Washington Regional Medical Center expands to Drake Farms site in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE – The Washington Regional Medical Center on Monday announced plans to expand its campus to meet the region’s growing health care needs.
The hospital bought 15 acres west of its main campus for $ 6.63 million. The property is part of Drake Farms’ proposed mixed-use development on approximately 175 acres.
Hospital plans for the property include facilities for extended hospital services, outpatient surgical services, overnight stay capabilities, outpatient care services and a wellness center focused on personal care, according to a Washington Regional press release.
The wellness center will likely include elements of education, nutrition, exercise and clinical space, hospital spokeswoman Natalie Hardin said. Overall health refers to medical care with an emphasis on the relationship between patient and doctor, she said. The patient participates in conventional and alternative healing methods. The practitioner of medicine considers all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle to create a treatment plan outlining specific health goals based on the patient’s needs, not just a diagnosis.
Construction of the Washington Regional expansion will likely take at least a year to begin, Hardin said. The duration of construction will depend on the size and scope of the project, she said.
The current Washington Regional campus opened in 2002 with 345,000 square feet of space, hospital president and CEO Larry Shackelford said in the statement. It has grown to over 724,000 square feet and the hospital can no longer expand to its main campus, he said.
“The purchase of this property adjacent to our campus will allow Washington Regional to plan for the next 20 years of growth by optimizing our medical center campus for higher acuity services and providing lower acuity services on our expanded campus. on the Drake Farms property, ”Shackelford said.
Washington Regional also has the option of purchasing an additional 25 acres from Drake Farms. The site is owned by Fayetteville lawyer Neal Pendergraft and his family.
Concept plans posted online by High Street Real Estate and Development show a phased project for Drake Farms, including offices, restaurants, retail, apartments and green spaces.
In July, Washington Regional opened its JB Hunt Transport Services cancer support home east of its main campus. The installation was made possible by donations from several donors, including $ 1.5 million from JB Hunt Transport Services. It will provide overnight accommodation for cancer patients, an expanded wig and prosthetic store, and support services.