NARMC announces partnership with Cox to locate in former bank building

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) and CoxHealth will jointly operate a medical facility in the former Bear State Bank building in Harrison.

The former Bear State Bank building located at 1401 U.S. Highway 65 North in Harrison will be transformed into healthcare facility operated jointly by NARMC and CoxHealth.

According to a news release, NARMC purchased the building and engaged CoxHealth to manage the renovations necessary to convert it to a medical office complex. NARMC representatives say the facility will allow, “Harrison residents to continue to receive exceptional primary care, while increasing access to specialists close to home.”

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 mission, vision and values of CoxHealth and NARMC are closely aligned. 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,” says Vince Leist, President and CEO of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center.

Max Buetow, Vice President of Cox Medical Group, says “We constantly look for places and ways we can help patients throughout the region receive the care they need. 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 also says it plan to expand the number of specialties it offers in Harrison through the new facility. 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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