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St. Bernards Medical Center is moving forward on a $130 million master plan that will change the face of downtown Jonesboro. To be done in
four phases, the plan calls for construction that will give St. Bernards a new “front door” on Jackson Avenue and will involve changes and
additions to the medical center’s Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and the Heartcare Center; construction of a new surgical and
intensive care tower and a new emergency department configuration with access from Church Street; and renovation and refurbishing of the
present medical center structure, including patient rooms.Work already has begun on the initial phase – that of the cancer center. When
completed, it will bring all components of the St. Bernards cancer service line together in a single facility on the main campus while providing
space for future growth. Both radiation oncologists (Drs. John Lynch and John Allgood) and medical oncology/hematology specialists (Drs.
Mazen Khalil, Marc Montè and Aamer Farooq) will have offices and clinic space in the same building. The exterior of the ground level will have a
new look, and a covered patient drop off will be added on Jackson Avenue. Interior space will be reconfigured to create an atrium, improve work
flow and enhanced patient experience and to allow ample space for continued growth as St. Bernards meets needs within the region. Square
footage will be added to the top level where the medical oncology/hematology clinic and a 27-chair outpatient infusion area will be located. The
center also will include a laboratory for blood testing and a chemotherapy pharmacy which will prepare all physician-ordered antineoplastic
drugs on site. Beginning Jan. 4, patients currently being treated at the cancer center will not be able to access the building from Jackson. Rather
, they will enter from the ground level in the parking garage. Phase 1 work is anticipated to take approximately 11 months, with all facets of the
cancer treatment center fully functional by October of 2016. Total cost of Phase 1 work will be approximately $9 million. Phase 2 will include
changes at the Heartcare Center that will allow for expansion of invasive services, the addition of both a new electrophysiology lab and a new
hybrid lab and renovation of current cardiac catheterization labs. The first floor of the Heartcare Center will be used for non-invasive cardiac
procedures. The second level will house all invasive services, with construction bringing to six the total number of cath and EP labs. The third
level – now simply shelled in – will be developed as a 30-unit patient prep and recovery area and a separate family waiting area. Projected start
date is spring of 2016, with completion expected in the winter of 2017. Approximate cost of Phase 2 is expected to be $8 million. Phase 3 will
involve construction that gives St. Bernards a new “front door” and changes the face of downtown Jonesboro. It will include a five-story surgical
and intensive care tower that faces Jackson Avenue and new entrances for emergency services with access from Church Street. The 245,000
-square-foot tower will feature entrance into an atrium on the ground level with access to admissions and registration and visitor-friendly
amenities such as a coffee shop, education rooms, a chapel, improved wayfinding for families and visitors and support services for surgery and
critical care areas. The first level of the tower will house 14 surgical suites, along with support programs such as pharmacy and the GI Lab. The
second level will house a 40-bed critical care unit. The third level will be shelled in to allow for future growth and expansion, while the top level
will be a mechanical area. Emergency services will be accessed from Church Street and will have separate entrances for ambulance and
ambulatory patients. There will be seven bays for private ambulance service, separate parking for emergency vehicles (such as law
enforcement, etc.) and a covered entrance

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