St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center
May 24, 2006
St. Joseph’s introduces house call service for Mercy Medical Clinic patients
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. – Gwen E. Hart, MNSc, APRN, BC, GNP, a nurse practitioner who has worked for Mission Clinical Services at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center since March of 2002, recently started making non-emergency house calls for the Mercy Medical Clinic physicians.
“In a retirement community like Hot Springs Village, there are residents who – because of physical limitations – find it difficult if not impossible to make it into the Mercy Medical Clinic,” said St. Joseph’s Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Mark E. Larey, D.O. “The burden becomes greater than the benefit for many of them, but we believe the new house call service appropriately addresses the problem.
“Gwen is a registered nurse practitioner who is working in concert with our three physicians at the Mercy Medical Clinic. We believe the service closes another gap in the continuum of care for Hot Springs Village residents and we are very excited about it.”
The service features the kind of care administered during an average Mercy Medical Clinic office visit and patients must meet certain criteria to be eligible for house call visits.
“The service is only for Mercy Medical Clinic patients, and those who wonder if they qualify must call the clinic first,” Hart said. “There is a screening process that takes place, and if a patient qualifies, the physician and I work together to provide them with the appropriate medical care.”
For more information about the new house call service being offered by St. Joseph’s in Hot Springs Village, please call (501) 922-6266.
A member of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, St. Joseph’s is a not-for-profit Catholic hospital, two-time recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ and now winner of both the overall Diamond Award and large-company Gold Award at the 2006 Governor’s Family-Friendly Employer Awards ceremony. For further information on the recognition from HealthGrades, Governor Mike Huckabee’s Family-Friendly Employer Initiative and services offered by St. Joseph’s, please visit saintjosephs.com.