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Ozarks Community Hospital announces new pulmonologist Mosbah Kreimid, MD

October 22nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is pleased to welcome Mosbah Kreimid, M.D. to the medical staff.

Dr. Kreimid is a board-certified pulmonologist who will practice at OCH Evergreen Clinic in Springfield and at OCH Lawrence County Clinic in Mt. Vernon. He received his doctorate from Alfateh University in Tripoli, Libya.

Locally, Dr. Kreimid has worked with the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Cox Medical Center in Branson and Franklin Technology Center in Joplin. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the medical field.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kreimid call the OCH Evergreen Clinic at 417-823-2900 or the OCH Lawrence County Clinic at 417-466-4110.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospital and 15 clinics located throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The hospital provides a wide range of healthcare services including primary, care, women’s health, outpatient services, a 24/7 emergency room and additional specialists. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.




OCH hosts open house for new clinic on May 22

May 13th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

 Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – OCH invites the community to an open house and ribbon cutting for its new Evergreen clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at 1540 E. Evergreen in north Springfield.

Guests will learn about the services available at the new facility while enjoying lunch, tours of the building, and a meet and greet with physicians. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will be present to lead the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are very excited to officially present our Evergreen clinic to the community,” says Andrea Harp, communications manager. “OCH is growing, and the additional space allows us to offer expanded services to residents on the north side and provide a needed benefit to the area.”

OCH Evergreen Clinic opened to the public on April 7, 2014. Services include pediatrics, orthopedic surgery, occupational medicine, nephrology, pulmonology, urology, pain management and adult and pediatric therapy services.

For more information about the OCH hospital system, visit www.OCHonline.com.


OCH Certified Application Counselors to aid residents in Springfield, Mt. Vernon, Nixa, Bolivar and Gravette, Ark.

December 23rd, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 23

Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
(417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) now has application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. OCH’s counselors are available through the enrollment period to answer questions and be a resource for the community:

Brenda Bricker
Location: Springfield, MO (2828 N. National)
Phone:  (417) 874-4522
Email: [email protected]  
Trina Cowan
Location: Springfield, MO (2828 N. National)
Phone: (417) 837-4127
Email: [email protected]   
Amanda Gittlein
Location: Gravette, AR (1101 Jackson St. SW)
Phone: (479) 344-6565
Email: [email protected] OR [email protected]  
Sarah Hall
Location: Mt. Vernon, MO (108 S. Hickory)
Phone: (417) 466-4110
Email: [email protected]
Melanie Shaon
Location: Nixa, MO (105 S. Ridgecrest)
Phone: (417) 724-3033
Email: [email protected]  
Aubrey Rippee
Location: Bolivar, MO (910 E. San Martin)
Phone: (417) 777-4749
Email: [email protected]  
Virginia Gillming
Location: Noel, MO (125 Main St.)
Phone: (417) 475-6151
Email: [email protected] 

December 24, 2014 is the last day last day individuals may sign up via federal and state health exchanges in order to have insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1; but some individuals may be eligible for exemption in 2014. Residents are encouraged to contact a CAC to find out their options.

Individuals still have until March 31 to obtain insurance and avoid having to pay a fee.



$50,000 grant to help Ozarks Community Hospital enhance health care workforce

September 5th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 5, 2013

 Andrea Harp
Communications Manager
(417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO- Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) has been awarded a Grow Your Own Grant from the Missouri Hospital Association to help recruit, retain and develop the hospital’s health care workforce.

The $50,000 will be used to create integrated training opportunities for staff, including an on-site simulation lab, computer-based staff training, managerial skills training, and an updated structure for reorientation and employee satisfaction data-collection at OCH.

“This grant provides employees a chance to take ownership of new programs that will ensure employee betterment, encourage a sense of pride in the workplace, and competitively train new and existing staff to best care for our patient population,” said CEO Paul Taylor.

The aging population, growing number of individuals with chronic conditions and expanded access to health insurance have led to increasing demands on the health care system. These factors and others have generated an urgent need for additional hospital caregivers.

“The workforce challenge for Missouri hospitals is two-fold,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “First, hospitals must address the shortage of educated health care workers, including primary care physicians, nurses, therapists and imaging technicians, to meet the expanding demand for care. Second, hospital leaders must also recruit and retain talented individuals to manage increasingly complex health care organization. The Grow Your Own program allows hospitals to address these challenges with plans that are tailored to the needs of their organizations and the communities they serve.”

Applications for the Grow Your Own Hospital Grant program were submitted in July. The applications were reviewed and selected by an independent committee composed of representatives from health care, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations with experience in health care grant development and funding processes.


$15 sports physicals available at OCH and clinics through August 2013

June 14th, 2013

Springfield, Mo. – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) will be offering $15 sports physicals May through August for children ages 5-18 years of age. Physicals will be available Monday through Friday and are available by phone call appointment from the following OCH providers:

  • William Lewis McKay, DO (Primary Care) – (417) 837-4065
  • Mindy Kendrick, FNP (Primary Care) – (417) 837-4065
  • Gloria Kirk, FNP (Primary Care) – (417) 837-4065
  • Jennifer Christy, FNP (Primary Care) – (417) 837-4065
  • Christopher Spinelli, DO (Northside Clinic) – (417) 837-4003
  • Leta Barnes, PNP (Specialty Clinic) – (417) 837-4244
  • Dennis Morrison, DO (Specialty Clinic) – (417) 874-4510
  • Ven Vu, FNP (Specialty Clinic) – (417) 874-4510

Sports physicals are also available at the following clinic locations:

  • OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa (417) 725-8250
  • OCH Lawrence County Clinic in Mt. Vernon (417) 466-4110
  • OCH Webster County Clinic in Rogersville (417) 753-9404
  • OCH Polk County Clinic in Bolivar (417) 777-4749
  • OCH Jasper County Clinic in Webb City (417) 673-0366

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, including Mighty Mites. In 2009, OCH was named “America’s Lowest Cost Hospital” for Medicare markets by US News and World Report. OCH continues to offer affordable healthcare to residents throughout the Ozarks.


Ozarks Community Hospital awarded HFAP accreditation

March 20th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 18, 2013

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) an independent accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of hospital policies, quality and safety standards.

“Ozarks Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Ozarks Community Hospital met or exceeded standards in every case.”

OCH has been accredited by HFAP for 12 years.

“Our HFAP accreditation is the result of the many hours of hard work and dedication in combination with the great patient care that staff provides every day,” said Karla Myers, Chief Nursing Officer, who lead hospital accreditation efforts. “Receiving accreditation is a major achievement that demonstrates the hard work and effort put forth by all of our employees.”

The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo. OCH offers a wide range of services including a 24-Hour Emergency Room and variety of specialists. OCH operates another hospital in Northwest Arkansas and 14 clinics serving communities throughout the Ozarks. Visit www.OCHonline.com.


Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Cell: (417) 894-5071
Email: [email protected]

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