Where We Came From
As a privately owned safety net provider, OCH receives no public or private support and we pay all local, state and federal taxes. In spite of this, we are still the lowest cost healthcare system in the nation based on hospital and physician utilization by Medicare beneficiaries, according to the US News & World Report.
Here’s our history:
- In 1930, Springfield General Osteopathic Hospital opened various locations across Springfield.
- In 1967, Springfield General built and occupied a hospital at 2828 N. National on the Northside of town adjacent to Hwy 44.
- Twenty five years later, eleven physician shareholders acquired the assets of Springfield General Osteopathic Hospital or SGOH. The 95-bed facility began operating under the name Doctors Hospital of Springfield.
- In 1997, a 100-bed hospital located at 2828 N. National in Springfield closed. In 2000, OCH re-opened it as a renovated 45-bed acute care hospital facility, with only 35 full-time employees. The facility grew over the years, employing providers and adding satellite clinics emphasizing the delivery of primary care to at-risk patients.
- In early 2007, our organization was approached by community leaders from a remote town in Northwest Arkansas about the possibility of reopening a closed hospital that was once the major employer and medical safety net for many in rural Benton County. The facility was located in Gravette, Arkansas and had an inspirational history.
- In 1951, Dr. Billy V. Hall started Gravette Medical Center on Main Street in Gravette, while designing the layout for a 14 bed hospital that soon came to fruition. By 1971, 51 beds had been added and Gravette Medical Center Hospital was at full capacity.
- In March 1975 a new 4-story brick hospital building opened, housing 99 beds.
- In 2005, the 100-bed hospital located in Gravette closed. In 2008, OCH re-opened it as a renovated 25-bed critical access hospital with 30 employees. The hospital grew over the years, employing providers and adding rural health clinics. Today, the network of facilities centered on the Gravette hospital includes more than 350 employees annually providing 100,000 primary care encounters.
- While focusing on providing primary care to at-risk patients, OCH grew from a single hospital doing $3 million in annual net patient revenue in 2000 to a multi-facility system doing $70 million in annual net patient revenue.
- As Doctors Hospital of Springfield expanded into Northwest Arkansas, the entity announced a name change to Ozarks Community Hospital, “OCH.” OCH of Gravette reopened the closed Gravette 4 story hospital building on Monday, April 14, 2008. Several years later, the Gravette primary care clinic on the same campus was also acquired from Mercy by OCH.
- As the network of clinics continued to grow, OCH began referring to the two-hospital system as the OCH Health System.
- At the end of July, the Springfield hospital transitioned to an outpatient facility focusing on clinic growth. Today, the OCH Springfield campus continues to impact a large clinical footprint in the Ozark area offering increased outpatient visits, including three on-site clinics as well as multiple ancillary services.
- In late 2016, the OCH Health System announced expansion to 5 rural health clinics including one in Oklahoma.
- The OCH Health System is now a tri-state safety-net healthcare provider headquartered in Gravette, Ark. serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks.
We are an organization that takes pride in what we do, how we do it, and who we serve. We are dedicated to providing care to a high percentage of governmental and uninsured patients and strongly believe in helping the underserved and improving access to primary care.
Our health system continues to focus on rural growth and focus on where it is needed most. Currently the organization has celebrated more than 15 years. Through it all we remain focused on providing inspirational corporate culture, exceptional medical care and treating everyone like family.