Mercy Hospital Announces Further Restrictions


To protect patients, the community and our co-workers, Mercy Fort Smith will expand visitor restrictions beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, March 23.

No visitors will be allowed in the hospital and clinics with the exception of the following:

• Visitors age 18 or older for patients receiving end-of-life care at the discretion of the physician.
• One support person age 18 or older per OB patient.
• One parent per pediatric patient at a time.
• One parent per NICU patient at a time.
• One visitor age 18 or older for patients undergoing urgent procedures or their driver.
• One visitor per emergency room patient deemed to be in critical condition by the ER physician and those who use a wheelchair and require assistance. Minors will be allowed one parent. All others will be asked to remain in their vehicle.
• Clinic patients who have a physician inside the hospital and those who use a wheelchair and require assistance will be allowed a visitor. All others will be asked to remain in their vehicle.
The restrictions include Mercy Hospital Fort Smith; Mercy Hospital River Valley Orthopedic; Mercy Hospital Booneville; Mercy Hospital Paris; Mercy Hospital Ozark; and Mercy Hospital Waldron

New restrictions for patients and visitors will be in place at the hospital entrances. Mercy Hospital Fort Smith’s ER entrance will be the only entrance to the main hospital, open 24/7. The Labor & Delivery, OB emergency room and pediatrics entrance will be accessible by intercom only. The main medical building entrance will only be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for patients who have scheduled appointments. Mercy Hospitals in Booneville, Paris, Ozark and Waldron and Mercy Hospital River Valley Orthopedics is only accessible through the ER entrance.

Patients and visitors will continue to be screened upon entering the hospital.

Those who are unable to visit a Mercy patient are encouraged to use a patient email form found at

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Tammy Moore

Tammy Moore

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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