Williamson County is home to two comprehensive hospital facilities, Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion and Herrin Hospital in Herrin (a division of Southern Illinois Hospital, Inc.) plus a regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is only 15 minutes away from Williamson County.Heartland Regional Medical Center opened in 2003 as the first new hospital to be constructed in southern Illinois in 40 years. Built to replace the Marion Memorial Hospital, it is licensed for 92 beds and has over 600 employees and 124 physicians providing service in 33 areas of specialization. A full-service medical center, the facility offers a 24-hour fully staffed emergency room, obstetric and geriatric services, comprehensive surgical services and an acclaimed cardiology unit complete with cardiovascular surgery and post-operative rehabilitation programs. An active auxiliary unit enhances the hospital's services and allows hundreds of volunteers to offer their assistance to others in need. Click on Heartland Regional Medical Center for more information. Herrin Hospital, an 89 bed acute care facility, has served the area proudly for nearly 100 years and is currently involved in a nearly $20 million expansion program. Over 135 physicians practice in 39 areas of specialization in this modern, high-tech facility. The internationally acclaimed Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has a strategic alliance with the hospital to provide high quality rehabilitation services on-site, allowing southern Illinoisans to remain close to home yet receive world-class care. Click on Herrin Hospital for more information. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Marion provides both inpatient and outpatient services to veterans from 25 counties of southern Illinois, 8 counties in southwestern Indiana and 17 counties in northwestern Kentucky. It has 55 hospital beds and a separate 60-bed facility for a Nursing Home Care Unit. The facility is affiliated with both SIU School of Medicine and St. Louis University School of Medicine. Click on Veterans Affairs Medical Center for more information. Memorial Hospital of Carbondale is the largest public health care facility in southern Illinois with 132 beds. It provides medical services to the entire region and its cardiac unit is affiliated with Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield, Illinois, the state's largest provider of cardiac services. Click on Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for more information.