Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital > About Us > History
A Legacy of Community Care
In the late 1920's, the community of El Dorado recognized the need for a modern hospital. Frank S. Allen, a prominent businessman in the community, contributed land and $100,000 for a hospital named in honor of his mother, Susan B. Allen.
In the spirit of community pride and care, the balance of the funds needed to build and equip the hospital was contributed by local citizens. The hospital opened its doors on September 19, 1931. In 1934, the F.S. Allen School of Nursing began educating and training nurses, which continued until 1961.
Throughout the years, a number of additions have taken place, making the facility unique in the range of services offered for its size. In recent years, the Hospital has made significant investments to upgrade patient rooms and technology. Health care, however advanced, is intensely personal. Susan B. Allen surrounds you with a sense of warmth and care that can only be found close to home.
Today, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, general acute-care medical facility, licensed for 74 beds, including Medical/Surgical and Skilled Care, SBA Family Birth Center, SBA Dialysis Center, and the SBA Cancer Center. The Emergency Department provides 24/7 emergency medicine and physician coverage, and is an Accredited Chest Pain Center. With over 400 staff members, we’ve established, and live up to the reputation of providing personal care from healthcare professionals you trust.
The medical staff which cares for El Dorado and the surrounding areas is a tight-knit medical community providing patients and visitors with easy access between physician’s offices and Hospital facilities and services. Medical staff specialties include Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Medical and Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Radiology, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Dermatology, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Emergency Medicine, Urology, Pediatrics, and Ophthalmology.
Susan B. Allen is governed by a local board of citizens, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.