Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs Implements MRI Known For Calming Care Experience

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark.Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs recently implemented an enhanced, state-of-the-art MRI technology that is shown to create a more calming experience for patients.

“We are dedicated to investing in technology like the Philips Ambient Experience in the rural areas of Arkansas,” said Kevin Storey, president of Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs. “This MRI is yet another way for us to transform the care experience and better serve our patients.”

The Philips Ambient Experience MRI integrates dynamic lighting, video projection and audio components to soothe anxiousness. The relaxation techniques delivered by the technology in turn contribute to a more smooth completion of MRI examinations. 

Medical scans can be scary for anyone, but for children in particular, they may be traumatic. The Ambient Experience distracts children using these components to reassure, coach and relax them when they are about to undergo a medical treatment.

A survey of the MRI technology showed an 80 percent reduction in sedation and 70 percent reduction in rescans. Of the respondents, 83 percent rated the Ambient Experience as impactful in alleviating patient anxiety.

Since its opening in 1968, Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs has remained committed to serving Heber Springs and surrounding communities with a complete range of medical services and support groups. 

Learn more about the hospital and its services by visiting its website at or by calling Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, 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