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Paul Taylor, CEO Biography

Paul Taylor CEO Ozarks Community Hospital

Paul Taylor is CEO of the OCH Health System which operates as a tri-state safety-net healthcare provider serving both urban & rural communities in the Ozarks. OCH encompasses a Critical Access Hospital in Gravette, Ark. and a multitude of clinics located in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Paul grew up in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College with a degree in English Literature. He obtained a Masters in literature from the University of Missouri at Columbia and completed course work for the Ph.D. in literature before switching to law school, graduating from MU with a J.D. During graduate school in literature and law, he taught composition and literature at MU for 7 years. He entered a private law practice in Webb City, Missouri in 1987 eventually becoming the CEO of Ozarks Community Hospital in 2000.


  • 2017—Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, named of “12 People You Need to Know in 2017” by Springfield Business Journal.
  • 2016 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, Study Participant and Press Call Speaker, for “Beyond the Reduction in Uncompensated

Care: Medicaid Expansion Is Having a Positive Impact on Safety Net Hospitals and Clinics” a study conducted by

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families.

  • 2015 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, named “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Recognition featuring CEOs & administrators of hospitals dedicated to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural

  • 2015 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, Co-Presenter on “Core Strategies to Succeed as an Independent Hospital—Can a Hospital Stay Independent?” at Becker’s Hospital Review 6th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ill.
  • 2015 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, Presenter on “Strategies for Survival as a Rural Hospital” at the National Rural Health Association 38th Annual Rural Health Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2014 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, named “500+ People to Know in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Recognition cited Mr. Taylor’s dedication to improving the healthcare industry and his involvement in continuing to

shape healthcare in the United States.

  • 2014 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO, Co-Presenter on “The Best Ideas for Community Hospital Now,” at the Becker’s Hospital

Review Annual CEO Strategy Roundtable in Chicago, Ill.

  • 2011 – Paul Taylor, OCH CEO honored with “Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.”
  • Mr. Taylor has been featured in numerous national publications including Kaiser Health News, Becker’s Hospital

Review and Modern Healthcare.


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