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OCH health system celebrates National Rural Health Day

November 19th, 2014

Springfield, MO – This Nov. 20, 2014, the Ozarks Community Hospital health system joins the nation in celebrating the importance of providing healthcare access to rural communities.

National Rural Health Day is led by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health each November, and honors the efforts of rural healthcare providers, state offices and other rural stakeholders who actively work to address the challenges of meeting these needs.

“Nearly one in five Americans call rural communities home. These communities have unique healthcare needs due to the larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured residents,” says CEO Paul Taylor. “Our hospital system is dedicated to growing and improving access to primary care in these areas.”

The OCH health system includes designated Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Mt. Vernon, Marshfield, Rogersville, Noel and Bolivar. These clinics are designated RHCs by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and provide the community with access to physicians and nurse practitioners and other specialty services.

In 1977, Congress established the Rural Health Clinic Program to address an inadequate supply of physicians serving Medicare patients in rural areas and to increase the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in these areas. Today, there are approximately 4,000 RHCs nationwide providing access to primary care services in rural areas.

OCH is a safety-net health system made up of two hospitals and 17 rural and urban clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. OCH is dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare and preventive services to all patients in an atmosphere of compassion, respect, and dignity, with a commitment to care for the underserved and to improve access to care. For more information about OCH, visit www.OCHonline.com.


$15 Sports Physicals Available at OCH and Clinics

June 14th, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 14, 2011                

 Contact: Carrie Richardson, Director of Communications
417-874-4503 office, 417-576-3968 cell

(Springfield, MO) Ozarks Community Hospital will be offering $15 sports physicals throughout June, July and August to individuals ages 5-18 years.

Physicals will be available Monday through Friday and can be scheduled by phone from the following OCH providers in Springfield:

  • Wm. Lewis McKay, DO – (417) 837-4065
  • Mindy Kendrick, FNP – (417) 837-4065
  • Gloria Kirk, FNP – (417) 837-4065
  • Leta (Hohl) Barnes, PNP – (417) 837-4065
  • Dennis Morrison, DO – (417) 874-4510
  • Don Maples, DO – (417) 837-4003

Sports physicals will also be available throughout August at participating outlying clinic locations:

Contact individual outlying clinics 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.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo. just off Interstate 44 between National Avenue and North Glenstone. Expanded outpatient services provided include clinics servicing the Medicare and Medicaid population, a specialty clinic and a 24-hour ER. Visit www.OCHonline.com for more information.


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