Decade after decade, tens of thousands of patients have turned to Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Ozark for care. The clinic, at the heart of Missouri’s fastest-growing county, now sees more than 13,000 people each year.
“We’ve been right there alongside our community, watching families grow, for nearly 30 years,” said Jenine Vincent, vice president of operations for Mercy Springfield Communities. “We needed a much larger space in order to expand health care services that our friends and neighbors need.”
That space, conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 14 and N. 25th Street, will be the home of Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Ozark come spring 2016. The 13,600-square-foot building will include 24 exam rooms for primary care, lab services, x-ray and an optical shop with three additional exam rooms. A full-time optometrist will offer in-network eye care. Mercy patients visiting the optical center will have access to testing for diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, as well as a one-stop-shop for contacts or hundreds of frames.
“You’ll be able to find out how poorly you see and get the pair of glasses or contacts you need to fix it – all in one spot,” said Dr. Alan Scarrow, president of Mercy Springfield Communities. “Actually, a routine eye exam can also reveal other health problems you may not know you have – like diabetes or high blood pressure. Because your eye exam will be a part of your electronic medical record at Mercy, a specialist can take a look at those results and help you keep your health on track.”
“In addition to vision, we’re looking at other services we could potentially bring, but our priority right now is to build our presence and explore the needs of the community,” added Vincent.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Ozark, currently located at 1106 W. Jackson Street, has been in operation for nearly three decades. Current staff – including Dr. Rick Williams as well as advanced practitioners Stephanie Mather and Bryan Engel – will relocate to the new clinic next year.
“Expanding in this new location will allow us to continue to satisfy the need for quality health care in this community for many years to come,” Dr. Williams said. “I’m very excited to be a part of this project and excited about the possibilities that this new facility will provide for us and the community.”
Mercy currently offers Ozark residents a full range of services for the entire family. Services include physical exams and sports physicals, treatment of minor injuries, x-rays, childhood immunizations, women's health, lab services, laceration repair and suturing, diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders and more. It operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.