Mercy Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting for New Sports Medicine Clinic in Fort Smith

November 8, 2023

Patients in the River Valley who are suffering from sprains, strains, broken bones and arthritis now have a new location where they can receive care.

Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine – 79th Street is now open at 3505 S. 79th St. in Fort Smith, located in front of Mercy Orthopedic Hospital at the former Convenient Care location. Sports medicine specialists Dr. Timothy Zimmerman and Dr. Ginger Medders have joined Mercy to provide care for patients suffering from injuries and arthritis pain. Dr. Tom Cheyne, who also specializes in sports medicine, will continue to practice as part of the current Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine – River Valley.

Mercy doctor's coat Dr. Tim Zimmerman, left, and Dr. Ginger Medders (speaking) will provide care at the new Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine - 79th Street in Fort Smith.

The Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce along with Fort Smith Mayor George McGill joined Mercy leaders Nov. 8 to cut the ribbon on the new facility.

“Mercy Fort Smith is so excited to bring these physicians to our community and be able to provide this location as another option for musculoskeletal needs,” said Janeen Kueck, Mercy vice president of patient services.

Mercy’s sports medicine physicians provide various services, including care for acute injuries such as ankle sprains, muscle strains and knee and shoulder injuries, including casting for fractures; sports-related concussions and other head injuries, along with care of sports-related medical needs of athletes or those wanting to maintain an active lifestyle; and overuse injuries such as torn rotator cuffs, tendonitis and stress fractures.

In addition, physicians will focus on medical and injection therapies for osteoarthritis and acute inflammation.

“We’re committed to providing exceptional care in musculoskeletal medicine,” Dr. Zimmerman said. “We’re committed to working with the entire Mercy team to make sure patients here in this community and surrounding communities receive the best care available to them. Healing extends far beyond medical treatments. We know that it starts as each patient walks through the door and throughout their experience in the clinic with Mercy.”

Dr. Medders explained that the physicians at the new clinic will “focus on the nonsurgical management of those musculoskeletal problems and try to help get you back in motion and get you moving again.” She said she looks forward to working “hand in hand” with the team at Mercy Orthopedic Hospital – Fort Smith to provide sports medicine needs for the community.

Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine – 79th Street is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. Call (479) 709-6700 for information or to make an appointment. 

Mercy doctor's coat Ashley Carpenter, practice manager at Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine - 79th Street, receives the Mercy cross from Tina Stell, director of operations, and Father Paul Fetsko, vice president of mission.