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Psychiatrist Dr. Alok Jain Joins OCH Northside Clinic this August

July 20th, 2017

Springfield, MO – We are excited to announce that psychiatrist Dr. Alok Jain is joining the OCH Northside Clinic in Springfield and will be available to see patients on Monday, August 14, 2017.

He is a well-respected psychiatrist who has been practicing in the Springfield area since 2001. Both he and Breanna Dean, his nurse who will be completing her psychiatric nurse practitioner degree in December and joining as a provider, look forward to working at OCH.

Please give them a warm welcome to our Springfield facility!

Alok Jain, MD is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He received his education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Jain comes to OCH from Burrell Behavioral Health and CoxHealth. He also has prior experience working at the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri. He has been recognized as one of 417 Magazine’s “Top Doctors” each year for the past 15 years.

OCH Northside Clinic continues to remain committed to caring for the psychiatric, medical and pain management needs of all clinic patients with help of Jay P. Baker, DO (Board Certified Pain Management); Wm. Joseph Howitt, MD (Family Practice); Mindy Kendrick, FNP (Family Practice) and Gloria Kirk, FNP (Family Practice). Dr. Jason Glass, Dr. Ward and Dr. Ruffin continue to see patients for psychology needs at the OCH Northside Clinic as well.

Patients who have questions, can call the OCH Northside Clinic Patient Care Hotline (417-874-4529) to directly address any/all patient questions.

Dr. Jain and Breanna are a cohesive and experienced team, accustomed to a large practice of patients across the life span. They are committed to providing individualized care for OCH patients during this transition. We look forward to their arrival and know our patients are in good hands!

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OCH of Gravette adds board certified pediatrician

May 23rd, 2017

Julia K. GregoryGravette, AR – OCH is thrilled to welcome board certified, pediatrician, Julia K. Gregory, MD, to the OCH of Gravette Clinic this July.

As of this summer, Dr. Gregory will be providing primary and preventative care to pediatric patients Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“I always knew I wanted to work with kids. I have a strong passion for caring for chronically ill children,” says Dr. Gregory. “I enjoy being able to make a positive difference in their life.”

Dr. Gregory received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and her residency training in pediatric medicine from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Dr. Gregory is certified by the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Prior to OCH, Dr. Gregory worked for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as the UAMS Kid’s First Interim Medical Director and as an Assistant Professor for the UAMS Department of Pediatrics. In addition to her pediatric care experience, Dr. Gregory also has an extensive knowledge and passion for sports medicine, chronically ill pediatric patients, special needs patients, annual wellness and immunizations.

Dr. Gregory is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Arkansas Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To contact the OCH of Gravette Clinic call 479-787-5221.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and and a multitude of 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 Goodman Family Clinic reopens after storm

April 18th, 2017

Goodman, MO – Effective May 1, 2017, the OCH Goodman Family Clinic will have a new address: 135 Roy Hill Boulevard, Goodman, MO 64843.

The current clinic location sustained significant damage from area storms earlier in the month and is currently unavailable for use.

“We are committed to serving the healthcare needs in the Goodman area,” says Vicki Plumlee, Director of Clinics. “Which is why we wanted to find a local location that was available as soon as possible. We are proud of our clinic, and even though we’re a few blocks away in a new space, we’re here to stay.”

The new clinic space is 640 square feet and includes two patient rooms, a physician room, restroom and waiting room. It previously served as a chiropractic office.

Tessa Porter, PA-C will see patients out of the new location. Due to limited space, the majority of Dr. Hill’s patients will be scheduled to see him out of the OCH Anderson Rural Health Clinic located a short 7 miles away. Dr. Hill remains the collaborating physician for Tessa and medical director for the OCH Anderson Rural Health Clinic, OCH Goodman Family Clinic, OCH Pineville Medical Clinic and OCH Southwest City Community Clinic.

“The old clinic served the Goodman community for over 50 years,” said Vicki Plumlee, Director of Clinics. “While we are saddened by the loss of our Main Street building, we are very excited about our new location and are tickled to be able to open up on May 1.”

The OCH Goodman Family Clinic phone 417-364-8300 and fax 417-364-7290 are currently forwarded to the OCH Pineville Clinic. As of May 1, 2017 they will be routed to the new Goodman space.

The clinic currently averages 300 primary care patients a month. Three support staff will be working out of the new location.

The OCH Health System Elk River Health Services, Inc. as of January 1, 2017. The four rural health clinics are located in Anderson, Pineville, Goodman and Southwest City. The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

 

Kory Miskin, DPM now seeing patients at OCH Southwest City Community Clinic!

April 4th, 2017

Southwest City, MO - Dr. Kory Miskin is bringing foot care to McDonald County.  As of April 2017  he will be visiting the OCH Southwest City Community Clinic every other Wednesday.

Dr. Miskin also sees podiatric patients at the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic.

He can perform clinic procedures including the removal of ingrown toenails, warts and pre-cancerous lesions; minor hammertoe procedures; and removal of foreign bodies. He also offers 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.

For a complete list of podiatric services and procedures available, click the following link: http://www.ochonline.com/patients/specialties/podiatry/.

Dr. Miskin joined OCH in November 2016. He 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 Dr. Miskin’s office, call 479-344-6870.

$15 sports physicals available year round in 2017

March 31st, 2017

March 31, 2017

Springfield, Mo. – The OCH Health System is offering $15 sports physicals year-round for children ages 5-18 years of age.

Physicals are available Monday through Friday and are available by phone call appointment from the following OCH providers in Springfield:

Sports physicals are also available at the following clinic locations during the months of May, June, July & August 2017:

Please contact individual offices for availability. Sports physicals determine the readiness of student athletes to participate and are required prior to involvement in school athletics or other competitive sports, including Mighty Mites. In 2009, OCH was named “America’s Lowest Cost Hospital” for Medicare markets by US News and World Report. OCH continues to offer affordable healthcare to residents throughout the Ozarks.

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OCH and Ozarks New Hope open clinic in Webb City

March 6th, 2017

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OCH and Ozarks New Hope open clinic in Webb City

Webb City, MO – OCH and Ozarks New Hope are proud to announce the opening of the Webb City Community Health Clinic this March.

The clinic (112 N. Webb Street) is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, and on Fridays from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. It includes three staff members and providers Nishua Bendt, DO and Angela Husong, FNP who will provide family practice care to patients of all ages.

“We wish to become an integral part of the Webb City community providing medical care for everyone, including those who are most challenged to afford the costs,” says Steve Bearden, executive director of Ozarks New Hope. “We operate on a sliding scale fee basis, and do not turn clients away based upon their ability to pay.”

In addition to self-pay patients, the clinic can accept Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare insurances.

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. Dr. Bendt is a FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner and offers DOT physicals. Dr. Bendt is available on Tuesdays.

Angela Husong, FNP received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in Lanomi, Iowa. She has more than 12 years of nursing experience. She is available Monday through Friday at the clinic.

“The Webb City community already has a heart for a similar mission and population,” says Steve. “That’s why in addition to opening this clinic, we are working on connecting with current entities to partner in providing combined resources and opportunities for those in need,” says Steve.

Ozarks New Hope, est. 2015, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serving healthcare facilities, their work forces and patients in and around the Ozark region. ONH exists to help the healthcare industry better serve their patients and communities by promoting public health, supporting caregivers, and establishing and maintaining health services. To contact the clinic, call 417-673-0366 or fax 417-673-0336.

The OCH Health System is a tri-state safety-net healthcare provider headquartered in Gravette, Ark. serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks. Our hospital is located in Gravette and includes a multitude clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma. ###

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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