OCH News Archive

Cardiologist Baldasare Joins Ozarks Community Hospital
Cardiologist Baldasare Joins Ozarks Community Hospital

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital welcomed Maria Baldasare, M.D., FACC, one of two female cardiologists in Northwest Arkansas, to the Gravette community.   An industry leader in interventional cardiology, Baldasare recently completed her 100th successful...

OCH Now Offers Telehealth
OCH Now Offers Telehealth

OCH is proud to offer Telehealth visits at all of our OCH Clinics. No matter where you are, you can now get safe, socially-distanced treatment today. Telehealth appointments are available during normal clinic hours. Please call your local OCH clinic to schedule a...

New Clinic Opens in Rural Benton County to Serve Thousands
New Clinic Opens in Rural Benton County to Serve Thousands

The clinic will serve more than 38,000 people within a 10-mile radius from the clinic AVOCA, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Thousands of people will now have more convenient access to health care in Benton County. Ozarks Community Hospital announced the opening of the OCH Benton...

Ozarks Community Hospital opens new Benton County Clinic
Ozarks Community Hospital opens new Benton County Clinic

AVOCA -- Ozarks Community Hospital has announced the opening of the OCH Benton County Clinic, located at 102 Russell Road in Rogers. The clinic will bring healthcare to Avoca, a rural community located on the outskirts of the Rogers area. The clinic is run by three...

The “Book Nurse” Prescribes Reading
The “Book Nurse” Prescribes Reading

NOEL — Children around McDonald County call her “The Book Nurse.” Since starting as a family nurse practitioner at Ozarks Community Hospital’s clinic in Noel four months ago, Karen Madsen has earned that title. Nearly half of the clinic’s patients are under 18, and...

OCH Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings
OCH Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

GRAVETTE — In recognition of National Healthy Skin Month, Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette is offering free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, Nov. 21. Dr. Hilton McDonald, who specializes in identifying and treating skin cancer, will be performing the...

Media Inquiries

All media inquiries should be directed to:

Scott Taylor
Assistant Administrator
Office: (479) 344-6424
E-mail: [email protected]

Please review the Media Policies for OCH Health System. Take a look at our OCH Media Kit, and be sure to check out our Facebook page, or read our latest blog entry. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Media Policies

As a healthcare organization, it is our first priority to protect our patient’s health, legal rights and welfare. Our hospital cannot release any patient information to the media unless the patient has consented. OCH Health System requires all patients to sign a consent form before being interviewed or photographed by the news media or an in-house video/photographer. To request an interview, please contact Amanda Gittlein, Marketing and Communication Manager.
Media Guidelines

On-duty reporters/photographers are not permitted in the hospital without the permission of the OCH Health System Communications Department. Upon entering, media representatives must immediately report to Admissions or Administration and ask for Amanda Gittlein, Marketing and Communication Manager. Reporters and photographers are expected to wear proper identification including an “OCH Health System Media Badge”while at Ozarks Community Hospital. Reporters and photographers not accompanied by a member of the OCH Health System Communications Department will be immediately escorted from the building.

Videotaping and interviewing without the department’s involvement is only permitted off the hospital campus (outside the hospital buildings and beyond hospital property from the street). Reporters/photographers will be asked to leave the premises if found to be interfering with patients and hospital business.

News vehicles may not park in fire lanes or block hospital driveways.

Patient Condition

Under HIPAA law, the OCH Health System Communication Department may only release a one-word patient condition without signed consent (granted the reporter/photographer already has the patient’s first and last name and the patient’s family has consented). Below are the hospital conditions as listed by HIPAA:

Undetermined – Patient awaiting physician and/or assessment.

Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.

Satisfactory – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.

Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.

Critical – Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

 

Additional Restrictions

The law prohibits the Communication Department from releasing any information regarding patients listed as “protective status.” In addition, information will not be provided in instances where the safety and security of a patient and/or hospital staff may be jeopardized.

No information relating to psychiatric conditions, substances abuse or sensitive circumstances will be released.

Ozarks Community Hospital may provide identifying information in relation to a deceased patient after next-of-kin has been notified, unless the patient previously opted out of this release.