BELLA VISTA, Ark. – Today Mercy Northwest Arkansas broke ground on its Mercy Bella Vista facility. The groundbreaking ceremony was particularly special with the Melba Shewmaker and Shewmaker family $1.5 million donation to the facility. Mercy recognized the Shewmaker family and their generosity by naming the Bella Vista location the “Shewmaker Family Campus.” Located at Dartmoor Drive and Lambeth Road, over 100 community members joined the celebration to learn more about the new multi-specialty facility scheduled to open Fall 2013.
Third and Fourth grade Cooper Elementary students participated in the program offering the pledge of allegiance, pledging to flags presented by the Bella Vista VFW. Comments from Mercy and Community Leaders spoke to the growth and commitment Mercy has to the community. Dan Shewmaker made remarks on behalf of the Shewmaker family. Dan shared that “He and his family are proud to have been partners with Mercy through the years. His father (Jack Shewmaker) set a precedence in their family to give back to the community. He instilled in them a 3 prong approach to giving back: Youth Development, Education and Healthcare.” He was glad to see the elementary students participating in the program as it truly represented their family’s desire to give back to the community.
“The Shewmaker family gift truly represents their strong civic generosity as well the family’s desire to improve the health and vitality of Northwest Arkansas,” said Clark Ellison, Vice President of Philanthropy. “The tradition of philanthropy that Jack and Melba Shewmaker started many years ago, is still going strong today. We deeply appreciate the Shewmaker’s family continued support.”
Mercy Bella Vista will be 30,000 square foot facility housing urgent care, imaging and laboratory service, family and internal medicine, cardiology, pediatrics along with other specialties. Mercy has been present in Bella Vista for over 20 years. So expanding health services in the community is a top priority for Mercy. Responding to the needs of the community, Mercy intends to provide Bella Vista residents with greater access to multiple specialty physicians close to home.
“The Northwest Arkansas community has been a partner in our Mercy community master planning process” said Scott Street, Mercy Northwest Arkansas President/CEO. “Expanding services to meet the needs of our Bella Vista community is a high priority and we’re excited to see our vision and the community’s vision come to fruition.”
Dr. Mark Lee, Bella Vista Mercy Family Practice Physician shared “He is proud of Mercy for making this commitment of service to the Bella Vista community.” As Mercy continues to grow and address the community’s needs Dr. Lee went on to say “Our philosophy is to help people flourish in life, regardless of the circumstances they are in. We have an approach that addresses the entire person and values, and cares for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of life.”
Mercy’s goal is to enhance health care in the Northwest Arkansas region and to bring services closer to patients and co-workers who live in the area. Approximately 1,600 Mercy co-workers live in region with 130 integrated physicians practicing in the area.
While Mercy continues to strive to meet the provider needs of the community. They have also listened to the community’s input on design and customer experience. All new Mercy facilities will incorporate the architectural design of a covered patient drop off with convenient parking, a large waiting room with comfortable seating, a simple registration process, exam rooms large enough to accommodate the patient, their family and the doctor, a layout that makes it easy to find where you’re going – these are just a few of the ideas from patients and physicians that will be incorporated into the new Mercy Clinic design.
The new facility is part of Mercy’s community master plan unveiled last September. In all, Mercy has plans to spend an estimated $90 million in capital projects and improvements over the next seven years in Northwest Arkansas.
Mercy Northwest Arkansas employs 1600 people. It includes the 200 bed Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Ambulatory Surgery Center in Bentonville, and 27 Mercy Clinic locations within the Northwest Arkansas region; Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton, Lowell, Rogers and Noel, Mo. Mercy employs more than 130 integrated providers across Northwest Arkansas. Mercy Northwest Arkansas is part of Mercy St.Louis, Mo. – the nation’s sixth largest Catholic health care organization.