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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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Schedule Back-to-School Appointments Now

August 1st, 2016

August 1, 2016

Springfield, Mo. – OCH Health Systems wants to remind you to schedule your children for their annual back to school physicals at an OCH Health System clinic near you.

Back-to-school physicals are available Monday through Friday by phone call appointment from the following OCH providers:

Additionally, sports physicals are also available at the following clinic locations :

OCH physicians are accepting new patients. If you or your children are in need of a primary care provider, call our referral line: 417-893-3911.

Please contact individual offices for availability. In 2009, OCH Health System was named “America’s Lowest Cost Hospital” for Medicare markets by US News and World Report. OCH Health System continues to offer affordable healthcare to residents throughout the Ozarks.

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What you need to know about the OCH health system – July 2016

July 20th, 2016

Updated 7/26/16:

By now, most of you have seen the news regarding our Springfield hospital. Some of the information circulating is incorrect, which is why we wanted to offer a few points of clarification on the recent announcement:

  • Due to staffing coverage, the OCH of Springfield Emergency Room will only be open until 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 27. After that, it will be closed. If patients have a medical emergency starting 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 27, please call 911 or visit a Springfield ER nearby:

    • Cox North ER – 1423 Jefferson Ave
    • Mercy ER – 1235 E. Cherokee Street
    • Cox South ER – 3801 S. National
  • Our Springfield clinic campus (2828 N. National) remains open. We are not closing our doors. As of Monday, August 1, the main entrance on the Springfield clinic campus (previously ER entrance) will be open 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Services affected by this change include our Springfield emergency department (which will remain open until midnight on July 29), our Springfield inpatient services unit, and our Springfield OR.
  • All OCH facilities continue to welcome Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare insurances, as well as many other insurances.
  • The OCH health system includes the following clinics: OCH Primary Care Clinic (2828 N. National), OCH Medical Offices Clinic (2828 N. National), OCH Northside Behavioral Medicine Clinic (2828 N. National), OCH Evergreen Clinic (1540 E. Evergreen); as well as OCH Christian County Clinic (Nixa), OCH Sparta Clinic (Sparta), OCH Webster County County Clinic (Rogersville), OCH Wellpointe Family Medical Clinic (Marshfield), OCH Lawrence County Clinic (Mt. Vernon), OCH Polk County Clinic (Bolivar), OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus (Carthage), OCH Noel Clinic (Noel), OCH Gravette Clinic (Gravette, Ark.). Our health system also includes a hospital in Gravette, Arkansas.
  • All facilities listed above remain open and can accept new patients. For contact information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

Thank you to each of our employees and physicians who have selflessly helped us carry out our mission for the past 15 years. You are the lifeblood of our organization and we are heartbroken by this news.

No matter what, our mission still remains our driving force. What has occurred does not dampen our spirit. We are grieving this unexpected change, but we remain dedicated to finding ways to provide access to care for those who need it most.

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Bolivar clinic to offer free sports physicals on July 23

July 13th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bolivar sports physical flyerBolivar, MO – Any student playing a sport this fall needs a sports physical. Why not get one for free?

OCH Polk County Clinic (910 E. San Martin) is hosting a free sports physicals clinic on Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Appointments are first come, first serve. If applicable, students should bring a completed signed MSHAA sports physical evaluation form to the appointment. A parent and/or legal guardian should accompany the student.

Mark Smith, MD and Michelle Spencer, FNP-C will be on-site to provide examinations.

Questions? Call the clinic 417-777-4749.

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OCH of Springfield Inpatient Services Receives Excellence in Healthcare Award

June 6th, 2016

Professional Research Consultants Recognizes Industry’s Best at Annual Conference

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital of Springfield was recently recognized as a Top Performer in Inpatient Services for Discharge Information by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC). OCH also received 5-Star recognition in Inpatient Services for Communication about Medications, Communication with Doctors, Hospital Environment, Pain Management and Responsiveness to Staff.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Springfield was honored with the award during the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Conference in Miami, Florida, May 18-21.

2016_Horizontal_LogoThe Excellence in Healthcare Awards recognize organizations and individuals who achieve excellence throughout the year by improving patient experiences, healthcare employee engagement and/or physician alignment and engagement based on surveys of their patients.

“It is an honor to recognize OCH of Springfield with these Excellence in Healthcare Awards for their deserving work,” said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “It takes true dedication and determination to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare and OCH of Springfield has shown their commitment to making their hospital a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine and a better place for patients to be treated.”

