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Welcome Hoover, Sandford to OCH Health System

October 31st, 2016

Please join OCH in welcoming two new providers to the health system: Melinda Hoover, FNP-BC and Adrienne Sanford MS, OTR/L.

Family Nurse Practitioner, Melinda Hoover began with the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus this October. She is seeing patients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Melinda comes to OCH with more than 19 years of nursing experience, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She received her education from Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Melinda is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Four-State Advanced Practice Nurses organization. To contact the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus, or schedule an appointment, call the office at 417-237-0604 or fax 417-237-0613.

Adrienne Sanford MS, OTR/L, also started at OCH this October. She is seeing pediatric patients Monday through Thursday at the OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa.

Adrienne has worked in occupational therapy since 2008. She has a passion for educating patients and their caregivers, while helping them achieve autonomy. In addition to her eight years of professional experience, Adrienne has worked with organizations that focus on children with special needs. She received her undergraduate degree from Drury University and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis – School of Medicine.

To contact Adrienne Sanford, OTR/L, contact the OCH Christian County Clinic at 417-724-3004.

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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OCH Health System Expanding Services in Carthage

December 29th, 2015

Carthage, Mo. – OCH Health System is expanding patient services at the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus. Louis DelCampo, MD (Interventional Pain Management) Jackie Beene, MD (Hepatitis & Family Practice) and Jessica Kirk, FNP (Pediatrics & Family Practice) will be relocating their current Webb City practices to Carthage on January 4, 2016.

“We are excited to see this growth at our Carthage campus,” says Gail Gamble, Clinic Manager. “These providers have each worked at OCH for many years, and we look forward to the many ways that these additional service lines will benefit this community.”

Dr. DelCampo is a board certified anesthesiologist. He received his degree from the University of Bologna Medical School and completed his residency at St. Luke’s Hospital. The OCH Pain Management Clinic provides an integrated care approach that incorporates multiple treatment and healthcare professionals to address the numerous problems that accompany chronic pain.

Dr. Beene is a family practice physician with a focus on hepatitis treatment. He has experience in hospital and personal practice settings throughout southwest Missouri. He received his degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine and his accreditation as a pharmacist from the University of Arkansas Pharmacy School.

Jessica is an AANP certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She has been a nurse practitioner for nearly 10 years, after receiving her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor of science in nursing from Pittsburg State University. Jessica has experience in pediatrics and primary care.

These providers are relocating to Carthage from Webb City due to a growing patient population throughout Jasper County. To contact the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus or schedule an appointment, call (417) 237-0604.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 17 clinics located throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. For more information about the OCH health system, 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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Living Well Holistic Center changes face of geriatric care in Northwest Arkansas

November 18th, 2015

Gravette, Ark. – The Living Well Holistic Center, a Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program at OCH of Gravette, is changing the face of geriatric care in Northwest Arkansas.

The day program, which serves senior adults 65 years of age and older, opened August 24, 2015 and has been at capacity since the beginning. In the first two months, the center has graduated 17 geriatric patients and has added another therapist to increase the capacity to 20.

Senior adults receive a free medical and psychosocial assessment which allows the multidisciplinary group of providers to better serve the individual needs of the patients. The care team is composed of a psychiatrist, psychologist, LCSW, LMSW, activities coordinator and full nursing staff. New team member, Katherine Shook, LMSW, shares, “I’m really excited about joining this innovative outpatient program that provides truly individualized treatment in a comprehensive and integrative fashion making it unique in Northwest Arkansas.”

The program offers free transportation within 45 miles to and from Skilled Nursing and assisted living facilities to allow flexibility for individuals. By providing this transportation, the center alleviates the workload of those working in the facilities as transportation is often limited.

Susie Davis, care coordinator, adds, “The Living Well Holistic Center’s Goal is to be an alternative to inpatient psychiatric treatment, and the results have been positively amazing. We have an incredibly caring staff that has worked miracles with the patients.”

For more information call the Living Well Holistic Center at OCH of Gravette at 479-344-6714.

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 expands radiology equipment in Springfield hospital to better serve patients

September 22nd, 2015

Springfield, Mo. – The Ozarks Community Hospital health system announces comprehensive radiology equipment upgrades, now offering expanded services and radiology exams in North Springfield.

With the addition of new equipment, OCH now offers radiology services directly comparable to other local health systems. The upgraded equipment provides better safety for patients due to lower dose radiation and expedited exams.

In addition to the existing MRI, nuclear medicine, DEXA, fluoroscopy, x-ray and other general radiology services, OCH Springfield is now home to an upgraded Siemens 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and an upgraded Siemens S2000 ultrasound machine.

The new CT equipment can perform additional tests, including:
• Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography: A heart imaging tests that helps determine if plaque buildup has narrowed arteries.
• Low Dose Lung Screening: This screening meets CMS guidelines for a lung cancer screening.
• Cardiac Calcium Scoring: This is a quick, painless, noninvasive procedure to accurately determine the degree and severity of hard plaque within the coronary arteries.

The new ultrasound equipment increases image quality for the patient and ease of use for the technologist.

“The addition of the new equipment systemwide, and specifically at the Springfield hospital, allows us to better serve our patients,” explains OCH of Springfield hospital administrator Todd Lutes. “Not only does this allow us to better understand patients’ health conditions, but it helps us achieve our mission to provide exceptional healthcare to all patients and improve access to care in underserved communities.”

