Healthcare organisation Baptist Health has started construction of a new 96-bed hospital on the west side of Interstate 40 in Conway, Arkansas, US.
Being built on a 37-acre site, the new Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway will feature a 216,000ft² area, eight operating rooms and a Level III trauma-centre emergency room.
The organisation has partnered with more than 30 Conway-based physicians to build the new medical centre, which will operate as a not-for-profit, faith-based community hospital offering clinical services.
Baptist Health said the $130m project would create nearly 250 jobs during the construction stage, and around 425 healthcare professionals and staff will be appointed at the time of its completion.
GSR Andrade has been selected to provide architectural design services for the project, while CDI serves as the general contractor.
Baptist Health president and CEO Troy Wells said the new hospital will enable the organisation to expand its services to the residents of the Conway area.
"Conway and the surrounding areas deserve the best in healthcare services, and we can’t wait to meet their needs in a state-of-the-art facility," Wells added.
"Not only will this new hospital serve this community’s health needs, but it will also contribute to an increase in local employment and it will help to attract new businesses."
Once completed in 2016, the new three-storey medical centre will cater to the healthcare needs of Faulkner County and surrounding areas.