It's been in the planning stages for years but now it's official after serving the Texarkana area for more than 120 years, Wadley Regional Medical Center will soon break ground on a new state-of-the-art hospital northwest of its current downtown location. 

According to a press release, the $227 million facility–which will feature a Medical Office building and offer a full range of hospital services including a 24/7 emergency room, orthopedics, cardiovascular area, neurosurgery, maternity care, and other outpatient services and is slated to open in May 2024. The new hospital will have 123 beds with the ability to expand up to 291. An official groundbreaking planned for September and construction expected to take approximately 32 months.

“A new hospital in the fastest-growing part of Texarkana will further solidify Wadley Regional Medical Center’s legacy of providing high-quality care to our neighbors,” said Tom Gilbert, President of Wadley Regional Medical Center and Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope."

Wadley’s current location at 1000 Pine will remain fully operational while construction of the new 254,000 square-foot hospital and 143,000-square-foot Medical Office building is underway at the corner of University Ave and West Park Blvd.

As part of the Steward Health Care family, the nation’s largest physician-owned health care network, Wadley is the latest Texas hospital to benefit from a major investment by the Dallas-based company. In addition to building a new hospital in Texarkana, Steward Health Care recently kicked off a $92million renovation project at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Houston and has also invested $14 million in improvements to Odessa Regional Medical Center.

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