BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - As a Region 8 city grows, so do its services.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday in Brookland at Highway 49 and Honeysuckle Road. That's where NEA Baptist Health System is building a new clinic.
Brookland Mayor Kenneth Jones said this is a step forward for residents.
"This is just an excellent opportunity for the city of Brookland's healthcare," Jones said. "As a growing community, there are certain things you need. And when you have a healthcare facility that's going to be of this magnitude it just brightens our future for current and future residents."
Brad Parsons, CEO of NEA Baptist Health System, said that while they have an existing practice already in Brookland, they need something larger.
"With three great providers today we'll be expanding that with future providers," Parsons said. "This clinic will allow us to grow with this community with new providers and continue to meet the healthcare needs of the Brookland community."
Jones said he was thrilled to see them breaking ground.
"We first heard about the project about a year ago," Jones said. "It's been in the works for some time. Any project like this of this magnitude is going to take some time. And once NEA put everything together they came to our planning commission meeting and we knew it was going to happen and we were very excited."
Parsons said the current practice in Brookland is a busy one.
"And we want to continue to grow that practice," he said. "So, to add more providers we needed more space and we wanted to be visible in this community. So, this is a great location for us."
Parsons said he was thrilled to see NEA Baptist Health System grow with the communities they serve.
"This is our next growth at NEA Baptist Health System and we're certainly excited to continue to grow with the Brookland community," Parsons said. "It's one of the fastest growing communities in our region and NEA Baptist is happy to be growing with the community."
"The future of Brookland is whatever we want it to be," Jones said. "We're just sitting in a wonderful place. This development is just another one that we've been looking for. We have some future developments we think are coming. It just makes Brookland the place you want to be. And we welcome anybody that comes, and our future is so bright."
The 7,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed this fall.