(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to show that the project requires board approval.)
Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff is planning its $180 million replacement.
The project is contingent on approval by JRMC's board. But it has a tentative construction start date of mid-2020.
“Jefferson Regional Medical Center sought a new vision for its facility — incorporating quality and value within a realistic budget,” TEG Architects of Jeffersonville, Indiana, said on its website.
The nearly 300,000-SF project would include new construction and renovations. It would feature a six-story tower and have about 200 hospital beds.
TEG said the design of the project involved more than 120 hours of meetings with more than 70 doctors across 36 hospital departments.
The project also will feature a 77,000-SF renovation of JRMC’s existing north tower, a 21,000-SF support building and a 19,000-SF central energy plant, TEG said on the website.
JRMC will use bonds and “a significant amount” of investments that it has accumulated over the years to pay for the work, according to JRMC CFO Bryan Jackson.
He said the new hospital will replace one that’s about 60 years old and mark the largest construction project the nonprofit has ever undertaken. But some of the current hospital will remain.
“We’re not replacing the whole hospital,” he said. “It’s probably two-thirds of our current building.
“What we build and how we build it … is going to impact how health care is delivered for the next three to four generations,” Jackson said. “Certainly, you want to be very deliberate in your preparation and get it right.”