Arkansas Children's and Jefferson Regional Medical Center announced Thursday that they will establish a new pediatric clinic on the campus of Jefferson Regional in Pine Bluff.
The clinic will provide care preventative care, developmental screenings, community resources, health education and frontline care for newborns.
"Our collaboration with Jefferson Regional through the Arkansas Children's Hospital Nursery Alliance, along with this new pediatric clinic, helps us deliver on our promise to provide unprecedented child health for children in our state," Arkansas Children's President and CEO Marcy Doderer said in a news release. "Arkansas Children's Hospital Pine Bluff Clinic will provide families with the ability to manage wellness checkups, reduce emergency care costs and receive care close to home."
An opening date hasn't been set, but early plans call for a 9,700-SF facility with 15 outpatient exam room. The new clinic requires a $17.5 million investment to cover construction and operation costs over its first five years.
More than $6 million has already been raised for this project, from the estate of Merle and Deloris Peterson ($3 million), an anonymous donor from outside the state ($1 million) and more than a dozen other statewide supporters that include Circle of Friends, the Kline Family Foundation and Arkansas Children's Foundation board members Jason LaFrance and his wife, Cassie; Charlie Whiteside and his wife, Cappy; and Jennifer Buckner Schueck.
"Jefferson Regional provides vital health care to the southeast region of Arkansas," Jefferson Regional President and CEO Brian Thomas said. "This collaboration with Arkansas Children's will assist us with ensuring long-term stability with pediatricians to continue providing the children of this region with excellent care."