Alice L. Walton Foundation, Washington Regional partner on new healthcare system

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The Alice L. Walton Foundation and Washington Regional Medical System on Monday said they will create a new health system as part of a larger plan to improve access to specialty healthcare services in Northwest Arkansas.

The foundation last year announced a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to evaluate which types of specialty care are needed in the region, and then make recommendations on how to achieve those improvements.

A 2019 report showed that many Northwest Arkansas residents currently travel elsewhere for specialty care. Those findings indicated that the region lost an estimated $950 million

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Alice Walton & Washington Regional create health services system

The partnership will give Northwest Arkansas patients access to specialty services closer to home.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Washington Regional Medical Center is partnering with the Alice L. Walton Foundation and Cleveland Clinic to create a new health care system for patients in Northwest Arkansas.

According to hospital officials, the new health care system will improve services to those in the region. The group formed the initiative after a study highlighted that area residents leave the region to receive specialty care.

This new partnership will increase access to specialty care services, including cardiac care, digestive health, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics/spine and behavioral

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