$40 million Conway Regional expansion underway [North Metro Business Journal]

Conway Regional Health System is in the beginning stages of a $40 million capital investment that will expand and enhance services throughout the health system. Projects include additional clinic space for women’s services, a new critical care unit with increased beds and expansion of the hospital’s clinic in Greenbrier. The scope of projects also includes investment in the hospital’s pharmacy, lab and renovation of the hospital’s health and fitness center, that was completed this winter and is open to the public.

“Our patients and their families have always been our number one priority at Conway Regional,” said Matt Troup, President and CEO of Conway Regional Health System. “As a comprehensive health system located in the heart of Conway, our facility must grow in order to expand current programs and continue to add new services, technologies and staff.”

Construction crews are in the process of creating additional parking on the Conway Regional campus along Robinson Avenue, behind the hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center. Additional parking is a requirement before construction can begin in late summer of 2019.

The new, four-story medical office building will provide 56,000 square feet of space dedicated primarily to women’s health services. It will house Conway OB-Gyn and Conway Women’s Health, two of the three primary obstetrics/ gynecology practices in the city. Construction of the new medical office building will also allow expansion of the Conway Regional Neuroscience Center and Conway Regional Pain Management Services.

Conway Regional’s four-story, 56,000-square-foot medical office building is part of the first phase of a $40 million capital investment and is expected to be completed in 2022.

Conway Regional’s four-story, 56,000-square-foot medical office building is part of the first phase of a $40 million capital investment and is expected to be completed in 2022. Architectural rending by Cromwell Architects Engineers.

“In 2018, more than 1,700 babies were delivered at Conway Regional Medical Center,” said Andrew Cole, M.D., a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology at Conway Regional. “With the investments made by Conway Regional and the board of directors, together, we can continue to enhance the care provided to these families during one of the most important moments of their lives.”

“The Conway Regional Women’s Center provides almost every service needed during every stage in life - gynecology, labor and delivery, lactation services, bone density testing, diabetes education and so much more,” said Debra Lawrence, M.D., a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Conway Regional Women’s Center. “Our Neonatal Special Care Nursery was the first in the state to join the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Nursery Alliance to improve care of infants at Conway Regional. The hospital also provides the only 3D mammography screenings in Faulkner County.”

Construction of an additional floor above the hospital’s surgical services area will allow for the expansion of a new critical care unit. The unit will house new technology and 26 patient beds, with the ability to add more beds to meet future needs.

One of the most visible parts of this expansion will be a new corridor along the outside of the hospital connecting the new medical office building, ambulatory surgery center and women’s center, which will create ease of access when moving through buildings for patients, family members, staff and visitors.

The project also includes an expansion of Conway Regional’s clinic in Greenbrier.

“We want to create a presence in the community that is more than just a clinic, but rather a destination for health and wellness in Greenbrier and the surrounding areas,” he said. In addition to expanded primary care, the campus will provide physical therapy, space for specialists to see patients and a fitness center.

The multi-faceted expansion project is phase one of the hospital’s 10- to 20-year strategic plan. This first phase is anticipated to be completed in 2022, with additional projects to be announced. The capital investment is funded by a bond issue approved by the hospital’s board of directors and the Conway City Council in 2018.

Locker rooms and showers were also among the renovations at the Health and Fitness Center View of newly renovated lobby at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center

Renovations to Conway Regional's Health and Fitness Center were completed in the winter of 2018-2019 and included updates to the facility's lobby, showers, and locker rooms.




This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the North Metro Business Journal.