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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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OCH brings intensive outpatient program to Gravette

May 27th, 2015

GRAVETTE, AR – Coming this July, Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette is expanding services to encompass a Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

The OCH Geriatric IOP is a professional mental health program designed to meet the individual needs of senior adults ages 65 and older who are dealing with emotional or behavioral issues often related to aging. The program is for patients who require less than 24-hour care, who may need a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and more treatment than can reasonably be provided in a traditional outpatient setting.

“Outpatient behavioral services of this scope do not exist within our region, and our community is lacking in training to improve the care and quality of life for this population,” said Judith Harvey, IOP program director. “OCH created this program because we want to be the premier education and advocacy arm for geriatric and behavior health in the surrounding area.”

The Geriatric IOP begins with a free initial evaluation by a clinical professional to determine the need of each patient. After, a multidisciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan and goals to measure patient participation and progress. The primary goal of treatment is to restore a patient’s overall well-being and ability to function effectively in the home and community.

Physicians, health care professionals, human service agencies, family members or friends may make referrals. Transportation is available to and from the program at no cost, if needed. For more information about OCH’s Geriatric IOP, call 479-344-6725.

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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OCH of Gravette welcomes new general surgeon Stephen Morrison, MD

May 26th, 2015

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette is pleased to welcome general surgeon, Stephen Morrison, MD to the medical staff.

Starting this June, Dr. Morrison will be available weekly to provide evaluation and treatment for outpatient surgery referrals at the OCH of Gravette Clinic. In July, Dr. Morrison will begin performing outpatient surgeries at the Gravette hospital including hernia repairs, lumpectomies, and laparoscopic surgeries, among others.

Dr. Stephen K. Morrison“Dr. Morrison will be a familiar face for many as he previously rotated to the Gravette clinic for many years,” says Jessica Bolin, clinic manager. “We are extremely excited for him to return to Gravette as he will be providing a much needed resource for the community and our patients.”

Dr. Morrison received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Morrison is also affiliated with the Northwest Medical Center of Bentonville, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

Dr. Morrison can accept outside referrals. To contact the Gravette clinic, call 479-787-5221.

OCH of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic serve patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include a 15 bed inpatient floor, 24/7 emergency room, swing-bed program, sleep lab, pain management clinic, physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as outpatient services including lab and radiology. OCH of Gravette accepts Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

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OCH of Gravette welcomes new Licensed Clinical Social Worker

May 26th, 2015

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) of Gravette is pleased to welcome Wanda Rodinsky, LCSW to the medical staff.

Rodinsky will be working with the OCH Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program, an expanded professional mental health program designed to meet the needs of senior adults ages 65 and older who are dealing with emotion or behavioral issues often related to aging. Rodinsky will collaborate with a team of health care professionals at OCH to help lead patients to their optimal mental health and recovery.

Wanda Rodinsky LCSW“We are thrilled to have Wanda on our team,” says Judith Harvey, IOP Director. “She comes to our program not only with long term professional experience but with a great compassion towards every patient.”

Rodinsky graduated from the University of Iowa where she received her Masters of Social Work degree. She then went on to complete two years advanced training in Family and Children’s Systems Therapy. Wanda is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, International Welfare Association, Soroptimist Federations of the Americas and is an associate member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

For additional information about the IOP program, 479-344-6725.

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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OCH Nixa clinic welcomes new specialist Dr. Dennis Daniels

May 21st, 2015

Nixa, Mo. – OCH Christian County Clinic is pleased to announce the addition of pulmonologist and internal medicine physician Dennis Daniels, MD to the clinic team.

Beginning June 1, Dr. Daniels will see patients at OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa with a focus on pulmonology and sleep medicine, while providing internal medicine care as needed.

Dr. Daniels has achieved board certification in critical care medicine, sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine and internal medicine. He completed his internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine training at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. He served as a chief fellow during his pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine training.

Dr. Daniels has published research titled “Particulate Matter Granulomatosis” with the American Thoracic Society. He is currently a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Daniels has completed field artillery training in Fort Sill, Okla. and specialized training as a field medic in Fort Meade, Md. He finished his army career in Pittsburg, Pa.

Dr. Daniels can see Medicaid, Medicare and some commercial insurances. To contact the Nixa clinic, call 417-874-4523.

OCH Christian County Clinic, located at 105 S. Ridgrest, provides primary care, pediatric care, podiatry, ophthalmology, optometry, psychology, therapy services and a walk-in clinic. 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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Carthage clinic open house set for May 14

April 30th, 2015

Carthage Open House May 14 2015

Carthage, MO – Community members are invited to drop by the OCH Jasper County Clinic Carthage Campus for a free lunch and open house on Thursday, May 14, from noon to 1 p.m.

The open house will feature a ribbon cutting at noon, hosted by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. Clinic tours and meet and greets with OCH physicians will also be available.

“We’re excited to show off our permanent location in Carthage,” says Gail Gamble, clinic manager, “We love being a part of the community and are honored to serve the healthcare needs in this area.”

The Carthage clinic opened to patients on October 1, 2014, in a temporary space located at 2425 Fairlawn Ave. The clinic and staff have since settled in to their permanent location at 327 Airport Drive and have been seeing patients since March 2, 2015.

The clinic includes internal medicine providers Heath Dillard, MD, FACP, and Delores Vandergrift, NP-C. Dr. Dillard is board certified in internal medicine. He received his education and training from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Delores Vandergrift, NP-C received her education from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and has more than 30 years experience in the medical field.

To contact the clinic, call 417-237-0604.

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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$15 sports physicals available year round in 2015

March 27th, 2015

Springfield, Mo. – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is offering $15 sports physicals year-round for children ages 5-18 years of age.

Physicals are available Monday through Friday and are available by phone call appointment from the following OCH providers in Springfield:

Sports physicals are also available at the following clinic locations throughout SWMO during the months of May, June, July & August 2014:

Please contact individual offices for availability. Sports physicals determine the readiness of student athletes to participate and are required prior to involvement in school athletics or other competitive sports, including Mighty Mites. In 2009, OCH was named “America’s Lowest Cost Hospital” for Medicare markets by US News and World Report. OCH continues to offer affordable healthcare to residents throughout the Ozarks.

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