Effective Monday, Aug. 29, visitors to Mercy Hospital Fort Smith will enter through a new location.
Hospital visitors should turn onto 74th Street and enter the north parking lot behind the hospital, where signs will be in place to direct visitors. Visitors should look for the canopy at the Rose Garden entrance. The main hospital entrance at 7301 Rogers Ave. will be closed and inaccessible to all patients, visitors and Mercy co-workers.
Patients coming to the Hembree Cancer Center will have dedicated parking on the north side of the Hembree Cancer Center accessible from 74th Street. Signage will be in place.
The visitor entrance change is necessary due to ongoing construction of the $162.5 million expansion of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith’s ER and intensive care unit. Groundbreaking for the project took place in February, and construction is expected to be completed in late 2024.
Shuttle services are available for patients and co-workers at the Medical Building and Labor & Delivery parking lots Monday through Friday by calling 479-461-7272, or the shuttle will stop to pick up anyone needing a ride from the parking areas.
“This is a major step toward completion of our ER/ICU expansion project,” said Ryan Geib, chief operating officer at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. “We understand the challenges that some visitors may encounter with this redirected entrance, but we hope to make things as simple as possible for anyone coming to the hospital during this time. We appreciate visitors’ patience as construction continues.”
In June, Mercy Fort Smith relocated its ER entrance to the Medical Building, 7001 Rogers Ave., as construction continues.
In the expansion, Mercy Fort Smith’s ER is growing from 29 to 50 rooms, with ICU capacity increasing from 38 to 64 patients. An additional 140 parking spaces are being added to accommodate the increased number of patients. Other additions include a five-room area for behavioral health; helipad relocation that will improve the patient transport process; and a new gift shop and meeting room space.
Learn more at mercy.net/FortSmithInfo.