Booneville Community Hospital officially became Mercy Hospital Booneville on Wednesday.

Mercy, which has managed the facility since October, entered into a lease agreement with Booneville Community Hospital Inc. that became official on New Year’s Day. The hospital’s transition began in November.

"By being part of a larger system, we will work with the local team and commit the resources and expertise necessary to expand and enhance the delivery of care to the Booneville community," Ryan Gehrig, Mercy Hospital Fort Smith president, stated in a news release. "Mercy’s goal is to make health care available close to home by bringing additional services and providers to the community."

In addition to its faith-based heritage, Mercy brings to Booneville resources such as an integrated supply chain that provides value-based purchasing and an integrated electronic health record system that makes patient information more readily available to physicians. The records system helps prevent unnecessary treatments and duplication of expensive tests, the release adds. Mercy’s electronic health record system will "go live" in Booneville in June.

Opened in 2008, the Booneville hospital includes 25 private patient rooms with a 24-hour emergency department. It offers medical imaging services including x-ray, computerized tomography (CT), ultrasound and bone densitometry as well as laboratory services and specialty clinics.

Mercy Fort Smith operates three critical access hospitals in Ozark, Paris and Waldron as well as Mercy Fort Smith, a 365-bed hospital. Mercy Clinic has 123 providers in more than 20 locations across the region. Mercy employs more than 2,400 and is part of St. Louis-based Mercy, the nation’s sixth-largest Catholic health care system.