Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton has broken ground on a new outpatient campus in Bryant, it announced Tuesday.
The campus will be called the Saline Memorial Bryant Medical Campus. It will be located at the intersection of Market Place Drive and Highway 5, just north of the Ashley Furniture Home Store and Wal-Mart in Bryant.
Saline Memorial CEO Bob Trautman said the hospital will relocate existing clinics to the campus and build an outpatient surgery center there. The campus will remain in constant development, he said, as hospital leadership "works through a phased plan that will take up to 10 years to complete."
"We will start phase one by relocating existing clinics like Central Arkansas Women’s Group and Bryant Medical Clinic to the new location, then there will be an outpatient surgery center that will follow in another six to eight months," he said in a news release. "This is a 10-year plan that takes our existing leases into consideration."
Trautman said the need for expansion into Bryant and east Saline County has been growing.
"We identified the need in 2012, after a community health needs assessment took place," he said. "Bryant has been underserved for the last few years as the area has experienced exponential growth. Our goal is to fill this gap and to expand our footprint throughout the county."
Saline Memorial didn't disclose the price of the property it acquired for the project. The property includes an 5-acre lake around which walking paths and pavilions will be developed for employees, patients and families.
"The intent is to develop a centralized location for SMH services in Bryant and to build an identity as the leading health-care provider in the county," Trautman said. "Consolidation of services like physical therapy and imaging services will make care more accessible and user-friendly for our patients. We're bringing in new services as well in an effort to make the experience as positive and complete as possible."