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Hospital Dream Continues

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Photo used by permission of Sharp County Hospital Foundation. Architect rendering of how a potential hospital for the Quad Cities may look.
The biggest hope for Sharp County seems to be unanimous among attendees and elected officials who recently attended a series of Rural Economic Development meetings in various Sharp County cities. Topping the chart was always the extreme need for a hospital in the area. This wish may be closer to becoming a reality, thanks, in part to a new foundation in the Sharp County area.

Liberty Bank of Highland was the site of a private meeting July 28 of members of the newly formed Sharp County Hospital Foundation, Inc. and mayors from Highland, Hardy and Cherokee Village, as well as Sharp County Judge Larry Brown and other public officials.

The non-profit foundation was organized by Bob Evins and C.E. Dagget and was incorporated with the Arkansas Secretary of State July 20. These men and others in their group recognize the urgent need for a hospital in the area and are attempting to bring one to the county.

Daggett said the group invited area mayors to a presentation by "an administrator of a very successful hospital in a town of similar size to towns in Sharp County." Evins said the presentation was simply to inform the group of the ways in which this respective hospital had became successful.

Dagget said one of the group members Laurence Bronson, is an architect and provided a detailed proposed rendering of the possible facility.

Following a Friday afternoon meeting, the group issued the following press release to Areawide Media by Ron Rhodes.

"A group of local citizens have formed an organization named Sharp County Hospital Foundation, Inc.

"The group considers themselves a 'steering committee' with the mission of building a hospital in Sharp County. The foundation has begun the job of gathering support from the people of Sharp County primarily in the areas of Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland and Cherokee Village."

"A spokesperson for the steering committee states, 'We know that a hospital is a critical element in the growth of these communities and more important to the health and welfare of our citizens.' We encourage anyone interested to visit www.sharpcountyhospital.com to sign up for updates and information."

Evins said that although he is very hopeful for the project, he wants to stress that it is still in the planning, research and development phase. He does not want the public to have premature hopes until the project has progressed further to a more viable phase. He said the public and press will be made aware of updates and progress on the foundation's Web site.

Phyllis Kates, spokesperson for the group said, "We are all very dedicated to this and we want to see it go."

According to certified economic development specialist, Frankie Gilliam, with the Arkansas Delta Center at Jonesboro, in order for any area to move forward economically, it is vital they have some type of health care facility. Planning and foresight from this group may be the answer to many residents' health care concerns in the area.

Because Cherokee Village is a retirement area, the need for an immediate health care option is vital to keep these residents from moving to other areas where they can be closer to hospitals.

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This is a critical issue for the community and there are very talented, good people at work on this.

I wish them success and they have my full support. Let's help this effort any way we can.

Are all of you who love this area and have a stake in the future of northern Sharp County and want to see the area prosper and thrive for generations to come, willing to throw your whole support to this monumental, yet very crucial endeavor?

I have to believe the answer is yes.


-- Posted by cver72529 on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 1:00 PM

It is good to know that people continue advocating so hard for this long standing initiative. I have long been concerned for the well being of area residents. I can only imagine what a hospital of that magnitude could mean for the area. I can only pray that future patients might someday experience better outcomes from shorter down times from dispatch to the door, primarily, the life saving and stabilizing treatment required for acute heart attack, stroke and trauma. Statistically, rural Arkansas significantly exceeds the National mortality rate for all causes of death, but especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory disease and unintentional injuries where Arkansas rates in the bottom 10%. Arkansas is rated 2nd, behind South Carolina, for the highest stroke mortalities in the United States according to the Atlas of Stroke Mortality by the CDC November 2008 report. For example, with a stroke/ CVA, there is a very small window of time that you can initiate treatment. From onset of symptoms, you have 2 hours...if all other criteria is met. If you calculate the time from the time a call is made to dispatch, ambulance arrival time to scene, time on scene, ETA to the door, door to treatment, and/or need for transfer to another hospital with Neuro services... it adds up, just do the math (shudder).(See the UAMS initiatives for "SAVES")The bigger pictures really need fully realized for the retirement communities in the quad area to obtain the needed efforts and monies required for this initiative. I mean, there is more value than just what's on the observable surface. As a current ER nurse and former ER and Floor nurse from EOR, I wish you God Speed and God Bless.

-- Posted by Samantha_Nurse on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 1:13 AM

One of the reasons that Arkansas is higher in the areas mentioned I believe is from people coming here from other states and retiring which in turns removes them from their former states statistics and adds to Arkansas stats. This does not mean we should not work for a hospital it just shows stats can be misleading.

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 10:05 AM

Here's a thought, maybe since cost is the big hold back in gettng a Sharp county hospital. Why not look into getting funding for a better first responder project which could help reduce response time and transport times. This maybe a faster and more economical way of meeting the needs of the community. Create a substation type hospital with an on call type staff working with a updated technology response teams. Something to think about.

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 10:12 AM

I do not think this will ever happen. If it does they need to get some better doctors.

-- Posted by rebelman on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 2:06 PM

Where would this be built? In the center of Sharp county or just close to the major population areas? ie Quad Cities.

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 2:44 PM

i think that more attention should be given to opening the current urgent care center over night than opening a new hospital. sharp county has too large of a population of 'drug seekers' entering the er for no more than their lastest fix. the er is the hsopitals biggest money pit. this is well known. the current urgent care facility is capable of triaging daily problems that may occur outside of the md's normal business hours. money applied to keeping longer hours of operation for urgent care would be put to good use in the more immediate future.

-- Posted by frenchie19 on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 11:38 PM

While I do believe there is a need for a hospital in the area, I am not sure what happened to the old hospital that was located just off of 62/412. If that hospital couldn't make it because of financial problems, what would make this new hospital different? Also, could the old hospital be remodeled and used instead of a new one being built?

-- Posted by transplant88 on Sun, Aug 9, 2009, at 7:42 PM

I completely agree with the above "Tweet"!

-- Posted by Sharin728 on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 11:32 AM

urgent care is ready to be an er ,it only needs money,, i would put a 100.00 aditional cost of every drug and boos related fine, 20.00 on all other fines , one cent tax on boos and every pack of cigs in sharp co to pay for the hospital, it is time for some of the losers that cause health care problems to pay up,,, if you can afford cigs and boos you can pay some on your hospital bill

-- Posted by zapcom on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 11:40 AM

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