New hospital administrator addresses quorum court

Friday, April 20, 2018

The new administrator for Mercy Hospital in Berryville addressed the Carroll County Quorum Court at its April meeting on Monday, updating the court on several topics.

Vonda Moore, who recently assumed the administrator’s role at Mercy Berryville, asked the court to approve the appointments of two new members to the hospital’s board of directors — Deretha Walker, Berryville market president for Equity Bank, and Shelter Insurance agent Richard Harp. They would replace Ronnie Whiteley and Greg Thurman, who are leaving the board.

District 3 Justice of the Peace Lamont Richie asked Moore to submit the nominations in writing, and Moore agreed to do so.

Moore told the court that a new family practice physician will join Mercy Berryville this summer, with another scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2019. An advanced practice registered nurse is also joining the staff of Mercy’s convenient care clinic in Berryville.

Moore also told the court that corporate oversight of the Berryville hospital will move from Springfield, Mo., to Rogers, which she described as an “internal organizational change,” driven primarily by differences in state regulations between Arkansas and Missouri.

Moore explained that the hospital’s fiscal year ends during the summer and asked to be included on the agenda for the September meeting to present an annual report. She indicated she would like to speak to the court twice a year and more often if they prefer.

In response to a question, Moore said she will be based in Berryville full time, unlike her predecessor who had responsibility for multiple facilities.

District 4 JP Marty Johnson asked Moore to outline the hospital’s five-year plan and Moore promised to do so after assessing

the needs of the community and the hospital’s existing services.

In other business, the court:

• approved the third reading of an ordinance allowing the owners of T&A Saloon to apply for a permit from the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to serve mixed drinks on the premises;

• approved an appropriation ordinance transferring $10,786 from the county’s general fund to the sheriff’s office, with the money coming from an insurance settlement to replace a vehicle that was deemed a total loss after an accident;

• and approved an appropriation ordinance transferring $14,000 to the county treasurer’s office to pay for a federal audit.

The quorum court’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, in the courtroom of the Carroll County Courthouse in Berryville.

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