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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.


September 14th, 2017

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) has filed a motion dismissing a request for an Administrative Law Judge Hearing with the Civil Remedies Division of the Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board following a recent memorandum issued by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS has amended the State Operations Manual to address the issues Ozarks Community Hospital encountered during a survey process and appeal related to the federal definition of a hospital set in a provision of the Social Security Act.

Hospital surveyors are now required to consider whether the hospital is primarily engaged in providing inpatient services and there is a minimum standard and specific guidance on factors to consider.

According to OCH Health System Chief Executive Officer Paul Taylor, “The guidance in the amended Manual which tells surveyors how to audit hospital operations is exactly what we were asking CMS to do. Give us a rule and we will satisfy it. Before this change, it was like being ticketed for speeding even though there was no established speed limit. CMS showed up and said our inpatient census was not high enough compared to the volume of outpatient care we were doing. We increased our inpatient volume and CMS accepted our Plan of Correction which stated we would maintain that increased inpatient census. A few months later, for reasons known only to CMS, they showed up again and decided what we were doing—which they had approved—was not enough. In other words, they changed the speed limit. We asked CMS to tell us how much was enough and CMS said they could not.”

Under the new guidance, a hospital with no inpatients on the day the survey commences, will not be surveyed and the CMS regional office will conduct an investigation to determine whether the hospital has maintained an average daily census (ADC) of 2 for the prior 12 month period. If not, the hospital will be presumed to have failed to meet the standard. If the hospital had more than an ADC of 2, the hospital will be surveyed and the new guidance provides a number of factors to be considered.

Taylor added, “There is no mention in this new guidance of the volume of primary care being done by the hospital—which was the critical factor in the final decision on OCH by CMS. CMS said OCH looked more like a primary care clinic organization than a hospital. We always believed that we were doing a good thing by filling a need for primary care in the patient population we served, which was mostly people covered by governmental programs or uninsured. Had this guidance been in place in 2015, we would never have had a problem with CMS.”

Ozarks Community Hospital suspended the Springfield hospital license last summer after CMS published notice the hospital did not meet the federal definition of a hospital. Taylor filed an appeal last fall and has been focusing his efforts on communication and education in order to advocate for a change in CMS regulations. In a reply brief filed in the appeal, Taylor wrote, “CMS’s refusal to establish a fixed standard or quantitative interpretation of ‘how much’ less than ‘more than’ is sufficient to meet the definition results in arbitrary and capricious enforcement of the definition—as it has in this case.  Since the hospital industry has evolved (primarily through CMS mandates) to provide more outpatient than inpatient services as a whole and as individual facilities, CMS must promulgate a standard so that the hospital industry has some inkling of how far below more (i.e. 51%) the hospital can fall before it has fallen too far. CMS has refused to provide or divulge that standard.”

“Since there was very little chance OCH would reopen the facility as a general acute care hospital, we appealed the decision so that what happened to OCH’s Springfield hospital would not happen to another hospital. With this new guidance from CMS, the hospital industry has an ascertainable standard to assert as a shield against the subjective whim of individual decision-makers who, even when well-intentioned, can get things wrong where there is no standard. We now know the speed limit and it will be our own fault if we get caught speeding. For that reason, we have dismissed our appeal,” Taylor said.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and a multitude of clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma area. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

CMS Memo Primarily Engaged is available by clicking on the attached link.


OCH Goodman Family Clinic reopens after storm

April 18th, 2017

Goodman, MO – Effective May 1, 2017, the OCH Goodman Family Clinic will have a new address: 135 Roy Hill Boulevard, Goodman, MO 64843.

The current clinic location sustained significant damage from area storms earlier in the month and is currently unavailable for use.

“We are committed to serving the healthcare needs in the Goodman area,” says Vicki Plumlee, Director of Clinics. “Which is why we wanted to find a local location that was available as soon as possible. We are proud of our clinic, and even though we’re a few blocks away in a new space, we’re here to stay.”

The new clinic space is 640 square feet and includes two patient rooms, a physician room, restroom and waiting room. It previously served as a chiropractic office.

Tessa Porter, PA-C will see patients out of the new location. Due to limited space, the majority of Dr. Hill’s patients will be scheduled to see him out of the OCH Anderson Rural Health Clinic located a short 7 miles away. Dr. Hill remains the collaborating physician for Tessa and medical director for the OCH Anderson Rural Health Clinic, OCH Goodman Family Clinic, OCH Pineville Medical Clinic and OCH Southwest City Community Clinic.

“The old clinic served the Goodman community for over 50 years,” said Vicki Plumlee, Director of Clinics. “While we are saddened by the loss of our Main Street building, we are very excited about our new location and are tickled to be able to open up on May 1.”

The OCH Goodman Family Clinic phone 417-364-8300 and fax 417-364-7290 are currently forwarded to the OCH Pineville Clinic. As of May 1, 2017 they will be routed to the new Goodman space.

The clinic currently averages 300 primary care patients a month. Three support staff will be working out of the new location.

