Now's the Time to Find a Primary Care Provider

October 28, 2019

If you’ve never established a relationship with a primary care provider (PCP), now is the perfect time. Mercy has added providers around the Springfield metropolitan area, and many have same-day or next-day appointments available.

“We’ve been very intentional about making our care more accessible and more convenient,” said Rob Heen, chief operating officer of Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities. “We’ve added providers in the city and in our surrounding communities and made scheduling with them as easy as the click of a button.”

To see which providers near you have immediate appointments, just go to www.mercy.net and click the red “First Available Scheduling” button at the top of the page. From there, choose your location, indicate that you are looking for primary care, and check out all the nearby appointments for family doctors, internal medicine physicians, pediatricians and advance practice providers. Most have videos, so be sure to click on their names to find out more about them. If you’d rather call, you can dial 417-888-8888 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Jennifer McNay listens to a patient's health concerns. Dr. Jennifer McNay listens to a patient's health concerns.

Fall is a great time to establish care with a new provider, before winter brings illnesses like flu and other viruses. In fact, that relationship can keep you from getting sick in the first place. “We want to keep our patients healthy,” said Dr. Jennifer McNay, Mercy internal medicine doctor and vice president of Primary Care. “We stay connected to them to ensure we’re meeting preventive health measures, scheduling the appropriate screenings and keeping chronic illnesses under control. I’ve known many of my patients for years and I can sometimes tell just by looking into their eyes that something’s not right. That’s when I know it’s time to investigate so I can get them back to better health.”

Communities outside Springfield that have new patient appointment times include Nixa, Rogersville, Strafford, Aurora, Buffalo, Branson, Bolivar and more.