Baptist Health La Clínica del Pueblo Opens for Spanish-Speaking Community

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Baptist Health recently opened a primary care clinic in Fort Smith that aims to help eliminate language barriers for Spanish-speaking residents seeking health care services in the River Valley.

Wilson Cruz, MD, is now accepting new patients at Baptist Health La Clínica del Pueblo, located at 4700 Kelley Highway, Suite B. While the clinic is open to anyone, Dr. Cruz and his staff are all able to speak both English and Spanish in hopes of eliminating the communication issues patients often have, and will also allow the patient to speak directly to their healthcare providers instead of depending on a family member to translate.

“Being able to speak to patients in their own language makes it easier to help them understand the issues with their health and what they need to do,” said Dr. Cruz.

Dr. Cruz has practiced medicine in the River Valley since 2012 and can treat patients of all ages for a wide variety of health concerns including:

  • Adult Wellness Exams
  • Family Medicine
  • Management of Acute and Chronic Illness
  • Preventative Health
  • Sick Visits
  • Joint Injections
  • Treatment for Lacerations

Baptist Health La Clínica del Pueblo is open to both Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Same-day appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. For more information about the services that Dr. Cruz provides or to make an appointment, call (479) 573-7995 or visit


For 100 years, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.