Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, Rogers, Ark., opened its new seven-story patient tower and health services expansion earlier this month. According to an article at, the 190,000-square-foot expansion cost $133 million, an amount $15 million over budget and 90 days behind schedule, due to changes and additions.

Reporter Kim Souza writes: “While the top two floors are not built out and will be expanded later, the hospital’s neonatal unit has doubled in size to 19 beds with a 24/7 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for premature babies. There are 150 additional patient beds with the expansion, as well as more cardiac and general operating rooms. The hospital will have a new entrance with a glass lantern look and prominent crosses that represent Mercy’s heritage, which dates back to 1827 and the Sisters of Mercy of Dublin, Ireland.”