It’s one of the fastest growing communities in Northwest Arkansas, which is exactly why Mercy is working to bring care closer to home for patients in Centerton. Mercy Northwest Arkansas broke ground today in Centerton for a new 7,351 square foot multispecialty facility. Situated on 6.2 acres of commercial frontage property on Highway 102 at 1225 E. Centerton Boulevard; the land was generously donated by Johnelle Hunt. As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas president Eric Pianalto announced the new facility will carry the name of the community-focused donor. It will be known as the Mercy Centerton J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Campus.
The building is slated to house five providers, including two internal medicine and two pediatric physicians, one family medicine doctor, and two family medicine nurse practitioners, with a focus on caring for the entire family. The facility will also offer rotating specialties based on the community’s needs, like cardiology, endocrinology and diabetic education. Patients will also benefit from radiology and laboratory services.
Mercy opened its first clinic in Centerton in the summer of 2004. Dr. Lance Faddis has been there from day one, living and serving in the community. He feels a special commitment to serving the Centerton area. “One of the reasons I enjoy family medicine is you get to know entire families and watch them grow over the years; that’s a connection we have with many in Centerton,” Dr. Faddis stated. “With the new high school planned and many new families moving in, this is the perfect time for Mercy to make an even bigger commitment to this community.”
Celeste Williams, a family medicine nurse practitioner with Mercy, and Dr. Elinor Bunde, will be part of Mercy Centerton’s core care team. Dr. Bunde stated, “This new facility is a good thing for Mercy, but more importantly it is a good thing for the moms and dads and families we serve. Having our pediatricians, cardiologists and other specialists right here in Centerton is going to be a wonderful thing for our patients.” Scheduled to open in fall 2014, the $3 million facility will broaden Mercy’s reach and scope in the growing community.
“The convenience of driving only a couple of miles to see your family physician or a dedicated specialist is a commitment we want to make to this community,” said Dr. Steve Goss, president of Mercy Clinics. “We cannot thank Ms. Hunt enough for donating the land and making this possible. Her generosity is something that will truly bless many.”