It’s a new year and a new name for Booneville Community Hospital. Effective January 1, 2014, Booneville Community Hospital becomes Mercy Hospital Booneville. Mercy has entered into a lease agreement with Booneville Community Hospital, Inc. that becomes official on New Year's Day. Mercy has managed the facility since October 2013.
“By being part of a larger system, we will work with the local team and commit the resources and expertise necessary to expand and enhance the delivery of care to the Booneville community,” said Ryan Gehrig, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith president. “Mercy’s goal is to make health care available close to home by bringing additional services and providers to the community.”
In addition to its faith-based values and reputation for excellence, Mercy brings to Booneville an array of resources that most community hospitals don’t have. These include an integrated supply chain that provides for value-based purchasing as well as important technology like an integrated electronic health record (EHR). An EHR makes patient information more readily available to physicians, which helps prevent unnecessary treatments and duplication of expensive tests. Mercy’s EHR will go-live in Booneville in June 2014.
Opened in 2008, the Booneville hospital includes 25 private patient rooms with a 24-hour emergency department. It offers an array of medical imaging services including x-ray, computerized tomography (CT), ultrasound and bone densitometry as well as laboratory services and specialty clinics.
Mercy Fort Smith already operates three critical access hospitals in Ozark, Paris and Waldron.