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2019 Sports Physicals

March 19th, 2019

Gravette, Arkansas – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is offering their annual sports physical promotion for children ages 5-18 years of age.

Physicals are available Monday through Friday and are available by phone call appointment from the following OCH clinics in:

Please contact individual offices 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.

OCH of Gravette adds board certified pediatrician

May 23rd, 2017

Julia K. GregoryGravette, AR – OCH is thrilled to welcome board certified, pediatrician, Julia K. Gregory, MD, to the OCH of Gravette Clinic this July.

As of this summer, Dr. Gregory will be providing primary and preventative care to pediatric patients Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“I always knew I wanted to work with kids. I have a strong passion for caring for chronically ill children,” says Dr. Gregory. “I enjoy being able to make a positive difference in their life.”

Dr. Gregory received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and her residency training in pediatric medicine from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Dr. Gregory is certified by the Arkansas State Medical Board.

Prior to OCH, Dr. Gregory worked for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as the UAMS Kid’s First Interim Medical Director and as an Assistant Professor for the UAMS Department of Pediatrics. In addition to her pediatric care experience, Dr. Gregory also has an extensive knowledge and passion for sports medicine, chronically ill pediatric patients, special needs patients, annual wellness and immunizations.

Dr. Gregory is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Arkansas Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

To contact the OCH of Gravette Clinic call 479-787-5221.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and and a multitude of 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 welcomes new podiatrist to Gravette hospital

November 15th, 2016

Gravette, AR – OCH of Gravette announces the addition of Kory D. Miskin, DPM. Dr. Miskin is a podiatrist joining the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic (1101 S. Jackson St.) this December.

“We are thrilled to have a podiatrist at the hospital,” says Jackie Powell, OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic Manager. “Our surgery department has continued to grow, and this is a much needed specialty for our patients.”

Dr. Miskin can perform clinic procedures including the removal of ingrown toenails, warts and pre-cancerous lesions; minor hammertoe procedures; and removal of foreign bodies. He will also offer surgical procedures including bunion, hammertoe and flatfoot reconstruction; neurectomies; plantar fasciotomy; heel spurs; fracture repair; ankle scopes and fusions; equinus procedures; forefoot and hindfoot fusions; amputations; tarsal tunnel releases; and soft tissue mass excisions.

Dr. Miksin received his education from Brigham Young University – Provo and from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. He is currently is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

To contact the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic call 479-344-6870.

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.

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!

Eligibility

  • 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!

Prize

  • 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+).

New family practice physician joins OCH of Gravette Clinic

November 30th, 2015

Gravette, Ark. – Chris Billings, DO joins OCH of Gravette Clinic on December 1, offering expanded primary care access to Benton County residents and surrounding communities.

Dr. Billings will see patients in Gravette every Monday and Tuesday beginning December 1 and plans to expand his practice January 4, 2016 to every Monday through Thursday. With the addition of Dr. Billings, the OCH of Gravette Clinic increases the clinic’s ability for same-day and emergent appointments.

“We are really excited that Dr. Billings is joining the clinic!” says Jessica Bolin, clinic administrator. “The addition of Dr. Billings will help OCH of Gravette provide better family care access to area communities.”

Board certified in family practice, Dr. Billings has worked for the OCH health system for 15 years and is transitioning his practice from Southwest Missouri as he relocates to Northwest Arkansas.

Dr. Billings earned his DO from Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Doctors Association and a Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians.

To schedule an appointment with Chris Billings, DO, patients can call the OCH of Gravette Clinic at 479-787-5221.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 18 clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area with locations in the following communities: Springfield, Nixa, Webb City, 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 expands radiology equipment at Gravette hospital to better serve patients

September 22nd, 2015

Gravette, Ark. – The Ozarks Community Hospital health system announces comprehensive radiology equipment upgrades, now offering expanded services and radiology exams in Gravette.

With the addition of new equipment, OCH of Gravette becomes the only completely digital radiology department in Northwest Arkansas. The upgraded equipment provides better safety for patients due to lower dose radiation and expedited exams.

In addition to the existing MRI and general radiology services, the Gravette hospital is now home to an upgraded Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, x-ray, and ultrasound.

