CHI St. Vincent broke ground Friday (April 27) on a $17 million expansion of its Arkansas Neuroscience Institute. The new facility is being built on the campus of CHI St. Vincent North in Sherwood, Ark.
The new education and research building at CHI St. Vincent North in central Arkansas will be part of a destination neurosciences institute that provides advanced neurosurgery care. The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute, now located at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, will move surgical and clinical operations to the newly expanded center in Sherwood by the end of this year. The education and research center will open its doors in early 2019. Denver-based NexCore Group is the developer for the project and will oversee construction.
“The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute is known for its internationally-recognized neurosurgeons who perform more than 1,000 complex surgeries a year and serve as mentors to clinicians seeking to learn the most advanced, sophisticated techniques for treating neurological disorders,” CHI St. Vincent CEO Chad Aduddell said in a statement. “This world-class institute will give CHI St. Vincent additional capacity to treat patients and improve upon the excellent and compassionate care we strive to offer in the community and beyond.”
The education and research center will be adjacent to the hospital on the CHI St. Vincent North campus. It will include expanded laboratory and classrooms, auditorium, and office space for the institute and for other physicians. The laboratory will be the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a patented teaching model developed by Dr. Emad Aboud, director of the lab, according to CHI.
Work is already underway to renovate part of CHI St. Vincent North to house the Institute. Renovations include the addition of 10 intensive care unit rooms, updated operating rooms, an angiography suite, a new pharmacy and advanced imaging technology including a 128-slice CT scanner, and 3T MRI equipment.
The Arkansas Neuroscience Institute is led by Dr. Ali Krisht, who also is chief editor of the journal, Contemporary Neurosurgery.
“Our ability to serve the people of Arkansas and truly, the world, has been limited only by the amount of space available to us,” Krisht said. “This is an amazing opportunity to grow the Institute, bring additional qualified neurosurgeons to Arkansas and conduct research that will change the lives of people living with neurological disorders.”
Founded in 1888, CHI St. Vincent, is an integrated and community-based physician organization with more than one million patient visits per year. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, an acute-care facility, licensed for 615 beds, is located in Little Rock. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs is an acute-care facility licensed for 282 beds. Other CHI St. Vincent hospitals include CHI St. Vincent North, licensed for 69 beds, in Sherwood; CHI St. Vincent Morrilton, a critical access hospital in Morrilton, licensed for 25 beds; and CHI St. Vincent West, an outpatient campus in west Little Rock. The system includes a network of 300 primary care and specialty physicians, a home health agency, a joint venture inpatient rehabilitation facility, and affiliations with more than 1,000 physicians.