Blytheville Hospital Closing A Section of Its Cancer Center

The Great River Medical Center in Blytheville will stop offering radiation treatments in its cancer center by the end of January.

Chemotherapy treatments still will be offered at the center by an oncologist, but not the radiation treatments, which were operated by Methodist Healthcare and the West Clinic in Memphis, said John Logan, chairman of the board of the Mississippi Hospital Association. Mississippi County owns the hospital building and leases the space.

About six months ago, Methodist and the West Clinic announced that “they determined they didn’t want to continue the radiation part in Blytheville,” Logan said. Logan said he didn’t know why Methodist and the West Clinic wanted to stop the service. He referred questions to hospital administrator Ralph Beaty, who wasn’t immediately unavailable for comment.

The hospital committee searched for another health care provider to take over the lease of the space, but couldn’t find one.

Logan said that he didn’t know how many patients would be affected by the closure, but now they will have to drive about an hour away to Memphis or Jonesboro for treatment.

Logan said the county might lease the space left vacant by Methodist and West Clinic to a doctor.