Baptist Health Breaks Ground on Conway Hospital

by Lee Hogan  on Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 2:50 pm  

An artist's rendering of the new Baptist Health hospital which will break ground in Conway on July 7. 

Baptist Health of Little Rock broke ground Monday on a 216,000-SF hospital in Conway.

The campus of Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway will occupy 37 acres at 1455 Exchange Ave., near the Dave Ward Drive exit of Interstate 40.

The hospital is expected to open in 2016 and employ about 425 workers.

In January, Arkansas Business reported Baptist had already spent $10.6 million to acquire the land. The entire project is estimated at $130 million.

Baptist received unanimous approval from the Conway City Council in February for the rezoning of the land from C-4, commercial, to O-1, office.

Monday's groundbreaking was attended by Baptist CEO Troy Wells and Gov. Mike Beebe.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Baptist Health to expand services to the residents of the Conway area," Wells said at the ceremony. "Conway and the surrounding areas deserve the best in healthcare services, and we can't wait to meet their needs in a state-of-the-art facility.

More: Read Baptist Health's press release on the ceremony here

The facility will feature 96 beds, eight operating rooms and a Level III trauma-center emergency room.

GSR Andrade is providing architectural services and CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock is serving as the general contractor.

Arkansas Business' media partner, THV 11, was at the groundbreaking ceremony. Below is a video from the event.

 

 

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