Baptist Health Medical Center Celebrates 20 Years Ed Lacy on Open Mic with Bob Connell

Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs Administrator Ed Lacy on KFFB’s Open Mic he will be discussing, Baptist Health in Heber Springs marks 20th year as part of Baptist Health Medical System. The interview program hosted by KFFB’s General Manager Bob Connell heard at 7:50 am and 5:50 pm, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.


BHMC-Heber Springs will mark its 20th year in the Baptist Health system with a special Reception open to all residents in the community and employees of Baptist Health.

The reception will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the hospital cafeteria, at 1800 Bypass Road in Heber Springs.

The original hospital in Heber Springs, then known as Cleburne County Hospital, opened as a 36-bed acute-care facility in 1968.

But it was a struggling, county-owned rural hospital when Baptist Health stepped in to back it with a foundation for success on November 1, 1996, to better serve area residents.

On that day, the hospital serving Cleburne County became Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs, which at the time became the fifth hospital in the Baptist Health system.

“The local hospital has a long 50-year history of serving Cleburne County and the surrounding area,” said Ed Lacy, vice president and administrator of BHMC-Heber Springs.

“On Nov. 1, our hospital celebrated the 20th-anniversary of joining Baptist Health. Without Baptist Health’s major commitment to this region, it is likely that the hospital in Heber Springs would not have survived,: Lacy said.

Following the success of joining the system, Baptist Health built a new hospital to serve the growth of the community at a new location, which was dedicated in June 2007.

With a picturesque backdrop of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the serene and retreat-like grounds of the BHMC-Heber Springs campus have served as a healing environment for area patients who don’t have to travel a long distance for the best quality care thanks to Baptist Health.