jaggers, a cardiovascular surgeon who is board-certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery, both joined the Washington Regional medical staff this year.

To help improve women’s health through awareness and action, Walker Heart Institute has added services to prevent, diagnose and treat women’s heart disease. Along with a complete assessment supervised by a cardiologist, patients receive one-on-one consultations with an advanced-practice nurse who specializes in cardiac care, as well as an integrated team of registered dietitians and exercise specialists.

Washington Regional Hospice recently added an inpatient hospice home. With an initial $2 million gift from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, the 24,500-square-foot facility was built on 4.5 acres at 325 E. Longview St. near the main hospital. It features 12 two-room patient suites that each provide an area for family members, as well as a private terrace or balcony. While more than 90 percent of Washington Regional Hospice’s care is provided in patients’ homes, the Willard Walker Hospice Home is designed for patients who need more skilled care than family or other caregivers can provide at home.

Washington Regional’s network of clinics and services also expanded recently by adding:

• Washington Regional Rheumatology Clinic
• Washington Regional Sleep Medicine
• Harrison Family Practice Clinic

For older adults, Washington Regional has implemented a geriatric resource nurse program. The GRN program is one component of the national NICHE designation (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders).

 
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