Mercy-BV adds new ER doctor

Friday, August 26, 2016

An Arkansas doctor with a passion for aviation has landed a big role in Mercy Hospital Berryville's emergency department. Dr. John Johnson joined the Mercy team on Aug. 1.

"As a pilot, I've traveled to a lot of places," said the Melbourne native. "I can say I enjoy small towns the most. You really get to know the people and the community well."

Johnson spent five years in the Air Force, performing communications and navigation tasks aboard heavy transport aircrafts.

"We traveled from Mississippi to Germany," he added. "It was an excellent learning opportunity and I loved experiencing other cultures."

Johnson received his medical education from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. He completed a family medicine residency at University of Arkansas Medical School in Fayetteville.

"I also spent some time working as an emergency room physician at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith," Johnson said. "This is a great organization with some really great people. It's good to be back."

Johnson will be treating patients in Mercy's emergency department for a variety of issues, from broken bones to life-threatening injuries. To find him during his days off, you can usually just look up.

"I fly three different planes -- a Baron, a Travel Air and a Cessna -- so I'm in the air a lot," Johnson said.

Mercy Hospital Berryville's emergency department is located at 214 Carter St. and staffed by physicians around the clock. To learn more about the services offered there, visit or call 870-324-3355.