1853 - First Sisters of Mercy arrive by steamboat in Fort Smith to open schools and care for the sick.
1905 - Sisters of Mercy establish the 30-bed St. Edward Infirmary. It was named after the Bishop Edward Fitzgerald of Little Rock, who gave the Sisters permission to open the infirmary.
1923 - The need for an expanded hospital leads to the opening of a new 100-bed facility on Rogers Avenue. It is named St. Edward Mercy Hospital.
1975 - The current location on Rogers Avenue opens.
2002 - 60,000-square-foot Mercy Medical Building opens adjacent to the hospital.
2008 - Mercy Clinic is established as an integrated physician group.
2012 - St. Edward Mercy becomes Mercy Hospital Fort Smith.
2017 - Cooper Clinic joins Mercy Fort Smith, adding about 60 providers, more than 400 employees, nearly 30 clinics and 10 locations.
Just the Facts
Among the first health care organizations in the U.S. to have a comprehensive, integrated, electronic health record that provides real-time paperless access to patient information.
MyMercy, a free service, allows patients to connect online with their doctors, plus see medical information, view test results, renew prescriptions and schedule appointments and e-visits using a personal computer or smart phone.
Area’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) caring for critically ill and premature infants.
Home to Arkansas’ first Ronald McDonald Family Room. This 2,100-square-foot space within the hospital gives families of young patients a place to go during the day and offers four sleeping rooms for parents who live more than 30 miles from the hospital.
Mobile mammography unit reaches approximately 1,600 women a year by traveling throughout the 13-county region. Uninsured patients are able to get mammograms free or at reduced cost through the “To Save a Life” program.
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith was named a 2019 Top 100 Consumer Loyalty Award winner by NRC Health. The award is based on consumers' engagement with health care providers in areas like access to care, patient loyalty and experience.
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith regularly earns an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group as part of its Hospital Safety Grades, which score hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
Mercy Hospital Fort Smith is rated as the No. 4 hospital in Arkansas by U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 in the River Valley for 2019. The hospital is rated as high performing in treating heart failure, colon cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mercy Home Health in Fort Smith was named among the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States and received the annual HomeCare Elite Award of Excellence and for the second time is among the top 500 agencies in the country.
Healthgrades' Critical Care Excellence Award™ (2019)
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2016-2019 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children's, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain
organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.