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A steady supply of the Pfizer vaccine is allowing Mercy to offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations, according to the health system.  The vaccines are available at 4520 S. National Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  You can also make an appointment by going to

Vaccines are also available through Mercy at various sites around the Ozarks.


Mercy Hospital Cassville remains closed today after a fire.  The Monday morning fire forced the evacuation of six patients and staff members.

Smoke detectors sounded around 6:30 a.m., and patients were evacuated to ambulances.  They were taken to Mercy Hospital Aurora.

The fire was in a rooftop HVAC unit, and impacted about a quarter of the facility. 

The hospital and Mercy Clinic Family Medicine, which are in the same building, will be closed through at least Tuesday, February 23.

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  Mercy Hospital now has a walk-in orthopedic clinic available as an alternative to the ER.

The facility is designed for patients ages five and older who have orthopedic injuries that have occurred within the past two weeks, according to a news release from Mercy Springfield.

That new walk-in clinic is at Mercy Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield off Highway 65. It's open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


Mercy will begin offering virtual COVID-19 care at home to help meet the demand for hospital beds as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Mercy COVID Care @ Home will offer remote, in-home care for patients with mild symptoms or who may need low-flow rates of oxygen, according to the healthcare system.  The 24-hour care will include measurement of oxygen saturation and adjusting oxygen flow as necessary.

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Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care is now offering rapid COVID-19 testing at all its locations.  According to a news release, the tests are able to determine if a patient is positive for COVID-19 in about 15 minutes.


Health officials say rapid testing helps stop the spread of COVID-19 since infected patients can quickly quarantine and inform others they’ve been in close contact with.  And, according to Mercy, those who test negative can get back to work and school more quickly.


Mercy is using Abbott ID NOW molecular tests.


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Mercy physician, Dr. David Barbe, who practices in Mountain Grove, has been named president-elect of the World Medical Association.  Delegates from more than 100 countries voted Barbe in during the group's annual convention in late October in the eastern European city of Tbilisi, Georgia.

He will serve one year as president-elect and will be inaugurated as president of the WMA in October 2020 during the annual meeting in Cordoba, Spain.

Dr. Barbe was recent past president of the American Medical Association.


Those who live in the Bolivar area will soon have more options for healthcare without having to drive to Springfield.  The Mercy Bolivar Multispecialty Clinic will open to patients on Monday, October 7.  A blessing and ribbon cutting for the facility were held Friday.

The 43,000-square-foot building is located at 3817 S. Springfield Ave. in Bolivar.  It replaces Mercy’s family medicine and urgent care clinic and, while Mercy will still provide family medicine and urgent care, the new clinic will offer more services than the old one.

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Mercy is reaching out to patients who have been seen at its outpatient cancer center, 2055 S. Fremont in Springfield, in the last three weeks.  That’s after two cases of Legionnaires’ Disease since late April were reported among people who had visited the center.

The Missouri Department of Health and Seniors Services, Mercy and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department are working together on the investigation of the cases.

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A new Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care Clinic is now open in Springfield.  This one is on the east side:  At 3233 E. Sunshine.  It’s the third in the city.

Mercy officials cut the ribbon on the new clinic Thursday and welcomed patients the day after.

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Open enrollment for Medicare is underway and goes through December 15.  It’s a time when those on Medicare can change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year.

But it can be confusing for some.

Mercy Springfield is holding a program Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where seniors can learn how to get the most out of Medicare.

The free Aging Well Health Fair will also have information about Mercy services for seniors as well as resources in the community.

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Mercy Springfield has added more urgent care locations in Springfield.  A Mercy-GoHealth will open Saturday, May 19, at 900 E. Battlefield in the Battlefield Marketplace.  Another will open Tuesday, May 22, in the Magers Crossing Retail Center, 2150 W. Republic Rd.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

The clinics will treat adults and children, six months and older, for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries like colds, flu, fever, asthma, cuts, burns, sports injuries and more.

Mercy Springfield has named a new CEO for its Rehabilitation Hospital.  Jay Guffey will take over the job after more than 40 years in health care.

Guffey served as the joint venture board chair for the facility for four years and worked through its design, construction and opening.

He replaces Bruce Eady, who recently took a position as vice president of Patient Logistics at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

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A Mercy-owned cost management and supply chain solutions organization has a new home west of Springfield.  The ribbon was cut Tuesday on a 100,000-square-foot building for ROi’s Custom Pack Solutions or CPS, 3000 W. Sawyer Rd. in Republic. 

The facility assembles and sterilizes custom surgical packs, which hold medical supplies needed to perform a variety of procedures.  The packs are shipped directly to Mercy facilities and other health care systems across the U.S.

Updated Nov. 27 with federal decision — Following an investigation and subsequent layoffs, Mercy Hospital Springfield is no longer at risk of losing federal funding due to reports of patient abuse. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave notice this month that the southwest Missouri hospital has achieved compliance with patient care standards after implementing a corrective plan.

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Six months ago, 97 of Missouri’s 114 counties only had one insurance participant in the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Today, 24 counties have no provider at all. As insurers across the country have dropped out of the exchanges established under the ACA, or Obamacare, it’s underscored the need to stabilize the market.

More insurance companies bring patient options and potentially reduced costs. Getting them into the market requires the right incentive.