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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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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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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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