JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After years of planning, construction, and preparation, the new NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital campus on Johnson Avenue opened its doors at 6 am Sunday.
"We've been preparing for this day for several years," said NEA Baptist CEO Brad Parsons. "Today is the combination of a lot of planning, scenarios and training, but we know that we're ready to take great care of our patients."
Patients awaited their turn to make their way to a new room. The man power to get them there was a combination of different types of medical personnel.
"We're working closely with our EMS teams, Medic One and Emerson to make sure patients are taken care of in the best possible way," said Parsons.
The emergency room is now accepting patients at the new 85 acre campus. Both hospitals will remain open until all patients have been transported to the new facility. Ambulances have been brought in to move the patients in a non-emergency transport capacity.
If you have an emergency, both hospitals are open until patients have been moved to the new campus. That is expected later today. Patients with scheduled visits received notification on where to go earlier this month.
Construction began approximately four years ago on the $400 million hospital, clinic, and cancer center. In December, Wallace and Jamma Fowler donated $5 million for the cancer center's patients. The hospital named the center in their honor.