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It’s taken two years of hard work, but the 199,000 square foot Mercy Orthopedic Hospital at Evans Rd. and Highway 65 is complete.
The $115 million facility features four stories, ten operating rooms, 48 in-patient beds, a clinic, café and a retail pharmacy.
Sonya Kullmann is spokesperson for Mercy Springfield.
"This will allow orthopedic patients to be able to go visit their doctor, get their initial consultation, have their surgery in that same building. They'll also get the physical therapy in that building. It's kind of a one-stop shop for everything orthopedic," she said.
Orthopedic and spine specialists will provide a wide range of services in the new facility, including general orthopedics, total joint replacement and spine care.
Orthopedic surgeries until now have been done at Mercy’s main campus, and Kullmann says with a shortage of operating rooms, patients used to have to wait sometimes up to a month to schedule surgeries. She says the new hospital makes the process much more efficient.
A blessing and ribbon cutting are planned for 4 pm today (8/29) at the hospital, 3050 E. Riverbluff Blvd., and the public can tour the new facility until 8 pm.
The clinic offices opened in mid-August, and the first surgery at the new hospital is scheduled for mid-September.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.