Hospital help across the border

In trauma cases, state lines no barrier to care

Posted: December 30, 2012 at 1:56 a.m.

An air evacuation crew arrives Thursday at Mercy Hospital Springfield with a vehicle-accident victim from Cherokee City in Benton County, Ark.

Mercy Hospital Springfield, with one of Missouri’s busiest Level I trauma and burn centers, is expected to receive and treat upward of 2,700 critically injured patients by the end of 2012. Some 400 of those will have come from Arkansas, hospital officials said.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 11 on 12/30/2012