Erica Marriott isn’t surprised that God’s plan for her life was to work in medicine. After all, her parents were health care professionals.
In October, Marriott joined Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Willow Springs as a family nurse practitioner. That follows in the footsteps of her father, who was a nurse, her stepfather, who still is a nurse, and her mother, who worked for Mercy St. Francis Hospital for 30-plus years. She is from Mountain View.
“The medical field has always been around me,” she said. “I have always loved the intricacy of the human body and find medicine to be very fascinating. I guess the love of medicine and health care was something that God had planned for me all along.”
Marriott, who has a master of science in nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis, was a registered nurse who worked in an emergency department for 15 years, including more than 10 years at Mercy St. Francis, before becoming a nurse practitioner.
“I look forward to the variety of patients and conditions that will be presented to me in the family practice setting,” she said.
Married and with six children, Marriott keeps busy with family and church activities, such as helping with the youth group. Those activities fit nicely into her two passions: God and family.
“I enjoy learning right along with them (youth) and traveling to different mission fields with them,” she said. “I hope that each and every day my actions are pleasing to God and that, through these actions, I am showing my family what a Godly woman should act like.
“I enjoy the memories we make each and every day, and I cling to those moments because all too soon they are gone.”
When time allows, Marriott likes to play in local volleyball and dodgeball tournaments.
“The only downside is that I am not as young as I once was, so I usually walk away with a lot of sore muscles and multiple bruises,” she said.
Marriott is accepting new patients at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine, 1202 E. Main, Willow Springs. The phone number is 417-469-1820.
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, named in the 100 Top Hospitals®; 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 2016 by Truven, an IBM company, that serves millions annually. Mercy 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 Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.