Community Benefit Report
El Dorado, AR – The skilled and compassionate hands of physicians, nurses and other team members of Medical Center of South Arkansas (MCSA) support the health and well-being of patients every day. Beyond providing clinical care, MCSA is a major employer, tax-payer and is a cornerstone of the El Dorado community. Through resources and investments to increase access to care, MCSA’s impact to the region is significant and totaled more than $61.8 million in 2022.
Last year, the hospital and clinics delivered care at more than 95,000 patient visits. This includes more than 19,000 emergency department visits, 3,000 inpatient admissions, 3,000 surgeries and 500 babies delivered. Over 70,000 patients received care across South Arkansas physician clinics, outpatient imaging center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine and outpatient therapy.
“We help people get well and live healthier by providing quality care for patients,” said David Fox, chief executive officer for Medical Center of South Arkansas. “Our community is truly fortunate to have this dedicated team of clinicians and caregivers who are making a real difference each day.”
MCSA applies its resources to medical services, facilities and technologies that are important to the community. This includes a new, $3.5 million Behavioral Health Unit. The 18-bed inpatient unit offers much-needed mental health support and resources for residents of South Arkansas. We also upgraded our call-light system, added a new bedside ultrasound machine and purchased new equipment for the OR. Access has been enhanced with the recruitment of two general surgeons and the opening of the inpatient Behavioral Health unit.
Medical Center of South Arkansas also gives back to the broader South Arkansas region by providing over $14.8 million in charity and uncompensated care for the community’s most vulnerable. And the payment of $1.9 million in property and sales taxes helps support civic resources and services.
MCSA also works with local charitable and community organizations such as United Way of Union County, Donate for Life, The Salvation Army of El Dorado, and provided $49,000 in donations and outreach in 2022. We regularly donate breakfasts and lunches to local community organizations and hold food and clothing drives for those in need.
The hospital’s payroll of more than $33.1 million ripples across the local economy as employees buy goods and services. Capital improvements totaling more than $4 million were made to add our 18-bed Behavioral Health unit and upgrades to systems and equipment in our hospital.
Fox continued, “The vital care we provide is only one part of the broad impact we have. We are committed to doing all we can to provide excellent healthcare services and to making El Dorado and the greater South Arkansas region a healthier, better community for all.”
In 2022 team members at MCSA were offered enhanced benefits to help achieve their personal and professional goals. Benefits include assistance with student loan repayments, reimbursement of licensure and certification expenses and tuition reimbursement. To help fill caregiving, nursing and nonmedical staffing needs, the hospital continues to explore opportunities with SouthArk Community College to develop curriculum and degree paths.
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