Construction underway on Mercy Orthopedic Hospital in Fort Smith

June 14, 2013

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First floor concourse

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Second floor view

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Second floor view

Hidden behind the construction fence at the busy intersection of 79th and Phoenix, the new Mercy Orthopedic Hospital is beginning to take shape. And while it may be hard to see what’s going on from the street, a video camera is giving people a bird’s eye view of the work underway.  The construction camera offers both real-time and time lapse views of the site.

“It’s just a great way to keep people in the loop,” said Larry Young, project manager. “Right now, the work going on is underground but in the weeks and months ahead people will really be able to see the hospital begin to develop.”

Mercy recently completed plans for the new building based on input from physicians, clinical staff and patients. The 69,000 square foot hospital will be two stories and attach seamlessly to the existing ambulatory surgery center.

“This hospital is the final piece of the puzzle on this campus,” said Dr. Keith Bolyard, medical director of Mercy’s musculoskeletal campus. “We’re already able to take care of children, people who’ve had accidents or injuries and recreational athletes at this location. Now we’ll add baby boomers in need of surgery for knee, hip and shoulder replacements to the list.”

The hospital’s first floor will include:

  • 10,138 square foot outpatient rehabilitation clinic with a therapy pool serving more than 100 patients per day

  • Pre-operative screening area where patients will come prior to surgery for a physical, EKG, x-ray and lab screening

  • Surgery waiting and registration

  • Café serving breakfast, lunch and a light dinner with seating for 50 and patio dining available.

The second floor will consist of:

  • 18 fully-furnished patient rooms at opening with six more available when they are needed

  • Shell space for 12 additional beds bringing the hospital capacity to 36 beds at full completion.

  • Chapel

  • Waiting/vending area for families.

Views from the building were carefully considered in the planning process. The building will sit facing 79th street allowing for the most natural light in the building.  The exterior will have lush landscaping, ample parking and a feature garden outside the large windows of the rehab area in order to give patients a nice view as they complete their therapy.

“The entire building design centers around making recovery for patients quick and comfortable,” said Janeen Kueck, executive director of Mercy Orthopedic Hospital. “The inpatient floor has a loop like hallway so patients can begin walking shortly after surgery. Flooring changes will help them gauge how many feet they’ve walked as they gain strength. There are also special chairs in the patient rooms to aid in bedside physical therapy. The goal is to get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible.”

Mercy Orthopedic Hospital is projected to open in October 2014.

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