Five Rivers Medical Center continues to operate in the black

Five Rivers Back in Black
(Source: KAIT)
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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Things continue to look up for Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Though the facility faced a few tough years not long ago, they're continually operating in the black again.

"A lot of people have made a lot of sacrifices over the last couple of years," Five Rivers Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Sorrell said.

FRMC has had to overcome a number of obstacles since it was purchased by the city in 2007.

"You know, that was a tough time for us because we were trying to rebuild some things that had fallen away with the previous ownership," Chief Financial Officer Joey Radcliff said.

Radcliff said though they were able to expand some programs at the facility, they also had to make some expense reductions.

Salaries, programs and some positions were cut to make up for expense shortfalls in 2013.

Radcliff said now, that's all turned around.

"We've been operating significantly in the black and increasing revenues and reducing expenses," Radcliff said.

FRMC CEO Luther Lewis told Region 8 News that 2016 continues to look promising.

Just last month they were able to unfreeze salaries, something that hadn't been done for three years.

"I was proud of everyone that hung in here with us and stayed with us during these tough times and now we can start reaping some of the benefits of the sacrifices that we made," Lewis said.

Recently, the hospital was named one of the 2016 Best Hospitals by US News & World Report.

The national recognition highlights the hospital's stroke program.

Lewis said he feels the hospital's success is reflected in the increased number of patients they've seen recently.

"We're seeing more and more patients come in at all times," Lewis said. "We're setting record number of visits in the physical therapy department, our outpatient therapy services. Our home health agency is busier than its ever been."

As for later this year, Lewis said Randolph County residents can expect another orthopedic surgeon to move to the area. He said that will take place in September.

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