History

Originally constructed in 1950 with 62 beds, Summit Medical Center is now a 103-bed, full service general acute care hospital. Located in Van Buren, Arkansas, it serves more than 160,000 residents of Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian counties in western Arkansas and Sequoyah County in eastern Oklahoma.

The hospital was opened in 1951 and was named in honor of the Crawford County men and women who had lost their lives in war. Built by the county, the hospital was managed by the Sisters of St. Benedict. 

Since 1986 Summit Medical Center has thrived as a rural hospital while others have struggled and/or ceased operations. The Associates and physicians of the hospital have given it a rich heritage of caring and commitment to the patients they serve.