Bridging The Great Health Divide

  Doctor shortage puts strain on local practice

In the past decade, rural counties in the Arkansas Delta have lost half of their primary care doctors.

Arkansas attorney general sues Walgreens over opioid crisis

KAIT launches new health initiative

  People are dying earlier and facing more severe health issues in many rural communities

‘Diabetes Belt’ runs through much of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta

Some rural areas hit hard with cancer deaths

Appalachian, Mississippi Delta regions ‘medically underserved’ for decades

Continued Coverage

  Radio station hosts Walk for Your Heart Community Cleanup event to promote healthy living, Black history

  Project Paragould aims to keep the community warm with coat drive

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

  Farmer’s market plans to open this season

Jonesboro Red Cross donation center to close Feb. 1

Gray Television to use Google funding toward health coverage in Mississippi Delta, Appalachia

  Group awaits green light on application for new Kennett hospital

The former Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center closed its doors on June 11, 2018.

  Group to renovate, revitalize former hospital

The mayor of Kennett announced Thursday a group has agreed to renovate and revitalize the former Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center.

Izard County Medical Center could soon be on the market

A court filing in late March reveals that the landlord, Calico Rock Med, LLC is seeking relief from stay.

  CEO of company that operates 4 hospitals under investigation

The CEO of a health care company whose holdings include a hospital in St. Louis is under civil and criminal investigation.

  Rural hospital at risk of closing

Izard County hospital seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy

  Mississippi County Hospital System begins service agreement with St. Bernards Healthcare

Dunklin County residents vote against two propositions to fund new hospital

  Supporters of hospital tax plan urge “Vote Yes Two Times”

  Dunklin Co. residents to vote on tax hikes to fund new hospital

Piggott votes to keep sales tax for community hospital

On Tuesday, residents in Piggott voted to determine whether or not to keep a sales tax dedicated to helping fund the Piggott Community Hospital.

  St. Bernards Fast Care opens clinic in Kennett

A St. Bernards Medical Center fast care opened in Kennett Tuesday, just a month after the town's hospital suddenly closed in June.

  Residents to vote on sales tax for hospital

In July, Piggott residents will vote on whether to keep a sales tax dedicated to helping fund the Piggott community hospital.

  St. Bernards to open urgent care in Kennett

As one hospital is set to close in Kennett, another hospital plans to open a care center there.

Hospital closure problematic for expectant mothers

The sudden closure of a hospital has left some expectant mothers in the Missouri Bootheel region scrambling for care in an area that already has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S.

  City takes proactive approach to fund hospital

The city of Pocahontas is taking a proactive approach and lending a helping hand to Five Rivers Medical Center.

  Local hospital reaches out to community that’s losing theirs

In celebration of National Hospital Week, one Region 8 hospital reached out to help a community that will soon no longer have one.

  Sudden hospital closure gravely concerns Kennett doctors

Doctors in the southern Bootheel are gravely concerned for the future of health care.

Twin Rivers Medical Center closing sooner than expected, services already being affected

Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett will be closing sooner than expected.

  Foundation to raise money for Pocahontas hospital

A group in Pocahontas is coming together to support Five Rivers Medical Center.

  Piggott city council tables discussion of hospital’s utility rates

The city of Piggott is working to keep Piggott Community Hospital from closing.

  City works to keep hospital from closing

Recently the City of Piggott forgave a $445,000 utilities bill owed by the Piggott Community Hospital.

Piggott electric bills explained

Piggott residents have seen a significant hike in their electric bills.

Piggott Hospital asking for sales tax

A Region Eight community hospital is feeling the pinch of a hard economic year. Now, the town of Piggott... Made famous for its literary connections to Ernest Hemingway... Must decide "to have or to have not" a sales tax increase to help meet expenses.