After losing Baptist Memorial Hospital, Sharp County has been without a hospital for many years. The need for a new hospital was the number one topic discussed at the countywide economic development meetings held recently in the county.
Sharp County is only one of a handful of counties in the state that does not have a hospital. With a large retirement area, as well as a large population of children, the need for a hospital in Sharp County is great and is also something that many agree holds the county back in regard to economic development.
The Sharp County Hospital Foundation was established in July as a steering committee with a goal of bringing a hospital to the county.
In order to move forward with the hospital, the board needs the support of the community in the form of monetary donations to help fund the study.
Members of the foundation are currently working to raise funds and are also hoping to raise an additional $12,500 to help with the cost.
Anyone interested in making a donation may do so by contacting one of the board members: Larry Bronson, Bob Burton, Martin Carpenter, Eben Daggett, Bob Evins, Phyllis Kates, Ron Rhodes or Virginia Schmidt.
Both Liberty Bank and First National Banking Company have set up Foundation accounts and will accept your donations. Checks may also be mailed to the Foundation Headquarters at: Sharp County Hospital Foundation, Inc., 249 Iroquois Drive, Cherokee Village, AR 72529.