According to Winston, ARcare’s chief legal officer, ARcare has moved out of the building where the nonprofit healthcare provider rented office space and created a “great place” to demonstrate its commitment to Searcy and the downtown area. I found an opportunity to purchase . Collier.
“This is like a dream come true after a lot of hard work by so many locals,” Collier said last week at the open house and ribbon cutting at 200 W. Race Ave. Center. . There is one in Augusta and one in Searcy, which has grown beyond the space we have in Augusta. These are two nerve centers. ”
According to Collier, ARcare has an entire marketing team, an administrative department, and a legal and compliance team. occupied.” Main Street Searcy’s office is also on his ground floor.
Thousands of community members gathered around the Christmas tree in the lobby on Thursday and blended throughout the facility during the open house. According to ARcare, the purpose of the event was to invite everyone who wanted to be a community space to say Merry Christmas to her and show them their “new finds.”
Collier called the building a “cornerstone of property” that could be filled as a gathering place for people.
Stephen Finley, ARcare’s insurance director, grew up in Searcy and remembers coming to the former Community Bank building for various purposes throughout the year, admiring the atrium, three stories of glass windows and revolving doors. He said he was always impressed. “Having grown up here, loving and appreciating this building, I am extremely proud to be part of an organization that has helped restore, restore and bring this building to life. .. a thriving business center like it was many years ago.”
Collier said the “best jewel” of the converted building is the “Hartsfield Conference Center.”
“Mr.[Wayne] Hartsfield was dear to many of you. “He was the president of a bank.” changed the lives of many through his commitment to serving others.Thanks to the Hartsfield family for their support of the ARcare Foundation.”
Some of what ARcare does outside of collective care is made possible by the ARcare Foundation, Collier said. These include things like “essential medical transport for patients who otherwise don’t have it.”
He said Daily Citizen The non-profit organization “had humble beginnings about 40 years ago” in Augusta. “To date, we will have 75 clinics by the summer of 2023, and 83 by the summer of 2023. We are in three different states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi), These states are Mississippi Cares and Kentucky Cares, respectively.”
In Arkansas alone, Collier said: This part of Arkansas is where we call home. ”
Across the system, Collier says ARcare has 1,500 employees. “Arkansas is our largest state. School-based clinics are a large part of what we do: Searcy schools, Beebe schools, Cabot schools, Rose Bud. Fully functional. In many cases, we take advantage of telemedicine, but children can be treated by either a doctor or a nurse practitioner, depending on the school setting.”
Another service ARcare offers is the Centers for Education and Wellness, which Collier calls “state-of-the-art day care.” In Augusta, ARcare has facilities for children who otherwise cannot afford to go to day care, he said. There is a pediatric clinic there, he said.
“We are developing in conjunction with a downtown Christian church here in Searcy,” said Collier, who believes it will open in January, which he believes speaks to the value of partnership within the community. He added that there were
Collier closed his remarks at the ARcare Foundation Gala at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go duck hunting. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. But happiness for a lifetime.” If you want to help someone, I hope that this building will act as a commitment to this community, a symbol of service, and that everyone who comes there will be inspired to help someone else.”
Amy Burton, executive director of Main Street Searcy, said that when ARcare purchased the building, they agreed to let Main Street Searcy stay in the building.
“They let us in. They gave us a great place,” Burton said. “We have a very strong presence in the downtown area and now the community is much more accessible. Not only is this building our Main Street office, but ARcare is now part of downtown. It has increased traffic, and thanks to the family, the traffic flow in our community has increased significantly.”