Officials from Mercy Fort Smith and Fort Smith Mayor George McGill gathered on a chilly Wednesday (November 16) to dedicate a $3.6 million primary care clinic at 4600 Towson Ave., which is slated to open end of 2023.
The clinic is a long-awaited replacement for a Mercy Clinic on the former Phoenix Village Mall property damaged by a May 2019 tornado. The new clinic is also on the mall’s former property, with Mercy leasing the site to Beaty Capital Group, the company that renovated and now manages the former mall property.
With an initial staff of eight, including a physician, the clinic will span approximately 6,200 square feet and provide primary care services including wellness screenings, flu shots and other vaccines, as well as x-ray and laboratory services. Mercy plans to add three more physicians to the clinic staff. Construction should begin soon and new patients will be accepted as soon as the clinic opens.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Mercy to provide a primary care location that will be convenient for our patients. We are very much looking forward to establishing this clinic as a replacement for the facility we lost in 2019,” said Dr. David Hunton, president of Mercy Clinic Fort Smith, in a statement, “Our goal is to provide easy access to cutting-edge services for our patients, and we believe this new clinic will do just that. It’s an exciting day for us.” all.
Dr. Fareed Kannout, internal medicine specialist at Mercy, will move his practice to the clinic. He said he and others were at the clinic when the tornado hit and water started coming through the roof, but no one was injured.
“It will be a new home for me and my team, and we look forward to it,” Dr. Kannout said in a press release.
Mayor McGill, who was joined at the inauguration by three members of the Singapore military, said the new clinic is one of a growing number of medical facilities at Fort Smith needed to support the current growth and future.
“The river valley is changing before your eyes,” Fort Smith Mayor George McGill said at the groundbreaking. “As we transform and make huge strides, this is recognized around the world. And having medical facilities is essential to the growth that we are going to experience. In a short time, Towson Avenue will be completely rebuilt.
Ebbing Air Force Base at Fort Smith, home to the 188th, was selected on June 8, 2021 by Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth to be the long-term pilot training facility taking over loads F-16 and F-35 fighter jets purchased by Singapore. , Switzerland and other countries participating in the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. A permanent “decision record” has yet to be made by the Air Force.
Mercy began working in February on a $162 million expansion from Fort Smith’s main hospital. Mercy Fort Smith will expand its emergency department from 29 to 50 rooms and increase the number of beds in the intensive care unit from 38 to 64. The work also includes 140 additional parking spaces, with parking closer to the new entrance emergencies.