Alice Walton and Washington Regional Create Health Services System

The partnership will allow patients in northwest Arkansas to access specialty services closer to home.

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — The Washington Regional Medical Center is partnering with the Alice L. Walton Foundation and the Cleveland Clinic to create a new health care system for patients in northwest Arkansas.

According to hospital officials, the new health care system will improve services to residents of the area. The group formed the initiative after a study found that area residents are leaving the area to receive specialist care.

New Partnership Will Increase Access to Specialty Care Services, Including Cardiac Care, Digestive Health, Neuroscience, Oncology, Orthopedics/Spine, and Behavioral Health, for Patients and Families Closer from their house. The regional health system will focus on high quality and affordable health care for the local community.

“The creation of the regional health system will advance our mission and vision, including expanding our clinical, academic and operational capabilities, and continuing to invest in our facilities,” said Larry Shackelford, president and CEO of Washington. Regional Medical System. “Our mission is to improve the health of area residents through compassionate, high-quality care and wellness education, and to act as a hub for clinical, educational and research activities in northwestern Arkansas. This partnership provides the resources needed to take our healthcare services to the next level to better serve our growing community.

A partnership with the Whole Health School of Medicine will be established to create a regional academic health system in northwest Arkansas. There, clinicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and caregivers in the region will learn the skills needed to advance in the healthcare industry.

“This partnership is about access, ensuring residents of our thriving region have easy access to world-class healthcare services, including specialist care,” said Alice Walton. “We are bringing together three organizations with unique strengths, including Washington Regional’s excellence in serving this community, the innovative care of the Cleveland Clinic, and my foundation’s focus on improving access, to provide a broader reach and scale of services to our region and beyond.

Operational plans for the new partnership are being developed. The final stages are expected to take place later this year.

Click here for more information on the new health care system.

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