Conway Hospital Hits Halfway Point in $32 Million Expansion

Conway Regional Medical Center last week gave about 100 supporters a peek at its $32 million surgery department and obstetrics expansion, scheduled for completion in the first half of next year.

At a topping-out ceremony on Sept. 7, the hospital said it had reached the halfway point of construction. Tour guides took guests through a partially complete east wing, the home of the new surgery department, and one of eight new obstetrics rooms.

"This project will address two areas of great importance to our community and physicians - additional space for obstetrics and expanded surgical suites," Jim Lambert, the health system's president and CEO.

"Surgery has changed dramatically in the last 25 years since our current OR was built. Today we use more technology and equipment so we need to build a larger space that will hopefully carry us through another 25 years of providing excellent health care to this community," he said.

The medical center's new surgery center will boast high definition, digital imaging and advanced surgery technology, as well as minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

The project also will include eight operating rooms, each of them larger than the center's current ORs.

The eight new obstetrics rooms will increase the number of rooms in the Conway Regional Women's Center from 16 to 24.

Construction and installation of equipment should be complete in May. The first surgery cases will begin in June, according to a medical center spokesman.

Fundraising for the project continues. Last week, Bill Farris and Charles Nabholz of the community based ONE campaign, announced that the fundraising campaign has raised $1.54 million toward a $2 million goal.  

The expansion will also be paid for with reserves and external financing.

A rendering of what the completed project.