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Local healthcare expert to host Medicaid Expansion Q&A tour throughout SWMO

July 1st, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 1, 2013
Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523, Cell: (417) 894-5071
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Missouri residents are invited to attend one of many open community forums on Medicaid expansion hosted throughout Southwest Missouri this July and August.

The forums will be lead by local expert Paul Taylor, CEO and chief legal counsel of Springfield-based Ozarks Community Hospital. Each forum will provide community members with an overview of what’s currently going on with Medicaid expansion and give real answers as to how the actions of the state legislature will directly impact Missouri employers, the local economy and individuals.

“We wanted to offer a series of open forums to help Missouri residents truly understand what’s going on with Medicaid expansion,” says Paul. “Whether it passes or not, the decisions made this fall will affect everyone from employers to individuals with private insurance. Our goal is to provide local communities with clear, accessible information so they understand how it affects them and what they can do about it.”

Paul Taylor has been featured as a guest columnist in Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news organization featuring coverage of health care policy and politics. He was also featured in Becker’s Hospital Review and Modern Healthcare, publications covering healthcare business and policy news, advocating healthcare reform.

The kick-off community forum will take place Tuesday, July 2 in Mt.Vernon. Following community forums will also take place on the following dates and locations:


  • Tuesday, July 2 @ 6pm – Mt. Vernon (OCH Lawrence County Clinic – 108 S. Main)
  • Tuesday, July 9 @ 5:30pm – Rogersville (Webster County Library – 104 N. Beatie St)
  • Thursday, July 18 @ 6pm – Bolivar (Polk County Library – 1690 W. Broadway)
  • Tuesday, July 23 @ 6pm – Marshfield (Empire Bank Meeting Room – 1197 Spur Drive)
  • Tuesday, July 30 @ 6pm – Nixa (OCH Christian County Clinic – 105 S. Ridgecrest)
  • Monday, August 12 @ 6pm – Noel (Noel Housing Authority – 624 Johnson Dr)
  • Monday, August 19 @ 6pm – Springfield (OCH North Conference Room – 2828 N. National)
  • Thursday, August 29 @ 6pm – Webb City (Webb City Library – 101 S. Liberty Ave)

Contact Caitlin Whitworth for additional details (417) 439-1049 or email [email protected].

Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) has facilities throughout Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. In 2012, OCH touched more than 50% of the total Medicaid covered lives in the area. OCH focuses on the delivery of primary care to Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients in the communities served, providing discounts of 40% or more to the uninsured. OCH has never sued a patient to collect a bill and pays all local, state and federal taxes. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.


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.


OCH plans to open new clinic in north Springfield

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

Springfield,MO – Ozarks Community Hospital system now encompasses an additional building in north Springfield (1540 E. Evergreen St.) located in the space previously known as Joe’s Carpet.

As part of the first phase, OCH Evergreen Clinic will house OCH/Advantage Therapy and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edwin Roeder’s practice with additional providers and specialties in the future. Renovation will occur throughout the coming months. The clinic is expected to be open to the public after the first of the year.

1540 E. Evergreen

Mary Sherrer, who will serve as clinic manager for OCH Evergreen Clinic, says, “I am excited to be a part of the OCH team, and look forward to growing the clinic. Dr. Roeder and his OCH staff are committed to providing excellent orthopedic care to all patients including the injured worker.”

Dr. Roeder specializes in upper and lower extremity arthroscopy, reconstructive surgery, and trauma.  His interests include treatment of occupational injuries, including carpal tunnel. OCH/Advantage Therapy provides occupational, speech, physical and hand therapy services. The OCH/Advantage Therapy department and Dr. Edwin Roeder’s practice were previously housed in the Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (OSS) building. Dr. Roeder has had a clinic office at OCH for some time; with the closing of OSS he has moved all of his practice to OCH, soon to move to the OCH Evergreen Clinic. OCH/Advantage Therapy is still open at OSS and hopes to complete the move to OCH Evergreen Clinic by the end of the year.

Ozarks Community Hospital system currently employs more than 800 employees and encompasses two hospital facilities and 15 clinics located throughout the Ozarks. Hospital headquarters (2828. N. National) serve as a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo. just off Interstate 44. Expanded outpatient services provided include clinics servicing the Medicare and Medicaid population, a specialty clinic and a 24-hour ER.

For more information, please visit www.OCHonline.com.


