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AMMC and St. Bernards Announce New Healthcare Development in Greene County

Shay Willis July 11, 2012

St. Bernards Healthcare and Arkansas Methodist Medical Center have announced plans that will give a new and distinctive healthcare imprint along U.S. 49 in Paragould.

AMMC and St. Bernards will develop Paragould Medical Park on a 48-acre plot located on the west side of U.S. 49 north of the new Greene County Tech High School. The development will be anchored by a primary care facility.

"The new medical park venture represents another collaborative effort involving AMMC and St. Bernards," says Barry Davis, president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. "The most recent joint venture was the development of the Paragould Wound Healing Center several months ago."

"We are pleased to collaborate with AMMC to provide convenient access to quality ambulatory healthcare services for residents of Greene County, Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri at this new location," says Chris B. Barber, president and chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare.

"The area has nearly 1,000 feet of highway frontage and will be very easy for residents to access regardless of their direction of travel on U.S. 49," Barber continues.

The development will be just south of the route of the new U.S. 412 Bypass.

Preliminary plans call for construction of a large structure that will accommodate clinical offices of a number of Paragould primary care physicians who will see patients seven days a week, including evening hours on weekdays. Primary care physicians already committed to moving to the U.S. 49 location are Drs. Len Kemp, Lance Monroe, Mack Shotts and Dwight Williams.

The facility also will consolidate the clinical sites for specialists who serve patients in Greene County and the surrounding area on regularly scheduled clinic days. Those specialists include neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, behavioral health specialists, nephrologists, oncologists and orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians.

Also available at the new site will be lab services, imaging services, physical therapy and rehabilitative services as well as preadmission testing for patients who will be admitted to AMMC and St. Bernards.

Outparcels will be available for development for businesses such as a pharmacy, a durable medical equipment provider, dentists, branch banks, restaurants or other healthcare providers.

The property is highly visible and easy to get to, and it is in a location that is sure to develop quickly once the new U.S. 412 Bypass is constructed, Davis says. "This development gives Arkansas Methodist and St. Bernards an exceptional opportunity to strengthen our relationship while providing quality primary care and other health services in a convenient and easy-to-reach environment."

"We are extremely pleased with the level of physician interest and support in this project," Barber says.

Formal groundbreaking ceremonies likely will be held in late summer or early fall. And the facility is expected to be ready for use by the summer of 2013.