The OCH Health System Elk River Health Services, Inc. as of January 1, 2017. The four rural health clinics are located in Anderson, Pineville, Goodman and Southwest City. The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare and other insurances. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.


Kory Miskin, DPM now seeing patients at OCH Southwest City Community Clinic!

April 4th, 2017

Southwest City, MO – Dr. Kory Miskin is bringing foot care to McDonald County.  As of April 2017  he will be visiting the OCH Southwest City Community Clinic every other Wednesday.

Dr. Miskin also sees podiatric patients at the OCH of Gravette Specialty Clinic.

He can perform clinic procedures including the removal of ingrown toenails, warts and pre-cancerous lesions; minor hammertoe procedures; and removal of foreign bodies. He also offers 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.

For a complete list of podiatric services and procedures available, click the following link: http://www.ochonline.com/patients/specialties/podiatry/.

Dr. Miskin joined OCH in November 2016. He 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 Dr. Miskin’s office, call 479-344-6870.

OCH and Ozarks New Hope open clinic in Webb City

March 6th, 2017




OCH and Ozarks New Hope open clinic in Webb City

Webb City, MO – OCH and Ozarks New Hope are proud to announce the opening of the Webb City Community Health Clinic this March.

The clinic (112 N. Webb Street) is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, and on Fridays from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. It includes three staff members and providers Nishua Bendt, DO and Angela Husong, FNP who will provide family practice care to patients of all ages.

“We wish to become an integral part of the Webb City community providing medical care for everyone, including those who are most challenged to afford the costs,” says Steve Bearden, executive director of Ozarks New Hope. “We operate on a sliding scale fee basis, and do not turn clients away based upon their ability to pay.”

In addition to self-pay patients, the clinic can accept Medicaid, Medicare and Tricare insurances.

Dr. Bendt received her medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family practice residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Dr. Bendt is a FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner and offers DOT physicals. Dr. Bendt is available on Tuesdays.

Angela Husong, FNP received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in Lanomi, Iowa. She has more than 12 years of nursing experience. She is available Monday through Friday at the clinic.

“The Webb City community already has a heart for a similar mission and population,” says Steve. “That’s why in addition to opening this clinic, we are working on connecting with current entities to partner in providing combined resources and opportunities for those in need,” says Steve.

Ozarks New Hope, est. 2015, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization serving healthcare facilities, their work forces and patients in and around the Ozark region. ONH exists to help the healthcare industry better serve their patients and communities by promoting public health, supporting caregivers, and establishing and maintaining health services. To contact the clinic, call 417-673-0366 or fax 417-673-0336.

The OCH Health System is a tri-state safety-net healthcare provider headquartered in Gravette, Ark. serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks. Our hospital is located in Gravette and includes a multitude clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma. ###

OCH Health System acquires Jay Family Medicine Clinic

November 22nd, 2016


och-jfmc-announceJay, OK – Effective January 1, 2017, the OCH Health System will own and operate Jay Family Medicine Clinic under a new name: OCH Jay Family Medicine Clinic.

The rural health clinic, located at 2485 N. Main in Jay, Okla. includes family practice providers Richard H. Tidwell, MD, and Shounda Turley, APRN-CNP.

“Our health system has been considering Oklahoma expansion for several years now,” says Bernadette Losh, Chief Clinics Officer. “When the opportunity to work with Dr. Tidwell became available, we were beyond thrilled. Not only does it fit our growth model and match our mission to serve the underserved; the addition of this clinic now means OCH is a tri-state health system.”

After the first of the year, OCH Jay Family Medicine Clinic will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I am very happy and encouraged to join the OCH Health System,” says Dr. Tidwell. “Changes in the healthcare industry made the future of our clinic uncertain; I know working with OCH will provide a solid future while allowing me the ability to focus on serving my current patients in Delaware County and continue providing services to those who need it most.”

Dr. Tidwell founded Jay Family Medicine Clinic in 2004. He received his education from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In 2008, he was awarded “Physician of the Year” by Integris Grove General Hospital. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Oklahoma Academy of Family Practice and the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Shounda Turley, APRN-CNP received her education from Kaplan University in Davenport, Iowa. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the nursing field.

Jay, Okla. has a population of 2,482. It is located 23 miles from the OCH of Gravette facility.

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 to provide on-site help in Missouri and Arkansas for Oct. 1 enrollment

October 1st, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
(417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) will have an application counselor on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

OCH’s counselor will be available through the enrollment period to answer questions and be a resource for the community. OCH is working to provide counselors throughout Southwest Missouri at clinic locations in Nixa, Mt.Vernon and Rogersville. To contact the counselor, call (417) 874-4522 or email [email protected]

OCH will also have a counselor available at OCH of Gravette in Northwest Arkansas to assist residents in applying for coverage. To contact, call (479) 344-6565 or email [email protected]

Starting October 1, 2013, individuals can access insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplace online tool (www.healthcare.gov) to review and compare insurance plans available.  If individuals enroll this October, coverage could begin as early as January 1, 2014. The enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31, 2014. If  individuals are currently uninsured and choose not to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, they are likely to have to pay a penalty fee outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

For more information, visit: http://www.ochonline.com/home/health-insurance-marketplace/


OCH nurse practitioners honored by Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Business Journal

September 12th, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 12, 2011
Contact: Carrie Richardson, Director of Communications
Office: (417) 874-4503 Cell: (417) 576-3968

Springfield, Mo. – The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Business Journal recognize OCH nurse practitioners Beverly Jo Gann and Leta Barnes as Health Care Champion honorees. Both will be celebrated at the Salute to Health Care banquet on Oct. 27 at 6 pm in Springfield.

