Mercy Clinic - Cliff Drive Now Open

August 21, 2014

The newest Mercy Clinic primary care location is now open near the intersection of Cliff Drive and Old Greenwood Road.

Fort Smith, Ark. - Thoughtful design and meaningful touches are found throughout Mercy Clinic’s newest primary care location. Mercy Clinic – Cliff drive is now open at 3700 Cliff Drive in Fort Smith. The 13,625 square foot building includes 24 exam rooms as well as onsite lab and imaging services and is wired with Mercy’s electronic health record. It is generally modeled after the Mercy Clinic Dallas Street location that opened in October 2012 with seven providers and an average of 1,500 patient visits per month. Last month, that clinic had grown to include 11 providers seeing 3,000 patients per month.

“The success of our Dallas Street location means this clinic opening couldn’t come quickly enough,” said Dr. Cole Goodman, Mercy Clinic president. “We’ve had to be very creative with space and scheduling to accommodate our patients. The new Cliff Drive location means greater opportunity for us to provide more primary care services for our still underserved community.”

The $5.3 million Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Cliff Drive location is designed to have space for 8-10 providers. It is currently home to three family medicine providers, Sean Baker, DO, Jennifer Burks, MD and Peggy Kelly, APN as well as internal medicine specialist Todd Stewart, MD.

 “This new clinic is truly a 21st century care center,” said Dr. Sean Baker, Mercy Clinic primary care medical director. “It is fully integrated with today’s technology. There are monitors in each room so doctors can share x-rays and lab results, patients have access to their electronic health record through MyMercy and exam rooms are already wired for telemedicine consults in the future.”

The clinic is located on a previously undeveloped plot of land across the street from the entrance to ABF headquarters. Instead of clear-cutting the lot, Mercy engaged a certified arborist and tree preservation specialist to save as many of the trees as possible.

“We’re very pleased that the result of our planning is a very natural, wooded location designed to be a relaxing setting for patients and employees,” said Dr. Goodman. “We hope the addition of many new Mercy design elements will be meaningful as well.”

Among those design elements that are the new standard in Mercy buildings –

Lantern and the Cross – This unique entrance to Mercy buildings serves as a beacon to draw people in. Embedded within the lantern are the mullions of the windows which form the shape of the cross. The covered canopy is there to offer consistent protection and hospitality.

The Cornerstone – The corner of the building includes a large stone etched with the year built, 2014, as well as the design of a cross within a cross that is still the symbol of the Sisters of Mercy religious community. The cornerstone symbolizes Mercy’s ongoing commitment to the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy.

The Mission Statement – Mercy’s mission statement can be found inside the vestibule of the new clinic. It reads, “As the Sisters of Mercy before us, we bring to life the healing ministry of Jesus through our compassionate care and exceptional service.”

The Vessel Wall –The Vessel Wall is an artistic installation that includes a number of clay vessels. It symbolizes the diversity of Mercy co-workers and their willingness to be poured out in service to others.

Words that bring encouragement – Words from scripture and the writings of Mercy Foundress Catherine McAuley are etched onto glass throughout the building and on the seat wall at the entrance to the building. These words are meant to lift up those who pass by.

A Natural Environment – The presence of native plants and natural light are obvious throughout this campus. The hope is that nature, God’s creation, brings peace and healing to both patients and co-workers alike.

Another Mercy Clinic location is currently under construction on the southwest corner of Free Ferry and Waldron Road. Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Free Ferry is expected to open in November 2014. Both new clinic locations are part of Mercy’s $192 million community master plan rolled out in 2011 and designed to increase access to health care in the River Valley.


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