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OCH Evergreen clinic celebrates one year with free health fair event April 9

March 24th, 2015

Springfield, Mo. – On Thursday, April 9, the OCH Evergreen Clinic is hosting a health fair at 1540 E. Evergreen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The health fair is free and open to the public and will feature the clinic’s newest service, the COPD and Asthma Clinic as well as a complimentary lunch. Health screenings, educational information and giveaways will also be provided.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our one year anniversary,” says Mary Sherrer, clinic administrator. “The OCH Evergreen Clinic has grown so much over the past year. This outreach event aims to educate community members about the new services available and help provide meaningful patient education.”

OCH Evergreen Clinic opened to the public on April 7, 2014. The clinic now includes a COPD and Asthma Clinic, pulmonlogy, internal medicine, nephrology, occupational medicine, pediatrics, urology, adult therapy services, pediatric therapy and pain management services.

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 plans disaster exercise April 1 to test and train emergency response

March 24th, 2015

Gravette, AR – In order to avoid any confusion or unnecessary concern, Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) wants to alert the community of an upcoming training exercise being held Wed., April 1, at Ozarks Community Hospital.

Many hospitals, county health departments and emergency managers will be participating in similar exercises all throughout Northwest Arkansas on this day. The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) require hospitals to have disaster response plans in place and to conduct disaster drills periodically for improvement and training purposes.

“We want to make it as real as possible, in order to learn. It is disaster exercises like these that play an important role in the overall development and testing of an emergency plan,” explained Steve Oler, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for OCH.

The Gravette Fire Department and Gravette High School will also be participating in this mock exercise.

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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New objective ADHD test now available at OCH Northside Clinic in Springfield

February 19th, 2015

Springfield - Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 6.7 million children and adolescents and 14.9 million adults in the United States. Early identification and treatment are key. OCH providers can help; thanks to a cutting edge new test now available at the OCH Northside Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Springfield.

The Quotient® ADHD Test is a noninvasive sit-down computer test that objectively measures brain functions related to ADHD symptoms. OCH is the only hospital in the area to offer it at this time.

“More often than not, adults tend to quickly blame ADHD as a cause of a child’s inattention or misbehavior,” says Karen Barrand, clinic manager. “However, that may not always be the case. This objective test takes the guesswork out of it. It can rule out ADHD as a diagnosis and bring to light other issues that the family might otherwise not have known about such as bullying, depression, medication issues, or something else that may need to be addressed instead.”

This test is FDA-cleared to measure an individual’s hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention as an aid in the assessment of ADHD. It takes 15 or 20 minutes and utilizes a motion tracking system to measure head movements while the patient attempts to focus on a computerized test. A analysis report is available immediately after the test is complete. This baseline analysis helps healthcare providers determine a treatment plan with the option of additional tests to track progress and treatment goals.

Since beginning this month, OCH has administered 33 tests and scheduled four a day at the clinic.

The OCH Northside Behavioral Medicine team is lead by psychiatrist Salvador Ceniceros, MD and includes Melissa Belles, ANP-BC; Ashlee Rossner, FNP-CA. Joe Cohn, DO (Internal Medicine) and Jason Glass, PsyD (Psychology). Over the past two years, this team has grown from a single-provider practice, to an integrated behavioral care team seeing more than 1,000 patients a month.

For more information, contact Karen Barrand by phone 417-837-4066.

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OCH Evergreen Clinic welcomes pain management provider, Deborah Kluthe

February 13th, 2015

Springfield –  Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is pleased to welcome Deborah Kluthe, PA-C, to the medical staff.

Deborah specializes in pain management and will be seeing patients at the OCH Evergreen Clinic in Springfield. She is collaborating with Dr. Jay Baker and Lavon Johnson, PA-C for pain management needs.

Deborah Received her education from Cuyahoga College in Cleveland, Ohio. She recently received training from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Previous to OCH, Deborah served as a physician’s assistant for the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon.  She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare field.

To schedule an appointment with Deborah call the OCH Pain Clinic at Evergreen at 417-823-2960.

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 welcomes Jerry Jumper, DO to the Noel Clinic

February 5th, 2015

Gravette –  Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is pleased to welcome Jerry Jumper, DO, to the medical staff.

Dr. Jumper specializes in family medicine and will practice at the OCH Noel Clinic (125 S. Main) every Thursday and Friday. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.

“Having an additional family practitioner at Noel, especially one that has been a McDonald County physician for a number of years, will let our community know that their medical needs are important to us,” stated Ginny Gillming, Noel Clinic manager. Dr. Jumper added “I’m pleased to join Tracy Lowry, FNP and the other providers here at the Noel Clinic.  I’ve been working in McDonald County for almost seven years and feel very much at home with the patients living in this area.”

Previous to OCH, Dr. Jumper worked as a family medicine physician at Access Family Care in Anderson, Mo. Dr. Jumper has more than 20 years experience in family medicine as well as an additional 16 years experience in emergency medicine.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jumper call the OCH Noel Clinic at 417-475-6151.

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

Taylor named one of ‘50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know’

February 2nd, 2015

Missouri – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) CEO Paul Taylor has been named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

This recognition features CEOs and administrators of hospitals dedicated to advancing healthcare in small towns and rural communities.

paul taylor ozarks community hospitalThe OCH health system is a regional safety-net healthcare provider serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks. Over the past year, OCH has aggressively expanded its focus to increase primary care access and integrated behavioral health services to rural areas around the region including the addition of two rural clinics in the fourth quarter of 2014. The OCH hospital system continues to emphasize growth with future plans to expand rurally in coming years.

