Arkansas hospital's power temporarily shut off due to nonpayment

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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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