Starting June 1, Conway Regional Health System (CRHS) will be assuming management of Dardanelle Hospital, formerly River Valley Medical Center. The health system will now been called Dardanelle Regional Medical Center.
Conway Regional Chief Operating Officer Alan Finley will serve as the health system’s site administrator and will be overseeing the hospital’s operations during the transition. However, the health system’s medical team of more than 100 professionals will continue to provide patient care.
The shift to Conway Regional Medical Center’s management of the facility comes on the heels of a March meeting of the Yell County Board of Governors for Dardanelle Hospitals, in which the board reached an agreement with Allegiance Health Management (AHM) of Shreveport, La. to terminate its lease. AHM’s lease agreement was set to expire at the end of 2022 before the board and company agreed to terminate the lease agreement, according to a news release.
Yell County’s board of directors had contacted CRHS prior to the agreement being reached to determine if the health system was interested in assuming management of the Dardanelle hospital.
“Our two hospitals share a mission of providing quality health care to the communities we serve. First and foremost, our focus is to be encouraging and supportive for a vibrant future for the Dardanelle community,” said Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System. “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 4thStreet with the outpatient clinic at the Medical Center.”
As part of the new management agreement, Conway Regional Health System will manage the hospital through December 21, 2019. However, the Dardanelle Board of Governors and CRHS plan to develop a longer-term relationship.