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Officials with Mercy have broken ground on its new $19 million multi-purpose clinic in Branson.

The 32,400 square-foot clinic, which intersects Highways 65 and 248, will serve as a primary and urgent care facility. In addition, patients will have access to healthcare practitioners who specialize in autism therapy, family and internal medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, oncology, optometry and more.

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Mercy Springfield Communities has reached a new milestone by performing laser cataract surgery on its 10,000th patient.  The hospital says that makes local doctors the most proficient in laser cataract surgery in the nation.

Dr. Wendell Scott, an ophthalmologist at Mercy, says that “for us, it’s a matter of trying to bring the best technology to all our patients and treat everyone.”

In this segment of the KSMU Sense of Community Series, Michele Skalicky tells us about an anniversary celebration in Springfield that's expected to result in many hours of volunteer time for the community.

Mercy Springfield is getting ready to celebrate its 125th year.  When an organization celebrates a big anniversary, they’ll often host special events, there might be cake involved, but an idea to celebrate THIS anniversary will benefit the entire community.


A project at Mercy to track implanted medical devices has the backing of the Food and Drug Administration.  A grant recently awarded to Mercy by the FDA could amount to $5.2 million in funding over the next three years.  The cooperative agreement supports the development of a new medical device evaluation system.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

It’s hard enough for families with loved ones in the hospital without also worrying about where they’re going to stay that’s not too far away.  One woman who spent consecutive nights in a waiting room is working to provide a home away from home for families of Mercy patients.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

Nearly two years ago, Kathy Penrod, who lives in Illinois, got a call that her dad, Jim, had been admitted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.  Family members rushed to be with him.