Pearl Ann Smotherman still can remember hearing stories and experiences from great-grandmother Pearl Hawkins, who worked in the medical field.
“I was amazed with the compassion she had for her patients, which commonly was my dad and all his brothers and friends,” she recalled.
Those memories turned into more than a career for Smotherman, a board-certified family nurse practitioner who recently joined Mercy Convenient Care – Rolla, where she provides walk-in acute care for all ages.
“I have always been a natural nurturer and leader,” she said. “Being a health care provider wasn’t a choice, it was my calling.”
Smotherman started as a medical explorer in high school before becoming a certified nursing assistant, a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse. She has a bachelor and master of science in nursing.
“I enjoy acute care and ensuring patients are treated in a safe, non-biased environment,” she said. “I help make health care more available to patients without the higher cost of emergency treatment.”
Smotherman’s caring for people extends beyond patients.
“I’m very passionate about humans treating each other with love and respect. Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and to be heard in their health care plan,” she said in recalling her mother telling her to remember the Golden Rule. “Treat people how you want to be treated. We’re not here to judge, so when someone does you wrong, just smile and give them kindness.”
Smotherman grew up in Hartshorn, Missouri, with parents Robin and Carol Hawkins, sister Natasha and brothers Rob and Matt. She recently moved back to the area with husband Clint. They are raising six children: Payton Hunter, Paxton Hunter, Natalie Hunter, Nola Hunter, Jacob Smotherman and Jase Smotherman. They have chickens, horses, dogs, rabbits, goats and “about anything else you can think of that kids like to bring home.”
“My family and I enjoy about anything outside. We ride horses and UTVS and go hunting, fishing, boating and camping,” she said. “Our goal is to raise our family in an environment where they enjoy the land and God’s creations.”
Also at Mercy Convenient Care – Rolla, 1605 Martin Springs Drive, Suite 230, are family nurse practitioners Tristen Donner and Amanda Creamer and physician assistant Tracy Fair-Parsons. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; the phone number is 573-458-6350.
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.