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State panel okays new Mercy hospital for southeast Springfield

January 07, 2013|edited news release

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee approved construction of a new  rehabilitation hospital on Evans Road at U.S. 65.   It will be just north of Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield.  The approval came after a hearing on Monday morning.

Mercy offers rehabilitation services at its main hospital in Springfield.  As a Level I trauma center for Arkansas and Missouri, as well as the region’s only burn unit, Mercy says the need for rehabilitation has outgrown the 35 beds available in the current space.

“We currently operate with a waiting list because we are unable to safely and appropriately meet the needs of more patients and their families,” said Dr. Hollis Bell, medical director for rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital Springfield.  “Additionally, we are the only inpatient rehabilitation facility in the Ozarks that provides care for patients as young as 13.  Many patients in this age category have to go three hours away for their care.”


Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield is a partnership between Mercy and Centerre Healthcare Corporation, a national leader in the development and operation of rehabilitation hospitals.  Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield will have 60 beds and provide inpatient rehabilitation for patients who are recovering from strokes, brain or spinal cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic injuries and other conditions.

“Every design component of this hospital focuses on what patients need,” said Jon Swope, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Springfield Communities.  “Our goal is to provide them with real-life situations so can be ready to tackle those obstacles once they leave our care.”

Centerre is dedicated to returning patients home at the highest level of independence. 

“We are excited to partner with Mercy to enhance the inpatient rehabilitation services offered to the Springfield communities with this new hospital.  We currently have partnerships with Mercy in St. Louis and Oklahoma City, “said Patrick Foster, chief executive officer of Centerre Healthcare.

With that in mind, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield will include some unique features:

  • Apartment where patients and families can practice daily living tasks;
  • Outdoor walking trail with a variety of surfaces: grass, gravel and pavement;
  • Gymnasiums featuring high-tech therapy devices and treatments;
  • Specially-equipped rooms for burn patients;
  • Brain injury unit with monitored rooms, specialized beds, patient lifts and dedicated therapy space and dining area;
  • Dedicated stroke unit with specialized equipment;
  • Specially-equipped rooms for bariatric patients;
  • Private, family-friendly rooms with sleeper chairs; and
  • Pet therapy and recreation programs.

Mercy and Centerre plan to break ground on the $28 million, 63,000 square foot hospital in March.

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