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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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Technology Advances Service at OCH

March 21st, 2011
For immediate release: January 13, 2011
Contact: Jayna Cardetti, Communications Coordinator – 479-344-6464

Gravette, AR – Starting Jan., 17, 2010, patients will benefit from computerized physician order entry (CPOE) at Ozarks community Hospital (OCH). CPOE reduces errors caused by handwriting or trans or transcription, decreases delays in order completion and improve efficiency by offering entry at point-of-care.

OCH’s first phase of EMR was implemented just before the New Year, which included a computerized order entry system for ancillary departments and electronic documentation for inpatient nursing and emergency departments. Full EMR implementation is scheduled to be completed by 2015.

“These changes provide a central storage medium that is uniform across the hospital so everyone accessing a specific patient is seeing the information they need to make the best care decisions possible,” said CPSI Administrator Todd Lutes, who currently is overseeing the EMR transition.

In addition to the EMR transition, the OCH of Gravette Clinic recently upgraded to a new telephone system. Along with the four full-time phone dispatchers now on staff, these improvements will enable patients to quickly schedule appointments and improve customer service.

CPSI is a healthcare software provider based out of Mobile, AL. CPSI has been developing information systems for the healthcare industry for more than 25 years and has more than 600 facilities running their applications.

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Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette
1101 Jackson St, SW
Gravette, AR 72736
(479) 72736

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