SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Mercy Springfield cut a ribbon and held an open house on Thursday for its new 48-bed orthopedic hospital. The hospital on the west side of the intersection of U.S. 65 at Evans Road will employ 250 people, of which Mercy says 200 are new hires.
Edited news release from Mercy:
Some 76 million baby boomers – the generation born between 1946 and 1964 – likely will increase the demand for all health care services, and orthopedics is no exception.
“This group still has plenty they want to get out there and do,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Seagrave. “They aren’t necessarily sick, but they may be broken in some way. We want to help fix them and get them back to living their lives.”
Doctors expect this stand-alone facility to make their jobs much more efficient, and that will be better for patients. Plenty of operating room space allows surgeons to move directly from one case to the next. Working with the same group of anesthesiologists, hospitalists and nurses on the same kinds of cases will mean quicker surgeries and less time under anesthesia for patients.