Children's Mercy opens in Independence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Children's Mercy Hospital is expanding again in the Kansas City area.

Called Children's Mercy East, the Independence branch was opening to patients Monday. It houses a range of specialty clinics and an urgent care center that will be open daily from noon to 10 p.m.

The three-story, 55,000-square-foot facility is designed to serve eastern Jackson County. Children's Mercy has been serving a growing number of children from that area -- nearly 23,000 of them last year alone.

Children's Mercy's main hospital is located in downtown Kansas City. It also has clinics and care centers in northern Kansas City and across the state line in Overland Park and Kansas City, Kan.

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