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Summit Medical Center Joins Sparks System

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Sparks Health System announced Tuesday that it would change the name of Summit Medical Center to Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren.

The move makes the 103-bed Summit Medical Center part of the Sparks Health System, which is owned by publicly traded Community Health Systems Inc. of Franklin, Tennessee. Officials said the affiliation means patients will have “more access to medical services and providers that are part of Sparks.”

“It will be an exciting year for our hospital,” Anthony Brooks, the Van Buren hospital’s interim administrator and CFO, said in a news release. “We are looking forward to growing and expanding with Sparks Regional Medical Center and continuing a tradition of being there for Crawford County residents when they need us most.”

Administrations plan to add new signage with the name change in the second quarter.

Sparks Medical Center-Van Buren is an accredited acute care hospital that provides emergency services, outpatient testing, inpatient surgical services, same day surgery, rehabilitation services and respiratory therapy. The hospital reported more than $26 million in revenue to rank No. 38 on last year’s Arkansas Business list of the state’s top hospitals. 

Sparks Health System operates the 492-bed Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith. It is the eighth largest hospital in the state, according to the Arkansas Business list, reporting more than $233 million in revenue.

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