Jonesboro hospital announces $130 million project

Jonesboro hospital announces $130 million project

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A project that will "change the face of downtown Jonesboro." That is the message St. Bernards Medical Center is sending as they move forward with a multi-million dollar project.

A news release states the $130 million "master plan" will be done in four phases and work has already begun.

  • Phase 1:

Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center: will take about 11 months to complete, with all parts of the treatment center fully functional by Oct. 2016.

On Jan. 4, patients at the cancer center will be asked to enter the center from ground level in the parking garage as opposed to the entrance on Jackson Ave.

  • Phase 2: 

Heartcare Center: changes include expansion of invasive services, the addition of both a new electrophysiology lab and a new hybrid lab and renovation of current cardiac catheterization labs.

Project will start in spring 2016 and is expected to be completed by winter 2017.

  • Phase 3:

New "front door": includes a five-story surgical and intensive care tower that faces Jackson Avenue and new entrances for emergency services with access from Church Street.

The 245,000-square-foot tower will include visitor amenities like a coffee shop and chapel. Levels of the tower will also feature 14 surgical suites and a critical care unit with 40 beds.

Emergency services will be accessed from Church Street and will have separate entrances for ambulance and ambulatory patients.

This phase will start in the fall of 2016 and work on the tower is expected in 2017, with completion scheduled for winter 2018 or 2019.

  • Phase 4:

Renovations within the present medical center, including enhancements of patient rooms, public areas and kitchen and dining areas.

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