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Mercy Celebrates Grand Opening of Orthopedic Hospital

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Mercy Hospital hosted a ribbon cutting for its newest facility in Springfield Thursday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Hospital workers pray a new facility helps heal those who need help.

Mercy leaders held a blessing ceremony and ribbon cutting Thursday at the new, 199,000 square-foot Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield at Evans Road and U.S. 65.  

The $115 million hospital has four floors, ten operating rooms, 48 inpatient beds, a clinic, café and retail pharmacy. Public tours were offered Thursday evening.

Specialists will provide a wide range of services in the new facility, including general orthopedics, total joint replacements and spine care.

Mercy officials say the building was designed with community input, and will help meet an increasing demand from the aging population.

"Built for the elective orthopedic patients. Those that are not sick, but broken or have parts that are worn out," says Dr. Richard Seagrave, Mercy orthopedic surgeon (see full interview above). "We needed a new facility. At the big hospital, we were having trouble getting all of our patients cared for."

Mercy says the hospital will employ more than 250 people, with at least 200 of those being new positions. The first surgery is slated for mid-September.

"We're committed to keeping people healthy, and we know staying active plays a huge role in how we feel and our quality of life," said Dr. Robert W. Steele, president of Mercy Hospital Springfield. "This facility is going to allow us to help our patients live well into old age with as much spring in their step as possible."

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