Mercy Springfield

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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, is where premature babies will stay for days, weeks, and sometimes even longer. At Mercy Springfield, completion of phase II of its expanded unit aims to improve service to these infants and their families. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

“Let’s pause for a moment to be aware of our merciful God who is always among us,” said Bishop Johnston.

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One out of every nine babies are born prematurely in the United States. Such births have risen by more than 36 percent over the last two decades, according to the March of Dimes (MOD). Yet experts are unsure why. As part of Prematurity Awareness Month, the MOD recently announced that the third of five facilities dedicated to prematurity research will be in Missouri.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on what this means for future parents.

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Behind the wheel of his BMW, James Thomas carefully manages the turns around Springfield’s Phelps Grove Park. There are more pedestrians out walking and biking today, he tells his passenger. And he beams as I ask him from the back seat about his former job; vice president of architecture and construction under the legendary John Q. Hammons. His last big job, he says, was overseeing the design and construction of Hammons Field.  

But this is more than just a typical leisurely car ride around the neighborhood.

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Springfield Public Schools formally dedicated its Health Sciences Academy at Mercy Hospital Wednesday night. The new initiative offers a platform for eighth grade students to dive into the healthcare field.

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Several area non-profit organizations are receiving donations thanks to Mercy Springfield employees.  The grants come from Mercy Clinic’s Force for Good.  Twice each year Mercy clinic doctors and co-workers donate money to help a variety of local organizations.