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Continued care hospital opens in Jonesboro

(Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV)

The CEO of Arkansas Continued Care Hospital said Thursday that the hospital was thrilled to be providing this service in Jonesboro.

“We’re working with both hospitals in Jonesboro,” Kathy Devore said. “As well as with all the hospitals in the state.”

Devore said before their hospital opened, patients that needed long-term acute care had to go out of town.

“If a patient needed something like vent weaning, extended wound care or long-term antibiotics,” Devore said. “They had to go as far as Tennessee, Missouri, Searcy or even Little Rock. That was a burden on their families. Now, they have the service right here in town.”

Devore said the hospital is a world-class facility.

“We have a fabulous staff of nurses,” Devore said. “We have respiratory services, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and the best doctors in the world, I think, right here in Jonesboro.”

And there was someone who agreed with that statement.

Jonesboro resident Todd Smith was the hospital’s first patient and went to the event to be part of the celebration.

“It was just a blessing to be able to come here,“ Smith said. “To be able to see my family, both immediate and extended on a regular basis. It was a rough time for me but having my family with me helped a lot.”

Smith said the staff that cared for him was wonderful and when he was up to it, even wheeled him outside so he could visit with his dog.

Devore said their staff includes 40 nurses and CNA’s, 13 respiratory therapists, two full-time pulmonologists, a wound care physician, pharmacists, physical therapists and an infectious disease doctor.

Devore said the community response has been overwhelming.

“Everyone we’ve talked to has said we needed this for so long,” Devore said. “They’ve said they hate sending families out of town. This whole thing was actually the brainchild of Dr. Hubbard. He’s a pulmonologist that works at Northeast Arkansas Baptist and he was tired of sending his patients out of town. He knew the gentleman that owned this building and told him Jonesboro needed an LTECH. And now, we’re here today and ready to take the patients.”

The facility has 44 beds for patients.

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