Sparks Health System Adds Urology Group

Sparks Health System of Fort Smith added its first urology group for an undisclosed price.

Sparks bought the Urology Group of Western Arkansas on Jan. 1 and renamed it Sparks Urology Group, according to a news release from the hospital.

The Fort Smith urology group has three board-certified urologists, a physician’s assistant and an advanced practice nurse.

The move will help Sparks attract more urologists to the area, said Sparks spokeswoman Jennifer Dreisbach.

"There's a huge demand" for urologists in the area, she said.

With $803 million in total patient revenue in 2011, Sparks was the fifth largest hospital in Arkansas based on patient revenue. It had a net income of $12.3 million in 2011.