A new Mercy primary care location opened Monday in Fort Smith, replacing a facility destroyed by a tornado in 2019.
Mercy Clinic Primary Care-Towson is located 4620 Towson Ave., at the corner of Phoenix Avenue. Mercy leaders, along with officials from the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, city of Fort Smith and others, were on hand Jan. 29 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 6,200-SF clinic.
Dr. Fareed Kannout, internal medicine specialist with Mercy, is moving his practice from Zero Street to the Towson Avenue clinic, with up to three additional providers expected to join at a later time.
“This is a very great moment for us and for the community of Fort Smith,” Kannout said in a statement. “We are very excited to be here. It’s been a journey – we had some rough times, bad days with the tornado, as you know. It was a bad time, but it’s turned out to be a good time because now we are moving this new clinic that is going to provide great care for our patients and the entire community.”
With the opening of the Towson clinic, Mercy Clinic Primary Care-Zero Street is now closed. Mercy has donated that building’s lease to the Good Samaritan Clinic in Fort Smith, which is expected to move into the facility later this year.
“This has been a long time coming for us,” Steve Gebhart, vice president of primary care, said in a news release. “We are excited that we are able to move forward now into this new space after the 2019 tornado. And with this clinic comes new growth, with additional providers joining us at this new location on Towson. This is going to be a very busy practice.”