(Joplin, MO) — Mercy is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark McNemar, a longtime orthopedic surgeon in the Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas communities, has been named the permanent president of Mercy Clinic Joplin. Dr. McNemar, a Columbus, Kansas, native, will split his time between administrative duties as president and continuing to see patients.
As the area’s only board-certified hand surgeon and a lifelong resident of the area, Dr. McNemar is passionate about the importance of continuing to care for patients and perform surgeries.
“I was born and raised in this community and have lived here my whole life,” he said. “I’m thrilled to step into a leadership position with Mercy and look forward to supporting all of the specialties Mercy Clinic offers, but healing patients and improving their quality of life is still my biggest passion. I feel blessed to be able to serve my home community by doing both.”
Dr. McNemar is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery, with an added qualification in hand surgery. He attended both the University of Health Sciences/KCUMB and Rockhurst University simultaneously, obtaining his medical degree and master’s in business administration. Dr. McNemar completed an orthopedic surgery residency at St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, and later completed a fellowship in hand/upper extremity and microvascular surgery at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
As president, Dr. McNemar will support the continued advancement of integrated physicians and advanced practice providers into a mature, cohesive and innovative multi-specialty group practice that is fully aligned with the community’s needs.
“Dr. McNemar was an obvious choice to lead Mercy’s clinics in the Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas communities,” said Jeremy Drinkwitz, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin. “He has served patients in our area for years by providing life-changing care as an orthopedic surgeon. He has also lived in the community for his entire life, so he understands the needs of our patients and the challenges they face. I look forward to watching him step into a leadership role as well, and being an asset to all of our Mercy physicians and providers.”
Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians and more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Jordan Larimore, Senior Media Relations & Communications
Mercy Hospital Joplin