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Centers of Excellence



Washington Regional has long been committed to providing residents of Northwest Arkansas with world class care here at home. We’ve developed Centers of Excellence to achieve that goal. U.S. News and World Report rated Washington Regional as the #1 hospital in Arkansas for the third consecutive year, recognizing Washington Regional as high performing in 12 areas of care – abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, pneumonia, and stroke. Additionally, in a separate ranking, U.S. News and World Report named Washington Regional Medical Center as a 2024 High Performing hospital for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy). This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. Washington Regional Medical Center also received an “A”, the highest grade possible, in both the Spring and Fall 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This national distinction recognizes Washington Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error while in the hospital. As the only Level II trauma center in Northwest Arkansas, Washington Regional also provides the highest level of emergency care available in the region with 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care. Washington Regional receives trauma patients from all surrounding counties, plus areas of Oklahoma and Missouri. 


J.B. Hunt Transport Services Neuroscience Institute

Providing the region’s most comprehensive care for disorders and injuries of the brain and spine, the J.B. Hunt Transport Services Neuroscience Institute offers experts specially trained in neurological care, stroke, neurosurgical care, interventional neuroradiology, conservative spine care and therapy, and interventional pain management. Washington Regional is the first health system in Northwest Arkansas and one of only three hospitals in Arkansas to earn Comprehensive Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission. Washington Regional is also the only hospital in Northwest Arkansas to hold certification in spine surgery by The Joint Commission.


Walker Heart Institute

With the most comprehensive cardiovascular care in Northwest Arkansas, Walker Heart Institute offers the region’s largest team of cardiologists, electrophysiologists and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, as well as a 76-bed cardiology unit. A leader in innovative procedures, Walker Heart Institute offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), WATCHMAN, MitraClip, and many other cutting edge procedures.


Women and Infants Center

Designed to meet the needs of Northwest Arkansas’ growing families, the Women and Infants Center is home to the largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the region and Northwest Arkansas’ only Ronald McDonald House. The Women and Infants Center includes a specialized infant nutrition lab and serves as a human milk depot in partnership with Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank. In addition, two of Northwest Arkansas' leading women’s health clinics, HerHealth and Parkhill, are located within the Women and Infants Center.


Total Joint Center

Focused exclusively on the education, recovery and rehabilitation of individuals undergoing joint replacement, the Total Joint Center provides a dedicated unit and pre-surgery “Joint Camp” program for patients to learn how to achieve the best results from their surgery.


Pat Walker Center for Seniors

Dedicated to the well-being of older adults, the Pat Walker Center for Seniors provides a multi-disciplinary team approach offering geriatric primary care, management of chronic conditions, evaluation of acute illnesses and specialists in memory disorders and movement disorders.