Mercy will establish a new location for primary care in Fort Smith next year, replacing a clinic that was destroyed by a tornado in May 2019.
Ground was broken on Wednesday for Mercy’s newest clinic in Fort Smith, Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Towson. The new clinic will be located at 4600 Towson Ave., at the corner of Phoenix Avenue. The clinic will be approximately 6,200 square feet and provide primary care services such as wellness exams, flu shots and other vaccines, X-ray and lab services and more.
Mercy leaders, along with officials from the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, city of Fort Smith and others, were on hand Wednesday to celebrate Mercy Clinic Fort Smith’s expansion to Towson Avenue.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Mercy to provide a primary care location that will be convenient for our patients. We are very eager to establish this clinic as a replacement for the facility we lost in 2019,” said Dr. David Hunton, president of Mercy Clinic Fort Smith. “Our goal is to provide easy access to state-of-the-art services for our patients, and we believe this new clinic will do just that. This is an exciting day for all of us.”
Dr. Fareed Kannout, internal medicine specialist with Mercy, will move his practice to the clinic, with additional providers expected to join. He recalled working as the 2019 tornado destroyed the previous location and is eager to make the move to the Towson Avenue clinic.
“This is going to be a new home for me and my team, and we’re looking forward to it very much,” Dr. Kannout said.
Construction on the new clinic is expected to begin in the coming weeks, and Mercy officials anticipate the new clinic will open in late 2023. New patients will be accepted.
“The River Valley is transforming right before your eyes,” Fort Smith Mayor George McGill said during the groundbreaking. “As we’re transforming and making tremendous strides, it’s being recognized around the world. And having medical facilities is critical to the growth we’re going to experience. In a short time, Towson Avenue is going to be completely rebuilt."
Mayor McGill also cited the ongoing construction to expand Mercy Hospital Fort Smith’s emergency room and intensive care unit, stating, “Mercy, keep those big wheels rolling!”