St. Edward Mercy today announced a deal has been completed and River Valley Musculoskeletal Center (RVMC) is now part of St. Edward Mercy Health System.
“For RVMC patients, the transition to Mercy will be seamless,” said Jeff Johnston, president and CEO of St. Edward Mercy. “RVMC patients will continue to see the same physicians and staff at the same location they always have. RVMC has offered great service to the people of this area for more than 60 years and we are pleased to have them continue that tradition as part of Mercy.”
The deal means the integration of 15 physicians and more than 100 RVMC employees into St. Edward Mercy. The physicians joining St. Edward Mercy Clinic include:
“It gives me great pride to welcome this group of physicians to Mercy Clinic,” said Cole Goodman, MD, president of Mercy Clinic. “There’s no doubt they share the vision already established by the more than 60 physicians of Mercy Clinic to provide quality care for our entire community.”
Mercy will also acquire the existing 17-acre RVMC campus located at 3501 W.E. Knight Drive just off 79th Street and Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. It includes:
The need for the expansion of musculoskeletal services in the River Valley was noted in St. Edward Mercy’s recently completed community master plan. According to data from health care consulting firm Sg2, Arkansas will see a 22% increase in inpatient orthopedic procedures by 2020.
“Mercy is looking to the future and making sure we have the right physicians and services in place to care for the people in our community,” said Johnston.
“It’s really a win-win that the goals of Mercy and RVMC mesh so well and that we will be able to work together to provide quality, convenient, musculoskeletal care for people in the River Valley,” said Greg Jones, MD, orthopedic surgeon.
In addition to the musculoskeletal campus, Mercy is pleased to have its first urgent care in the River Valley. It will continue to be open seven days a week. The hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm, Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 1-6pm.