New doctor expands services at local hospital

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mercy Hospital Cassville is now offering an increased number of surgical procedures to local patients thanks to the assistance of Dr. Lawrence George twice a month. George also works out of Mercy Hospital in Berryville, Ark.

"When someone needs surgery or a surgical procedure, it is a big deal," said Dr. George. "Patients are much more comfortable having procedures done in their home town or close to their home than they are when they go to a big city.

"It is comforting to be close to your family," continued Dr. George. "For that reason, we want to offer as many services as we can in the small town environment, and we know that we can provide just as good of services for the procedures we are offering locally."

Dr. William Flake has offered minor procedures, including colonoscopies, upper GI scopes and minor skin procedures, at Mercy Hospital Cassville for some time, said Dr. George.

"Now, we are offering anything that can be done within reason as an outpatient procedure," said Dr. George. "I will leave at the end of the day, and I don't want to leave patients who need continuing care."

Some of the procedures Dr. George is now offering at Mercy Hospital Cassville include hernia operations, gall bladder surgeries and laparoscopy for ovarian cysts. Dr. George can also complete the same procedures as Dr. Flake offers.

Currently, Dr. George is available in Cassville every other Monday, but he will likely begin working at the local hospital every Monday in the near future.

Area residents are encouraged to attend a special welcome event that will be held in the Mercy Hospital Cassville lobby on Monday, March 25. Dr. George will be available to meet with local patients and area community members from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

"I look forward to meeting the people of Cassville and surrounding communities," said Dr. George.

Refreshments will be served during the event. No reservations will be needed.

Dr. George grew up in the San Fransisco, Calif., area, and his family moved to Overland Park, Kans., when he was a senior in high school. He attended college and medical school and Kansas University before taking advantage of the Air Force Health Profession Scholarship program.

"The program pays your way through medical school, and then you work for the Air Force for a few years," said Dr. George. "I did my internship and residency in Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, which is an awesome place to get an education."

After spending five years in Texas, Dr. George worked in pediatric surgery for two years at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He completed his Air Force obligation at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., and then worked at the Biloxi VA for four years and a private practice in Greenville, Miss., for nine years.

"For one year, I had a solo practice in Monsanto, Ark., and then I moved to Berryville, Ark., in 2004," said Dr. George. "Dr. Flake, who has been working in Cassville for three or four years, had the idea to put the two of us together to offer more services in Cassville."

Dr. George has been serving at Mercy Hospital Cassville for around two months.

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