Northwest Health opens standalone ER in Fayetteville

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Northwest Health opened a standalone emergency department at 6 a.m. Tuesday (March 17). The location is just off Interstate 49 and exit 62 at 1255 S. Shiloh Drive in Fayetteville, the site of the former Clarion Hotel. The Springdale-based health system said the new ER is a 10,300-square-foot facility with advanced technology, including a CT scanner. It’s also designated as a Level IV trauma center through the Arkansas Department of Health and it’s an extension of the services at Northwest Health Hospital in Siloam Springs. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The cost of the new facility came to $9.5 million, according to Denten Park, regional market CEO for Northwest Health.

Dr. Danelle Richards serves as medical director for emergency services for Northwest Health while Dr. Joe Olivi serves as the medical director of trauma services. Tiffany Means is the department director for emergency services.

“We’re excited to expand our presence in the community of Fayetteville and to provide service closer to a number of other cities [near] Fayetteville, including Farmington, Prairie Grove, West Fork, Elkins and Lincoln,” Park said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to provide faster access to emergency care for more people.”

The provider said the facility has 11 patient treatment rooms with three triage exam rooms. All rooms are private and equipped to care for individuals of all ages. A trauma exam room will assist the team in caring for critically ill or injured people and an ambulance bay is located on the south side of the building.

Northwest Health said there is also a specialized room for the safe care of psychiatric patients and a negative pressure room for patients who may require isolation care.

There is decontamination equipment for treating patients with chemical burns or exposure. Northwest Health said the on-site laboratory will assist with blood analysis and processing of other diagnostics specimens.

The clinic also provides respiratory therapy services as well as CT scanner, ultrasound and X-ray equipment to assist with diagnosing injuries and illness.