“Paul is very deserving of this recognition. His passion for healthcare has made the OCH health system what it is today,” says Andrea Harp, communications manager. “In 1999, Paul envisioned a health system that could offer compassionate care and continued access to the underserved community. Fifteen years later, his vision has grown to encompass more than 800 employees and 100 healthcare providers who also share this same heart and mission.”

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, “Mr. Taylor’s unorthodox journey to the helm of 45-bed Ozark[s] Community Hospital began with his degree in English literature from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and his master’s degree in literature from University of Missouri at Columbia. He started coursework for a doctorate in literature and switched courses midway to enter law school. In 1987, Mr. Taylor began practicing private law. He was named CEO of Ozark[s] Community Hospital in 2000.”

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 announces new pain management provider Natasha Byrd, FNP

January 28th, 2015

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) welcomes nurse practitioner Natasha Byrd, FNP to the medical staff. Byrd is collaborating with pain management specialist, Dr. Heather Stelling, in both the OCH Pain Clinic and at the OCH Jasper County Clinic – Webb City Campus. 

Natasha received her education from Missouri Southern State University and the University of Missouri Kansas City. Natasha is currently a member of the Missouri Nurses Association and the Graduate Nurses Association.

“While working at OCH in Webb City as a student, I was extremely impressed with how OCH treated their staff,” says Byrd. “When I saw a position for nurse practitioner open, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of such a great team.”

The OCH of Gravette Pain Management Clinic provides outpatient services to patients with chronic pain who have not responded to other therapy modalities. Together, the team offers pain treatment for chronic injuries from accidents, treatment for any type of nerve pain as well as Lumbar puncture.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a regional safety net health system, providing care to urban and rural communities throughout the Ozarks. The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 17 clinics located throughout the Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas area. OCH can accept Medicaid, Medicare, UHC Military and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

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OCH announces expanded occupational medicine program in north Springfield

December 3rd, 2014

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) announces an expanded occupational medicine program this December. The program is housed out of the OCH Evergreen Clinic in north Springfield and includes orthopedic specialist Dr. Edwin Roeder and nurse practitioner Laura Clark.

“Our program is ideal for area businesses in need of access to both preventative and reactive employee healthcare services, such as an injury on the job,” says Mary Sherrer, Evergreen clinic administrator. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide a convenient occ med alternative for employers in and around the Springfield area.”

OCH Occupational Medicine offers same day appointment services including employer physicals, minor burn and laceration treatment, fracture care, treatment of sprains and strains, Department of Transportation physicals, vaccinations, sleep studies, tuberculosis tests and basic eye exams. The program also includes access to on-site physical therapy, lab, radiology, pulmonary function testing and EKG services; as well as coordinated after-hours care for work comp patients via the OCH Emergency Room.

For more information about the program, call the OCH Evergreen Clinic (417) 823-2900. och occ med springfield mo The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 15 clinics located throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. OCH provides a wide range of healthcare services including primary, care, women’s health, outpatient services, a 24/7 emergency room and additional specialists. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

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OCH health system celebrates National Rural Health Day

November 19th, 2014

Springfield, MO – This Nov. 20, 2014, the Ozarks Community Hospital health system joins the nation in celebrating the importance of providing healthcare access to rural communities.

National Rural Health Day is led by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health each November, and honors the efforts of rural healthcare providers, state offices and other rural stakeholders who actively work to address the challenges of meeting these needs.

“Nearly one in five Americans call rural communities home. These communities have unique healthcare needs due to the larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured residents,” says CEO Paul Taylor. “Our hospital system is dedicated to growing and improving access to primary care in these areas.”

The OCH health system includes designated Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in Mt. Vernon, Marshfield, Rogersville, Noel and Bolivar. These clinics are designated RHCs by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and provide the community with access to physicians and nurse practitioners and other specialty services.

In 1977, Congress established the Rural Health Clinic Program to address an inadequate supply of physicians serving Medicare patients in rural areas and to increase the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in these areas. Today, there are approximately 4,000 RHCs nationwide providing access to primary care services in rural areas.

OCH is a safety-net health system made up of two hospitals and 17 rural and urban clinics located throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. OCH is dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare and preventive services to all patients in an atmosphere of compassion, respect, and dignity, with a commitment to care for the underserved and to improve access to care. For more information about OCH, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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Ozarks Community Hospital announces new location in Sparta, Missouri

October 30th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sparta, Mo. – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) announces a new location in Sparta. The clinic, located at 155 Village Drive, opens November 3 and will include family practice providers Rachelle Bridges, MD and Bryan Logan, FNP.

The OCH Sparta Clinic, previously known as Bridges Medical Clinic, will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will include four additional staff members.

OCH Sparta Clinic

“We are excited to have Dr. Bridges and Bryan Logan, FNP join the OCH health system,” says Paul Taylor, CEO of Ozarks Community Hospital. “Both providers are very well known in the Sparta community. We look forward to working with them in continuing to provide outstanding, quality health care in the nearby area.”

Dr. Bridges received her degree from Loma Linda University in Riverside, California. She is currently a member of the American Medical Association, Missouri Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians. Bryan Logan, FNP received his education from the University of Missouri Kansas City. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 15 clinics located throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The hospital provides a wide range of health care services including primary care, women’s health, outpatient services, a 24/7 emergency room and additional specialists. For more information about the OCH health system, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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