St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic Dr. Jamie Irwin loves to see the joy when she’s finished a canning project.
“You get to have this really pretty, beautiful jar that you get to give somebody as a present. I think that’s nice,” Irwin said.
Jamie Irwin, DO, is Mercy’s newest pediatrician at the St. Joseph’s Mercy Clinic location at 2825 Albert Pike in Hot Springs.
She grew up in the Shreveport, La., and El Dorado areas and attended Centenary College of Louisiana. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. After her parents moved to Little Rock, Dr. Irwin followed them and did her internship and residency at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. She comes to Mercy from Central Arkansas Pediatric Clinic in Benton.
“Children’s was a great choice for training and I met my husband there. I’m really happy to be here now. It’s a nice change for me. It’s a beautiful drive in everyday,” Dr. Irwin said. “I’ve seen a lot of patients so far and that really shows me what the need is in this area. I’m ready to get to the point where I know them and it becomes more personal.”
Dr. Irwin is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. She deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases and is accepting new patients.
“When I went to med school I really thought I was going to be an OB-GYN. I really loved babies. But I was just much happier when the baby was out and the screaming was done. And I found that when I did my rotations that the happiest people I worked with here pediatricians,” Dr. Irwin said.
Irwin’s husband is a central Arkansas native and they have a 3-year-old son that has her watching a lot of cartoons and playing blocks, cars and t-ball at home.
“It’s a great place to set down roots, raise your family and build your practice,” Dr. Irwin said.
She also loves to read and sing and has recently taken up canning.
“I think it’s a lost art that’s really fun,” Dr. Irwin said.
Dr. Irwin’s patients have access to MyMercy, a secure, Internet-based service that gives access to their personal health record. Call (501) 767-9111 or visit www.mercy.net to contact her office.
St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services.
In 2012, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.