About RVMC

Personalized Healthcare Services In Dardanelle, AR

Founded in 1965, River Valley Medical Center was conceived and built to provide critical access hospital service for rural Arkansas. Conveniently located in Dardanelle, we serve a wide area throughout Yell County and beyond. While we are a relatively small hospital, our facilities are on par with institutions many times our size, and we are able to provide a truly comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services. Additionally, we are able to provide a level of personalized service not available in larger healthcare facilities, offering a homelike atmosphere in close proximity to where our patients actually live. We're unwavering in our commitment to high standards, and seek to build relationships with our patients built on trust.

“I’m most proud of the care my nursing staff gives patients. They give amazing, top quality care. It’s more than a job to them… their patients are like family.”
-Stephanie Whitson, Acute Care Inpatient Nurse Manager.

Our Mission And Values

It is the mission of the River Valley Medical Center and its affiliates to provide quality health care in a personalized and cost-effective setting, to promote the health and meet the needs of all people served by the Hospital. 

Every service we render is in accordance with our core values, which are:
  • Quality - We pledge to provide only the highest quality of care to our patients.
  • Dedication - We remain dedicated to serving and improving our community at all times.
  • Excellence - Nurturing a culture of professional excellence yields superior care rendered unto our patients.
  • Innovation - We actively pursue new technologies and techniques that improve our ability to provide care.
  • Safety - The safety and security of our patients and staff is something we are unwilling to compromise on.

The History Of RVMC

March 21, 1965 — Formal dedication ceremonies held for Dardanelle Hospital, a 26-bed facility. Board of Directors for new hospital are announced: Doyle Summers (President), S.W. Hundley, Paul Cowger, H.M. Orsburn, Jr., Jim Ed McGhee, Don DuVall, and Gail Crow.

June 1966 – Dardanelle Hospital accepted to participate in the Medicare program after a government inspection team completed survey of the hospital and its facilities.

July 2003 – News reports note Dardanelle Hospital directly responsible for 107 jobs in local economy, based on data from economic benefits report presented to hospital board of directors the previous month. On top of number of jobs supported in the local community, the Dardanelle Hospital was reported to provide $2.9 million in additional wage income and deliver an extra value of $3.6 million to local economy, according to report prepared for the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Arkansas Department of Health.

April 2007 – Dardanelle Hospital Board of Directors announce it will lease the hospital facilities to Allegiance Health Management, based in Shreveport, Louisiana, in order to better the hospital, according to news reports. Additionally, the board announced that the hospital’s name will be changed to River Valley Medical Center.

July 2014 – River Valley Medical Center launches new Patient Portal, a digital tool allowing patients online access to health care. Access to this new service can be found on the RVMC website, www.RiverValleyMedicalCenter.com.

Our Privacy Policy

Your privacy is paramount at River Valley Medical Center. For our complete privacy policy, please inquire with our Admin Department. Our hospital adheres to all federal and state laws pertaining to privacy.

Privacy Rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information—called “protected health information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule — called “covered entities,” as well as standards for individuals’ privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used. Within HHS, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) has responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Privacy Rule with respect to voluntary compliance activities and civil money penalties.

A major goal of the Privacy Rule is to assure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well being. The Rule strikes a balance that permits important uses of information, while protecting the privacy of people who seek care and healing. Given that the health care marketplace is diverse, the Rule is designed to be flexible and comprehensive to cover the variety of uses and disclosures that need to be addressed.

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Please refer to our Patient Rights and Responsibilities page for more information regarding your privacy rights at River Valley Medical Center.
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