by Shannon Cay
GREEN FOREST, Ark. – Mercy Hospital in Berryville will not be providing service to people in the eastern half of Carroll County starting on March 30th.
According to a letter signed by Bob Patterson, the Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services for the hospital’s healthcare system, its services east of the Kings River have been running at a loss for at least 15 years.
In December of 2014, Mercy worked out a deal with the county and Ozark EMS in an attempt to alleviate the financial losses.
However, Mercy officials now say that deal ended up increasing the financial burden.
Green Forest Mayor, Charles Reece says eastern Carroll County does still have a 911 dispatch center and now the search is on to find another ambulance service.