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The electric that was disconnected from seven of eight accounts at De Queen Regional Medical Center on Monday, was being restored on Tuesday after the past due bill had been paid. Multiple more accounts had been threatened to be cutoff on Tuesday before payment was finally made. 

According to SWEPCO spokesperson Peter Main, following receipt of payment for past due amounts, SWEPCO is in the process of reconnecting power today to all De Queen Hospital accounts, which had been disconnected yesterday for nonpayment. 

“Service had not been disconnected to a portion of the main hospital,” Main said. “The hospital maintains multiple accounts, seven of which were disconnected Monday.”

Main said that one account for a physicians’ offices was being transferred to the physician. 

“The hospital and its tenants were notified in January about the disconnection,” Main said. “We understand the importance of health care facilities to De Queen and the surrounding communities, and we will continue to work with hospital officials. However, when disconnecting for non-payment, we are also protecting our other customers from having to absorb the cost of unpaid electric bills.”

SWEPCO last week, taped disconnect notices throughout the facility. 

On Thursday, Feb. 7, a memo went out 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.

Employees, who were supposed to be paid last Friday, were still waiting for their paychecks as of Tuesday afternoon, according to posts on the Bee’s Facebook page and other sources. 

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