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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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OCH of Gravette’s first annual fall festival set for Nov. 8

October 29th, 2014

 Gravette, AR – In spirit of the season, OCH is hosting its first annual fall festival and chili cook off on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2-5 p.m.

The festival is free and open to the community and will take place both indoors and outside on hospital grounds. Families are invited to attend and enjoy free food and kid-friendly activities including a bounce house, hayrides, face painting, a petting zoo and more. 

“This year we wanted to create a fall-focused event that includes not just the hospital, but also local businesses, clubs, churches and more,” said Amanda Gittlein, marketing manager for OCH. “This new seasonal event will give us a chance to better connect with our community and be a part of something that all ages will enjoy.”

The festival will also feature a chili cook off contest and vendor booths for local businesses. For more information about either, please call Amanda at 479-344-6464.

OCH of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic (1101 Jackson St.) serve patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include a 15 bed inpatient floor, 24-hour emergency room, swing-bed program, sleep lab, pain management clinic, physical therapy and outpatient services including lab and radiology. OCH of Gravette accepts Medicaid, Medicare, UCH Military and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com

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Ozarks Community Hospital announces new pulmonologist Mosbah Kreimid, MD

October 22nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) is pleased to welcome Mosbah Kreimid, M.D. to the medical staff.

Dr. Kreimid is a board-certified pulmonologist who will practice at OCH Evergreen Clinic in Springfield and at OCH Lawrence County Clinic in Mt. Vernon. He received his doctorate from Alfateh University in Tripoli, Libya.

Locally, Dr. Kreimid has worked with the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon, Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Cox Medical Center in Branson and Franklin Technology Center in Joplin. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the medical field.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kreimid call the OCH Evergreen Clinic at 417-823-2900 or the OCH Lawrence County Clinic at 417-466-4110.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospital and 15 clinics located throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The hospital 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 of Gravette provides education about early breast cancer detection

October 7th, 2014

Gravette, AR – Residents are invited to attend a free community education class on breast cancer awareness Thursday, Oct. 9 from 6-7 p.m. at 1101 Jackson St. SW.

The class will feature a speaker from the Rogers chapter of the American Cancer Society and cover guidelines for early detection of breast cancer.

It is the first of many free, monthly health education classes to be hosted by the OCH, Gravette Fire Department, EMS and EagleMed.

“We are looking forward to working with the local fire department, EMS and EagleMed to offer much needed health education to our community,” says Amanda Gittlein, marketing manager for OCH. “These classes will feature a variety of timely health topics, and help offer important preventative health information to our community.”

Classes are open to all community members and will be held in the OCH of Gravette basement classroom. Complimentary food and drink will be provided. For more information about the event or upcoming topics, contact Amanda Gittlein at 417-479-6464.

OCH of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic serve patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include a 25 bed inpatient floor, 24-hour emergency room, swing-bed program, sleep lab, pain management clinic, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, restorative therapy and outpatient services including lab and radiology. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

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Ozarks Community Hospital announces new location in Carthage, Missouri

September 22nd, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 22, 2014

Carthage, Mo. – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) announces a new location will open in the Carthage community on October 1. The new office, located at 2425 Fairlawn Ave, will include internal medicine providers Heath Dillard, MD, FACP, and Delores Vandergrift, NP-C.

The clinic will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. It will include three additional staff members.

OCH Carthage Clinic

OCH Jasper County Clinic – Carthage Campus.

“We are excited to have Dr. Dillard and Delores join the OCH health system,” says Paul Taylor, CEO of Ozarks Community Hospital. “Both providers are highly respected in the Carthage community. We are honored to work with them and look forward to continue providing exceptional healthcare in the nearby area.”

OCH currently operates a clinic in Webb City, Mo. known as the OCH Jasper County Clinic. The Carthage clinic will be known as OCH Jasper County Clinic Carthage Campus. Dr. Dillard is board certified in internal medicine. He received his education and training from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Dr. Dillard’s medical background includes serving as a general medical officer and battalion surgeon. In 2001, he was granted rank as lieutenant commander. Since then, he has spent the majority of his career in the Carthage and Joplin areas serving adult and geriatric needs. Delores Vandergrift, NP-C received her education from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and has more than 30 years of experience in the medical field.

