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NEA Baptist Health System breaks ground on Jonesboro clinic

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NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. NEA Baptist Health System broke ground on June 1 on a new clinic that will offer

NEA Baptist Health System broke ground Wednesday (June 1) on an 18,000-square-foot, multi-service clinic at the confluence of Red Wolf Boulevard and Apache Drive. The facility is being built in partnership with Haag Brown Medical Holdings.

Terms of the deal were not released. It will be the first new construction in the NEA Baptist System in Northeast Arkansas since the opening of the NEA Baptist Hospital in 2014.

“This clinic will be the first of its kind in the region and throughout our entire Baptist system. Combining innovative family medicine, outpatient imaging, and urgent care plus into one building has never been done before. As we continue to improve care for our patients, we believe this model hits all of our strategic goals for providing the right care, at the right time, at the right place, and at the right cost,” said Melanie Edens, NEA Baptist chief operations officer.

The new location will feature Red Wolf Clinic Primary Care (currently Stadium Clinic), outpatient imaging services and an Urgent Care PLUS. The new clinic will be the first in the region to offer X-Ray, CT and ultrasound services in an urgent care setting. Studies show radiology exams are ordered in about 10% of urgent care visits, according to NEA Baptist.

“If there was a bullseye for the best location to serve the needs of the entire Northeast Arkansas region, the corner of I-555 and Red Wolf Boulevard would be it. Urgent Care PLUS will be positioned at the most strategic location in the trade area to serve the region’s medical needs,” Haag Brown principal Joshua Brown said.

The corner where the new facility is being built is near one of the busiest intersections in Jonesboro. About 33,000 cars per day drive through the area. The property is connected to multiple continued care medical businesses along Apache Drive including Southern Pharmacy, ArKids Pediatric Day Center, Arkansas Continued Care Hospital, Apache Drive Children’s Clinic, NEA Baptist Dialysis Clinic and St. Elizabeth’s Place.

George Jared is a reporter for Talk Business & Politics.