CARTI announced Tuesday (July 7) it plans to build its fifth comprehensive CARTI Cancer Center in Pine Bluff, bringing its statewide presence to 17 treatment locations in 15 communities.
The cancer treatment facility’s planned services will include medical and radiation oncology, an infusion suite, imaging, mammography services and an on-site lab. Construction is set to begin in December 2020 and the project is anticipated to be completed by January 2022.
“We chose Pine Bluff as the location for our newest facility based on patient needs and our desire to bring the most advanced cancer care into the communities where patients live,” said Adam Head, president and CEO of the statewide network of cancer care providers. “We look forward to bringing the communities in southeast Arkansas the most advanced technologies and expertise with the new CARTI Cancer Center in Pine Bluff.”
The project will include two phases. During phase one, patients will receive treatment in an on-site modular building and it will open by the end of the year. It will have an onsite lab, infusion suite with 12 chairs, consults for surgical and radiation and other services.
Phase two will involve the opening of the constructed facility. The second phase will include all of the services of Phase I, plus radiology services, including mammography, MRI, PET/CT, CT and ultrasound, and radiation therapy.
The Pine Bluff medical team will consist of experts representing each of CARTI’s cancer specialties. Together, these renowned providers will provide the region’s patients and families with a team approach to comprehensive cancer treatment.
The Pine Bluff treatment facility will be near Interstate 530 on a seven-acre tract adjacent to Trotter Ford. This will be the fourth cancer center the organization has launched within the past two years and the largest facility outside of its main cancer center in Little Rock. The facility will employee approximately 30 full-time workers.