New hospital planned in Jonesboro, Arkansas

24 September 2009

The city has approved plans to construct a new $200 million, 250-bed hospital facility in Jonesboro in Arkansas.

Located across U.S. 49 from an existing NEA clinic, the new hospital is in the schematic design stage. The new hospital will replace NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Earl Swensson Associates of Nashville will be the architect for the project.

The new hospital, with about 500,000 square feet, would more than triple the current 138,000 square feet hospital, which opened in 1976. The total bed count might be higher, if hospital executives decide to build the space now and shell it in for future expansion.

Bids will be sent out April 2010 and construction will start by mid 2010. Site preparation could start earlier, under a separate contract. No decision has been made on whether to seek LEED certification for the new building, though executives are sensitive to the energy and environmental issues involved.