Baptist Health Acquires Sparks Health Systems in Western Arkansas


Baptist Health assumed operations of Sparks Health System today.

1,600 employees across hospitals in Fort Smith and Van Buren, as will as affiliated physician clinics in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, will now be under Baptist Health.

“This is an energizing and exciting day,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm around Baptist Health aligning with the outstanding reputation of this team of dedicated physicians and caregivers. We hope to compliment the quality of care that the River Valley has come to expect.”

In July, Baptist Health entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Sparks. The transaction was finalized on November 1 after regulatory, legal and operational due-diligence examinations.

Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith is a 492-bed acute-care facility and will now be called Baptist Health-Fort Smith. Sparks Regional Medical Center in Van Buren is a 103-bed acute-care facility and will bear the name Baptist Health-Van Buren. These two medical centers will increase the total number of hospitals to 11 within the Baptist Health system.

For more than 125 years, Sparks has been a trusted part of the community, serving more than 350,000 people in an 11-county area. Baptist Health will look for ways to preserve the Sparks name and heritage on the campus.

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