The Excellence in Healthcare Conference has brought together hundreds of healthcare leaders to celebrate their work to transform the patient experience. With a shared focus on excellence and a commitment to improve the performance of healthcare organizations, PRC & The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE) teamed up to recognize the outstanding award recipients at the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Conference.

To learn more about the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, including eligibility and criteria, visit www.ExcellencInHealthcareEvents.com

About PRC

Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) is a national healthcare market research company. For more than 35 years, PRC has facilitated millions of interviews, delivered insightful reports and provided customized research solutions to hospitals and healthcare organizations. Services measure community perceptions, brand positions, patient experience, physician alignment and engagement, and employee engagement. PRC is also a certified vendor for government-mandated CAHPS surveys and has partnered with more than 400 communities across the U.S. to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments.

About IHE

The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE) is a PRC company providing a collaboration of industry experts and thought leaders focused on healthcare improvement solutions to create a culture of excellence.

 

April is national occupational therapy month

April 22nd, 2016

Gravette, Ark. – Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette (OCH) is celebrating Occupational Therapy Month throughout the month of April!

Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that provides practical support to help people recover and overcome barriers that prevent them from performing every day activities. This allows people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping maximize performance, function and participate in meaningful activities such as occupations.

“Being an occupational therapist means that I am not only able to see different diagnoses and different populations; but am able to provide a service that benefits these patients in the best way possible,” explained Darin Bell, occupational therapist.  “I chose this profession because it allows me treat all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics in both outpatient and inpatient settings.”

When working with an OCH occupational therapist, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual. The goal is to improve function and support everyday living activities while maximizing potential. Through this approach, occupational therapy helps individuals develop needed skills, adjust their environments and build health promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

The OCH of Gravette therapy department includes two certified occupational therapists, a certified occupational therapy assistant, two physical therapists, two additional physical therapy assistants and two certified speech pathologists. Together, the team offers individualized, high quality care including evaluations, exercise therapy, manual therapy and therapeutic modalities to both inpatients and outpatients.

To contact the OCH therapy department call 479-344-6740.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 17 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area with locations in the following communities: Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

 

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OCH health system welcomes internal medicine physician Dr. Shanti Yerra

April 20th, 2016

Springfield, Mo. – The Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) health system is pleased to announce the addition of internal medicine physician Shanti Yerra, MD to the medical staff team.

Yerra rotatedBeginning May 3, Dr. Yerra will see patients at the OCH Primary Care Clinic in Springfield.

Dr. Yerra’s professional accomplishments include high Press Ganey patient experience scores for more than 10 years in a row; she has also received high healthcare quality markers in diabetes management, preventative care, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. Dr. Yerra is NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) certified. She passed her boards in the top 10 percentile and is currently participating in the MOC (Maintenance of Certification) program.

After her graduation from residency in 1997, Dr. Yerra worked for Mercy (St. Johns) in Springfield, Mo. She currently works part-time as a hospitalist at Long Term Acute Care in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Dr. Yerra is accepting new adult patients at OCH. She can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, PHCS, Multiplan, Coventry and OCH insurance. To contact Dr. Yerra, call 417-837-4065 or fax 417-875-4788.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 17 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area with locations in the following communities: Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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Beth Hill Earns Fellowship Designation from the Healthcare Financial Management Association

March 8th, 2016

Springfield, Mo. – OCH Health System has announced that Beth Hill, FHFMA, CFO recently became a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).

To be awarded the FHFMA distinction, applicants must be credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP); be an HFMA member for at least five years; complete a bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours from an accredited college or university; and volunteer in HFMA or the healthcare industry. More than 1,700 HFMA members nationwide have achieved this accomplishment in the organization’s 68-year history.

Beth Hill has worked for OCH Health System for over 15 years. As of January 1, 2016, Beth was appointment as Chief Financial Officer of the OCH Health System.

In addition to FHFMA, HFMA offers a variety of other certification programs: Certified Healthcare Financial Professional® (CHFP®), Certified Specialist Business Intelligence (CSBI), Certified Specialist Physician Practice Management (CSPPM), Certified Specialist Managed Care (CSMC), and Certified Specialist Accounting & Finance (CSAF). Learn more at hfma.org/certification.

About OCH Health System

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area with locations in the following communities: Springfield, Nixa, Carthage, Marshfield, Noel, Bolivar, Rogersville, Sparta, Mt. Vernon and Gravette, Ark. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

About HFMA
With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) is the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today. Working with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, HFMA identifies gaps throughout the healthcare delivery system and bridges them through the establishment and sharing of knowledge and best practices. We help healthcare stakeholders achieve optimal results by creating and providing education, analysis, and practical tools and solutions. Our mission is to lead the financial management of health care. hfma.org

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