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Sharing Beds

It's news to northwest Arkansas, but the money-losing Fayetteville City Hospital is about to become part of the Washington Regional Medical Center system.

"Nothing's definite at this time, but they're working on it," says Suzanne Alumbaugh, a FCH spokeswoman. "We're anticipating a decision by July 31."

FCH, a 153-bed facility with a 1990 occupancy rate of 86 percent, lost $843,000 last year. If you only consider net income from services to patients, the hospital lost more than $1.5 million.

WRMC has 261 beds with a 1990 occupancy rate of 58 percent. It made almost $3.7 million, with income from services to patients of $1.8 million.

FCH is primarily a nursing home. WRMC is an acute-care facility.
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Title Annotation:Fayetteville City Hospital will be part of the Washington Regional Medical Center system
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jul 15, 1991
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