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Mercy Research & Development, which operates inside Jordan Valley Innovation Center, is closing.
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Mercy Research & Development, which operates inside Jordan Valley Innovation Center, is closing.

Mercy closing Springfield R&D office

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Last edited 1:37 p.m., July 10, 2018

Mercy is discontinuing its internal product development, a move that means the closure of its research and development office in downtown Springfield.

Mercy Springfield Communities spokeswoman Sonya Kullmann provided a statement from system officials indicating the decision was made so Mercy could focus on its core mission of providing health care in four states.

“The Springfield-based team is to be commended on its successful work with multiple physicians to develop health care products that are benefiting patients today and will do so into the future,” the statement reads. “Those products include pediatric positioning devices for surgeries and a contact lens capable of delivering time-release medication.

“Unfortunately, this decision impacts six co-workers, who are eligible for other jobs within Mercy and will be receiving severance.”

Mercy Research & Development operates at 524 N. Boonville Ave. within Jordan Valley Innovation Center downtown. Andrea Mostyn, spokeswoman with property owner Missouri State University, said Mercy’s current lease ends Sept. 30. The university is currently looking for tenants to fill the space, she said.

Kullmann did not respond this morning to further requests for information on the names of the six affected employees and whether Mercy would keep the Brick City space for other purposes.

Mercy, according to the statement, is not done with research.

“Mercy will continue its research efforts as it participates in multiple clinical trials across Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas,” the statement reads.

Mercy R&D is known for products such as Safety Shield, which protects caregivers from getting stuck with needles, as well as a sanitation product called Hands First, the Secure 360 Prone Positioning Device and the Secure Flip Pediatric Dual Positioner, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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