Northwest Arkansas offers exceptional healthcare options. From cardiac, to neurology to pediatric care, Northwest Arkansas is well covered, and continues to invest in future growth.
Two current projects — the construction of a Children’s Hospital and a major expansion focused on women’s health and neonatal care at Washington Regional Medical Center —will advance health care options in Northwest Arkansas.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital recently announced the construction of a new campus in Northwest Arkansas, as part of their plan to provide Arkansas with excellent pediatric care. It is estimated that the pediatric population in Northwest Arkansas is growing two-to three-times faster than in any other part of the state. The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Hospital will allow 70% of NWA residents to access specialized pediatric care in 30 minutes or less.
Just one year after completing a $60 million expansion, Washington Regional Medical Center has announced a $44M expansion that will add 23,850 square feet of new space for operating rooms, the catheterization lab, and 20 additional beds in the hospital’s critical care unit. The plans also call for a robotic operating room. The project is set to be completed in early 2019. Washington Regional Medical Center is a level II trauma center, and also currently the largest hospital in the region, located in Fayetteville.
The region’s newest hospital, Mercy Northwest Arkansas, has over 30 clinics in cities including Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton, Lowell, Rogers and Springdale. Mercy’s also has a medflight helicopter available to residents 24/7.
Mercy recently announced a quarter-billion dollar investment into a five year, strategic plan. The community-presence plan focuses on access to basic and specialized healthcare by expanding physical infrastructure and adding healthcare jobs.
What this means, is that we’ll start seeing more primary and specialized health clinics throughout Benton and Washington County. Mercy will continue to focus and expand their capacity to serve their specialities – heart and vascular care, and women’s and children’s services. They’ll also be adding a new tower and almost 100 new inpatient beds.
Northwest Health System is the region’s second largest healthcare provider, with three hospitals in Bentonville, Springdale and Johnson, and numerous clinics throughout the region. They offer specialized cardiac and neonatal intensive care.
Additionally, Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have a Veterans Health Administration Hospital. The VA provides outpatient services, including counseling and access to support groups.