Arkansas Approves Another $12.5M in Federal Aid for Rural Hospitals

Arkansas lawmakers gave preliminary approval for four more rural hospitals to receive federal American Rescue Plan Act funds, per Becker’s. Eureka Springs Hospital tops the list, with nearly $4.6 million expected in grant funds.

The four hospitals would split more than $12.5 million. If approved, it would bring the total number of rural Arkansas hospitals receiving aid to 10, and the amount of funding distributed would reach $40 million. 

Last year Arkansas lawmakers set aside $60 million in emergency relief funds for struggling rural hospitals, according to the report. The state hired consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal to identify 18 rural hospitals that were eligible for relief. 

If finalized Nov.17, the four hospitals that would receive funds in the latest round, plus their awards, are:

  • Eureka Springs Hospital – $4,589,119.
  • Piggott Community Hospital – $3,441,839.
  • Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas – $2,620,000.
  • Magnolia Regional Medical Center – $1,916,015. 
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