Mercy Hospital Springfield Quick Facts

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  • Recognized by the American College of Cardiology in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” issue for commitment to hospital care for heart patients.
  • Named one of the nation's Top 5 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health for four consecutive years (2016 to 2019)
  • Ranked as a high performing in 11 procedures/conditions by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named in 52 Great Health Systems to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review
  • Named "Most Wired Advanced" by American Hospital Association for health information technology
  • One of only 10 systems nationwide to participate in a three-year federal test program focused on improving outcomes while decreasing health care costs for Medicare patients with chronic illnesses
  • Named an Accountable Care Organization by the government, which works to coordinate care to improve patients' health while cutting costs
  • One of four Centers of Excellence for knee and hip total joint replacements, as well as spine care, for the Pacific Business Group on Health, which includes Walmart and Lowe's
  • Show-Me 5 Award Recipient for breastfeeding initiatives
  • Accredited as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in knee and hip replacement 
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award™ (2023, 2021) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement, and total knee replacement 
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery Award™ (2023) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in prostate removal surgery and transurethral resection of the prostate 
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award™ (2023) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in back and neck surgeries and spinal fusion procedures 
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Surgical Excellence Award™ (2023, 2022) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in surgical care across 15 of the most common in-hospital surgical procedures including cardiac, vascular, joint replacement, prostate, spine, and gastrointestinal surgeries 
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery Award™ (2023, 2022, 2021) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, carotid surgery, and peripheral vascular bypass surgery
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ (2023) 
  • Superior clinical outcomes in coronary intervention procedures (angioplasty with stent)
  • Earned certification for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement by The Joint Commission and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • Region's longest-serving health care provider since 1891
  • Region's only full-time children's cancer center, and one of only eight St. Jude Children's Research Hospital affiliates in the nation
  • Mercy Kids Children's Hospital in Springfield has dozens of local physician subspecialists, with services ranging from pediatric critical care to pediatric oncology, orthopedics, endocrinology and neurosurgery
  • Region's first neonatal intensive care unit, a Level IIIB, cares for more than 400 babies annually
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy for heart and lung patients
  • Level I Emergency Trauma Center for Missouri and Arkansas
  • Only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center for Arkansas
  • Region's only burn unit
  • Mercy Life Line, the region's first hospital-based air ambulance service, has more than 30 years of accident-free flight
  • Certified STAR Program®, which emphasizes therapy for cancer patients to improve strength, energy and daily function
  • 3D mobile mammography van
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • 1891: Sisters of Mercy arrive in Springfield and soon open hospital
  • 1905: Sisters open new 40-bed hospital, along with a nursing school
  • 1952: The third St. John’s Hospital opens at current location on Cherokee Street
  • 1981: A $20 million expansion and renovation is complete, establishing St. John’s as largest privately-owned hospital in southern Missouri
  • 1990s: Hammons Heart Institute, C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center, Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation, Emergency Medical Services, Life Line medical helicopter services and several physician office buildings become part of St. John’s operations
  • 2003: Six-floor outpatient surgery center and medical office building opens
  • 2005: Emergency Trauma Center and new Outpatient Diagnostic Center with state-of-the-art imaging capabilities open
  • 2008: Seven-story patient tower addition opens, complete with patient rooms designed specifically for use with electronic health records system
  • 2009: Mercy's Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, a St. Jude Affiliate Clinic, opens
  • 2012 St. John's is renamed Mercy Hospital Springfield
  • 2013: Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield opens, with 48 patient beds
  • 2013: Ribbon is cut for Mercy Kids children's hospital, located in the east wing of the main hospital
  • 2014: Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield opens, with 60 patient beds
  • 2018: Mercy blesses Branson Multispecialty, a facility with everything from urgent care to family medicine, specialty outreach and infusion center
  • 2019: Mercy blesses Bolivar Multispecialty, a facility that increases access to family medicine and brings specialists to the area. Highlights include a new infusion center and 3D mammography
  • 2019: Mercy's Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center celebrates 10 years as a St. Jude Affiliate Clinic, bringing cancer care home to more than 3,000 local children
  • 2020: Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield opens fully, with new state-of-the-art operating and procedure rooms, and offering the most comprehensive heart care in the region. All heart care is now performed under one roof, simplifying the experience for the patient
  • 2020: COVID-19 pandemic results in need for quick renovations/additions to meet demand. Mercy Hospital Springfield was the first in the area to set up a “forward triage” outside the emergency room to quickly assess patients for COVID-19 symptoms. A mobile care unit outside the ER soon followed. COVID-positive inpatient numbers soared above 100, creating the need for five specialized units to care for patients with the virus
  • 2020: Mercy Hospital Springfield responds to the lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic by manufacturing its own plastic face shields, which it shares with other providers
  • 2020: Mercy Hospital Springfield is the first provider in the Ozarks to offer COVID-19 vaccinations, with two RNs from a COVID unit taking the doses simultaneously
  •  2020: Mercy Hospital Springfield is the first provider in the Ozarks to offer COVID-19 vaccine to those outside health care, with a 98-year-old veteran stepping up for the first dose
  • 2021: Mercy cuts the ribbon on the new Mercy Kids Emergency Room, a center dedicated to serving children in Springfield and the surrounding area
  • 2021: Mercy is the first health care provider in the area to announce it will require its co-workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the health and safety of our patients and communities
  • 2021: Springfield, Missouri, becomes the national hotspot for COVID-19 infections due to the Delta variant. Hospitalizations top out at 155 infectious patients on July 23, 2021
  • 2021: Mercy celebrates 130 years of service to Springfield and the surrounding communities
  • Using secure video and audio connections from Mercy Virtual or the local doctor's office, patients can have virtual visits with primary care providers, pediatric mental health specialists, stroke specialists and critical care doctors.
  • 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, tablet or smartphone
  • Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System reduces pain and improves recovery times for patients facing a variety of surgeries
  • Three-dimensional cardiac magnetic resonance allows views of anatomic information from any desired angle
  • Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
  • CyberKnife radiosurgery
  • Catalys Precision Laser for laser cataract removal
  • Corneal cross-linking to treat keratoconus
  • 3D Mammography
  • SAVI SCOUT for breast lumpectomy

By The Numbers (FY2023)

512,969 visits


$24.2 million

Traditional Charity Care

$6.1 million

Other Community Benefit

$87.8 million

Unreimbursed Medicaid

914 Beds

Inpatient Care

226 Locations

Clinic and Outpatient

30,417 Discharges

Acute Inpatient

7,411 Co-workers

Hospital Based

453 Physicians

Mercy Clinic

36,286 Surgeries

Inpatient and Outpatient

62,439 Visits

Emergency Room

3,057 Births

Maternity Services

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Phone: 417-820-2008
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