Amid worries about the renewal of De Queen Medical Center’s critical access license this week, city leaders take action.
A receivershp hearing was held in court Thursday morning. City leaders filed papers on Monday to appoint the Director of Nursing as the receiver, in an effort to make sure the hospital’s critical access license doesn’t expire.
The hospital’s emergency room hasn’t been in operation since last month.
It was recently announced that the hospital had a possible buyer, Healthy Connections, Inc. According to its website, Healthy Connections is an Arkansas-based non-profit with nine locations throughout Southwest Arkansas. But Thursday, a Healthy Connections, Inc. spokesperson told KTAL NBC6 News that, “The owner never responded to our offer. We believe the hospital is critical to DeQueen and the surrounding communities and support every effort to maintain the viability of the hospital. Healthy Connections is prepared to assist in any way that we can.“
Uncertainly has surrounded the hospital for some time. Concerned city officials have gathered to discuss options for services in the event the hospital should close.
In December, there were reports that employees weren’t paid on time. A spokesman for the facility’s ownership called the late pay an anomaly. Last month, electricity at the hospital was turned off because of unpaid bills.