The OCH health system encompasses two hospitals and 15 clinics located throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The hospital 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 about the OCH health system, visit
www.OCHonline.com.

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OCH offering back-to-school physicals and immunizations

July 29th, 2014

Springfield, Mo. – Ozarks Community Hospital  is helping families get back-to-school ready with physicals and immunizations. Appointments are available Monday through Friday. Call to schedule an appointment (Medicaid welcome!) from the following OCH providers in Springfield:

Back-to-school physicals are also available at the following clinic locations throughout SWMO:

  • OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa (417) 725-8250
  • OCH Lawrence County Clinic in Mt. Vernon (417) 466-4110
  • OCH Webster County Clinic in Rogersville (417) 753-9404
  • OCH Polk County Clinic in Bolivar (417) 777-4749
  • OCH Wellpointe Family Medical Clinic in Marshfield (417) 859-4878
  • OCH Jasper County Clinic in Webb City (417) 673-0366
  • OCH Noel Clinic in Noel (417) 475-6151
  • OCH of Gravette Clinic in Arkansas (479) 787-7227

Please contact individual offices for availability.

All students must present documentation of up-to-date immunization status, including month, day, and year of each immunization before attending school.  Click on the following link to view the 2013-2014 Missouri School Immunization Requirements via the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Back to school

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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OCH hosts hepatitis outreach event in north Springfield on May 29

May 27th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

 Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Community members are invited to attend a free hepatitis education event on Thursday, May 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ozarks Community Hospital.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about all types of hepatitis while receiving a risk factor assessment and optional free hepatitis C testing, if risk factors are met. Attendees will also learn more about treatment options available.   

“This is something that we’ve had in the works for a while; but given recent events it’s even more relevant,” says Andrea Harp, communications manager. “We want to educate the community on all types of hepatitis, encourage testing, and stop the cycle of infection within the southwest Missouri area.”

AIDS Projects of the Ozarks will be available on-site to administer rapid hepatitis C tests for those who meet risk factors. Discounted confirmatory and genotype tests will be made available by Quest Diagnostics.

OCH is also collaborating with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Walgreens, BriovaRx Specialty Pharmacy, HPC Specialty Pharmacy, Grove Pharmacy, Dr. Jackie Beene and Beverly Gann, WHNP for the event.

Additional health topic booths will be available to attendees, and will include other communicable disease education, information from local organizations assisting the at-risk population, and resources for those affected by hepatitis. Food will be provided.

For more information, call 417-837-4279 or visit www.OCHonline.com

 

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OCH hosts open house for new clinic on May 22

May 13th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

 Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]
 

Springfield, MO – OCH invites the community to an open house and ribbon cutting for its new Evergreen clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at 1540 E. Evergreen in north Springfield.

Guests will learn about the services available at the new facility while enjoying lunch, tours of the building, and a meet and greet with physicians. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will be present to lead the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are very excited to officially present our Evergreen clinic to the community,” says Andrea Harp, communications manager. “OCH is growing, and the additional space allows us to offer expanded services to residents on the north side and provide a needed benefit to the area.”

OCH Evergreen Clinic opened to the public on April 7, 2014. Services include pediatrics, orthopedic surgery, occupational medicine, nephrology, pulmonology, urology, pain management and adult and pediatric therapy services.

For more information about the OCH hospital system, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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$15 sports physicals available year round at OCH in Springfield

April 8th, 2014

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:

  • OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa (417) 725-8250 (also available year round)!
  • OCH Lawrence County Clinic in Mt. Vernon (417) 466-4110
  • OCH Webster County Clinic in Rogersville (417) 753-9404 (also available year round)!
  • OCH Polk County Clinic in Bolivar (417) 777-4749
  • OCH Jasper County Clinic in Webb City (417) 673-0366
  • OCH Noel Clinic in Noel (417) 475-6151
  • OCH of Gravette Clinic in Arkansas (479) 787-7227

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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