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OCH of Gravette provides athletic trainer for Gravette Schools

September 12th, 2016

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette welcomes Leo F. Krajewski ATC, CSCS, to the therapy services department.

Leo Krajewski, ATC, CSCS is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has over 26 years of experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer and more than 13 years as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, including for Batesville High School and Harrison High School in Arkansas.  His office is based off campus at Gravette Public Schools, where he will serve as the full-time athletic trainer.

“I am very excited to be part of OCH as they begin this new era of sports medicine and Gravette School system coverage,” says Mr. Krajewski.  “It is a real honor to become part of the rich history and tradition of Gravette Athletics; I look forward to helping them any way I can.”

Krajewski received his Master of Science in Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology from Illinois State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University.  He has experience in the United States Army as well as experience providing athletic training at Presentation College, Lyon College, North Arkansas College, Minot State University and Trinity Health.

To contact Leo Krajewski, ATC, CSCS, call Gravette High School at 479-787-4180.

The OCH Health System is a safety-net organization encompassing a hospital and 17 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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April is national occupational therapy month

April 22nd, 2016

Gravette, Ark. – Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette (OCH) is celebrating Occupational Therapy Month throughout the month of April!

Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that provides practical support to help people recover and overcome barriers that prevent them from performing every day activities. This allows people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping maximize performance, function and participate in meaningful activities such as occupations.

“Being an occupational therapist means that I am not only able to see different diagnoses and different populations; but am able to provide a service that benefits these patients in the best way possible,” explained Darin Bell, occupational therapist.  “I chose this profession because it allows me treat all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics in both outpatient and inpatient settings.”

When working with an OCH occupational therapist, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual. The goal is to improve function and support everyday living activities while maximizing potential. Through this approach, occupational therapy helps individuals develop needed skills, adjust their environments and build health promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

The OCH of Gravette therapy department includes two certified occupational therapists, a certified occupational therapy assistant, two physical therapists, two additional physical therapy assistants and two certified speech pathologists. Together, the team offers individualized, high quality care including evaluations, exercise therapy, manual therapy and therapeutic modalities to both inpatients and outpatients.

To contact the OCH therapy department call 479-344-6740.

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, 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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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 of Gravette adds CRNA Kristi Kroona to surgery team

July 2nd, 2015

Gravette, AR – OCH of Gravette is pleased to welcome Kristi Kroona, CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) to the medical staff this June. Kristi will be providing full-time anesthesia coverage for the OCH of Gravette surgery department.

“Our surgery department is growing substantially, so a full time anesthetist is a must,” said communications manager Amanda Gittlein.  “Kristi has an immense amount of experience as a traveling anesthetist and will be a great asset to our health system.”

Kristi graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Minnesota.  She then went on to attend the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia and St. Mary’s College where she became certified and obtained her masters in anesthesia. Kristi is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Arkansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

“I’m excited to be back in Arkansas,” said Kristi.  “I can’t wait to bring the many skills I have learned while traveling as a contract CRNA back to the local community I call home.”

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OCH brings intensive outpatient program to Gravette

May 27th, 2015

GRAVETTE, AR – Coming this July, Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette is expanding services to encompass a Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

The OCH Geriatric IOP is a professional mental health program designed to meet the individual needs of senior adults ages 65 and older who are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues often related to aging. The program is for patients who require less than 24-hour care, who may need a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and more treatment than can reasonably be provided in a traditional outpatient setting.

“Outpatient behavioral services of this scope do not exist within our region, and our community is lacking in training to improve the care and quality of life for this population,” said Judith Harvey, IOP program director. “OCH created this program because we want to be the premier education and advocacy arm for geriatric and behavior health in the surrounding area.”

The Geriatric IOP begins with a free initial evaluation by a clinical professional to determine the need of each patient. After, a multidisciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan and goals to measure patient participation and progress. The primary goal of treatment is to restore a patient’s overall well-being and ability to function effectively in the home and community.

