Lawrence Memorial Hospital needs help to refurbish patient care rooms

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WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) -Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been helping patients for 50 years.

Now the hospital is looking for some help to make patients and family members stay a little more comfortable.

It's called the Golden Jubilee Capital Campaign.

It's a plan to refurbish and redecorate patient rooms.

The hospital has 25 single occupant rooms and they are beginning to look a little tired.

Hospital President Terry Lambert says income goes to keeping up with medical technology and day to day needs.

"Most of the money that we make goes back into our operations. By doing that it always doesn't leave a lot of money for major capitol improvements."

The 25 bed critical access hospital already receives revenue from a 1/2 cent sales tax.

Lambert, "Without that tax this hospital truthfully would not be able to survive. "

Now the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation is asking for help to re-do patient rooms.

The folks at Lawrence Memorial want you to understand the rooms are not inadequate in any way shape or form. It's just that the building's 50 years old and it's time for an update.

Co-Chair Lila Floyd says the county has always supported the hospital from it's opening days to approving the sales tax to the present day.

Floyd says how to re-do the patient rooms has been under discussion for a while.

"And we really began 2 or 3 years ago to look at what we could do to accomplish this goal."

The Golden Jubilee Capital Campaign funds will be used to update the rooms from the floor to ceiling and in between.

New ceiling and floor tiles, televisions, painting, furniture, decorations. Anything to make patients and family members more comfortable.

Floyd, "It doesn't take very long to spend 5 Thousand dollars."

And that's the magic number. For a donation of 5 grand the room gets a make over and you or your organization gets a plaque on the door.

Floyd, "They can recognize their organization, they can honor a family member. However they want to recognize their contribution they can do so."

The five thousand can be spread over 3 years and there are other areas in the hospital that can be donated toward as well. Everything helps no matter how large or small.

Floyd, "No gift is too small and our levels of giving start at 1 dollar. We need the help of the community to accomplish this."

Lambert, "We wanted to have some community involvement in this project. I think there's a lot of people in this community that really think a lot of our hospital and want to be a part of it."

If you would like to make a donation, you can click on the link on the top right hand side of the screen, or call 870-886-1275.

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