As part of the technology upgrades, the OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa now houses a new Siemens 16-slice CT scanner. This CT equipment allows patients to stay at the Nixa clinic for a same-day exam versus having to schedule an appointment at an alternate location. The expedited timeline will also allow patients to receive the results of their test in the same day. The Nixa facility continues to offer existing radiology services including ultrasound, DEXA, and x-ray.

The OCH of Gravette, Ark. hospital has also seen vast upgrades in equipment this summer providing the only all-digital radiology department in that region.

For more information or scheduling, call radiology at OCH of Springfield at 417-837-4040 or radiology at the OCH Christian County Clinic at 417-724-3174.

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 expands radiology equipment at Gravette hospital to better serve patients

September 22nd, 2015

Gravette, Ark. – The Ozarks Community Hospital health system announces comprehensive radiology equipment upgrades, now offering expanded services and radiology exams in Gravette.

With the addition of new equipment, OCH of Gravette becomes the only completely digital radiology department in Northwest Arkansas. The upgraded equipment provides better safety for patients due to lower dose radiation and expedited exams.

In addition to the existing MRI and general radiology services, the Gravette hospital is now home to an upgraded Computed Tomography (CT) scanner, x-ray, and ultrasound.

The new Siemens SOMATOM Perspective 64-slice CT scanner delivers better image quality, reduced radiation dosage and reduced need for rescans. In addition, the new scanner can perform additional tests including:

• Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography: A heart imaging test that helps determine if plaque buildup has narrowed arteries.
• Low Dose Lung Screening: This screening meets CMS guidelines for a lung cancer screening.
• Cardiac Calcium Scoring: This is a noninvasive procedure to accurately determine the degree and severity of hard plaque within the coronary arteries.
• QCT Bone Density Test: This CT scan diagnoses and monitors low bone mass and is suggested for patients at risk or with evidence of osteoporosis.

The new x-ray machines, a Multix Select for x-rays at any angle and a Multix Fusion for better coverage for patients, allow for increased portability and support all routine, pediatric and orthopedic exams. These upgrades include an x-ray machine on wheels that can be utilized in inpatient rooms for exams.

The two new ultrasound systems, a portable ACUSON S2000 and a portable and wireless ACUSON Freestyle Ultrasound System, allow for increased image quality for the patient and ease of use for the technologist.

In January 2015, the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) announced that OCH of Gravette was one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant to improve the safety, understanding and comfort of pediatric radiology procedures. This KidSTRONG pediatric safety program at OCH of Gravette is a coinciding compliment to the comprehensive technology upgrades. The radiology department has been completely renovated due to the state of the art radiology equipment, with an emphasis on pediatric-friendly facilities and a comforting experience for families.

“The KidSTRONG pediatric safety and education component paired with the complete overhaul of our radiology department in Gravette increases community resources,” says Ronda Kruetzer, radiology manager at the hospital. “These upgrades have enabled OCH to provide safe, quality and worry-free care for the region’s residents right in their hometown,” says Ronda.

For more information or scheduling, call radiology at OCH of Gravette at 479-344-6441.

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 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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Local healthcare expert to host Medicaid Expansion Q&A tour throughout SWMO

July 1st, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 1, 2013
Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523, Cell: (417) 894-5071
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Missouri residents are invited to attend one of many open community forums on Medicaid expansion hosted throughout Southwest Missouri this July and August.

The forums will be lead by local expert Paul Taylor, CEO and chief legal counsel of Springfield-based Ozarks Community Hospital. Each forum will provide community members with an overview of what’s currently going on with Medicaid expansion and give real answers as to how the actions of the state legislature will directly impact Missouri employers, the local economy and individuals.

“We wanted to offer a series of open forums to help Missouri residents truly understand what’s going on with Medicaid expansion,” says Paul. “Whether it passes or not, the decisions made this fall will affect everyone from employers to individuals with private insurance. Our goal is to provide local communities with clear, accessible information so they understand how it affects them and what they can do about it.”

Paul Taylor 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.

The kick-off community forum will take place Tuesday, July 2 in Mt.Vernon. Following community forums will also take place on the following dates and locations:

TOUR DATES:

  • Tuesday, July 2 @ 6pm – Mt. Vernon (OCH Lawrence County Clinic – 108 S. Main)
  • Tuesday, July 9 @ 5:30pm – Rogersville (Webster County Library – 104 N. Beatie St)
  • Thursday, July 18 @ 6pm – Bolivar (Polk County Library – 1690 W. Broadway)
  • Tuesday, July 23 @ 6pm – Marshfield (Empire Bank Meeting Room – 1197 Spur Drive)
  • Tuesday, July 30 @ 6pm – Nixa (OCH Christian County Clinic – 105 S. Ridgecrest)
  • Monday, August 12 @ 6pm – Noel (Noel Housing Authority – 624 Johnson Dr)
  • Monday, August 19 @ 6pm – Springfield (OCH North Conference Room – 2828 N. National)
  • Thursday, August 29 @ 6pm – Webb City (Webb City Library – 101 S. Liberty Ave)

Contact Caitlin Whitworth for additional details (417) 439-1049 or email [email protected].

Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) has facilities throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. In 2012, OCH touched more than 50% of the total Medicaid covered lives in the area. OCH focuses on the delivery of primary care to Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients in the communities served, providing discounts of 40% or more to the uninsured. OCH has never sued a patient to collect a bill and pays all local, state and federal taxes. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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