Benson Hospital has been serving the San Pedro Valley community since 1970. The original hospital was privately owned by James Hesser, MD and was located where the current public libray is today (300 S. Huachuca St, Benson, AZ). In 1963 the building was purchased by the Kartchner family and the San Pedro Valley Hospital District was formed. In April of 1966, plans began to build a new hospital at its present location.
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Getwiller, of Benson, donated ten acres of land on the rise for the site of the present hospital. At last in early July 1970, the Benson Hospital was opened to receive patients. Almost immediately, filming of the movie “Rage”, starring George Scott and Richard Basehart, took place in the Benson area. Much of the movie was shot in the new Benson Hospital.
What started as a small community hospital meeting simple needs of patients of this Southeastern Arizona area has grown to care for an overwhelming Emergency Room use. With the influx of hundreds of winter visitors and many new permanent residents, outpatient use in laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation have increased dramatically.
Ground was broken and construction completed for the new emergency department in 2007. It was expand to accommodate 8 beds, secured admitting, CT scans, isolation room with separate entrance and urgent care unit. It has been well used since its opening and is accommodating the community and travelers with a 24 hour on duty Emergency Room physician, well trained staff and ancillary services.