Beverly Gann, WHNP has worked in the OCH women’s health clinic since 2002 and has more than 14 years experience working in women’s health. She received her education from the St. John’s School of Nursing and the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Barnes School of Nursing.

Beverly Gann, WHNP and patient Danielle. To hear to Danielle’s full patient testimonial click here.

“I have a lot of experience where professional people have discriminated against me because of my weight,” says patient Danielle. “But [Beverly] just sits down and talks to you. She even asks you about your day. It’s not just about the doctor… she asks you how you are doing and actually has a conversation with you. I think that’s important to have the connection between patients and doctors, because if you can’t be comfortable with your doctor, you’re not going to get very far with communication.”

Leta (Hohl) Barnes, PNP has worked at OCH since 2002. She has more than 20 years experience working as a pediatric nurse. She received her nursing degree from Southwest Baptist University and her Master of Science in nursing in 1998 at Missouri State University.

Leta (Hohl) Barnes, PNP caring for a child at Ozarks Community Hospital.

“When Leta joined the team at Ozarks Community Hospital, she jumped in with both feet and immediately found herself driven to help the children of families suffering from methamphetamine addictions and the struggles that come with it,” says friend, Melanie. “With Leta’s love for her community, deep compassion for children and even her hugs she has gained the trust of these children. This has allowed the children the ability to talk and share their stories and need with a care giver.”

Beverly and Leta were selected by an independent panel of judges: Dr. Nanette Crighton, Crighton Aesthetic Studio; Kevin Gipson, Springfield-Greene County Health Department; Stephen Hall, American Heart Association; Gordon Kinne, Med-Pay Inc,; and Robert Lunn, Ph.D., The Health Commission.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Missouri, just off Interstate 44 between North National Avenue and North Glenstone Avenue. In addition to 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 OCH at www.OCHonline.com.


CEO, Hospital Honored by U.S. Department of Defense for Dedication to Employee Military Support

September 2nd, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, September 2, 2011
Contact: Carrie Richardson, Director of Communications
Office: (417) 874-4503
Cell: (417) 576-3968

Springfield, MO –Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, recognized Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) as one of Missouri’s most supportive employers at the annual ESGR awards banquet Friday, August 26 in St. Louis, Mo. 

ESGR also awarded Chief Executive Officer, Paul Taylorwith a Patriot Award on Tuesday, August 23 in recognition of extraordinary support of hospital employees and family members of those that serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve.

Taylor and OCH were nominated for both awards by family nurse practitioner Mindy Kendrick, who also serves as a member and employee of the Navy Reserve.  She stated, “It is an honor to service our country and work at Ozarks Community Hospital.” She is thankful for the opportunity to recognize an awesome employer, leader and friend.

According to Brig. Gen. Tracy (Ret.) Beckette, ESGR Missouri State Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.” 

As well as employee support, OCH is dedicated to providing health care services to the military and has the only TRICARE insurance contract in the region. TRICARE is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Missouri, just off Interstate 44 between North National Avenue and North Glenstone Avenue. In addition to 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 OCH at www.OCHonline.com.


PATRIOT AWARD: Navy Commander Susan Holliday, Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center, Springfield, MO and Mindy Kendrick, FNP presenting CEO Paul Taylor with the Patriot Award. 








OCH sending help, thoughts and prayers to tornado victims

May 27th, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost more than lives this past weekend. We are deeply moved by the Joplin tragedy and remain committed to helping the people of Joplin recover throughout the next weeks, months and years. We continue to offer our thoughts and prayers for the medical community as they work tirelessly to provide care to those injured in the tornado. Without their dedication, the recovery effort wouldn’t be possible.  

Ozarks Community Hospital (2828 N. National in Springfield) continues to remain open to assist the community and victims of the recent tornado in Joplin.

In addition, the OCH Jasper Clinic located in Webb City is open to see patients. This medical clinic traditionally sees primary care patients but will be taking non critical walk-ins during the disaster response. The clinic is located downtown at 112 N. Webb St. Medical and providers will be available to treat patients Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. If you have questions, you may contact 417-673-0366.

All OCH employees living in the Joplin area have been accounted for. We will continue to meet the medical and physical needs of employees, their family members and our patients.

OCH is forming volunteer groups to provide disaster relief after the first responders and those on site now have been exhausted.   OCH plans to schedule several trips to support the community in the coming weeks and months.

Visit www.OCHonline.com for more information.

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