The emergency room at De Queen Regional Medical Center is still open and the lights are on, though it isn't known if the electric had been turned off there as well as the rest of the hospital. Workers in the ER said they are trying to get someone to provide information to the public as to what is going on though no one was available at this time.
According to a SWEPCO representative, seven of eight electric accounts belonging to the hospital were shut down today with the eighth account being that of a physician who has offices in the hospital, and had their account switched into their name.
No information was available as to how overdue the hospital is behind on their bill. Sources said that there are no patients in the hospital and the emergency room is not admitting any.
A memo went out Thursday to employees stating that "due to a shortage of lab supplies," the hospital was placed on ambulance diversion.