Dr. Scott Cooper Begins New Role as President of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas

January 24, 2022

ROGERS, Ark. - Dr. Scott Cooper was recently named president of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Cooper, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, works with more than 200 integrated, multispecialty physicians at 22 clinic locations in his new role.

“I have known Dr. Cooper for years and have seen firsthand how he has distinguished himself as a dedicated health care professional, with decades of experience in Northwest Arkansas and a clear emphasis on physician leadership within Mercy,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. “It’s a tremendous benefit for our leadership team to add his voice and perspective.”

dr.-scott-cooper-mercy-clinic-nwa Dr. Scott Cooper, president of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas

After 18 years as an independent provider, Dr. Cooper joined Mercy in 2014, when his practice integrated into the Mercy network of health care providers in the region. Mercy’s record of high ratings for health and safety is just one of the reasons he credits for taking on this new leadership role.

“Mercy has a history of performing at the highest levels, with a demonstrated commitment to quality health care and patient safety,” Dr. Cooper said. “It’s a pivotal time to serve in this position as Mercy services expand to meet the needs of our region’s fast-paced population growth over the next decade. People are finding out what’s here in Northwest Arkansas, and Mercy is an important part of that draw.”

“The respect Dr. Cooper has earned from patients and the physician community is the result of his investment in everything he does as a doctor,” said Dr. Sonal Bhakta, chief medical officer at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. “He is driven to serve patients, and his fellow doctors appreciate his collaborative nature and his long and continued advocacy for physicians. Those qualities are central to Mercy’s mission of delivering the highest quality patient-centered care and attracting top-tier talent to join our team.”

Serving as president of Mercy Clinic Northwest Arkansas is just one of many leadership positions Dr. Cooper has held in his career. He previously served as president of the Arkansas Orthopaedic and Arkansas Medical societies and currently is the state’s representative to the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Cooper is adding Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas peer physicians Dr. Lance Faddis, recently named chief administrative officer, and Dr. Sonal Bhakta, chief medical officer, to his leadership team, creating a tight-knit physician leadership structure.

“Our collective approach better enables us to keep improving overall patient experiences and care,” Dr. Cooper said. “Working in tandem with Dr. Bhakta and Dr. Faddis is not only an honor, but it also sets up a beneficial leadership dynamic for the future of Mercy in Northwest Arkansas.”

Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 3,400 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, as well as more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.