|City/Town: • Dumas|
|Location Class: • Hospital|
|Built: • 1949 | Abandoned: • 2006|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Caitlen Taylor|
Delta Memorial Hospital began serving the community of Dumas in 1949 as Desha County Hospital when a new healthcare facility was constructed in the middle of the town. The facility was licensed for 49 acute hospital beds. In December of 1975 the Desha County Hospital Association was organized as a not-for-profit corporation to assume responsibility for the operation of the hospital. The organization is governed by a board of directors composed of citizens who reside in the hospital’s service area. In July of 1983 the name of the corporation and hospital was changed to Delta Memorial Hospital. The newly named hospital developed a Home Health Agency to address the skilled nursing care needs of area residents. The Home Health Agency is certified to participate in the Medicare Program in April 1991.
In October 2005, Delta Memorial Hospital was certified as a Critical Access Hospital under the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Converting to a Critical Access Hospital required the hospital to reduce its licensed bed capacity to 25 acute/swing-beds.
In June of 2006, Delta Memorial Hospital relocated to a new healthcare facility at 811 South 65 Highway in Dumas. The building was constructed and is owned by the City of Dumas. The facility is leased by the hospital corporation for the purpose of providing health care services to area residents. In March 2007, Delta Memorial Hospital develops a durable medical equipment company, Delta Medical Supply to address the medical supply and equipment needs of area residents. In May 2007, Delta Memorial Hospital develops a hospital owned group medical practice, Delta Health Services, to address the primary health care needs of area residents.
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Worked in Generations unit in the mid 90’s for 5 years. Sad to see the delapidated state it is in. It was an interesting experience though working in such isolated town. Greetings from the Chicago burbs !
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Man, what a crazy story. I'll probably share this with some of my friends. Thanks again for posting it.
Do you have a Youtube channel as well with this kind of content on it? I would love to see this post turned into a longer video if possible. Maybe I can share on it on my website.
Dose anyone else get creeped out by random wheelchairs in abandoned places ?
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Sad to see it in this condition. Had my first nursing job in a hospital there 23 years ago.
I'm actually horrified that this place was allowed to be used in Oct 2012 as a 'Haunted Hospital' attraction. I went in with bunch of friends in the dark, with flashing lights having no idea how bad it was. Who knows WHAT we were breathing?!
Frankly, this just really upsets me to see all of the things here that could have been sold for money that the hospital that is "functional" now clearly needs.. They are so hard up for cash at this moment that they train their staff to not contend to the needs of even the most severe patients without information needed for billing purposes, and this is the same commission that left all of the stuff in these photos to rot? Not to mention the patient files laying around in the floor and on desks in the old building.. Obviously, as can… Read more »
But it's completely typical of Dumas is it not? I honestly don't know how they're keeping that new hospital open. Heard a joke that they were running drugs. Wouldn't be surprised if it were true. I had a family member go into the ER with a possible heart attack last year and they actually asked "So? What are we supposed to do with you?" Then just stared at them until they left. So they popped some aspirin and went to Pine Bluff.
I hate this town, stuff like that is only part of the reason.
I agree, equipment could have been sold , but there is no excuses for leaving drugs and patients files..
Sad to see the building so deteriorated and vandalized. I worked for the hospital nine years, six of which were spent in the building. Lots of warm and not so warm memories there.
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That is so sad to look at! I was in that hospital with 2 broke legs, tonsils taken out, and had to have my gut pumped. My dad died in there my maw maw died in there. My niece was born in there. Lots of old memories .
both my boys were born there i have good memories at that hospital
Marisa has a very valid comment. At the time of the move, much of the equipment was salvageable and could have , indeed, been used by others IN THIS COUNTRY. I am certain there is some explanation of why all was left to rust and ruin…….there always seems to be. However, waste is waste……..
Hey, I love the pics but you might want to take down the one(s) that show the leftover medications. If some kid or some junkie gets in there and gets sick or dies from them, their lawyer may come after you as accessory to it. Just my two cents.
Thank you! Steps have been taken to remove those photos! Thanks for the heads up! 🙂
No problem! I love the site and don't want somebody's lawyer coming after you guys!EricEric FrancisIndependent JournalistNorth Little Rock, Ark.501-626-4980 <a href="http://www.DogtownWriter.comwww.DogtownWriter.com<br />
I don't understand why in a lot of abandoned places they don't auction off the contents what good does it do to let them rot with the bldg when they could possibly auction stuff out and obtain some $ for the stuff. Don't get me wrong I think it is interesting to see the stuff in an abandoned place/s but, I have always wondered why they didn't/don't do that.