Mercy Independence Adds New Physicians

March 13, 2012

Deepa Perumal, M.D., and Patty Pettway, D.O.

Mercy President/CEO Eric Ammons has announced the successful recruitment of two new family practice physicians to Independence.

Patty Pettway, D.O., a family physician with more than 20 years of experience, will begin her practice with Mercy on March 19, while Deepa Perumal, M.D., who is currently completing her family practice residency in Wichita, is scheduled to join the Mercy Clinic in September.

“We have prime opportunities in Independence to bring the community exceptional care providers and to help those providers build successful practices,” Ammons said. “At a time when we are in great need of primary care services, our community has stepped up to assist us in recruiting these fine physicians, and I am thrilled to announce their pending arrival.

“I would also ask our community to please stay tuned, as there is more good news to come in the near future.”

A native of southeast Kansas, Dr. Pettway is relocating to Independence from the Fort Smith, Ark., area where she practiced with St. Edward Mercy Clinic Family Medicine. She is a graduate of Pittsburg State University, where she earned a nursing degree, and she earned her medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. She completed her family practice residency through the College of Osteopathic Medicine-Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Okla., and earned certification through the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice in Tulsa.

In addition to Mercy Fort Smith, Dr. Pettway has been affiliated with Booneville Community Hospital in Booneville, Ark., where she served two stints as chief of staff.

She and her husband, Bill Pettway, have six children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dr. Perumal will complete her family practice residency this summer through the University of Kansas, Wesley Family Medicine program in Wichita. Originally from Tirupur, India, she completed her undergraduate study at Mt. Carmel College in Bangalore, India, and received her medical degree from Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College in Kolar, Karnataka, India.

She has received clinical and observational experience working at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in Connecticut, as well as in physician practices in California, with the Camino Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California and at M.S. Ramaiah Memorial Hospital in Bangalore, India.

She and her husband, Prabahar, a software engineer, have two young sons.

More information on the Mercy Clinic is available by calling 620-332-3280 or toll-free 1-800-434-9479.