Mercy opens orthopedic clinic as part of investment in NWA healthcare

by Jeff Della Rosa (JDellaRosa@nwabj.com) 1,046 views 

Mercy officials and healthcare providers gather for a ribbon cutting for the new orthopedic clinic in Rogers.

Mercy Northwest Arkansas continues to make progress on its $247 million expansion plans, and the healthcare provider celebrated the opening of the most recent piece of the plan Wednesday (June 28).

The 22,000-square-foot building at 1000 S. 52nd St. in Rogers is home to Mercy Clinic Orthopedics and Mercy Sports Medicine. The clinic, which opened last week, is adjacent to Mercy Clinic Rheumatology and Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine and less than two miles north of Mercy Hospital.

Mercy is leasing the space and invested $1.3 million into fixtures, furnishings and equipment for the clinic. It will include 13 providers — eight physicians and five certified physician assistants — 41 exam rooms and 15 casting beds.

Orthopedics physician Scott Cooper explained how the clinic has grown from Ozark Orthopedics. The clinic had seven providers when it joined Mercy about three years ago.

“With this new facility, we can see Mercy’s commitment to our practice, and our desire to be the best orthopedic team we can be,” Cooper said. “We do provide world-class orthopedic care.”

Some joint replacement surgeries are completed as outpatient surgery. They are Joint Commission accredited for arthritis disease for knee and hip replacement. He also spoke on the importance of the new clinic’s capacity, allowing for the ability to add providers.

Dr. Steve Goss, president of Mercy Clinic, said this is one of the seven clinics the healthcare provider plans to open as part of its expansion plan. The next clinic to open will be in Pea Ridge, later this summer or early fall. Soon, Mercy will break ground on clinics in north Bentonville and in Springdale.

“We continue to open doors to healthcare,” Goss said.

He also gave an update on Mercy’s fundraising campaign for the expansion. He said that $4 million has been raised so far.

“We’re sort of in the ground setting stages of that,” he said.

On June 8, Mercy kicked off construction of a 14,000-square-foot Mercy Health primary care clinic at 4344 S.W. I St. in Bentonville. The $7.7 million clinic was one of two clinics Mercy plans to open in Bentonville over the next year to 18 months as part of the expansion Mercy is making over the next four years.

In April 2016, Mercy announced it would build seven clinics and expand the hospital in Rogers. There, it will add a seven-story, 190,000-square-foot tower and move and increase the size of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The project is set for completion in August 2019.

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