Dr. Mark J. Fowler, an OB/GYN, has joined Sparks Obstetrics & Gynecology inside Sparks Plaza on Dodson Avenue while Kayla Pipkins, a physician assistant, has joined Sparks Clinic Cancer Center in Fort Smith.
Wallace Fowler and his wife Jama of Jonesboro have donated $5 million to the NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation. Officials say the gift is the largest in Baptist Memorial Health Care's 101-year history, and that they will name the hospital's cancer center in honor of the Fowlers.
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.
The dollar tally of large construction projects throughout the state declined in a big way during the past 12 months. The total value of the biggest commercial jobs dropped from more than $1.4 billion in 2012 to about $1.1 billion this year.
Arkansas State University is exploring public-private partnerships to establish an osteopathic medical school in Jonesboro. City leaders said such a school would be a new economic engine for the Delta, attracting medical professionals and increasing the availability of primary care.
NEA Baptist Health System of Jonesboro says it will add 530 jobs when it opens its $173 million medical campus, the largest commercial project in Arkansas, in the fall. The campus also will have a 213,000-SF medical office building and a 34,000-SF cancer care center.