CARTI is planning to build a cancer treatment facility in El Dorado. The CARTI Cancer Center South Arkansas, which is in a preliminary planning phase, is expected to be a comprehensive treatment facility offering medical and radiation oncology, an infusion suite, imaging and a lab.
The new El Dorado facility will increase CARTI’s number of locations to 16 around Arkansas and its number of comprehensive treatment cancer centers to five. The healthcare system provides hematology and oncology services in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Conway, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Stuttgart, and Russellville, while radiation therapy is offered in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Searcy, and Mountain Home. In addition, diagnostic radiology is available in Little Rock.
“CARTI’s presence in south Arkansas began 21 years ago with a location in El Dorado,” Adam Head, president and chief executive officer of the statewide network of cancer care providers, said. “Based on patient needs and our mission to provide cancer care close to home, we have expanded that footprint to include additional locations in Crossett and Magnolia. Due to a continued need for cancer care in this area, we are committed to building a comprehensive cancer center with expanded services and treatment options.”
This is the second recent announcement of a new facility in south Arkansas. In August, CARTI opened a new clinic in Crossett. There is another south Arkansas location – in Magnolia – slated to open in October.
“We chose El Dorado as the location for the new facility because we are indebted to the residents of this area for supporting our mission over the past 21 years. They have supported us financially, most recently funding our Heat the Seats Campaign and allowing us to outfit our infusion suite with 28 heated recliners, Head said. “They also support our patients by serving as Chemo Angels and passing out blankets and snacks while patients are receiving infusions. Our presence in south Arkansas is rooted in El Dorado, and we look forward to bringing this community and the surrounding areas the most advanced technologies and expertise with the new CARTI Cancer Center South Arkansas.”