$105 Million Orthopedic Hospital

March 29, 2011


Mercy’s new orthopedic hospital is being

designed using standards for taking care

of today’s patients. These sorts of standards

will become synonomous with Mercy

facilities across a four-state region.


The new orthopedic hospital in Springfield, Mo.,

will be located at Hwy. 65 and Evans Road.

The project is highly anticipated and even

celebrated by neighbors because it makes

possible the start of a new East/West arterial

road at the edge of Springfield. Officials

call it a "win-win" for the community.

Mercy leaders and physicians break ground

on a new orthopedic hospital in Springfield

Wednesday. More than 200 people

attended the celebration for what will become

a 48-bed hospital on the city's southeast side.

St. John's orthopedic surgeons, Health

System President / CEO Jon Swope

and Clinic Chief Operating Officer

Stuart Stangeland break ground

on a new 48-bed orthopedic hospital

in Springfield, Mo.

Mercy Central Region President Kim Day

talks with Brad Wyrsch, M.D.,

one of 14 integrated orthopedic

physicians in Springfield.

Mercy will break ground this week on an $105 million, 157,300-square-foot Springfield health facility that will serve as a prototype for all of Mercy across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

Designed with community input, the 48-bed hospital will provide high quality orthopedic care through coordinated services, integrated operations, and facility design which will drive superior clinical outcomes, enhance physician practice efficiencies and deliver an extraordinary patient experience.

St. John’s orthopedic and spine specialists provide a wide range of services from general orthopedics, trauma, pediatrics, total joint replacements, sports medicine, and spine, as well as physicians with specific practice emphasis on hands, upper extremities, feet, ankles, shoulders, and knees.

Unique aspects of the project include:

  • Community advisory group – a dedicated group of local people from homemakers to small business owners to civic leaders – taking part in conceptualizing the project to best meet the needs of the Springfield community.
  • Unique site design that includes walking trails and lays the groundwork for major East / West arterial road.

This year, baby boomers (the generation born between 1946 and 1964, some 76 million Americans, or 26% of the U.S. population), turn 65-years old and are eligible for Medicare. The number of baby boomers will increase the demand for all healthcare services due to anticipated longer life spans, require health-care services for increased lengths of time, and more will have multiple chronic medical conditions that require medical care.

“As these baby boomers age, their expectations are also anticipated to drive an increasing demand for maintenance of an active lifestyle, which will increase the demand for orthopedic services dramatically,” said Dr. Brad Wyrsch, St. John’s orthopedic surgeon.

In 2008 the Advisory Board, a national healthcare thinktank, projected that as the aging population grows, orthopedic joint replacement alone will have a 23% volume growth for hospitalized patients from 2006-2016 and a 1,259% growth in outpatient joint replacement volumes nationally.

One factor in rising orthopedic joint disease is attributed to the contribution of obesity and its resultant stress on the skeletal system. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Missouri ranks 13th in state obesity rates with 63.9% of adults in Missouri categorized as overweight and 27.4% as obese. Additionally, the CDC places Arkansas 7th in state obesity rates with 63.7% overweight and 28.7% as obese.

Meeting the increasing demand with a facility that is both efficient and comfortable is something Mercy is committed to.

“Currently, St. John’s has reached a critical point regarding capacity constraints in current operating rooms in the main hospital and outpatient surgery center,” explains Jon Swope, St. John’s Health System President / CEO. In 2009, the main hospital operating suite averaged only 3.2% open block time available with 34 rooms, our eight-room outpatient surgery center averaged 3%, therefore limiting any capacity for growth. By 2014 our physician manpower plan calls for the recruitment of an additional 22 surgeons (net to meet the demands of the communities we serve as a tertiary facility.”

The new facility is expected to open in early summer of 2013.



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