More health care options, closer to home – starting April 3, thousands of patients in the Bolivar region who regularly travel to Springfield will now have a Mercy care team just around the corner.
“It was time,” said Jenine Vincent, vice president of regional operations for Mercy. “We’ve heard from so many community members requesting a Mercy presence in the Bolivar area, and we’re pleased to bring not only primary and convenient care, but also specialty outreach.”
In a one-year time span, patients from Bolivar accounted for more than 4,600 Mercy visits – that’s a little more than a quarter of the city’s population. “It’s exciting to think about how much time and money we’ll be saving our dedicated Mercy patients in and around Polk County.”
The 3,010 square-foot facility is located at 2520 S. Springfield Ave – also known at the Cribbers Corner Shopping Center.
“For decades, it’s been our honor to welcome our dedicated patients – our rural friends, neighbors and co-workers – who travel down Highway 13 to Springfield for a variety of care,” said Dr. Alan Scarrow, president of Mercy Springfield Communities, at the clinic’s official ribbon cutting. “It’s time to travel down a new path – together. When the Sisters of Mercy came to the Ozarks more than 125 years ago, their mission was simple: to deliver care where it’s needed the most. And with their strong faith as a guide, today we expand Mercy’s footprint even more – bringing convenient, affordable care within better reach.”
Dr. Oakley Tyler, in addition to advanced nurse practitioners Justin Simrell and Brandy McNamara, will begin seeing primary care patients on April 3. Convenient care walk-ins will be welcome from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Specialty outreach services at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine/Convenient Care – Bolivar will include orthopedics, cardiology and more. The clinic will also complement on-site providers with virtual visits, expanding Mercy patients’ access to specialty care.