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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 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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OCH brings orthopedic services to Gravette

May 1st, 2015

Gravette, AR – OCH of Gravette welcomes Edwin Roeder, MD to the OCH of Gravette medical staff. Dr. Roeder is a board certified orthopedic surgeon offering orthopedic services and surgery, a first for the Gravette hospital and clinic.

Dr. Roeder will be available weekly to provide evaluation and treatment for the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints and nerves. He also offers arthroscopic knee and shoulder reconstruction, total joint reconstruction, occupational injuries, fracture care, hand injuries including carpal tunnel, degenerative joint disease, sprains and strains, and joint injections.

“We are excited for Dr. Roeder to join our clinic. He will be providing a much needed resource for the community and our patients,” says Jessica Bolin, clinic manager. “He’ll also be a great asset to our emergency room, as he’ll be able to accommodate any ER orthopedic follow up patients within one week of their ER visit.”

Dr. Roeder received his education and training from Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a fellow with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also licensed in Missouri and sees patients at the OCH Evergreen Clinic in Springfield, Mo.

To contact the clinic, call 479-787-5221.

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 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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OCH of Gravette receives $7,500 grant for pediatric radiology program

February 27th, 2015

Gravette, AR – AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management announced this month that OCH of Gravette is one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant.

OCH is using the $7,500 grant to fund KidSTRONG, a special pediatric program designed to improve the safety, understanding and comfort of pediatric radiology procedures conducted at the hospital.

“The KidSTRONG program at OCH will help pediatric patients see imaging services as protecting them and helping them be active,” says Ronda Kruetzer, RT (R) (MR), radiology manager at the hospital. “It will also provide needed improvement to the existing hospital radiology department and increase community resources, thus enabling local families to access safe, quality and worry-free care right in their hometown,” says Ronda.

The hospital has also committed to purchasing a comprehensive package of new state of the art radiology equipment to furnish all radiology patient rooms and renovate the radiology waiting area as a compliment to the KidSTRONG program. Renovations start in February.

Six grants of up to $7,500 were available to be awarded to hospitals and imaging centers through the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant. Recipients were judged on their program plan and ability to share best practices for improving patient care and safety in CT, MR, Ultrasound, X-ray and Vascular imaging.

OCH of Gravette (1101 Jackson St.) is licensed for 25 beds and serves patients throughout Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding counties. Services include an 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, Tricare and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management is the preeminent organization for leaders in medical imaging. Founded in 1973, AHRA’s more than 5,000 members represent management at all levels for freestanding imaging centers, hospital imaging departments, and group practices. AHRA offers a complete slate of professional development programs, including conferences, networking opportunities, award winning publications, and the Certified Radiology Administrator (CRA) credential. More information is available at www.ahraonline.org.

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