St. Edward Mercy to make $192 million investment over seven years.
St. Edward Mercy announced plans Thursday night to spend more than $192 million in capital projects and equipment in the Fort Smith area over the next seven years. The announcement came at the latest in a series of community roundtable meetings held by Mercy. The meeting was a follow-up to last year’s community roundtable, where area leaders discussed community health needs.
"We took all that information and spent the last year trying to analyze how to best meet the needs of the community," said Jeff Johnston, St. Edward Mercy president/CEO. “Now we are happy to come back to the community and share the initiatives we’ve put in place and the plans we’ve made to continue to grow the availability of health care in our area.”
Some of the capital expansion plans include:
“The plan represents a commitment of $4.8 billion across the four states,” Britton said. “About $400 million of that total is in Arkansas, so Fort Smith will be getting about half of the investment for the state.”
Mercy Health System has 28 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities across Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. Plans are in place to spend about $4.8 billion dollars on capital improvements across the system over the next ten years. About $400 million of that is in Arkansas.
“The demand for health care is growing and the population is aging, and as they age they need more resources, so we’ve got to be responsive to that demand,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy Health System.
“We must keep up with the challenge by expanding along with the need. We are pleased to be able to make this kind of investment in health care across the four states Mercy serves.”