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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center and CoxHealth on Monday announced a new collaboration between the two hospitals that will see a new joint facility in the old Bear State Bank building on Highway 65 North in Harrison.

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center and CoxHealth on Monday announced a new collaboration between the two hospitals.

“In the coming months, the health systems will jointly open a new medical facility in Harrison so residents can continue to receive exceptional primary care while increasing access to specialists close to home,” a press release said.

When the project is completed, the building will house a variety of physician practices from both NARMC and CoxHealth. This venture will offer patients convenient access to complimentary services provided by both health systems.

The facility will occupy the former Bear State Bank located at 1401 Hwy 65 North. NARMC purchased the building and engaged CoxHealth to manage the renovations necessary to convert it to a medical office complex.

“The mission, vision and values of CoxHealth and NARMC are closely aligned,” NARMC president/CEO Vince Leist said. “This relationship will provide patients in our region specialty care without the need for travel. Our common goal is to strengthen the sustainability of our hospital and the provision of quality care in our region.”

“We constantly look for places and ways we can help patients throughout the region receive the care they need,” says Max Buetow, vice president of Cox Medical Group. “This expansion and our work with NARMC are things we are very excited about. We believe they will result in a greater experience for our patients, and, ultimately, better health for the communities we serve.”

CoxHealth plans to expand the number of specialties it offers locally through the new facility, a press release said. These services will be determined in cooperation with NARMC leadership to better understand the community’s needs. Additionally, CoxHealth Center Harrison, which opened in August 2020, will also relocate to the space.

It is anticipated the facility will be open by fall 2021.

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