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The growth of Benton is being supported by the expansion of health care facilities and a medical community that brings forth caring, compassionate and professional attention. Benton’s health care system offers superior facilities and representation in nearly all medical disciplines. Whether choosing a health professional, medical facility or other medical services, you can find these in our city.

As one of the five fastest-growing counties in Arkansas, Saline County has seen an increase in young families moving to the community, and Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) has grown during the past 55 years to meet the demand for quality, convenient health care. More than 180 active and consulting physicians work by the side of trained health professionals to provide highly skilled, compassionate care.

At SMH, patients can expect quality health care with a personal touch. As a 177-bed, nonprofit community hospital and the largest employer in Saline County, SMH continually works toward expanding services to better meet the needs of patients and local residents. SMH has a strong tradition of providing charitable support to the residents of the community. Over the past three years, SMH has provided over $57 million in charity and uncompensated care. No taxpayer or county dollars are used for operations. The hospital is sustained through the revenue generated through patient services, grants and private donations.

Over the past 10 years, SMH has expanded the emergency department and added a $9 million surgery center, a breast imaging center equipped with the latest in digital technology, a complete total joint program, a Sleep Center and a Wound Healing Center, and a Surgical Weight Loss Center. In 2012, SMH announced a relationship with Arkansas Heart Hospital to provide diagnostic, non-invasive testing and invasive services at SMH along with 24/7 call coverage. This partnership with Arkansas Heart hospital provides patients with the opportunity to receive care from specialists in Saline County and allows seamless access to specialty services at Arkansas Heart Hospital when appropriate.

In 2014, SMH opened an After Hours Clinic in Bryant to provide health care services for families who cannot make it to the doctor during regular hours. The clinic is open late from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

New mothers delivering at SMH can enjoy private labor and delivery rooms, helpful prenatal classes and one-on-one nursing care in a comfortable environment. In 2012, SMH opened a Central Arkansas Women’s Clinic off of Springhill Road to better meet the needs of women throughout the county.

The SMH Hospice House is a 16-bed inpatient facility in Bryant that provides the highest quality end-of-life care to patients and their families. SMH also offers Home Health services for those requiring medical care in the home.

Residents also benefit from the array of other health care providers located in the area. Baptist Health Systems has been serving the state of Arkansas for more than 80 years with the Baptist Health Therapy Center, Baptist Health Imaging Center and the Benton Family Clinic, located right in Benton.

Since 1985, Rivendell Behavioral Health has been committed to providing the best psychiatric and behavioral health care with the goal of supporting the whole family. Located in Benton, the center offers a full range of psychiatric and behavioral health treatment services for adults, adolescents and children.

The Arkansas Health Center, formerly known as the Benton Services Center, is a 310-bed psychiatric nursing home licensed by the Office of Long-Term Care as a skilled nursing facility. It serves the needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities who require specialized services or programs that are not generally available through community nursing facilities. The program emphasizes the provision of services to special-need groups as individuals with cognitive dysfunction. Services are available to all residents of Arkansas, provided individuals meet admission criteria.

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