Arkansas hospital allocates $50K to keep ER staffed

The Eureka Springs (Ark.) Hospital Commission says it's committed to keeping the hospital's emergency room staffed and opened, despite ongoing financial issues, according to the Lovely County Citizen.

During a special meeting Dec. 31, the commission discussed financial problems with the hospital's owner and operator, Shreveport, La.-based Allegiance Health Management. Commission Chairman John House, MD, said the company had failed to pay emergency room physicians, causing some to refuse to come to work, according to the report.

The commission voted to allocate up to $50,000 to cover clinical staff wages for two weeks beginning Dec. 31.

"We felt like it was crucial that we step up and make it clear we will do whatever we need to do to keep our hospital open," Dr. House said. "The hospital commission is going to do everything we can to make sure we have the best hospital we possibly can."

Access the full Lovely County Citizen article here.

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