Commissioner: Allegiance may pull plug on hospital lease

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

By Samantha Jones

Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com

Allegiance Health Management runs Eureka Springs Hospital, but the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission isn’t sure how much longer that will be true.

At a brief meeting Monday night, chairman John House addressed the situation between Allegiance and the hospital in Dardanelle. That hospital has been taken over by Conway Regional Medical Center, House said, removing the responsibility from Allegiance.

“At this point, Allegiance has only one hospital in Arkansas that they are operating,” House said. “My feeling is they’re ready to pull out of Arkansas altogether.”

Allegiance CEO Rock Bordelon had planned to attend the meeting, House said, but couldn’t because of inclement weather.

“I haven’t talked to Rock myself. I don’t know what his thoughts are,” House said.

If Allegiance does end its lease early, House said, the commission will have some decisions to make.

“In order to maintain our critical access … Medicare will assign it so you can just kind of take it over,” House said. “You’re now responsible for any recoupment.”

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the ECHO community room.

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