Crystal Webb grew up in Halfway, Missouri, but doesn’t do anything half way when it comes to her medical career.
Webb progressed from a nurse early in her career to a family nurse practitioner and recently joined Mercy Urgent Care – Branson. Her busy role in a walk-in setting is a far cry from her youth in a town of less than 200 people that got its name from being located half way between Bolivar and Buffalo.
While growing up as one of four daughters, Webb said she got the “calling” at age 7 to go into health care despite not living near any medical facilities.
“All I knew was that I wanted to be a nurse,” she said.
Webb, whose father died at a young age due to lung cancer, graduated in 1988 from the Burge School of Nursing in Springfield. She received a bachelor’s in nursing in 1994 from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar and a master’s in nursing in 2001 at Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University, in Springfield.
The master’s degree enabled Webb to become a nurse practitioner.
“After 16 years of nursing,” she said. “I wanted a bigger challenge.”
Working in an urgent care setting provides Webb with the challenge of seeing a variety of patients on a moment’s notice who need immediate, but not life-threatening, care. This includes ailments like sore throats, ear problems, minor injuries and burns, sprains and strains, and more serious conditions that might require stitches or X-rays.
“I enjoy being able to help people during their acute illness and direct them to maintain their health,” she said. “I’m passionate about educating patients on how to get better and take care of themselves.”
When not taking care of patients, Webb enjoys kayaking, cycling, gardening and Cardinals baseball. She also has five rescue dogs.
Webb joins Dr. Charles Woodall and nurse practitioners Rebecca Coleman and Marcia Howard at Mercy Urgent Care – Branson at 1065 State Highway 248, Suite 200. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The phone number is 417-337-5000.
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company. Mercy serves millions annually and includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices 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 Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.