24 | CITISCAPES | DECEMBER 2018 INSIDER eter Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center, recently announced Walmart AMP 20|20, a $13.9 million expansion project for the Walmart AMP that focuses on providing outstanding programming and expanded amenities for patrons. “We created a master plan for the development of the Walmart AMP, something that would serve as a blueprint for what the venue can and should look like for the next 10 to 15 years,” Lane said. “We knew we wanted to capitalize on the elements that make our venue unique – providing concerts that you would expect to see in a larger market with the amenities of a boutique venue.” The first step toward that goal is a new five-year partnership with Live Nation, making it the preferred promoter at the Walmart AMP. Trevor Noah, Train and Goo Goo Dolls are the first announced Live Nation shows of the new season. The expansion plans for the Walmart AMP will focus on enhancing the patron experience during a concert. These include: u A new Procter & Gamble Box Office with more service windows, making it easier for patrons to purchase and pick up tickets. u An expanded main entry plaza twice as large as the current plaza, with more Tyson Concession Stands and restrooms in the area. u A new covered plaza at the top of the lawn, which adds 15,000 square feet of flexible viewing and event space as well as private restrooms. u Two new outdoor plazas at the top of the hill will provide two new Tyson Concession Stands, 56 additional restroom stalls and flexible space for activations. u A reconfigured Kraft Heinz Entrance on the north side of the venue will feed into the new space at the top of the hill, providing additional gates to get patrons in and out of the venue. Walmart AMP 20|20 Focuses on Expanded Amenities for Patrons Washington Regional Earns Designation as Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence u New tiered seating at the front of the General Mills Lawn will provide a flexible space for portable seating that can accommodate 1,200 patrons in a reserved, premium lawn section. u Capacity will increase by 1,000, bringing the total venue capacity to 11,000.   The entire project will take seven months to complete and is designed not to interrupt any concert seasons. Construction will start in November 2019 at the end of the concert season and is expected to be complete in time for the 2020 Cox Concert Series. Additional phases of development for the venue, which focus on artist amenities and back of house needs, have been identified by the master plan. Those will be funded and staged to start at a later date. ■ ashington Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Arkansas to be designated as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Only 38 hospitals in the United States hold the CoE designation. Antimicrobial stewardship refers to the steps taken within a healthcare system to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics. The objective of stewardship programs is to improve patient outcomes while reducing antibiotic resistance, healthcare-associated infections, and overall healthcare costs. Stewardship programs ensure patients receive the right antibiotic, at the right dosage, at the right time and for the right duration. This is important, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections caused by inappropriate usage of antibiotics are responsible for over 120,000 deaths per year. The direct medical costs associated with these issues is estimated to be $28 billion annually. The CoE program was launched by ISDA in 2017 and recognizes institutions that have created outstanding stewardship programs that achieve quality standards established by the CDC. Washington Regional’s stewardship program was established in 2012 and is led by infectious disease physician, Dr. Buddy Newton, who is also chairman of the Arkansas Department of Health’s subcommittee for antimicrobial stewardship. “The physicians, pharmacists and leadership at Washington Regional are committed to antimicrobial stewardship,” said Dr. Newton. “We are honored to be recognized for establishing and utilizing best practices when prescribing antimicrobials, which in turn ensures quality care.” ■ W P Visit wregional.com for more information. Visit www.waltonartscenter.org/amp/2020 for more information about AMP20|20.