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Mercy hospitals provide rural care

Mercy hospitals provide rural care

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Thanks to a $495,926 USDA telemedicine grant, Mercy will be able to provide 900 people in some of the nation’s most hard-to-reach rural areas medical care like they’ve never known before.

Through the three-year tele-home project, Mercy – a network of hospitals and physician offices in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma – will target patients with the most chronic ailments, including diabetes, heart disease and respiratory disease.

St. Joseph's offers heart screenings

St. Joseph's offers heart screenings

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center is committed to providing a range of preventative services through the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center. Mercy will host a $10 heart risk screening from 7 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 8, and Thursday, February 10, at the Mercy Heart and Vascular Center.

Registration is required and can be done by calling 501-622-1848.

Ball celebrates healthy hearts

Ball celebrates healthy hearts

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System will once again serve as presenting sponsor for the American Heart Association’s Hot Springs Heart Ball in the Convention Center’s Horner Hall.

“The Art of a Healthy Heart” is the theme for this year’s Heart Ball, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. Tickets are priced $125 for the event, which is being co-chaired by David and Nancy Bartlett, whose 23-year-old daughter, Michelle, died of undetected heart disease in 2003.

"Heart disease knows no boundaries. Regardless of age, ethnicity or gender, heart disease is still one of the leading killers in the United States. That’s why St. Joseph’s Mercy has made it our mission to lead the way in heart health and treatment,” St. Joseph’s Mercy President Tim Johnsen said.

St. Joseph hospital to switch to electronic records

St. Joseph hospital to switch to electronic records

HOT SPRINGS, AR – St. Joseph’s Mercy’s electronic health record will be available in Hot Springs Village on Jan. 12. The multi-year, multi-million dollar project has made Mercy part of the 2.6 percent of health-care facilities nationwide with a fully-integrated electronic health record.

Mercy facilities in Hot Springs Village at Mercy Medical Building (4419 Hwy. 7 North), Mercy Medical Clinic (903 DeSoto Blvd.) and Mercy Express Care Clinic (5010 Hwy. 7 North) will have access.

St. Joseph’s Mercy will host a community forum at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, at Christ of the Hills Church in Hot Springs Village. Mercy experts will be on hand to explain the system and answer questions. At this event, Mercy will offer free PVD screenings and blood pressure screenings. The PVD screenings are available to the first 20 people who register at (501) 622-1848.

Changes ahead for St. Joseph’s Mercy, HealthPark

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health System is applying to the Arkansas Department of Health to change the licensure for St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center at HealthPark. If granted, HealthPark would go from being an acute-care hospital to an outpatient surgery center.

“We anticipate doing most of the same-day surgeries over there,” said St. Joseph’s Mercy President Tim Johnsen. “As technology improves, the need for inpatient stays decrease and the need for outpatient visits increase. We need that facility to serve in that role.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy and HealthFirst Physicians Group announced a multimillion dollar merger earlier this year. As part of the merger, Mercy acquired HealthPark Hospital and the adjacent medical office building and the Hot Springs Village. HealthPark’s average daily census was only five patients. With St.