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Walmart CEO, Wife Donate $1M For Mercy Hospital Expansion

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Mercy will name the heart unit in its soon-to-open, seven-story tower after Doug and Shelley McMillon, who recently donated $1 million through the hospital’s “Opening Doors” campaign.

Funds raised for the campaign will support Mercy’s previously announced $277 million expansion in northwest Arkansas.

The McMillons’ donation pushed the total donated so far to nearly $20 million; $25 million is the goal of the campaign.

Located within the new tower’s fourth floor, the McMillon Family Heart Unit will include 36 cardiac inpatient beds, nurses’ stations, family consultation rooms, a friends and family waiting area, a children’s playroom and a conference room. 

Over a 12-month period, Mercy cared for 147 open heart surgery patients in the hospital and another 30,000 in outpatient and ambulatory settings. The need for cardiovascular services is expected to grow in the next five to seven years, according to a news release.

The  hospital’s multiyear expansion will cost nearly $250 million, and it will create 1,000 health care jobs (including 100 physician jobs). 

The largest piece of the expansion is the $141 million tower that will increase Mercy’s capacity from 200 to 350 beds. The expansion also includes seven new clinics, such as Mercy Springdale, a facility with a freestanding emergency department set to open in September. 

The McMillons live in Bentonville, where Doug McMillon has been president and CEO of Walmart since 2014. He serves on the board of directors for Walmart, The Consumer Goods Forum, U.S.-China Business Council and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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