Jefferson Regional Medical Center Provides Job Backbone for Pine Bluff

by Luke Jones  on Monday, May. 20, 2013 12:00 am  

JRMC opened its doors in Pine Bluff in 1908 as Davis Hospital. Its revenue last year was $183 million.

In 2011 JRMC gave $306,700 to community organizations like Pine Bluff Downtown Development, United Way, Habitat for Humanity and others. It spent $217,047 on health fairs. The largest gift JRMC has ever made, Johnson said, was a $1 million contribution to the chamber in 2008, the hospital’s 100th year. The gift included funding for healthy lifestyle grants, health assessments, screenings, outreach and educational programs.

Last year, the hospital had 11,000 admissions, 56,000 patient days, 7,600 surgeries, 65,000 outpatient procedures, 55,000 ER visits and 100,000 clinic visits in Pine Bluff and south Arkansas.

(To learn more about JRMC's beginnings, see A Brief History of Jefferson Regional Medical Center.)

‘The Latest Technology’

“What’s nice, too, about the hospital is they do an excellent job of maintaining and staying up on the latest technology,” Nisbett said. “They have a beautiful facility, inside and out. They just completed renovations on their wellness center there at the hospital in Pine Bluff.”

“We are one of the first hospitals in the state of Arkansas to implement an electronic health records system, which eliminates most of the paper trail within the system and allows patients to have electronic access to some of their most important medical records,” Johnson said.

Additionally, JRMC is part of the Arkansas State Health Alliance for Records Exchange, which allows it to exchange health information with other providers. Also, the South Arkansas Referral Network, which is still under construction, will make the referring process faster and easier, he said.

Still, Johnson said, parts of JRMC are aging rapidly and will soon need to be replaced.

“Portions of the building are more than 50 years old, while others are more than 30 years old,” he said. “We are currently working on plans to rebuild or substantially renovate the hospital within the next 10 years.”

As far as other growth areas, Johnson said its outpatient care will continue to grow.

“That trend is already underway, and JRMC will begin moving into more non-traditional settings to provide care, just as other hospitals will be doing,” he said. “Certain therapies and lab work that is currently provided in the hospital will be found more and more frequently in smaller facilities around the community.”

More emphasis, he said, will be placed on preventive care.



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