New pri­mary care clinic opens in Pea Ridge

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE -

Mercy plans a bless­ing and rib­bon cut­ting Wed­nes­day for its new 7,400-square-foot pri­mary care clinic in Pea Ridge. The clinic be­gins tak­ing pa­tients Thurs­day.

The clinic is part of a $247 mil­lion ex­pan­sion plan that will add seven clin­ics in the re­gion and a new tower to the Rogers hos­pi­tal.

Mercy Clinic Pri­mary Care, Pea Ridge, will house two providers, a physi­cian and nurse prac­ti­tioner, and fea­ture 14 ex­am­i­na­tion rooms at 200 Carr St.

Dr. Matthew Jen­nings brings more than two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence to the clinic, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple years in fam­ily prac­tice, emer­gency medicine and ur­gent care, and he has also served in nu­mer­ous med­i­cal su­per­vi­sory roles. A grad­u­ate of the U.S. Mil­i­tary Academy at West Point, Dr. Jen­nings earned his M.D. from Uni­formed Ser­vices Univer­sity of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He served as both a com­bat sur­geon and fam­ily prac­tice physi­cian dur­ing his time on ac­tive duty.

Dr. Jen­nings said Pea Ridge is an ideal place for him to es­tab­lish a new prac­tice in fam­ily medicine.

“Most of my prac­tice has been in small, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. I like to feel that I’m a part of the com­mu­nity as op­posed to some­one who just works in the com­mu­nity,” he said. “The goal of fam­ily medicine is to cre­ate long last­ing re­la­tion­ships with an en­tire fam­ily over years of care. I think Pea Ridge is a great place to do that.”

Cross­land Con­struc­tion Co. com­pleted the Pea Ridge clinic build­ing ear­lier this month. Mercy’s in­vest­ment in the site and build­ing is ex­pected to to­tal $4.1 mil­lion.

The clinic open­ing rep­re­sents Mercy’s re­turn to Pea Ridge. A for­mer clinic build­ing Mercy do­nated to the city of Pea Ridge has served as a li­brary and com­mu­nity cen­ter for a decade.

Mercy in­cludes 43 acute care and spe­cialty (heart, chil­dren’s, or­tho­pe­dic and re­hab) hos­pi­tals, more than 700 physi­cian prac­tices and out­pa­tient fa­cil­i­ties, 40,000 co-work­ers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physi­cians in Arkansas, Kansas, Mis­souri and Ok­la­homa.

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