NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Baptist Health officially dedicated its new Baptist Health Medical Office Building on Monday, Jan. 13, in North Little Rock. Governor Asa Hutchinson was on hand to help Baptist Health President and CEO Troy Wells and other local dignitaries cut the ribbon on the four-story 160,000-square-foot building which houses the Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program.
The Baptist Health-UAMS Medical Education Program is a joint venture with UAMS that started with 24 residents in the specialties of family medicine and internal medicine with plans to expand and ultimately provide up to 120 or more new residency opportunities in the state.
“By working together, Baptist Health and UAMS will dramatically impact the number of residency opportunities available in our state,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “We know that when physicians train in a certain community they are much more likely to stay there after their training. The goal is more physicians for the state, which has a significant physician shortage.”
“UAMS is proud of its partnership with Baptist Health for graduate medical education that will provide more physicians for Arkansas,” said UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA.
Baptist Health Internal Medicine Clinic and Baptist Health Family Medicine Residency Clinic are located in the building. These new clinics serve as new points of access for the North Little Rock community and provide opportunities for the residents to practice in a clinical setting. The facility features state-of-the-art equipment, conference rooms, a resident lounge, shower facilities, an exercise room, a kitchenette and patient care clinical areas. In addition, the new building will house other physician clinics, as well as lab and x-ray.
Lewis Architects and Engineers served as the architect on the $32 million project. The engineering firm was Petit and Petit while the general contractor was CDI Contractors.
About Baptist Health: Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community and over 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The system additionally offers a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. Baptist Health, as the largest not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, provides care to patients wherever they are through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit baptist-health.com, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Pictured from left to right are Mike Perkins, President of Baptist Health-North Little Rock; Melissa Yandell, Associate DIO of Graduate Medical Education; Joe Smith, North Little Rock Mayor; Troy Wells, President and CEO of Baptist Health; Dr. Cam Patterson, UAMS Chancellor; Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Governor; Judy Henry, Chairman of the Baptist Health Board of Trustees; Ken Shaddox, Baptist Health Board of Trustees Member and Pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church; and Dr. Stan Kellar, Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health-North Little Rock.