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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!


  • 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!


  • 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+).

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 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.



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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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