Physicians, health care professionals, human service agencies, family members or friends may make referrals. Transportation is available to and from the program at no cost, if needed. For more information about OCH’s Geriatric IOP, call 479-344-6725.

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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OCH brings orthopedic services to Gravette

May 1st, 2015

Gravette, AR – OCH of Gravette welcomes Edwin Roeder, MD to the OCH of Gravette medical staff. Dr. Roeder is a board certified orthopedic surgeon offering orthopedic services and surgery, a first for the Gravette hospital and clinic.

Dr. Roeder will be available weekly to provide evaluation and treatment for the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints and nerves. He also offers arthroscopic knee and shoulder reconstruction, total joint reconstruction, occupational injuries, fracture care, hand injuries including carpal tunnel, degenerative joint disease, sprains and strains, and joint injections.

“We are excited for Dr. Roeder to join our clinic. He will be providing a much needed resource for the community and our patients,” says Jessica Bolin, clinic manager. “He’ll also be a great asset to our emergency room, as he’ll be able to accommodate any ER orthopedic follow up patients within one week of their ER visit.”

Dr. Roeder received his education and training from Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a fellow with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also licensed in Missouri and sees patients at the OCH Evergreen Clinic in Springfield, Mo.

To contact the clinic, call 479-787-5221.

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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OCH of Gravette receives $7,500 grant for pediatric radiology program

February 27th, 2015

Gravette, AR – AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management announced this month that OCH of Gravette is one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant.

OCH is using the $7,500 grant to fund KidSTRONG, a special pediatric program designed to improve the safety, understanding and comfort of pediatric radiology procedures conducted at the hospital.

“The KidSTRONG program at OCH will help pediatric patients see imaging services as protecting them and helping them be active,” says Ronda Kruetzer, RT (R) (MR), radiology manager at the hospital. “It will also provide needed improvement to the existing hospital radiology department and increase community resources, thus enabling local families to access safe, quality and worry-free care right in their hometown,” says Ronda.

The hospital has also committed to purchasing a comprehensive package of new state of the art radiology equipment to furnish all radiology patient rooms and renovate the radiology waiting area as a compliment to the KidSTRONG program. Renovations start in February.

Six grants of up to $7,500 were available to be awarded to hospitals and imaging centers through the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant. Recipients were judged on their program plan and ability to share best practices for improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, Ultrasound, X-ray and Vascular imaging.

OCH of Gravette (1101 Jackson St.) is licensed for 25 beds and serves patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include an 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, Tricare and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the preeminent organization for leaders in medical imaging. Founded in 1973, AHRA’s more than 5,000 members represent management at all levels for freestanding imaging centers, hospital imaging departments, and group practices. AHRA offers a complete slate of professional development programs, including conferences, networking opportunities, award winning publications, and the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential. More information is available at www.ahraonline.org.

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OCH of Gravette provides education about early breast cancer detection

October 7th, 2014

Gravette, AR – Residents are invited to attend a free community education class on breast cancer awareness Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6-7 p.m. at 1101 Jackson St. SW.

The class will feature a speaker from the Rogers chapter of the American Cancer Society and cover guidelines for early detection of breast cancer.

It is the first of many free, monthly health education classes to be hosted by the OCH, Gravette Fire Department, EMS and EagleMed.

“We are looking forward to working with the local fire department, EMS and EagleMed to offer much needed health education to our community,” says Amanda Gittlein, marketing manager for OCH. “These classes will feature a variety of timely health topics, and help offer important preventative health information to our community.”

Classes are open to all community members and will be held in the OCH of Gravette basement classroom. Complimentary food and drink will be provided. For more information about the event or upcoming topics, contact Amanda Gittlein at 417-479-6464.

OCH of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic serve patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include a 25 bed inpatient floor, 24-hour emergency room, swing-bed program, sleep lab, pain management clinic, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, restorative therapy and outpatient services including lab and radiology. 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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