JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new hospital is going in the old NEA Baptist Hospital building.
In January 2014, the hospital moved to a new building on East Johnson and left the old building off Stadium Boulevard empty.
Arkansas Continued Care Hospital has now taken ownership of the building and the new hospital is set to open this year.
According to the hospital's chief executive officer, Al Brodell, Arkansas Continued Care will be a hospital for patients to receive extended care from the two hospitals already in Jonesboro.
"When a patient spends three days at NEA or three days at St. Bernards, they will get better but sometimes they just need more time than allotted at short term acute care hospitals, they can now come to a facility like this and get that extended acute care that they might need," Brodell said.
Brodell said this hospital will be like an add-on to the current hospitals in the Northeast Arkansas area.
"It is an adjunct to the medical community at large. We will be another tool in their toolbox. It will be another place to discharge those patients where they can still get great care in our hometown," Brodell said.
After receiving extra care at Arkansas Continued Care a patient will be better prepared to move on to outpatient care.
"It is another acute care facility for patients that need care for a longer time to be able to then go home or go to a nursing home or go on to a rehab facility," Brodell said.
There will be 36 patient beds in the new hospital but there is room to expand to 42 beds if the patient need is there.
The inside of the hospital has been renovated and a few things are being brought up to code now.
Crews are working on new electrical wiring which will take another five weeks, according to Brodell.
The hospital is also redoing the outside awning to expand the coverage and give the outside a facelift.
After construction, city and state inspectors will do a walk-through of the hospital.
Then, if everything is approved and up to code, the hospital will officially open, which Brodell said will happen sometime this year.
Brodell told Region 8 News he was born and raised here in Jonesboro and is excited to be a part of this medical addition to the community.
"There is a hole in our medical care here in Jonesboro and I am so excited to be a part of this project," Brodell said. "I am so excited to bring this to my hometown and to help serve the patients in our community at both St. Bernards and NEA and the surrounding communities."
The closest facilities like Arkansas Continued Care Hospital are in Searcy and Memphis.
Brodell said this hospital will allow Northeast Arkansas patients to stay closer to home while they get continued care from their local physicians.
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