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Posted by: Jarod Word on Dec 17, 2018

Employees at Lauderdale Community Hospital in Ripley did not receive a paycheck for two weeks, WREG reports. The hospital is operated by Kansas City-based EmpowerHMS, which also missed payroll for several of its hospitals in Oklahoma as well. The employees were eventually paid on Friday; however, the hospital is still facing financial hardships, owing the city of Ripley $186,709.00 in back taxes and Lauderdale County $164,985.50 in back taxes. Hospital CEO Michael Layfield said that the facility is facing the same financial woes as many other rural hospitals and that the organization is “struggling because of volumes dropping and decreases in reimbursement."