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OCH of Gravette’s first annual fall festival set for Nov. 8

October 29th, 2014

 Gravette, AR – In spirit of the season, OCH is hosting its first annual fall festival and chili cook off on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2-5 p.m.

The festival is free and open to the community and will take place both indoors and outside on hospital grounds. Families are invited to attend and enjoy free food and kid-friendly activities including a bounce house, hayrides, face painting, a petting zoo and more. 

“This year we wanted to create a fall-focused event that includes not just the hospital, but also local businesses, clubs, churches and more,” said Amanda Gittlein, marketing manager for OCH. “This new seasonal event will give us a chance to better connect with our community and be a part of something that all ages will enjoy.”

The festival will also feature a chili cook off contest and vendor booths for local businesses. For more information about either, please call Amanda at 479-344-6464.

OCH of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic (1101 Jackson St.) serve patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include a 15 bed inpatient floor, 24-hour emergency room, swing-bed program, sleep lab, pain management clinic, physical therapy and outpatient services including lab and radiology. OCH of Gravette accepts Medicaid, Medicare, UCH Military and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com

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Back-to-school event aims to educate Arkansas families on insurance marketplace

August 15th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gravette, AR – Area residents and families are invited to attend a free back-to-school celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the OCH of Gravette parking lot (1101 S. Jackson St.).

The event will feature free food, games, prizes and health insurance marketplace education for parents. Paul Taylor, CEO and chief legal counsel of OCH will provide community members with an overview of what’s going on with the state’s health insurance marketplace and share what local residents can expect this October regarding enrollment in the private option.

“We have made a commitment to provide Northwest Arkansas residents information about the upcoming insurance enrollment,” says CEO Paul Taylor. “This back-to-school event provides the community an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon with their family, while giving them a chance to ask questions about healthcare insurance in a low-stress environment.”

OCH is also hosting workshops with certified application counselors this fall to help residents prepare for October enrollment. These will take place at the Gravette hospital on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.; Thursday Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Community members may call Morgan Black (417) 344-6464 for more information.

“Many individuals in the Gravette area and surrounding communities do not currently have insurance,” says Morgan Black, communications coordinator. “Through the state’s health insurance, they may now qualify. We want to help residents find out if they do, provide them information and help assist them in the process of becoming insured.”

Taylor recently completed his Medicaid Exchange Q&A tour throughout Southwest Missouri educating residents on how the actions of the state legislature this fall will impact employers, the local economy and individuals. He has been featured as a guest columnist in Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news organization featuring coverage of health care policy and politics. He was also featured in Becker’s Hospital Review and Modern Healthcare, publications covering healthcare business and policy news, advocating healthcare reform. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

OCH Celebrates Five Years in the Gravette Community

April 15th, 2013

Gravette, Ark.– Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette will celebrate its five year anniversary this Sunday, April 14.

To recognize this milestone, OCH will host a series of events for employees and community members, including a Business After Hours on Thursday, April 18. This event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the front lobby of the hospital and is open to the public. OCH administration will be present and free hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

“We’re extremely thankful to all the community members and leaders that have supported the hospital throughout the years,” says Morgan Black, OCH of Gravette Communications Coordinator. “Because of your support we can continue to provide excellent health care to the Gravette community.”

The hospital, formerly known as Gravette Medical Center Hospital, was reopened by OCH in April 2008. Upon reopening, the hospital offered a 25 bed inpatient service, 24-hour emergency room, and outpatient services including lab and radiology. Since then OCH has continued to grow adding a sleep lab, swing bed program, physical therapy, behavioral health and pain management services. OCH also now includes two hospital clinics: OCH Gravette Clinic and OCH Noel Clinic, set to reopen to the public on May 6, 2013.

OCH of Gravette accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com

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Ozarks Community Hospital is Expanding Services in the Coming Year

January 14th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 13, 2013

GRAVETTE, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette is expanding services to encompass a swing bed program, sleep lab, clinic specialists and additional nurse practitioners this year due to high volume in several service areas.

Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette continues to gain patient volume in ancillary services, including the addition of an MRI last year. Our swing bed program will provide an extended care option to individuals who no longer need to be in an acute hospital setting, but are not able to care for themselves at home. We added two cardiologists, one orthopedic surgeon, and an ENT to our Gravette clinic to see patients on a monthly basis. And we are in the process of recruiting additional nurse practitioners to assist with the high primary care patient volume at the clinic.

Another change we made today is merging our medical inpatient unit with our Resolutions, a behavioral health unit. Due to this organizational change and minimal downsizing, our behavioral health patients will now be seen on the third floor for inpatient services.

OCH is proud to serve the northwest Arkansas region and looks forward to meeting patient needs for many years to come. For more information please visit www.OCHonline.com.

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