WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) – It’s a new day for the old Crittenden Regional Hospital. Instead of patients, the former hospital is getting a new life of housing inmates.
The hospital is opening up Monday as a women’s correctional center.
Before closing its doors in 2014, there was a fight to try and keep the hospital in operation. But the company that ran the facility faced financial problems, so it was forced to shut down.
Residents in the area were worried about having a longer commute to reach a hospital during emergencies. County leaders worked hard to find a replacement, and through a partnership with Baptist Memorial Heath Care, they broke ground in September for a new $25 million hospital that’s expected to open in 2018.
As for the old hospital, it is now the East Central Community Correction Center, after a ribbon cutting ceremomy was held Monday at 9 a.m. It will house 350 non-violent female offenders.