EL RENO, Okla. – A second Mercy Clinic primary care office opens today in El Reno in an effort to meet the community’s growing health care needs.
As one of two Mercy Clinic locations in El Reno, the new primary care clinic, located at 605 Southwest 27th Street, is a 4,100-square-foot modular building featuring 10 exam rooms, one procedure room, an on-site laboratory and X-ray services.
The team of Mercy providers includes Dr. Richard Lowrance III — a new provider — along with physician assistants Robert DiCintio and Valorie Graves, and nurse practitioner Heather Stanley.
On Aug. 4, Dr. Jesse Sullivan, a longtime provider in El Reno, will join the current Mercy Clinic, located at 2315 Parkview Drive, Suite 100, in El Reno. DiCintio, Graves and Stanley previously cared for patients at the Parkview clinic location.
An additional physician will join Mercy Clinic in El Reno in 2015.
“We are so excited to offer additional primary care services to the community in El Reno,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma. “Mercy continues to evaluate the needs of our patients, recruit quality health care providers to the area and expand our services so residents do not have to travel far to receive Mercy’s high-quality care.”
This influx of providers to El Reno represents Mercy’s proactive response to looming physician shortages expected around the United States over the next few years.
National Provider Shortages
The Association of American Medical Colleges has estimated that the United States will face a potential shortage of 124,000 physicians nationwide by 2025. The report shows that Oklahoma has the seventh lowest number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population in the United States.
These shortages are even more real in rural communities.
Across the country, about one in four people live in rural areas, but only one in 10 physicians practice in those areas, according to the Office of Rural Health Policy.
“Over the past few years, Mercy Clinic has worked hard to recruit the right providers for the El Reno community,” said Derek Mountford, vice president of clinic operations for Mercy Clinic West Communities. “Providers joining our primary care offices in El Reno understand this commitment to the health of the community and want to be part of that future plan.”
About Mercy Clinic Services
Both Mercy Clinic primary care offices in El Reno offer the following services:
X-ray services are also available at the new Mercy Clinic. Call 405-295-2200 to make an appointment at the new Mercy Clinic facility, located at 605 Southwest 27th Street in El Reno.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of more than 2,000 medical providers across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Mercy Clinic is more than 300 providers and 65 clinics statewide. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit www.mymercy.net.