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NEA Baptist Hosts Groundbreaking for NEA Baptist Center for Cancer Care

NEA Baptist Health System hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the NEA Baptist Center for Cancer Care on Thursday, Jan.26, 2012 at 4808 East Johnson in Jonesboro, Ark.  The NEA Baptist Center for Cancer Care will be constructed on the northwest corner of NEA Baptist's new, 80 acre medical campus.  The campus, currently under construction, also will include NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital and NEA Baptist Clinic specialty offices when completed. The only facility of its kind in Northeast Arkansas, the 34,000-square-foot center combines all components of cancer care under one roof—from diagnosis to chemotherapy treatments to radiation to support and educational resources. Patients will receive high-quality care without having to endure the added emotional and physical stress of traveling between locations for doctor appointments and treatment.  

"We are excited to be able to provide another service not only to the people of Jonesboro, but to the entire Northeast Arkansas region," said Paul Betz, administrator and CEO of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.  "This additional building project on our new medical campus combines the oncology and radiation therapy services, along with other areas of the hospital and clinic to add yet another dimension of integrated health care, but this time, it is focused entirely on the treatment of cancer." NEA Baptist Clinic physicians Ronald Blachly, MD, Allen Nixon, Jr., MD and Carroll Scroggin, Jr., MD will move their practices to the NEA Baptist Center for Cancer Care upon completion of the construction project in the summer of 2013.  

"It is a privilege for us at NEA Baptist Clinic oncology to take care of our cancer patients, and we are humbled by the trust they and their families place in us," said Dr. Carroll Scroggin, Jr.  "We are dedicated to improving cancer care and treatment in Northeast Arkansas and the Center for Cancer Care will be symbolic of this commitment to our community for years to come."

Other service areas of NEA Baptist Clinic and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital focused on cancer care will relocate to the new center.  Patients will have onsite access to the NEA Baptist Clinic Clinical Research department for participation in research study opportunities. NEA Baptist Clinic is actively recruiting and signing physicians for the Center. This comprehensive approach for cancer care further exemplifies NEA Baptist Health System's commitment to bringing integrated health care to the Northeast Arkansas community. 

The radiation oncology portion of the facility will house the state of the art technology providing the facility the capacity to treat cancer patients that need radiation. This technology includes a linear accelerator and a CT simulator.  The infusion area is designed to provide patients with the most comfortable experience possible. Twenty infusion chairs divided into five-chair pods will overlook an exterior healing garden. In addition, there are two private rooms with infusion beds. The infusion process takes approximately four hours; therefore, each patient chair is equipped with a personal TV, a curtain for privacy and wireless internet to help patients pass the time. 

The medical oncology area is also equipped with 12 exam rooms. A highlight of the building, designed by architectural firm Earl Swensson Associates Inc., features a circular tower that will be the home of HopeCircle - an NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation program that supports patients and families of those who have been diagnosed with an illness, such as cancer. The mission of HopeCircle is to provide a community of hope, support, and educational programming to meet the needs of anyone diagnosed and living with a catastrophic illness.  HopeCircle will house a library full of resources and a group meeting room for patients and their loved ones, as well as an area with wigs, hats and blankets. These items are all free of charge. 

We want our patients to receive the best care and treatment possible when fighting cancer.  Having the physicians and services, as well as the support and resources available in one location will benefit all parties involved," said Darrell King, CEO of NEA Baptist Clinic. "We are proud to be a part of bringing these outstanding services to our community."

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