Nearly a year ago, the Hot Spring County Medical Center approached the Quorum Court asking them to continue the current 1/2 cent sales tax, which will sunset on Dec. 31.
After the bill was passed, the hospital asked for the bill be set for a longer time period. They also went before the Quorum Court asking for its approval of the hospital entering into a partnership with Baptist Health.
Hot Spring County Medical Center cited several reasons for the partnership. The main being upcoming medical cost cuts.
The tax continuation for 20 years was approved by voters in August.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. â€” Baptist Health announced that it will begin a long-term lease agreement with Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern, on Jan. 1. At that time the hospital will be named Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County and will become Baptist Healthâ€™s eighth hospital.