Owners of Former Hospital Site Mulling Options

Benton, KY – The new owner of the former hospital in Benton is considering three options for the site's future. Dennis Smith and his partners invested over 116 thousand dollars earlier this year. Smith says among the options he's considering, his favorite is using the building as a veteran's administration convalescent center. He says a V-A clinic in Benton would be a great service to the region's veterans, who currently have to drive as far as Hopkins County or Marion, IL for care. Smith says other possibilities would be to use the facility for a drug rehabilitation clinic or to house a medical school through a joint venture with the University of Kentucky and Murray State University.