New hospital an upgrade to Crittenden County health care

Hospital ribbon cutting set for Nov. 5

Arkansas Business

Crittenden County residents will once again be able to enjoy accessible, local health care with the opening of the new Baptist Memorial Hospital later this fall.

Scheduled to open Dec. 3, with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 5, the hospital is expected to employ around 100 to 110 with a blueprint for future expansion.

The county has been without a hospital facility since the former Crittenden County Regional Hospital closed in August 2014.

"You're not going to run into very many counties across the state of Arkansas that have a population of 50,000 and not have a hospital," Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless said.

The original hospital, which closed after declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy, employed more than 400 but had been underused, Wheeless said. He noted that only 16 patients had to be evacuated but the facility had been licensed for 150 beds. READ MORE.

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