May 31, 2019
North Little Rock, Arkansas – Arkansas Surgical Hospital (ASH) prepares to transfer patients.
This afternoon Arkansas Surgical Hospital learned that wastewater manholes already underwater were beginning to back up and could possibly enter the facility as flood waters increase. In an abundance of caution, and in the interest of patient and staff safety, the immediate decision was made to transfer patients to Arkansas Heart Hospital. Heart Hospital and MEMS are cooperating in the process.
Carrie Helm, CEO said “We are working with Engineers and other officials in an effort to intercept and block the backup into the hospital. Plans are being formulated and we are optimistic that they will be successful. We do not believe that the flood waters are a risk to our hospital.”
“Depending upon the success of these efforts, we will make the decision on Sunday, June 2 whether or not we will cancel elective surgeries for Monday, June 3 and Tuesday, June 4”, said Helm. “We are also working with staff that could be impacted by the flooding in order to address any potential staffing issues. At this time, no staffing issues have been identified.”
Additional updates and information will be issued through Facebook and on the hospital’s website: ArkSurgicalHospital.com.