New Management for Pocahontas Hospital

October 22, 2007 - Posted at 5:20 p.m. CDT

POCAHONTAS-After months of problems and negotiations with management companies, the Randolph County Medical Center has now reached an agreement with Allegiance Healthcare Management out of Shreveport, Louisiana.

"The new company has brought in a lot of experience with taking hospitals with circumstances like what ours was in and having a 100 percent success rate in turning those hospitals around and providing those services like our community needs so much," said Chief Nursing Officer, Mandy Dollins.

With the new management company also comes another change.

The Randolph County Medical Center will now become Five Rivers Medical Center.

"It's a restart. It's a rebirth for us. That's really what the new name stands for for us. A new start, to make things better and to be at the quality they should be," said Dollins.

While a few old signs may still represent the old name, administrators say once you go through the doors of the Five Rivers Medical Center, you'll see positive changes.

Those come in the lines of services being brought back and even a few new ones in the future.

"An Intensive Outpatient Psychiatric Service Center will be opening around the beginning of next year, as well as regaining M-R-I services, and also upgrading to a new 16 slice C-T scanner for our radiology department," said Dollins.

And with new change means better opportunities to serve the community, it's something worth talking about.

"It means everything to me that this community needs and deserves quality healthcare, just like anybody in a bigger community," said Dollins.

The newly named Five Rivers Medical Center began operating under Allegiance Healthcare Management in mid August.

This came after a near deal with Arkansas Methodist Medical center was broken off.

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