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Open for Business: Mercy West Springfield Multispecialty

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Mercy West Springfield Multispecialty
The newest Queen City clinic for Mercy Springfield Communities opened to patients on Sept. 25 at 3530 W. Mount Vernon St. Dubbed Mercy West Springfield Multispecialty, officials with the health care system estimate seeing 5,000 new patients for the first year of operations at the $6 million, 11,000-square-foot facility, which is near a Walmart Neighborhood Market store along West Bypass. Mercy spokesperson Ettie Berneking said Nicole Millican is manager of the clinic, which plans to add an undetermined number of employees to its nine-person staff. DeWitt & Associates Inc. served as general contractor for the multispecialty building designed by Buf Studio LLC. It includes 12 exam rooms and offers primary care, outpatient therapy and occupational medicine services, according to officials. A physical therapy space has multiple treatment areas, including an outdoor portion, and all areas have access to imaging for patients needing X-rays.
Phone: 417-730-3900

Whataburger opened its third restaurant in Springfield this year with an Oct. 9 launch at 401 N. Eastgate Ave. It marks the fifth southwest Missouri store to open since last year for the San Antonio, Texas-based fast-food chain. Whataburger officials said Operating Partner Matthew Young, who has run restaurants for the company since 2018, leads the local staff of 75. The newest location is near Menards at the Chestnut Expressway and U.S. Highway 65 interchange. The eatery, which is open every day except Christmas, offers dine-in, curbside and drive-thru services, according to its website. The restaurant’s menu includes hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, malts, shakes and breakfast items. Whataburger debuted in the Springfield area in December 2022 with a store in Republic, followed by one in Ozark, before adding two other locations in Springfield this year, at 2355 N. Glenstone Ave. and 3880 W. Sunshine St. According to its website, the company operates roughly 1,000 restaurants in 14 states, including 12 in Missouri.
Phone: 417-459-4366

Simple Body Solutions
Three years after opening health spa Simple Body Solutions LLC in Maine, owner and Missouri native Karen Wormell added a second location Sept. 18 in Springfield. Wormell, who is originally from Winfield in northeastern Missouri and now lives in China, Maine, said she is leaning on family to run the Queen City spa. She said nieces Dawn Zoellner and Crystal Brinell are co-managers of the 3051 S. Kimbrough Ave., Ste. B, location. She said startup costs were $100,000, but she declined to disclose lease terms for the 2,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by The Temple Wellness Center and Spa, which shuttered. The three-employee Simple Body Solutions offers holistic treatments, including cryotherapy, an infrared sauna, cellulite roller massage, an oxygen bar and pressotherapy, which is a treatment to help with lymphatic drainage. Since launching her spa in Augusta, Maine, in 2020, Wormell said she desired to offer an alternative health spa option in her home state.
Phone: 417-414-1700


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