|City/Town: • Booneville|
|Location Class: • Hospital|
|Built: • 1961 | Abandoned: • 2007|
|Status: • Abandoned • Endangered • Gutted|
|Photojournalist: • James Kirkendall|
One important historical landmark which some may have forgotten is Booneville’s former Community Hospital building which was constructed in the years 1961 and 1962 and built at the cost of approximately $400,000. The building from the outside may be mistaken to look like a small school but when you enter the lonely hospital ward it seems to have unending halls with remnants of history.
As you enter the ward you may sense a feeling of emptiness that may send a horrifying chill down your spine. On the other hand, you see the evidence that there was a caring staff that would do what they could to provide the best care possible for their community.
In 2007 the Booneville Hospital was closed and then reopened with a brand new facility that was built next door. The new hospital opened its doors in 2008 as a twenty-five bed hospital and featured state of the art equipment. Booneville Community Inc merged with the Catholic ran Mercy Hospital of Fort Smith on October 2013. Mercy of Fort Smith also operates facilities in Ozark, Paris, and Waldron. The old Hospital building has debt issues and may either face demolition or serve as another purpose such as a mental health complex or rehabilitation center.
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