Health-Care Services in Fayetteville, AR
The prognosis is positive for patients seeking top medical care in the Fayetteville region, and there's a healthy outlook for area students seeking a local university campus where they can study in preparation for various medical careers.
Leading the way for patients seeking hospital care in Fayetteville is Washington Regional Medical Center, which opened in 2002 and has already undergone a major expansion. That resulted in the hospital now having 366 beds and providing services such as cancer care, cardiology, diabetes education, joint care, neurology, pain management and women's health.
WRMC has won numerous recent awards, including being named one of the nation's Best Regional Hospitals for 2012 by U.S. News & World Report, and receiving a Medal of Honor in 2012 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its success in increasing the number of organs available for lifesaving transplants.
VHSO and NHS
Also serving Fayetteville and the region is the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, which has been around since 1935 to provide health care to military veterans in 23 counties throughout northwest Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. Medical services at VHSO include primary care, mental health care, a women's clinic, pharmacy, social work, surgery and nutrition evaluation.
Meanwhile, in the surrounding cities of Bentonville, Springdale and Johnson, Northwest Health System oversees hospitals in those Washington County communities. A 128-bed Northwest Medical Center-Bentonville is one of the region's newest hospitals, featuring specialties such as open heart surgery, a women's center and a joint, muscle and bone clinic.
A 222-bed Northwest Medical Center-Springdale has provided care to residents of northwest Arkansas for more than 50 years, with a current staff that includes 300 physicians. The first open-heart surgery in Arkansas was performed at NMC-Springdale and that legacy of cardiac excellence continues today.
Also under the Northwest Health System umbrella is a 64-bed Northwest Medical Center-Willow Creek Women's Hospital in Johnson, offering a range of specialties and subspecialties that includes maternal-fetal medicine for high risk pregnancies.
For area students seeking careers in the medical field, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Northwest Campus opened in 2007 to provide convenient educational opportunities in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, nursing and other health related professions. For the fall 2012 semester, the Fayetteville campus had a record 140 students "“ 31 medical students, 51 pharmacy, 35 graduate nursing, and 23 in the health related professions.
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