ROGERS (KFSM) -- Mercy Northwest Arkansas announced plans Wednesday (April 27) to invest $247 million in expanding its health care facilities and services and creating 1,000 new health care jobs in the area.
Those expansion plans include:
- A new patient tower that will take Mercy Hospital NWA from 200 beds to 300-plus beds,
- Addition of multiple primary care and specialty clinics in Benton County and north Washington County,
- Creation and recruitment of new health care jobs, including physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and other health care co-workers,
- Enhancements to the hospital's specialty care, including the heart and vascular center and women's and children's services,
- Establishment of a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences community internal medicine residency program in partnership with the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. The program will provide training to eight doctors in the first year and grow to 24 doctors in three years.
Construction on the new patient tower will begin either at the end of 2016 or early 2017.
The four new clinics will be built in Bentonville, Bella Vista and Pea Ridge.
"To be able to have that care right there at home and be close to the schools and people not have to travel as far," said Dr. Steve Goss, president of Mercy Clinic. "We do intend to serve all those people who have more trouble with transportation, and it’s more of a burden to them to get around.”
The announcement from Mercy comes less than a year after Arkansas Children's Hospital announced it will be building a new campus in Springdale.
Wayne Callahan, chairman of the Mercy Northwest Board, said the expansion will allow them to continue serving their patients for years to come.
“The mission of the Sister’s of Mercy is to meet the needs of our growing community and everyone in our community," said Callahan. "This facility with expanding our beds will definitely help us do that.”
The expansion will also be helping the rest of Northwest Arkansas
ROGERS MAYOR GREG HINES WANTS TO MAKE MERCY HOSPITAL A HEALTHCARE DESTINATION AND SAYS THIS ISN’T JUST GREAT FOR ROGERS IT’S GREAT FOR ALL OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS.
“I think there are a lot of innovative things going on with healthcare and cancer research happening in Northwest Arkansas. And the announcing of Children’s Hospital, this huge announcement of 247 million dollars and over one thousand jobs over the next few years, expanding healthcare access across Northwest Arkansas.”