A memo went out yesterday to employees of De Queen Regional Medical Center stating that "due to a shortage of lab supplies," the hospital will now be on ambulance diversion.
The memo, authored by Chad Klitz, the laboratory supervisor, states that the hospital will also not be admitting any patients for acute care that require testing for sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, CKMB, BNP, ALT, lipid panel and hemoglobin A1C.
"I am hopeful this shortage is resolved in the near future and I will update everyone as soon as we receive supplies," Klitz wrote in the memo.
Outside sources have confirmed that the hospital is on ambulance diversion.
According to hospital personnel, SWEPCO last week, the company that supplies electricity to the hospital, taped disconnect notices throughout the facility. A flier that accompanied the disconnect notices states: "Notice to tenants at De Queen Regional Medical Center and Plaza Buildings. Electric utility service to this building is scheduled for disconnection on or after February 11, 2019 for non-payment of electric services.
"If you would like to place electric service in your name, please contact 888-216-3523.
SWEPCO officials confirmed that the disconnect notices are authentic and that the hospital has multiple electric accounts. They said they are working with the hospital to keep electric service on but that if payment is not made by Feb. 11, the electric will be turned off on or around the 11th.