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OCH Health System acquires Jay Family Medicine Clinic

November 22nd, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

och-jfmc-announceJay, OK – Effective January 1, 2017, the OCH Health System will own and operate Jay Family Medicine Clinic under a new name: OCH Jay Family Medicine Clinic.

The rural health clinic, located at 2485 N. Main in Jay, Okla. includes family practice providers Richard H. Tidwell, MD, and Shounda Turley, APRN-CNP.

“Our health system has been considering Oklahoma expansion for several years now,” says Bernadette Losh, Chief Clinics Officer. “When the opportunity to work with Dr. Tidwell became available, we were beyond thrilled. Not only does it fit our growth model and match our mission to serve the underserved; the addition of this clinic now means OCH is a tri-state health system.”

After the first of the year, OCH Jay Family Medicine Clinic will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I am very happy and encouraged to join the OCH Health System,” says Dr. Tidwell. “Changes in the healthcare industry made the future of our clinic uncertain; I know working with OCH will provide a solid future while allowing me the ability to focus on serving my current patients in Delaware County and continue providing services to those who need it most.”

Dr. Tidwell founded Jay Family Medicine Clinic in 2004. He received his education from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In 2008, he was awarded “Physician of the Year” by Integris Grove General Hospital. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Oklahoma Academy of Family Practice and the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Shounda Turley, APRN-CNP received her education from Kaplan University in Davenport, Iowa. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the nursing field.

Jay, Okla. has a population of 2,482. It is located 23 miles from the OCH of Gravette facility.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 16 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. The OCH Health System serves patients in Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

OCH welcomes new podiatrist to Gravette hospital

November 15th, 2016

Gravette, AR – OCH of Gravette announces the addition of Kory D. Miskin, DPM. Dr. Miskin is a podiatrist joining the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic (1101 S. Jackson St.) this December.

“We are thrilled to have a podiatrist at the hospital,” says Jackie Powell, OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic Manager. “Our surgery department has continued to grow, and this is a much needed specialty for our patients.”

Dr. Miskin can perform clinic procedures including the removal of ingrown toenails, warts and pre-cancerous lesions; minor hammertoe procedures; and removal of foreign bodies. He will also offer surgical procedures including bunion, hammertoe and flatfoot reconstruction; neurectomies; plantar fasciotomy; heel spurs; fracture repair; ankle scopes and fusions; equinus procedures; forefoot and hindfoot fusions; amputations; tarsal tunnel releases; and soft tissue mass excisions.

Dr. Miksin received his education from Brigham Young University – Provo and from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He is currently is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

To contact the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic call 479-344-6870.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 16 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. The OCH health system serves patients in Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

OCH Health System Hosting 2nd Annual National Rural Health Day Photo Contest

November 11th, 2016

 OCH Health System is hosting its 2nd annual National Rural Health Day Photo Contest to celebrate the 2016 National Rural Health Day! Check out our photo submissions and vote for the best photos that showcase the beauty of the areas and patients we serve!

Eligibility

  • This contest is open to all OCH Facebook Fans, and there is no entry fee. Visit us at www.facebook.com/OzarksCH to enter.
  • Each participant is allowed to post ONE picture of what “Rural means to YOU.” All photos must be original artwork of the entrant and must not infringe upon copyrights, trademarks, and rights of privacy, publicity or other rights of any person or entity.
  • The OCH Health System has the right to remove photos from the contest consideration if the content of the photo promotes obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive content, or contains otherwise inappropriate content.

Submission Process

  • Post ONE picture of “What Rural means to YOU”! Be sure to include the hashtag #celebratethepowerofrural. Make sure the picture is set to public so you can share outside of your organization. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Share your submission and OCH’s FB page to gain likes. Visitors must “like” the picture on our page for it to count. You may share the link to the Facebook picture on other social media (i.e. Twitter, website, etc.), but only the likes on the Facebook picture will be counted         for the challenge.
  • The winner will be determined by the picture with the most likes as of FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at 8 a.m. The sooner you get your entry posted, the better chance you will have to win!

