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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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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 hosts free chronic disease management workshop this fall

October 6th, 2015

Springfield, Mo. – Starting Monday, October 12, OCH is hosting a free six-week “Feel Better Now” workshop for individuals suffering from chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, lung and heart disease.

The workshop aims to help individuals better deal with their diagnosis. Classes also help individuals learn the role of exercise and nutrition, cover communication techniques, offer ways to partner with a healthcare provider, share tips for dealing with emotions, and offer pain management approaches.

“Dealing with a chronic disease can be tiresome and painful,” says Misty Jordan, patient education coordinator and advocate at OCH. “Individuals often feel like they are told what they can and cannot do; but our workshop helps put them back in charge of their overall well-being.”

Feel Better Now classes are credentialed and sponsored in conjunction with the Springfield Greene County Health Department, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Mercy Arthritis Center.

They begin at 10:00 am on Mondays and will run weekly for six weeks. To sign up for the series, call 417-875-4693. Registration is required.

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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ENT services now available at OCH Evergreen Clinic in Springfield

October 1st, 2015

Springfield, Mo. – OCH is pleased to announce the addition of board certified otolaryngologist, Jeffrey Hull, MD to the OCH health system this October.

Dr. Hull will see patients at OCH Evergreen Clinic in north Springfield. He specializes in minimally invasive sinus surgeries, advanced testing for vertigo, allergy therapy and other general ENT services.

Dr. Hull received his bachelor degree in microbiology at Brigham Young University and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He completed an internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. and a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hull, call 417-823-2900.

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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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 therapy adds a speech therapist and a physical therapist to Nixa team

July 2nd, 2015

Nixa, MO -  The OCH therapy team in Nixa added two providers to their therapy team: Jessica Winfrey, MHS, CF-SLP and Connie Collison, MPT, CBIS, MLD/CDT.

Both are seeing patients at OCH Christian County Clinic Monday through Friday.

Jessica Winfrey, MHS, CF-SLP specializes in pediatric speech-language pathology and can see patients for speech disorders, language disorders, voice disorders, social communication disorders, feeding and swallowing disorders. Jessica received her education from the University of Missouri.

Connie Collison, MPT, CBIS, MLD/CDT can see adult patients for a variety of physical therapy needs. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Additionally, Connie is skilled in both outpatient and inpatient treatments including orthopedics, neurological conditions, and has experience working with vestibular rehab, manual therapy, kinesiotaping, pain management and sports rehabilitation. Connie received her education from Southwest Baptist University and Southern Illinois University.

To schedule an appointment with Jessica or Connie, call the OCH Therapy Team (Nixa) 417-724-3004.

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Psychologist Dr. Brad Powers joins Springfield behavioral health team

June 4th, 2015

Springfield, MO – Please join us in welcoming Brad Powers, PsyD to the Behavioral Health team at OCH. Beginning June 9, he will see patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the OCH Medical Offices Clinic in Springfield.

Powers BradDr. Brad Powers can see adult patients and specializes in mood, anxiety and PTSD disorders. Additionally he holds a certificate in Primary and Behavioral Health Care Psychology. He can provide psychological assessments related to a variety of referral needs. He has provided psychological and mental health consultation service for the past 28 years.

In addition to working at OCH, Dr. Powers also serves as a psychological consultant to multiple law enforcement agencies in the region. He holds the position of Director of Underserved Populations (Primary Care Psychology) and Dean of the Doctoral Program at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Dr. Powers has 15 years of teaching experience as an Associate Professor. During this same time he was a clinical training supervisor responsible for the clinical care of patients seen by graduate providers in a variety of settings. He has taught doctoral level courses on a diversity of topics including suicide risk assessment and a variety of behavioral mental health related topics, as well as topics pertaining to law enforcement education and training. He has chaired or sponsored over 200 different mental health related research activities and served as faculty president in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2013.

Dr. Powers received his doctorate of clinical psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology and his Masters in Counseling from the University of Nebraska. He serves on advisory boards for many agencies and organizations and has active professional memberships with the Missouri Psychological Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. He can accept Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and OCH insurances.

To contact Dr. Powers in the OCH Medical Offices Clinic, call 417-875-4682.

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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