In late September 2019, Conway Regional Health System broke ground on a three-story medical office building that will provide 42,000 square feet of space dedicated primarily to women’s health services.
“We’ve had expansions on our campus over the years – the latest expansion was in 2013 as many of you know – but this is actually our first ground-floor new building here on this campus in 18 years,” said Conway Regional president and CEO Matt Troup.
The building will house two of the three primary obstetrics/gynecology practices in Conway: Conway OB-Gyn Clinic and Conway Women’s Health Center. Dr. Andrew Cole, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology and a member of the Conway Regional board of directors, said the new facility will streamline their practice and enhance the patient experience.
“We currently work out of two offices, so putting everybody under the same roof is something that’s been a dream of ours for a long time,” Cole said. “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art, beautiful facility that will make us a lot more efficient and create a better experience for the patients.”
Lindsay Henderson, chief revenue officer at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, said the facility marks the beginning of long-term future growth for Conway Regional and for Conway.
“When I think of Conway Regional’s ‘Growing Together’ campaign, I think of more than just a building. I think about the people who will visit this building. I think about the doctors and nurses who will care for those patients and offer support for their families. You are all examples of what creates this growth. Growth happens because this system provides exceptional care. Growth is happening because you are changing lives.”
Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry shared his personal experiences with the hospital and said it’s the people working for Conway Regional who make it an attractive option both for patients and for those seeking to build or relocate businesses in Conway.
“Wherever I go, I see people who work at and represent Conway Regional. From a patient standpoint, it is comforting for me to know you. From a business perspective, you’ve been a tremendous asset when it comes to bringing new people to Conway.
“Whenever someone wants to build, move, or bring a business to Conway, they want to know about the health care options, and they want to know about the schools. When it comes to health care, Conway Regional makes Conway an easy sell.”
Henderson also talked about the economic impact of the hospital – from being a major employer to working with a local contractor to complete construction of the new building.
“Beyond providing care for a seven-county region, Conway Regional is providing an opportunity for our graduates to pursue a career in the health care field,” Henderson said. “For the Chamber and the Conway Development Corporation, this translates into an engaged workforce investing payroll back into our community.
“We have a local contractor, Nabholz Construction, building this 42,000-square-foot facility, and we have the ability to staff this future medical office space with graduates through the partnerships formed between Conway Regional and the University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College, and Hendrix College. As a chamber of commerce, this is a story we love telling; it is a story that is hard to beat, and it is a story not many communities can share.”
Established in 1921, Conway Regional Health System is approaching its 100th year in Conway. Troup said growth has been a big part of Conway Regional’s focus, and that growth is focused in Conway.
“We are not just growing; we’re growing together.”