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Overview of Fulton County Hospital

Construction was completed in 1963 under the supervision of the eight men appointed as the first Hospital Board of Governors by Judge Oren Haney. They were Jack Cochran (Chairman,) G.T. Humphries, Jim Humphries, Jimmy Miller, Charlie Short, E.R. Carroll, Reece Smith, and Wilford Brown. On March 21 of that year, the hospital opened its doors. A staff of 18 people, led by Hospital Administrator Mack Harbour, stood ready to service 22 patient beds. At the time, Dr. Arnold, whose advocacy for the hospital had been heard and answered, was the only staff physician. He was joined in June by Dr. David Ducker, who had recently returned from completing naval obligations. Health Service increased rapidly over the next few years and Doctors James Davis, Charles Tucker, and A.T. Walker were added to the staff in order to help keep up with the rising flow of patients.

Despite the fact that many small rural hospitals have closed, Fulton County Hospital continues to offer quality healthcare to the residents of Salem and the surrounding area. It is one of a very few solely owned and operated county hospitals in Arkansas. We believe that this is because we are a community hospital.

Total beds: 22

Hospital Type: Critical Access Hospital

No of Affiliated Doctors: 54

Specialities: Multi Speciality

Medicare Quality data

The Medicare quality data presented below is derived from the www.cms.gov hospital compare data. Star ratings are limited in scope to the data sources they are derived from. The Hospital Compare overall hospital rating summarizes a variety of measures across 7 areas of quality into a single rating for each hospital.

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Patient Experience


Safety of care


Timeliness of care


Staying out of Hospital after treatment


Above national average

Same as national average

Below national average

Patient Experience (HCHAPS) data from Medicare

This data is based on HCAHPS survey by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (www.cms.gov).The HCAHPS survey is administered to a random sample of adult patients across medical conditions between 48 hours and 6 weeks after discharge; the survey isn't restricted to Medicare beneficiaries. Hospital Compare currently reports results for the categories listed below.    

76% Patients that would definitely recommend ( 4% higher than the national average )


AARP, Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield (excluding Pathway plans), Assurant Health, Beech Street Corp. (Multiplan), CBCA Administrators, Central Benefits, Cigna, Cofinity, Community Mutual (Anthem BCBS), Concordia Health plan-thru Multiplan, Creative Health Plans, Custom Design Benefit (20/20 employees or Frontpath), Direct Care America (DCA), Emerald Health Network Insurance, Everence (formerly Mennonite Mut Aid), Frontpath Network insurance plans, Great West Healthcare (Cigna), HealthSmart Network (formerly Emerald Health and Direct Care America), Humana, Integrated Health Plan Network (Multiplan), MedBen (if one of our networks is used or for employer groups of Gerken, Mennel Milling, or Reineke Family Dealerships), Medical Mutual of Ohio (SuperMed, SuperMed HMO and HMO Health Ohio, PPO, POS), Multiplan Network insurance plans, NGS Coresource, Ohio Health Choice Network, Paramount (HMO, PPO & Affordable Care Act), Paramount (Ohio & Michigan), Parkview Signature Care, Primary Health Services (PHS) Network, Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (Multiplan), United Healthcare (UHC), BCMH – Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, CHAMPVA, Ohio Crime Victims Compensation, Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, VA-Veteran’s Administration, VA Choice, Aetna My Care Ohio, Buckeye Community Health Plan, Buckeye My Care Ohio, CareSource, Medicaid Only, Molina Medicaid, Ohio Medicaid, Paramount Advantage, United Healthcare Community Plan.



The hospital accepts various types of health insurance, but individual coverage may be variable. You should check with your insurance whether the hospital is in network or not. You can make payment via cash, online, credit card or debit card.

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