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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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OCH offers more than healthcare, adds revenue to local economy

December 14th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 14, 2012
Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Cell: (417) 894-5071
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Data released this week from the 2012 Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) Community Investment Report totals OCH’s community benefit to $4,353,707.

This total includes the sum of uncompensated care, unpaid costs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, donations, health professional’s education and free or low-cost medical services offered to uninsured patients.

OCH is classified as a safety-net provider, with more than 80 percent of patient care going to governmental and self-insured patients. The hospital system does not receive public or private support and pays all local, state and federal taxes. In spite of this, OCH remains a major employer in the Southwest Missouri area with more than 530 full-time employees and $18,892,661 in payroll and benefits. 

The 2012 Community Investment Report states Missouri and Kansas hospitals provided a $622.8 million in charity care, a 22 percent increase since 2010. Missouri and Kansas hospitals participating in this report contributed more than $9.4 billion in economic activity and support nearly 132,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

For more information about Ozarks Community Hospital and clinics, please visit www.OCHonline.com.

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OCH plans to open new clinic in north Springfield

September 7th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2012
 Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield,MO – Ozarks Community Hospital system now encompasses an additional building in north Springfield (1540 E. Evergreen St.) located in the space previously known as Joe’s Carpet.

As part of the first phase, OCH Evergreen Clinic will house OCH/Advantage Therapy and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edwin Roeder’s practice with additional providers and specialties in the future. Renovation will occur throughout the coming months. The clinic is expected to be open to the public after the first of the year.

1540 E. Evergreen

Mary Sherrer, who will serve as clinic manager for OCH Evergreen Clinic, says, “I am excited to be a part of the OCH team, and look forward to growing the clinic. Dr. Roeder and his OCH staff are committed to providing excellent orthopedic care to all patients including the injured worker.”

Dr. Roeder specializes in upper and lower extremity arthroscopy, reconstructive surgery, and trauma.  His interests include treatment of occupational injuries, including carpal tunnel. OCH/Advantage Therapy provides occupational, speech, physical and hand therapy services. The OCH/Advantage Therapy department and Dr. Edwin Roeder’s practice were previously housed in the Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (OSS) building. Dr. Roeder has had a clinic office at OCH for some time; with the closing of OSS he has moved all of his practice to OCH, soon to move to the OCH Evergreen Clinic. OCH/Advantage Therapy is still open at OSS and hopes to complete the move to OCH Evergreen Clinic by the end of the year.

Ozarks Community Hospital system currently employs more than 800 employees and encompasses two hospital facilities and 15 clinics located throughout the Ozarks. Hospital headquarters (2828. N. National) serve as a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo. just off Interstate 44. Expanded outpatient services provided include clinics servicing the Medicare and Medicaid population, a specialty clinic and a 24-hour ER.

For more information, please visit www.OCHonline.com.

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Pediatrician Dr. Spinelli Offers $200 Circumcisions in North Springfield

August 27th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2012
Dr. Spinelli’s Office: (417) 823-2900
OCH Evergreen Clinic
1540 E. Evergreen
Springfield, MO 65803

Springfield, Mo. – Pediatrician Christopher Spinelli, DO, FAAP, is now offering $200 circumcisions at his new office location in North Springfield.

Circumcisions are generally recommended between birth and two-weeks old. Dr. Spinelli sees patients from birth to 18 years old at the Ozarks Community Hospitla Northside Clinic (2828 N. National).

Coming to OCH from JordanValley Community Health Center, Dr. Spinelli has also worked previously for Health Tracks Pediatrics inSpringfieldand was a pediatrician in the United States Air Force.  He is currently a LtCol in the United States Air Force Reserve. After completing an undergraduate degree fromTrumanStateUniversity, Dr. Spinelli graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Pediatric residency atKeeslerMedicalCenterinBiloxi,MS.

To schedule, contact Dr. Spinelli’s office by phone (417) 823–2900.

*This post was updated in September 2014 with updated contact information. 

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.

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OCH of Gravette Awarded HFAP Accreditation

June 23rd, 2011
For Immediate Release: June 23, 2011
Contact: Jayna Cardetti, Communications Coordinator 479-344-6464

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) recently received accreditation through the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Earlier this year, OCH participated in a rigorous review process, with evaluators from around the country assessing the facility’s policies, quality and safety standards.

“Passing an HFAP accreditation survey demonstrates the hospital staff’s commitment to high quality care and patient safety in each and every department,” said Lorraine Oler, OCH Director of Nursing, who led the hospital accreditation efforts. “This is a major achievement that demonstrates the hard work and effort put forth by all of our employees.”

In order to receive HFAP accreditation, a healthcare facility must meet or exceed federal standards of patient safety and treatment, quality improvement, and environmental safety. “Ozarks Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. OCH will have HFAP accreditation for three years.

HFAP is one of only three national voluntary accreditation programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals and other medical facilities for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

OCH of Gravette facilities include a 15 bed inpatient floor, 10 bed geriatric behavioral health unit and a 24-hour fully staffed emergency room. Other services include a primary care clinic, pain management clinic, physical therapy and various outpatient services such as lab and radiology. Visit OCH at www.OCHonline.com.

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