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 the land and $100,000 for a hospital named in honor of his mother, Susan B. Allen. The Hospital opened its doors on September 19, 1931. Throughout the years, a number of additions have taken place, making the facility unique in the range of services offered for its size.
Today, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, general acute care hospital, licensed for 103 beds, including a 21 bed Skilled Nursing Facility, and an 11 bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit named the Transitional Life Center (TLC). The Hospital is governed by a local board of citizens, and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).