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OCH to host free Medicare 101 event in north Springfield

August 7th, 2015

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital is partnering with CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program, to offer a free Medicare 101 event on Thursday, August 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and will include a complimentary lunch and panel of experts. It will take place at 2828 N. National.

Experts will be available to answer questions about enrolling for Medicare and offer guidance on how to lower insurance costs and maximize benefits. The panel will also elaborate on what happens behind the scenes with claims, share information about how prescriptions are affected by selected plans and help attendees prepare for open enrollment.

“This free education event is ideal for all Medicare-eligible individuals or anyone who works closely with Medicare-eligible individuals,” says Andrea Harp, communications manager. “It’s a great opportunity for attendees to access a variety of insurance, billing, and assistance leads, all in one place.”

Individuals who attend can also schedule financial assistance screenings with onsite CLAIM volunteers, if interested.

For more information, or to R.S.V.P. call 417-837-4279 or email [email protected]

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Taylor named one of ‘50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know’

February 2nd, 2015

Missouri – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) CEO Paul Taylor has been named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

This recognition features CEOs and administrators of hospitals dedicated to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural communities.

paul taylor ozarks community hospitalThe OCH health system is a regional safety-net healthcare provider serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks. Over the past year, OCH has aggressively expanded its focus to increase primary care access and integrated behavioral health services to rural areas around the region including the addition of two rural clinics in the fourth quarter of 2014. The OCH hospital system continues to emphasize growth with future plans to expand rurally in coming years.

“Paul is very deserving of this recognition. His passion for healthcare has made the OCH health system what it is today,” says Andrea Harp, communications manager. “In 1999, Paul envisioned a health system that could offer compassionate care and continued access to the underserved community. Fifteen years later, his vision has grown to encompass more than 800 employees and 100 healthcare providers who also share this same heart and mission.”

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “Mr. Taylor’s unorthodox journey to the helm of 45-bed Ozark[s] Community Hospital began with his degree in English literature from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and his master’s degree in literature from University of Missouri at Columbia. He started coursework for a doctorate in literature and switched courses midway to enter law school. In 1987, Mr. Taylor began practicing private law. He was named CEO of Ozark[s] Community Hospital in 2000.”

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 17 clinics located throughout the 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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