Recently, the Smith Memorial Association was informed they were awarded $3.8 million in grant funding from the Arkansas Department of Commerce.
These funds will be used to revitalize the historic Smith
Hospital located in Logan County.
The Smith Memorial Association states this project will focus on workforce development, healthcare, and education for Western Arkansas and beyond. This project would not have been possible without the support of the Smith family. Finance chair, Dr. Lee Lane expressed her gratitude and excitement saying, “Because of the generous donation from Dr. JC Smith and his sister, Elaine Minden, community services can be created and expanded for the River Valley.”
This project has been a labor of love for many years by several dedicated individuals. After many conversations and assessments, the project plans to address many of the recognized needs of the area and provide opportunities for the young, old, and the in-between. The team plans to waste no time bringing their vision to life. Phase One of the project is planned to be completed by December 2026.
Services will again be provided in the historic Smith
Hospital “that can impact nine counties in Arkansas”, said Arkansas State Senator, Gary Stubblefield. This is truly an important project and the first of its kind in the state of Arkansas. Representative Jon Eubanks’ support was also instrumental in securing the grant funding. The Smith Memorial Association would like to extend thanks and appreciation to the legislators, including Govenor Sanders, individuals, and the many community partners and organizations that advocate for positive changes in the River Valley.