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OCH offers more than healthcare, adds revenue to local economy

December 14th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, December 14, 2012
Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Cell: (417) 894-5071
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Data released this week from the 2012 Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) Community Investment Report totals OCH’s community benefit to $4,353,707.

This total includes the sum of uncompensated care, unpaid costs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, donations, health professional’s education and free or low-cost medical services offered to uninsured patients.

OCH is classified as a safety-net provider, with more than 80 percent of patient care going to governmental and self-insured patients. The hospital system does not receive public or private support and pays all local, state and federal taxes. In spite of this, OCH remains a major employer in the Southwest Missouri area with more than 530 full-time employees and $18,892,661 in payroll and benefits. 

The 2012 Community Investment Report states Missouri and Kansas hospitals provided a $622.8 million in charity care, a 22 percent increase since 2010. Missouri and Kansas hospitals participating in this report contributed more than $9.4 billion in economic activity and support nearly 132,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

For more information about Ozarks Community Hospital and clinics, please visit www.OCHonline.com.

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Welcome Pediatrician Dr. Spinelli

July 13th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2012
Dr. Spinelli’s Office: (417) 837-4003
2828 N. National Springfield, MO

Springfield, MO – OCH welcomes Board Certified Pediatrician Christopher Spinelli, D.O., FAAP. Beginning Monday, August 6, Dr. Spinelli will see patients at the OCH Northside Clinic (2828 N. National) located on the Springfield hospital campus. 

Coming to OCH from JordanValley Community Health Center, Dr. Spinelli has also worked previously for Health Tracks Pediatrics in Springfield and was a pediatrician in the United States Air Force.  He is currently a LtCol in the United States Air Force Reserve. After completing an undergraduate degree from Truman State University, Dr. Spinelli graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Pediatric residency at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS. 

As a pediatrician at OCH, Dr. Spinelli will perform circumcisions and Osteopathic manipulation. Dr. Spinelli will see children of all ages with Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare. He is in the credentialing process with other private insurances. To contact Dr. Spinelli, call (417) 837-4003.

Visit www.OCHonline.com for more information.

OCH receives 5-star patient perception award for “excellent” quality of care

June 8th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2012
 Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, Mo. - Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) scores in the top 10% for overall quality of care, according to research from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC).  OCH received the 5-star designation in Inpatient Services for Overall Quality of Care at the 2012 PRC Excellence in Healthcare Conference June 5 held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This patient perception award designation is given annually to healthcare facilities that score in the top 10% of the national client database for the prior calendar year. It is based on the percentage of patients who rate the facility “Excellent” for Overall Quality of Care. Last year, OCH was recognized as a 4-star award winner scoring in the top 25% of the national client database.   

This research is conducted to obtain the opinions of the patients at OCH via a confidential survey to assess their perceptions of overall quality of care. The healthcare facility uses the research findings to continuously improve and enhance patient satisfaction

“This award continues to validate the caring environment our staff works very hard to provide for our patients. We are honored to receive an even higher award this year and look forward to maintaining such a standard of excellence. Patients need a clean, quiet, safe environment in which to heal and our staff goes the extra mile to see that patients and families are satisfied with the care they receive,” said Karla Myers, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of Ozarks Community Hospital. 

PRC is a nationally-known healthcare marketing research company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. OCH is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo.Expanded outpatient services provided include clinics servicing the Medicare and Medicaid population, a specialty clinic and a 24-hour ER. Visit www.OCHonline.com.

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