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Wadley Regional Medical Center announces plans for new hospital

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Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 7:33 PM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Texas (KSLA) — This is National Hospital Staff week, and leaders at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana used the occasion to make an announcement about the future of the health care facility. They say this announcement will have a huge economic impact on the entire Texarkana region.

Wadley Regional Medical Center has served Texarkana for more than 120 years. The hospital has been at 1000 Pine St. since 1959. But that location will soon change.

“Today I’m pleased to announce that we will be breaking ground on that new hospital in approximately 100 days,” said Tom Gilbert, president of Wadley Regional.

Officials have purchased land north of Interstate 30 at University Avenue and West Park Boulevard. The new hospital will begin with 123 beds and will have the ability to expand to 291.

Dot Trump, who has worked as a critical care nurse for nearly four decades, told us it is time for an upgrade. “Because things don’t last forever, walls, equipment and things like that. So we noticed we needed some new toys.”

Wadley Regional is part of the Stewart Health Care Family, the nation’s largest physician-owned health care network. Dr. Sanjay Shetty, president of Steward Health Care, said the new hospital is a $227 million investment and should benefit the entire region.

“We know that this project will promote growth and local jobs specifically. We believe this project will attract more businesses to the area that is poised for growth,” said Shetty.

Official groundbreaking for the new hospital is set for September. Construction is expected to take 32 months.

This project will also include a medical office building.

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