The new Siemens SOMATOM Perspective 64-slice CT scanner delivers better image quality, reduced radiation dosage and reduced need for rescans. In addition, the new scanner can perform additional tests including:

• Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography: A heart imaging test that helps determine if plaque buildup has narrowed arteries.
• Low Dose Lung Screening: This screening meets CMS guidelines for a lung cancer screening.
• Cardiac Calcium Scoring: This is a noninvasive procedure to accurately determine the degree and severity of hard plaque within the coronary arteries.
• QCT Bone Density Test: This CT scan diagnoses and monitors low bone mass and is suggested for patients at risk or with evidence of osteoporosis.

The new x-ray machines, a Multix Select for x-rays at any angle and a Multix Fusion for better coverage for patients, allow for increased portability and support all routine, pediatric and orthopedic exams. These upgrades include an x-ray machine on wheels that can be utilized in inpatient rooms for exams.

The two new ultrasound systems, a portable ACUSON S2000 and a portable and wireless ACUSON Freestyle Ultrasound System, allow for increased image quality for the patient and ease of use for the technologist.

In January 2015, the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) announced that OCH of Gravette was one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant to improve the safety, understanding and comfort of pediatric radiology procedures. This KidSTRONG pediatric safety program at OCH of Gravette is a coinciding compliment to the comprehensive technology upgrades. The radiology department has been completely renovated due to the state of the art radiology equipment, with an emphasis on pediatric-friendly facilities and a comforting experience for families.

“The KidSTRONG pediatric safety and education component paired with the complete overhaul of our radiology department in Gravette increases community resources,” says Ronda Kruetzer, radiology manager at the hospital. “These upgrades have enabled OCH to provide safe, quality and worry-free care for the region’s residents right in their hometown,” says Ronda.

For more information or scheduling, call radiology at OCH of Gravette at 479-344-6441.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 18 clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area with locations in the following communities: Springfield, Nixa, Webb City, 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 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.

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OCH of Gravette Awarded HFAP Accreditation

June 23rd, 2011
For Immediate Release: June 23, 2011
Contact: Jayna Cardetti, Communications Coordinator 479-344-6464

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) recently received accreditation through the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Earlier this year, OCH participated in a rigorous review process, with evaluators from around the country assessing the facility’s policies, quality and safety standards.

“Passing an HFAP accreditation survey demonstrates the hospital staff’s commitment to high quality care and patient safety in each and every department,” said Lorraine Oler, OCH Director of Nursing, who led the hospital accreditation efforts. “This is a major achievement that demonstrates the hard work and effort put forth by all of our employees.”

In order to receive HFAP accreditation, a healthcare facility must meet or exceed federal standards of patient safety and treatment, quality improvement, and environmental safety. “Ozarks Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. OCH will have HFAP accreditation for three years.

HFAP is one of only three national voluntary accreditation programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals and other medical facilities for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

OCH of Gravette facilities include a 15 bed inpatient floor, 10 bed geriatric behavioral health unit and a 24-hour fully staffed emergency room. Other services include a primary care clinic, pain management clinic, physical therapy and various outpatient services such as lab and radiology. Visit OCH at www.OCHonline.com.

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New Psychologist at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette

March 21st, 2011
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2011
Contact: Jayna Cardetti, Communications Coordinator
479-344-6464

The Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette welcomes Jason Glass, PsyD. Dr. Glass is a provisionally licensed psychologist in the state of Arkansas and is currently under the supervision of OCH licensed psychologist Mark W. Glover, Ph.D.

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 trained in the Resolutions unit at the OCH of Springfield in 2007, as well as at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. His internships were at the Missouri Department of Corrections in Potosi, MO and the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, MO.

 “For the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with the staff at OCH, as well as some members of the community. I grew up in a town about the size of Gravette and am thankful that everyone has made me feel at home,” Dr. Glass explained. “I look forward to providing patient services, as well as being an advocate for behavioral healthcare in the community.”

Dr. Glass currently resides in southern Missouri with his wife and children. He is assisting in the Gravette Resolutions unit, Pain Clinic and Clinic. Behavioral Health Services provided through OCH include: adult psychotherapy for anxiety and depression; anger management training; dementia evaluation and consultation; probation and parole evaluation; guardianship assessment; and pre-surgical psychological evaluation and consultation. He is available to see patients at the OCH of Gravette Clinic Monday through Thursday, 8am to 5pm. Appointments can be scheduled by phone at 479-787-5221.

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Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette
1101 Jackson St. SW
Gravette, AR 72736
(479) 787-5291
www.OCHonline.com

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