The Medical Center of South Arkansas of El Dorado plans to start construction on a $3.5 million cancer center. It is part of a $15 million investment in El Dorado health care, an outlay that began last year with renovations at the 166-bed hospital.

The medical center will partner with Landmark Cancer Centers of Grapevine, Texas, to operate the cancer center. The building will also house the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ regional health education center. It is expected to open in the summer of 2020.

The hospital is expanding, and hiring more physicians and staff. It hired at least 680 to date. Its backers hope to keep more local patients from having to drive up to Little Rock. Landmark Cancer Centers employ prominent oncologists who have been actively involved in cancer-related clinical trials.

Source: AP News

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