Pediatrician Dr. Spinelli Offers $200 Circumcisions in North Springfield

August 27th, 2012
Dr. Spinelli’s Office: (417) 823-2900
OCH Evergreen Clinic
1540 E. Evergreen
Springfield, MO 65803

Springfield, Mo. – Pediatrician Christopher Spinelli, DO, FAAP, is now offering $200 circumcisions at his new office location in North Springfield.

Circumcisions are generally recommended between birth and two-weeks old. Dr. Spinelli sees patients from birth to 18 years old at the Ozarks Community Hospitla Northside Clinic (2828 N. National).

Coming to OCH from JordanValley Community Health Center, Dr. Spinelli has also worked previously for Health Tracks Pediatrics inSpringfieldand 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 fromTrumanStateUniversity, Dr. Spinelli graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Pediatric residency atKeeslerMedicalCenterinBiloxi,MS.

To schedule, contact Dr. Spinelli’s office by phone (417) 823–2900.

*This post was updated in September 2014 with updated contact information. 

OCH nurse practitioners honored by Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Business Journal

September 12th, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 12, 2011
Contact: Carrie Richardson, Director of Communications
Office: (417) 874-4503 Cell: (417) 576-3968

Springfield, Mo. – The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Business Journal recognize OCH nurse practitioners Beverly Jo Gann and Leta Barnes as Health Care Champion honorees. Both will be celebrated at the Salute to Health Care banquet on Oct. 27 at 6 pm in Springfield.

Beverly Gann, WHNP has worked in the OCH women’s health clinic since 2002 and has more than 14 years experience working in women’s health. She received her education from the St. John’s School of Nursing and the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Barnes School of Nursing.

Beverly Gann, WHNP and patient Danielle. To hear to Danielle’s full patient testimonial click here.

“I have a lot of experience where professional people have discriminated against me because of my weight,” says patient Danielle. “But [Beverly] just sits down and talks to you. She even asks you about your day. It’s not just about the doctor… she asks you how you are doing and actually has a conversation with you. I think that’s important to have the connection between patients and doctors, because if you can’t be comfortable with your doctor, you’re not going to get very far with communication.”

Leta (Hohl) Barnes, PNP has worked at OCH since 2002. She has more than 20 years experience working as a pediatric nurse. She received her nursing degree from Southwest Baptist University and her Master of Science in nursing in 1998 at Missouri State University.

Leta (Hohl) Barnes, PNP caring for a child at Ozarks Community Hospital.

“When Leta joined the team at Ozarks Community Hospital, she jumped in with both feet and immediately found herself driven to help the children of families suffering from methamphetamine addictions and the struggles that come with it,” says friend, Melanie. “With Leta’s love for her community, deep compassion for children and even her hugs she has gained the trust of these children. This has allowed the children the ability to talk and share their stories and need with a care giver.”

Beverly and Leta were selected by an independent panel of judges: Dr. Nanette Crighton, Crighton Aesthetic Studio; Kevin Gipson, Springfield-Greene County Health Department; Stephen Hall, American Heart Association; Gordon Kinne, Med-Pay Inc,; and Robert Lunn, Ph.D., The Health Commission.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Missouri, just off Interstate 44 between North National Avenue and North Glenstone Avenue. In addition to a wide range of services, including a 24-Hour Emergency Room and variety of specialists, OCH operates another hospital in Northwest Arkansas and 14 clinics serving communities throughout the Ozarks. Visit OCH at www.OCHonline.com.


OCH of Gravette Awarded HFAP Accreditation

June 23rd, 2011
For Immediate Release: June 23, 2011
Contact: Jayna Cardetti, Communications Coordinator 479-344-6464

Gravette, AR – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) recently received accreditation through the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Earlier this year, OCH participated in a rigorous review process, with evaluators from around the country assessing the facility’s policies, quality and safety standards.

“Passing an HFAP accreditation survey demonstrates the hospital staff’s commitment to high quality care and patient safety in each and every department,” said Lorraine Oler, OCH Director of Nursing, who led the hospital accreditation efforts. “This is a major achievement that demonstrates the hard work and effort put forth by all of our employees.”

In order to receive HFAP accreditation, a healthcare facility must meet or exceed federal standards of patient safety and treatment, quality improvement, and environmental safety. “Ozarks Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. OCH will have HFAP accreditation for three years.

HFAP is one of only three national voluntary accreditation programs authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey all hospitals and other medical facilities for compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

OCH of Gravette facilities include a 15 bed inpatient floor, 10 bed geriatric behavioral health unit and a 24-hour fully staffed emergency room. Other services include a primary care clinic, pain management clinic, physical therapy and various outpatient services such as lab and radiology. Visit OCH at www.OCHonline.com.


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