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New Crittenden County hospital breaks ground

Rendering of what the new hospital will look like. (Source: Baptist Memorial Health Care) Rendering of what the new hospital will look like. (Source: Baptist Memorial Health Care)
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) -

Delores Sumpter and Helen Harris both worked at Crittenden Regional Hospital. They remember the day the hospital shut its doors two years ago.

"I came in on a Monday and they said the hospital was closing," Sumpter recalls.

It's closing had drastic effects.

"Having to transplant my patients to Memphis was very inconvenient, and it was life threatening," Harris said.

Because of that Crittenden County judge Woody Wheeliss worked to bring a new hospital to the area.

"We thought many, many times this day would not happen," Wheeliss said.

On Wednesday it did happen. Baptist Memorial Hospital is scheduled to open in West Memphis in early to mid 2018. The 50,000 square foot acute care facility will provide in and outpatient services.

"The goal is to provide those services so the community does not have to drive across the bridge," Baptist Memorial Hospital of Crittenden County C.E.O. Brian Welton said.

It was possible because the community voted for a one cent sales tax to pay for the new facility. It's a facility that will help better not only the county's physical health but also financial well being, according to Welton. He said the hospital will make the area more attractive to businesses because there will be high quality healthcare available for their workforce.

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