One of Fayetteville's most attractive quality-of-life amenities is the level of health care available to residents and relocating families. Not only that, but the region's health care sector continues to grow to meet the needs of the community.
In 2018, Arkansas Children’s Hospital plans to open a children’s hospital in Springdale to serve the region's children. The hospital will feature more than 200,000 square feet of clinical space and patient rooms, as well as an emergency room and diagnostic space. The hospital will also have a helipad for the Angel One medical transport, and gardens and nature trails for patients and families to enjoy.
Washington Regional Medical Center plans to invest $1.3 million to add 18 beds to the new Women and Infants Center, and $5.5 million for a new administrative and education center. The Women and Infants Center, which opened in 2017, has 28 patient rooms and 17 rooms for labor and delivery. The center also boasts the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the region.
"Washington Regional is a healing force for Fayetteville and the surrounding area. It is a crucial, major component in the area’s quality of life," says William Bradley, president and CEO of Washington Regional Medical Center. "This is accomplished through a collaborative approach to offering the area’s widest array of services, a diligent focus on clinical quality and easing access to care."
Washington Regional Medical Center completed a $60 million, 100,000-square-foot expansion in 2016 and began planning a $44 million Core Renewal Project, which will add 23,850 square feet of new space for operating rooms, a catheterization lab and 20 new beds in the hospital’s critical care unit. Since 2008, Washington Regional has added more than 100 beds to meet the demands of a growing community. The hospital is the area's only Level II trauma center and is also an accredited chest pain center with angioplasty and resuscitation.
"Health care continues to be a transition, but we expect continued growth at some level for the foreseeable future," Bradley says. "We have repeatedly demonstrated our willingness to make investments to meet the needs of those we serve and care for."
Washington Regional Medical Plaza, which opened across the street from the hospital in 2017, offers a full menu of services, including urgent care, endocrinology, gynecologic oncology and outpatient imaging. Washington Regional also offers a number of community health and wellness programs, such as the Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program and Diabetes Support Group, which serves the community at large and the city's minority population, including Native Americans, Latinos and Marshallese, who are predisposed to being diabetic.
"For us, the definition of community certainly involves the whole community including the most vulnerable within the community. Charity care and other subsidized health services are available to all regardless of their ability to pay," Bradley says.