DANVILLE, Ark.-Work has begun on a $7.1 million hospital expansion project here. Funded through a federal Housing and Urban Development loan, the expansion project at 41-bed Chambers Memorial Hospital calls for reconstructing part of the hospital and adding 19,000 square feet, said Scott Peek, hospital administrator. The new hospital will include an outpatient clinic, physical therapy and radiology departments and an operating suite, Peek said. The suite will have supporting rooms to accommodate the hospital's large volume of outpatient surgery. The project is expected to be completed in 15 months. The hospital was built in 1956.
GLADEWATER, Texas-An East Texas long-term pediatric hospital that 109 ill children call home may be forced to close on Dec. 15. The Truman W. Smith Children's Care Center has been cut off from Medicaid funding for at least a month because state inspectors found conditions there bad enough to threaten patients' health. A report alleged that patients were being neglected and the center was providing little, if any, physical therapy. The state is working with the owners to correct the problems and keep Truman open. But Rosemary Patterson, spokeswoman at the Texas Department of Human Services, said there is no word whether that will happen. The long-term hospital is the only freestanding, licensed nursing center for children in the state.