History - Morrilton
History of CHI St. Vincent Morrilton: Originally called St. Anthony’s, the Benedictine sisters at St Scholastica Monastery established St. Anthony’s Hospital as a fourteen-bed facility on December 4, 1925, initially using a private home belonging to the Burrows family of Morrilton. During the following twelve years, they moved twice, first to a Harding College dormitory (when that school, now Harding University, was located in Morrilton), then to the Jones Hospital building on N. West Street. (Jones Hospital had opened in 1920.) The sisters finally acquired their own building in 1937.
The hospital, dedicated in November 1937, had twenty-nine rooms, a laboratory, and two operating rooms. A third story was added in 1949.
In 1965, Conway County voters approved bonds to build a new hospital in Morrilton. Conway County now St. Anthony’s Medical Center, was dedicated on April 4, 1970, and the former building was left vacant for more than thirty years. The original hospital now serves as senior housing.
In 1994 St. Anthony’s became a part of CHI St. Vincent and the hospital’s name was changed to CHI St. Vincent Morrilton in 2011.