With the opening of the new Baptist Health Medical Office Building, two major health care systems are aiming to increase the educational opportunities in Arkansas.
On Monday morning, health care leaders and state officials assembled at Baptist Health’s new four-story, 160,000 square foot building to cut the ribbon. Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined Baptist Health CEO and President Troy Wells and UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson with the building’s inauguration.
The $32-million-structure, located in North Little Rock, will house the Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program. This joint venture between Baptist Health and UAMS is designed to increase the residency opportunities in Arkansas. Starting with 24 residency spots in family medicine and internal medicine, officials plan to expand the program to provide more than 120 spots.
“By working together, Baptist Health and UAMS will dramatically impact the number of residency opportunities available in our state,” Wells said in a statement. “We know that when physicians train in a certain community they are much more likely to stay there after their training. The goal is more physicians for the state, which has a significant physician shortage.”
In addition to the medical education program, the Baptist Health Medical Office Building will also house the Baptist Health Internal Medicine Clinic and Baptist Health Family Medicine Residency Clinic.
Lewis Architects and Engineers served as the architects, Petit and Petit served as the engineers and CDI Contractors served as the general contractors.