|City/Town: • Waldron|
|Location Class: • Hospital|
|Year Built: • 1961|
|Year Abandoned: • 2004|
|Status: • Abandoned • Gutted|
|Photographer: • James Kirkendall|
During the early 1960’s a twenty two bed hospital had opened in Scott County Waldron Arkansas after a new city/county sales tax had passed. Even though Scott County Hospital started small it featured a surgery room, X ray room, laboratory and an emergency care room. In 1965 the county hospital had expanded from twenty two beds to thirty three. On February 1982 St. Edwards Mercy of Fort Smith purchased the building and the south wings were added making it a two story complex. Eventually the hospital was split as St Edwards Mercy and Pinewood convalescent Nursing Center.
In 2000 the property was sold to a private ownership and was turned exclusively into a 105 bed nursing home. In 2004 Waldron Nursing Center sold the building to a new owner as a brand new nursing home had been constructed across town. In its later years of use it was used as a training facility as well as shelter for hurricane Katrina victims. Unfortunately the building had many maintenance problems and now the inside has been gutted. In 2012 the building was sold once again and the current owners hope to put the lonely halls of the building to good use once again as a ministry.
*/Caution: The Scott County Hospital is constantly watched by local law enforcement. Anyone caught trespassing are subject to be arrested.\*