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Small Hospital Finalist: NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jonesboro

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Completion of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital’s $400 million campus in 2014 has proven to be only the beginning of the health system’s overall growth to keep pace with the health needs of the community.

“Since that time, the entire system moved over to a new electronic medical record system and has been in constant construction mode for needed expansion projects since moving into the facility,” said Brad Parsons, CEO. “Even throughout the growth, however, everyone from the front line staff to administration has kept a constant focus on the priority of the health system — to improve care for patients.”

The breadth of health care services the community requires has multiplied since the hospital was founded 40 years ago, as reflected in the many centers of care the six-story, 216-bed NEA Memorial Hospital offers. These include labor and delivery services through the Women’s Center; inpatient and outpatient surgical services; an accredited weight-loss surgery program; accredited Heart Attack Receiving Center and heart care through the Heart Center; and inpatient cancer services as well as outpatient care through the freestanding NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.

The hospital recently opened a new Inpatient Rehab unit, equipped with 24 private rooms, a dedicated rehabilitation team and state-of-the-art equipment. NEA Baptist Hospital is part of the NEA Baptist Health System — an integrated health system combining the hospital, a freestanding 34,000-square-foot comprehensive cancer center, and more than 100 physicians and 25 specialties of NEA Baptist Clinic, which is housed in two multispecialty physician structures.

“The NEA Baptist medical campus houses a majority of these serves with a physically integrated building between specialty physician offices and the hospital,” said Parsons. “The system also shares one electronic medical record, offering convenience to both physicians and patients in the continuum of care. In addition, NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation offers unique services for our community, free of charge to those in need.”

NEA Baptist has also been recognized by various entities for providing exceptional care to the patients in the region. The physical and organizational structure of the facility represents the system’s commitment to the future of health care in Jonesboro and the surrounding area as well as the growing needs of patients.

“The integrated health care model allows our patients the ease, comfort and familiarity of one place for all of their medical needs,” Parsons said. “NEA Baptist continues to identify needs in our community. Expansion projects to increase access to our services and physicians are always on the landscape as we look at the future of our health system.”

Almost immediately after NEA Baptist Memorial’s 2014 completion of a $400 million construction project on 85 acres of land in Jonesboro, the medical center identified and started building for the growing medical needs of the community. The hospital, which is part of the NEA Baptist Health System, supports the work of its many internal specialties, the integrated physicians building and freestanding cancer center.

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