Arkansas hospital's power temporarily shut off due to nonpayment

Southwestern Electric Power Company disconnected electric utility service to De Queen (Ark.) Hospital Feb. 12 for nonpayment. Service was restored Feb. 13 after SWEPC received payment for past-due amounts, according to the Texarkana Gazette.

The hospital has multiple accounts with SWEPC, seven of which were disconnected Feb. 12. A portion of the hospital was not affected by the shut-off, according to the report.

"We understand the importance of healthcare facilities to DeQueen and the surrounding communities, and we will continue to work with hospital officials," a spokesperson for SWEPC said in a prepared statement to the Texarkana Gazette. "However, when disconnecting for non-payment, we are also protecting our other customers from having to absorb the cost of unpaid electric bills."

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