The Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado is set to begin construction on a new $3.5 million cancer center facility. Construction is slated to begin in June of this year.
The state-of-the-art center will be the first of its kind in El Dorado and the region, providing south Arkansas patients with the peace of mind and convenience of receiving cancer related care and treatments closer to home, without having to drive hours to the nearest cancer center, which had previously been the case for many individuals.
The $3.5 million allotted to the cancer center construction is part of a $15 million total investment into El Dorado healthcare. Of that total, $9 million was allotted towards renovating the patient rooms of the 166-bed hospital. That renovation project began six months ago, and is projected to be completed in the next two years.
The hospital also recently completed a $550,000 renovation of its lobby and café.
All-in-all, the new medical building will stand three stories tall and will encompass 50,000 square feet. The first floor will contain the cancer center, which will be operated in partnership with Landmark Cancer Centers of Grapevine, Texas. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) regional health education center will also operate out of the building.
According to Arkansas Business, the new cancer center will open in the summer of 2020.