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Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Still Negotiating with UnitedHealthcareLock Icon

In October, the hospital terminated its contract with UnitedHealthcare with a 180-day clause that has kept the Heart Hospital in network. The six-month period will end in April if an agreement is not reached. read more >
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Arkansas Heart Hospital CEO Lobbies for Higher Reimbursement Rates Amidst LayoffsLock Icon

New legislation is being drafted that would force insurers to pay Arkansas hospitals the average being paid in border states. read more >
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Arkansas Year in Review: Top 10 Business Stories of 2023Lock Icon

Businesses and consumers in Arkansas and the rest of the country spent 2023 in the shadow of rising interest rates. Businesses dealt with other adversity, including rising insurance rates and a deadly March tornado. Other stories this year were more hopeful. read more >
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CEO Bruce Murphy Talks Recruitment, Expansion of Arkansas Heart Hospital

Dr. Bruce Murphy is CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital, which has about 30 clinics. read more >

Hospitals Question UnitedHealthcare’s Rates

Tough negotiations over reimbursement rates prompt another hospital to consider dropping UnitedHealthcare. read more >
From left to right: Arkansas Business Publisher Mitch Bettis presents the Business of the Year Award in Category I to Portable Kitchens Inc. of Little Rock, represented by Martha James, vice president of finance and administration, and Heath Sorrells, general manager.
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McLarty, Murphy Honored at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

Bruce Murphy, CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital of Little Rock, won the Business Executive of the Year Award, and Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty was honored for a lifetime of leadership in business and government at the 35th Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. read more >
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Expanding to Texarkana

A new 21,000-SF clinic is set to open in mid-March. read more >
The new Arkansas Heart Hospital facility in Bryant is expected to open in January, and its Saline County clinic will be part of the 94,485-SF Encore Medical Center layout.
Construction / Health Care

Second Heart Hospital Nearing CompletionLock Icon

Wet weather in 2018 and the pandemic weren’t helpful to construction schedules, but Arkansas Heart Hospital’s second facility is nearly finished in Bryant. read more >
A rendering of the 25-bed facility that Arkansas Heart Hospital is building in Bryant.
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Experts Pumping Up Prevention

As the Arkansas Heart Hospital of Little Rock builds its $77 million hospital in Bryant, it also is working to keep patients out of the hospital. read more >
Renderings of Southwest High School, the Little Rock School District’s first new high school in 50 years, show an aerial view.
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Largest Commercial Projects in Arkansas Top $2.1B

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the roster of largest commercial construction projects in Arkansas topped $2 billion. The 2018 list consists of 160 projects around the state that represent a combined dollar total of $2.1 billion. read more >
Arkansas Heart Hospital broke ground on its new campus, called "Arkansas Heart Hospital Encore," with an eye toward opening in the second half of 2020.
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Arkansas Heart Starts Work on $55M Bryant Hospital

Arkansas Heart Hospital of Little Rock is starting construction on its second hospital — this one in Bryant, set to open in the second half of 2020. read more >
Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock has been treating more patients in recent years even as cardiac procedures have declined nationwide.  “Our new patients are growing at roughly 20 percent year over year over the last six years,” said Bruce Murphy (inset), the hospital’s CEO.
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Keeps Up Steady FlowLock Icon

Even though cardiac surgeries are down across the country, Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock hasn’t missed a beat. read more >
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Names Drew Jackson President

Arkansas Heart Hospital of Little Rock said Friday that Drew Jackson will become hospital president. read more >
Bass Pro Shops in southwest Little Rock changed hands for the second time in five months.
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Bass Pro Sold (Again); Heart Hospital Stakes Out Benton LandLock Icon

The southwest Little Rock Bass Pro Shops, a west Little Rock hotel and apartments in midtown Little Rock are making noise as this week’s trio of multimillion-dollar real estate deals. read more >
Sue Owens
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Arkansas Heart Foundation Names Sue Owens as Executive Director

The Arkansas Heart Foundation of Little Rock names Sue Owens as its executive director. read more >
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It Seemed Like Such a Good Idea (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

I’ve started to think that “It seemed like such a good idea” may be the American epitaph, and manipulating our diets wasn’t even the start. read more >
Dr. Samuel Bledsoe, director of the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at the Arkansas Heart Hospital, says his staff has seen hundreds of patients since it opened the first of the year.
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Weight-Loss Surgery Arrives at Arkansas Heart Hospital

The Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock recently began offering weight-loss surgery as a way to fight heart disease and rising obesity rates in Arkansas. read more >
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Lowe’s Land Draws Deals Totaling $6.1M (Real Deals)

Lowe’s Home Centers LLC of Mooresville, North Carolina, acquired about 17.2 acres at the northwest corner of Kanis and Bowman roads to make room for a new 113,941-SF Lowe’s store in west Little Rock. read more >
Bruce Murphy in 2011.
Health Care

Arkansas Heart Hospital Contract with Saline Memorial to End

Arkansas Heart Hospital of Little Rock said Thursday that its cardiac coverage agreement with Saline Memorial Hospital of Benton will end Sept. 30 after five years. read more >