Conway Regional Health System will assume management of Dardanelle Hospital, formerly known as River Valley Medical Center, on June 1.
The hospital, going forward, will be known as Dardanelle Regional Medical Center.
Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, said in a news release, “As we enter into this management arrangement, our primary objective in the early days is to ensure we safely provide patient care.
“We will assess any areas in Dardanelle Regional Medical Center that need support and will provide that, beginning with the Emergency Department and the Dardanelle Family Clinic, which will combine the former Primary Care Practice at 215 N 4th Street with the outpatient clinic at the medical center,” he said.
As a part of the transition, Conway Regional COO Alan Finley will oversee operations as site administrator at Dardanelle Regional Medical Center.
The initial term of the management agreement with Conway Regional is through Dec. 31, with the intent to develop a long-term management arrangement between the Dardanelle board of governors and Conway Regional.
In March, the Yell County Board of Governors of Dardanelle Hospital of Yell County reached a preliminary settlement agreement with Allegiance Health Management of Shreveport, Louisiana, to terminate their lease relationship. AHM previously leased the hospital facilities in an agreement that was set to expire in 2022.
But the board sued AHM in late 2018, alleging that it hadn’t paid the minimum amount of $15,000 in monthly rent for several months.
In addition, months prior to reaching the settlement agreement with AHM, the board contacted Conway Regional to gauge potential interest should a settlement agreement be reached.