AMMC to use community center as alternate care site if disaster strikes

AMMC to use community center as alternate care site if disaster strikes
(Source: KAIT)
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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould is putting a plan in place in case disaster strikes.

The Paragould City Council unanimously voted Monday to enter into an agreement with the hospital to establish an alternate care site that AMMC can use if the hospital becomes inoperable.

"If our facility were in a natural disaster and we could not operate out of our facility, we would find somewhere else in Paragould to treat patients," AMMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Shay Willis said.

The agreement establishes using the Paragould Community Center to treat patients in the case a natural disaster hits the hospital.

Though AMMC's accrediting organization recommends they have a plan in place in case there is a natural disaster, Willis said it's also their goal to be able to treat people, even if the hospital is inoperable.

"We are a hospital, we are a non-profit organization and our mission is to treat patients. We're a beacon of help, hope, and healing and we want to treat patients regardless of the circumstances that are thrown at us," Willis said. "It's important that we have this plan in place and we have this site designated so that if and when this time occurs that we're prepared."

Willis said it's vital to have the City of Paragould work with them in designating an alternate care site.

"We're grateful for the relationship with the city and even the county. I know this is going before the city council but our reach is beyond just Paragould," Willis said. "We're thankful that the city is working with us and we hope that we can come to an agreement so we have this alternate site available."

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