With the help of two native Arkansans, Mercy Hospital Berryville is boosting the number of surgeries offered each week. Drs. Robert Dorman and James Irwin, both Mercy surgeons, have begun providing a variety of procedures.
“We’re excited to bring in two talented, young surgeons,” said Dr. William Flake, who has served as general surgeon at Mercy Hospital Berryville since 1981. “I recently decided it was time for me to stop doing the more significant procedures, like hernia operations, as well as removing gallbladders and significant tumors.”
Those will now be done by Drs. Dorman and Irwin, who will alternate weekly visits to the hospital. Dr. Dorman began on Dec. 29, and plans to return every other Tuesday moving forward. Dr. Irwin joined on Jan. 13, with plans to be on site every other Wednesday.
“Between the two of us, we’ll perform any surgery that doesn’t require a hospital stay,” Dr. Dorman said. “And now, because of our already established connections to the Mercy health system, there are more doors opening for patients.”
That’s because both surgeons currently offer outpatient and inpatient procedures at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers, about 45 miles west of Berryville. “If a patient in Berryville needs to travel to Rogers for a more serious procedure that requires an overnight stay, he or she can be evaluated and seen in Berryville by those surgeons,” Dr. Flake said. “Then once they’re home, they’ll continue to be seen by that same surgeon.”
Dr. Dorman, a Fayetteville native, went to medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; he completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota. “My father, uncle and grandfather have all practiced surgery, so it’s in my blood,” he said. “The patients in Berryville are incredibly welcoming and I look forward to building on this outreach.”
Dr. Irwin, originally from Fort Smith, went to medical school at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and his master’s at the University of Central Arkansas. “For me, it’s all about the interactions with people,” Dr. Irwin said. “I’m eager to help meet the needs of this community while also building relationships with new patients.”
“It’s the model of the future,” Dr. Flake added. “Patients in Northwest Arkansas who turn to our hometown hospital will see big benefits from this outreach. It could even lead to additional services that might otherwise require folks to travel farther. It’s an exciting time.”
Mercy Hospital Berryville is located at 214 Carter Street in Berryville, Arkansas. To learn more about the Mercy Surgical Outreach, or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Flake’s office at 870-423-3338.