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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.