As part of Arkansas Children's Hospital's master plan, they are hoping to build new facilities in underserved parts of the state.
If the City agrees to lease the land to the hospital, the first facility could be built in the Southwest Little Rock.
Arkansas Children's Hospital is going statewide.
"What we are trying to do is extend our care that has been traditionally delivered the Little Rock big campus. Here, it means a clinic. Up in Northwest Arkansas, it means a hospital. In other parts of the state, it may be telemedicine or other things”, explains Dr. Robert Steele, Chief Strategic Officer for ACH.
The Hospital hopes to lease part of the Southwest Community Park from The City for a pediatric clinic.
"There will be a little bit of initial parking in this narrow portion and then it begins to widen out over here where there will be additional parking. The building will actually be set back further into the woods”, the Doctor explains as we walk through the proposed lot on Dailey Drive.
The relationship between the Hospital and the City is part of the City's Master Plan called: A City in a Park. That plan brings resources closer to the people that need them most. It includes public transportation and pedestrian-friendly growth.
The clinic's neighbors would be a Police station, a Library, the recreation center, and a Health department.
She says a the proposed clinic could fill a gap in healthcare in the southwest community.
"There's problems with transportation. There's a problem with the language barrier. And with the clinic in Southwest Little Rock, you'll have a concentration of the bilingual providers, and interpreters, so that will better ensure healthcare."
The Southwest Little Rock Clinic, would be bilingual, have 15 beds, and would serve kids only.