NEA Baptist Schedules Open House for Tuesday

The NEA Baptist Health System of Jonesboro will have an open house Tuesday for its new medical campus that features a 550,000-SF hospital.

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at its campus at 4800 E. Johnson in Jonesboro.

NEA Baptist projects the campus, which sits on 80 acres, will start seeing patients in January. NEA said 500 jobs in health care were created as a result of the project.

NEA Baptist has said it spent $400 million on construction costs and furnishing the campus, which also includes 212,000 SF of clinic space and a 34,000-SF cancer center.

Construction work began in 2010. With a construction cost of $173 million, the project was the largest commercial project in Arkansas ranked by value. The general contractor was Hoar Construction LLC of Birmingham, Ala.

When the medical complex opens, it will connect the medical office building floor by floor to the hospital. The design will allow patients and physicians to easily move between the two areas, improving access to care, NEA Baptist has said.

The model of putting doctors’ offices on the same floor as the inpatient hospital rooms “is the wave of the future for patient care because of its efficiency and responsiveness to patient needs,” NEA Baptist said on its website.

The NEA Baptist Center for Cancer Care will feature all of its cancer care services under one roof, from diagnosis to chemotherapy treatments to radiation to support, according to a 2012 news release from NEA.

The Cancer Care “project on our new medical campus combines the oncology and radiation therapy services, along with other areas of the hospital and clinic to add yet another dimension of integrated health care, but this time, it is focused entirely on the treatment of cancer,” NEA said in the news release.