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New medical center comes to Manila

MANILA, AR (KAIT) - The Manila community broke ground on new medical facility Thursday. Dr. Tommy Wagner of Manila is partnering with St.Bernards to expand his practice.

The new building will include more exam rooms and additional services. St. Bernards will lease a portion of the facility that will make it easier for the community to get medical care.

Dr. Wagner is excited about this new partnership. "We've partnered with St. Bernards" Dr. Wagner says. "To move their existing physical therapy and also provide some radiology and laboratory services."

Dr. Wagner says this will increase the access to care for the community and the surrounding areas. "There are approximately 60,000 citizens that live within a 20 mile radius of the facility," Wagner says. "Our hopes are that they will have easier access to care and better access to care and they won't have to travel to the healthcare, the healthcare will travel to them."

President and CEO of St. Bernards, Chris Barber, says that residents can expect to see specialty care offered in their area not done before. "We will also have specialists to come here from Jonesboro," Barber says. "Such as orthopedic surgeons and general surgeons, pediatrics, and obgyns will come here to provide clinic services."

Dr. Wagner believes the facility will create anywhere from 10 to 15 new jobs as a part of the initial first phase. He hopes additional jobs will come in the future.

Construction should begin in a couple of weeks and the facility will open in the fall. The new facility will be located at 3346 Arkansas Hwy.18 on the west side of Manila.

For more information about St. Bernards, log onto this website.

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