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Mercy Springfield has added more urgent care locations in Springfield.  A Mercy-GoHealth will open Saturday, May 19, at 900 E. Battlefield in the Battlefield Marketplace.  Another will open Tuesday, May 22, in the Magers Crossing Retail Center, 2150 W. Republic Rd.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

The clinics will treat adults and children, six months and older, for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries like colds, flu, fever, asthma, cuts, burns, sports injuries and more.

Mercy Springfield has named a new CEO for its Rehabilitation Hospital.  Jay Guffey will take over the job after more than 40 years in health care.

Guffey served as the joint venture board chair for the facility for four years and worked through its design, construction and opening.

He replaces Bruce Eady, who recently took a position as vice president of Patient Logistics at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

Michele Skalicky

A Mercy-owned cost management and supply chain solutions organization has a new home west of Springfield.  The ribbon was cut Tuesday on a 100,000-square-foot building for ROi’s Custom Pack Solutions or CPS, 3000 W. Sawyer Rd. in Republic. 

The facility assembles and sterilizes custom surgical packs, which hold medical supplies needed to perform a variety of procedures.  The packs are shipped directly to Mercy facilities and other health care systems across the U.S.

Updated Nov. 27 with federal decision — Following an investigation and subsequent layoffs, Mercy Hospital Springfield is no longer at risk of losing federal funding due to reports of patient abuse. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave notice this month that the southwest Missouri hospital has achieved compliance with patient care standards after implementing a corrective plan.

Dr. David Barbe
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Six months ago, 97 of Missouri’s 114 counties only had one insurance participant in the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Today, 24 counties have no provider at all. As insurers across the country have dropped out of the exchanges established under the ACA, or Obamacare, it’s underscored the need to stabilize the market.

More insurance companies bring patient options and potentially reduced costs. Getting them into the market requires the right incentive.