Northwest Arkansas to get $500 million expansion for Mercy

PLAINTIFFS IN THE CASE WHICH INVOLVES 85 HOUSEHOLDS AND 150 PEOPLE. TODAY–MERCY ANNOUNCED A $500 MILLION EXPANSION IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. PLANS INCLUDE A STATE-OF-THE-ART CANCER CENTER – ADDING OVER 100 DOCTORS AND PRIMARY CARE SPECIALISTS, AND NEW CLINIC LOCATIONS. MERCY ALSO PLANS TO BUILD THE UPPER FLOORS OF ROGERS HOSPITAL TO BRING THE NUMBER OF PATIENT BEDS TO NEARLY 400. MERCY SAYS THEY ARE EXPANDING TO MAINTAIN IWTH GR

Mercy announces plans for $500 million expansion in northwest Arkansas

Mercy on Tuesday announced plans for a $500 million expansion in northwest Arkansas. Plans include a state-of-the-art cancer center, adding more than 100 doctors and primary care specialists, and new clinic locations, according to a news release. Mercy is also planning to expand the emergency department and isolation wards and build the upper floors of Rogers Hospital to bring the number of patient beds to nearly 400. Expanded services in primary care, neuroscience , emergency, women and children, orthopaedics, gastroenterology and behavioral health are part of the plans. The same goes for expanded outpatient offers in emergency care, infusion and imaging. Mercy recently completed a seven-story hospital tower in Rogers and an orthopedic hospital in Fort Smith. It is currently expanding its emergency room and intensive care unit in Fort Smith and expects to complete that by the end of 2024. Population Growth Mercy’s expansions are tied to population growth in northwest Arkansas, according to the release. Benton County’s population grew by 28.5 percent from 2010 to 2020 and Washington County grew by about 21 percent, according to the US Census. The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metro area as a whole rose 24.2%. Benton and Washington counties are the second and third most populous in the state, behind Pulaski in central Arkansas.

Mercy on Tuesday announced plans for a $500 million expansion in northwest Arkansas.

Plans include a state-of-the-art cancer center, adding more than 100 doctors and primary care specialists, and new clinic locations, according to a news release.

Mercy is also planning expansions to the emergency department and isolation wards as well as building upper floors at Rogers Hospital to bring the number of patient beds to nearly 400.

Expanded services in primary care, neuroscience, emergency, women and children, orthopedics, gastroenterology and behavioral health are part of the plans. The same goes for expanded outpatient offers in emergency care, infusion and imaging.

Mercy recently completed a seven-story hospital tower in Rogers and an orthopedic hospital in Fort Smith. It is currently expanding its emergency room and intensive care unit in Fort Smith and expects to complete this by the end of 2024.

Population growth

Mercy’s expansions are tied to population growth in northwest Arkansas, the release said.

Benton County’s population grew by 28.5% from 2010 to 2020 and Washington County’s by about 21%, according to the US Census.

The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metro area as a whole grew by 24.2%. Benton and Washington counties are the second and third most populous in the state, behind Pulaski in central Arkansas.

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