Prize

  • OCH is giving away one $50 GIFT CARD to the wining photo (photo with most likes).
  • The winning photo will be featured as a header image on the OCH Health System Facebook page, as well as on the other OCH Health System brand social media pages (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+).
  • For questions or more information, contact Amanda Gittlein at [email protected]

Dr. Bendt now offering $50 DOT physicals in Rogersville

November 4th, 2016

Rogersville, MOOCH physician Nishua Bendt, DO is now a FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner and can offer DOT physicals Monday through Friday. She is located at the OCH Webster County Clinic  (101 S. Main) in Rogersville.

DOT Physicals cost $50 out-of-pocket. To schedule, call the OCH Webster County Clinic at417-753-9404.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.”

Dr. Bendt sees is board certified physician seeing patients of all ages from infants to adults for primary care needs. In addition to preventative care and well woman checks, Dr. Bendt can offer some procedures in office including examining skin conditions, freezing warts, suturing, and removing abscesses and ingrown toenails.

She has more than 10 years’ experience working in rural health. Dr. Bendt received her medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family practice residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.

She is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Emergency Medicine and the Missouri Chapter of Emergency Physicians.

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OCH of Gravette to host free Medicare Q&A event

November 2nd, 2016

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette is hosting a free education event on Tuesday, November 15 from 11a.m. to 12:30p.m. to answer questions and provide information on Medicare.

This event is free and open to the public and will include complimentary refreshments.  It will take place in the hospital cafeteria located at 1101 Jackson St. SW.

A panel of healthcare professionals will be available to help explain Medicare and the options that are available, discuss the various types of plan coverages and help answer any questions.

“This free education event is ideal for all Medicare-eligible individuals or anyone who works closely with Medicare-eligible individuals,” says Amanda Gittlein, marketing and communications manager. “It’s the perfect opportunity for local citizens to get all of their questions answered in one place.”

For more information or to R.S.V.P. call 479-344-6464 or email [email protected]

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 16 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. The OCH health system serves patients in Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

Welcome Hoover, Sandford to OCH Health System

October 31st, 2016

Please join OCH in welcoming two new providers to the health system: Melinda Hoover, FNP-BC and Adrienne Sanford MS, OTR/L.

Family Nurse Practitioner, Melinda Hoover began with the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus this October. She is seeing patients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Melinda comes to OCH with more than 19 years of nursing experience, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her education from Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Melinda is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Four-State Advanced Practice Nurses organization. To contact the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus, or schedule an appointment, call the office at 417-237-0604 or fax 417-237-0613.

Adrienne Sanford MS, OTR/L, also started at OCH this October. She is seeing pediatric patients Monday through Thursday at the OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa.

Adrienne has worked in occupational therapy since 2008. She has a passion for educating patients and their caregivers, while helping them achieve autonomy. In addition to her eight years of professional experience, Adrienne has worked with organizations that focus on children with special needs. She received her undergraduate degree from Drury University and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis – School of Medicine.

To contact Adrienne Sanford, OTR/L, contact the OCH Christian County Clinic at 417-724-3004.

OCH Health System acquires Carthage Children’s Clinic, LLC

October 4th, 2016

Carthage, MO – Effective October 1, 2016, the OCH Health System will own and operate Carthage Children’s Clinic, LLC, under a new name: OCH Jasper County Pediatric Clinic.

The space, located at 1221 Oak Street in Carthage includes pediatrician Denise M. Hamar, D.O. and her two employees.

“We’re excited to welcome Dr. Hamar and her staff to our OCH family,” says Gail Gamble, OCH Jasper County Pediatric Clinic manager. “In joining with her, we have the opportunity to grow our health system’s mission in the Carthage area.”

The OCH Jasper County Pediatric Clinic will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients will see no change in care. The ribbon cutting is set for Thursday, October 27 at 11 a.m.

“I look forward to working with OCH so that I am able to focus more on patient care,” says Dr. Hamar.

Dr. Hamar received her degree from the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. She opened Carthage Children’s Clinic, LLC in 2010. Dr. Hamar has more than 34 years’ experience in the field. She is currently a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians.

To contact OCH Jasper County Pediatric Clinic, call 417-359-9291.

OCH also owns the nearby OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus, which see patients for family practice needs. The clinic is located at 327 E. Airport Drive in Carthage.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 16 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. The OCH health system serves patients in Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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OCH of Gravette provides athletic trainer for Gravette Schools

September 12th, 2016

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette welcomes Leo F. Krajewski ATC, CSCS, to the therapy services department.

