LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) — On Friday afternoon, Arkansas Heart Hospital began receiving patients from Arkansas Surgical Hospital. “We didn’t hesitate to help our friends across the river,” said President Drew Jackson.
According to officials with Arkansas Surgical Hospital (ASH), they learned that wastewater manholes already underwater were beginning to back up and could possibly enter the facility as flood waters increase. In an abundance of caution and interest of patient and staff safety, the immediate decision was made to transfer patients to Arkansas Heart Hospital.
About a dozen patients were received by Arkansas Heart Hospital.
Eugene Pfeifer, a representative of NorthShore Business Park, sent the following statement:
NorthShore Business Park is not currently flooding and we don’t expect it to. There are no sewer manholes overflowing there and we don’t anticipate that any will. Both optimistic expectations are based on extensive research with engineers and public officials.