Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA), an independent physician group, recently started construction on a 3,887-square-foot urgent care clinic in Fayetteville. MANA Urgent Care clinic at 1673 N. College Ave. will replace the MediServe Walk-In Clinic at 117 E. Sycamore St. when the facility opens in January 2019 adjacent to the existing facility.
Construction started on the clinic after the physicians wanted to build the new facility to make it easier for patients to access. The new clinic will feature a large lobby, spacious exam rooms and modern design.
“We have outgrown the little house on the hill but love being in central Fayetteville,” Dr. Sam Cooke said. “When this opportunity came along, it was an easy decision.” Cooke and his partners, Dr. Cody Smith, Dr. Thomas Harris and Dr. Zachary Guynn, own the urgent care practice and have a second location at 118 N. Salem St. in Fayetteville.
“Our urgent care services and staff will be the same, but our name will change when we move into the new facility in January,” Cooke said.
The new clinic will have an on-site X-ray and lab, new electronic health record system connected to MANA’s network of primary care and specialist providers, and access to the myMANAhealth portal.
The existing clinic at 117 E. Sycamore St. was one of the first convenient care clinics in the area when it opened in the early 1980s as MediQuick. In 2000, when the clinic’s physicians joined MANA, the name changed to MediServe Walk-In Clinic.
“Urgent Care was not a well-known concept when the clinic joined MANA in 2000,” said Paula Maxwell, chief operating officer for MANA.
On May 31, 2017, MANA completed a $350,000 purchase of a bank-owned commercial property for the clinic. Huntsville-based Today’s Bank was the seller. Fayetteville-chartered Arvest Bank provided financing with a 10-year loan of $976,000.
Milestone Construction of Springdale is the general contractor. Tim Kwasny of Key Architecture in Fayetteville handled the design work.
A grey building was torn down to make space for a level parking lot and foundation for the clinic. The old building had housed multiple restaurants, and the property had most recently been a used car lot before becoming vacant. Several years ago it was home to Cheers bar and restaurant.
MANA Urgent Care clinics are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are part of the larger MANA network of clinics. Across Northwest Arkansas, MANA has 22 clinics and 106 physicians and providers.