Leo Krajewski, ATC, CSCS is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has over 26 years of experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer and more than 13 years as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, including for Batesville High School and Harrison High School in Arkansas.  His office is based off campus at Gravette Public Schools, where he will serve as the full-time athletic trainer.

“I am very excited to be part of OCH as they begin this new era of sports medicine and Gravette School system coverage,” says Mr. Krajewski.  “It is a real honor to become part of the rich history and tradition of Gravette Athletics; I look forward to helping them any way I can.”

Krajewski received his Master of Science in Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology from Illinois State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University.  He has experience in the United States Army as well as experience providing athletic training at Presentation College, Lyon College, North Arkansas College, Minot State University and Trinity Health.

To contact Leo Krajewski, ATC, CSCS, call Gravette High School at 479-787-4180.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 17 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. The OCH health system serves patients in Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

 

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OCH acquires four rural health clinics in McDonald County January 2017

September 1st, 2016

OCH-Elk RiverMcDonald County, MO – The OCH Health System is acquiring four McDonald County clinics currently owned by Elk River Health Services, Inc. as of January 1, 2017.

The four rural health clinics are located in Anderson, Pineville, Goodman and Southwest City. After the first of the year they will be known as OCH Anderson Rural Health Clinic, OCH Pineville Medical Clinic, OCH Goodman Family Clinic and OCH Southwest City Community Clinic.

There will be no change in staff or healthcare providers. OCH is retaining the 17 Elk River Health staff and has been working closely with the Elk River Health leadership to prepare for the ownership change. Clinic providers currently include R. David Hill, D.O.; Coral Couchenour, D.O.; Mark Kennedy, FNP-BC; Diane Rowe, FNP-C; Jill Rogers, FNP-C; and Asefa Gebre, PA-C.

“Elk River Health Services, Inc. has served McDonald County’s medical needs for the past 36 years.  Due to economic pressures from the medical insurance industry Elk River has been forced to make changes in order to continue service to the county,” says R. David Hill, D.O., medical director and physician for Elk River Health. “It is with pleasure we are able to announce our merger with the Ozarks Community Hospital health system.  This move will provide the Elk River Health clinics in McDonald County with the economic security needed to survive the future challenges on the immediate horizon.”

The Elk River Health clinics cover care for more than 7,500 patients in the McDonald County area. R. David Hill, D.O. will continue as medical director of the clinics until 2021; after which OCH will continue serving residents in McDonald County.

“Our health system continues to look for opportunities to expand in rural areas as a way to support our passion for serving the underserved and providing access to care,” says Andrea Harp, senior communications manager of the OCH Health System. “Acquiring these clinics fit our mission and model for growth. McDonald County data has shown high rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and includes more people below poverty line and food affordability than much of the state. We know we can make a difference in the community, and continue efforts to focus on serving those who need it most.”

R. David Hill, D.O. and Megan Gore Hill opened the Southwest City Clinic in 1980.  In 1994 they formed Elk River Health Services, Inc. and added the Anderson Rural Health Clinic. Both clinics became federally certified rural health clinics in 1994. In 1999 the Pineville Medical Clinic was opened and in 2007 the Goodman Family Clinic was purchased.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 17 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. The OCH Health System serves patients in Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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Jason Glass, PsyD, joins OCH Northside Behavioral Medical Clinic

August 9th, 2016

Springfield, MO – The OCH health system is pleased to welcome Jason Glass, PsyD, back to the OCH Northside Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Glass will be available to see patients Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. Dr. Glass will be offering neuro psych testing, external EMDR, bariatric and pain evaluations, compliance sessions and crisis intervention services. In addition to this, Dr. Glass will be working closely with Dr. Ceniceros and Dr. DelCampo to collaborate on care for Suboxone and pain management patients.

Dr. Glass received his masters and doctorate degrees from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Mo., with a concentration in neuropsychology. He previously studied at Southwest Baptist University for his bachelors in psychology. Dr. Glass has experience working for the OCH Health System in Gravette, at the OCH Medical Offices and at the OCH Northside Behavioral Medical Clinic.

To request an appointment with Dr. Glass at the OCH of Northside Clinic, please call 417-837-4043 or fax 417-875-4773.

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