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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


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.


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



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.


Women’s health nurse practitioner now at OCH clinic in Nixa

February 26th, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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

Nixa, MO – Starting March 3, 2014, Beverly Gann, WHNP will be available to see patients for women’s health needs on Monday mornings at OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa.

This is the first time a dedicated Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner has been available at OCH Christian County Clinic. Gann also sees patients at OCH in north Springfield. In addition to well woman visits, she provides contraceptive consultations, hormonal evaluations, family planning, and additional counsel for girls and adolescents with questions or concerns about puberty.

Gann is a long time resident of Christian County, graduating from Nixa High School in 1971. She attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis to complete her nurse practitioner training in women’s health and has been certified in her field for more than 17 years. In 2011, Gann was recognized as a Heath Care Champion Honoree by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield Business Journal.

“I look forward to working back in my hometown, reconnecting with friends, past students and others in the area,” says Gann. “I love what I do and I am so fortunate to be able to do it in the town I grew up in and am proud to call home.”

She can accept Medicaid, Medicare and UHC Military at this time. To schedule an appointment with Gann, call the clinic (417) 725-8250.

Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) Christian County Clinic remains one of the largest health care providers in the area meeting the health needs of nearly 40% of Christian County residents. In addition to family practice, the clinic offers geriatric care, neurology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, women’s health and a walk-in clinic. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.


Free insurance marketplace workshops prepare locals for enrollment deadline

January 30th, 2014

Gravette, AR– Community residents are invited to attend a free information session in February to address questions about the health insurance marketplace and prepare those who are eligible but have not yet selected a plan for the approaching enrollment deadline.

Materials presented will include the latest updates on the Affordable Care Act, information about Arkansas’ Private Option and a discussion of enrollment requirements.

Three free sessions will be led by Amanda Gittlein, full-time Certified Application Counselor at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette. These workshops will be held in the hospital basement classroom on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.  Refreshments will be provided.

To sign up for one of the free informational sessions in February, residents should call (479) 344-6565 or email [email protected].

Many Arkansas residents now qualify for insurance. Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette Certified Application Counselors have enrolled close to 50 individuals and provided hundreds of consultations.

“I have been able to help numerous people in the community enroll in not only the Health Insurance Marketplace, but Medicaid as well. This has helped me create a step-by-step process for other interested consumers, which will be available at our upcoming seminars,” Gittlein, CAC said. “These informational sessions are low stress and can be really helpful to anyone who just wants to talk to someone in person about their situation.”

Gittlein, CAC, is available to assist community members in navigating the Marketplace. She is located at the OCH of Gravette Clinic Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact Amanda, call (479) 344-6565 or email [email protected].

OCH of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic (1101 Jackson St.) 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 and outpatient services including lab and radiology. OCH of Gravette accepts Medicaid, Medicare and other insurances. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com


OCH Certified Application Counselors to aid residents in Springfield, Mt. Vernon, Nixa, Bolivar and Gravette, Ark.

December 23rd, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 23

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

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) now has application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. OCH’s counselors are available through the enrollment period to answer questions and be a resource for the community:

Brenda Bricker
Location: Springfield, MO (2828 N. National)
Phone:  (417) 874-4522
Email: [email protected]  
Trina Cowan
Location: Springfield, MO (2828 N. National)
Phone: (417) 837-4127
Email: [email protected]   
Amanda Gittlein
Location: Gravette, AR (1101 Jackson St. SW)
Phone: (479) 344-6565
Email: [email protected] OR [email protected]  
Sarah Hall
Location: Mt. Vernon, MO (108 S. Hickory)
Phone: (417) 466-4110
Email: [email protected]
Melanie Shaon
Location: Nixa, MO (105 S. Ridgecrest)
Phone: (417) 724-3033
Email: [email protected]  
Aubrey Rippee
Location: Bolivar, MO (910 E. San Martin)
Phone: (417) 777-4749
Email: [email protected]  
Virginia Gillming
Location: Noel, MO (125 Main St.)
Phone: (417) 475-6151
Email: [email protected] 

December 24, 2014 is the last day last day individuals may sign up via federal and state health exchanges in order to have insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1; but some individuals may be eligible for exemption in 2014. Residents are encouraged to contact a CAC to find out their options.

Individuals still have until March 31 to obtain insurance and avoid having to pay a fee.



OCH to provide on-site help in Missouri and Arkansas for Oct. 1 enrollment

October 1st, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
(417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Springfield, MO – Starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) will have an application counselor on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

OCH’s counselor will be available through the enrollment period to answer questions and be a resource for the community. OCH is working to provide counselors throughout Southwest Missouri at clinic locations in Nixa, Mt.Vernon and Rogersville. To contact the counselor, call (417) 874-4522 or email [email protected]

OCH will also have a counselor available at OCH of Gravette in Northwest Arkansas to assist residents in applying for coverage. To contact, call (479) 344-6565 or email [email protected]

Starting October 1, 2013, individuals can access insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplace online tool (www.healthcare.gov) to review and compare insurance plans available.  If individuals enroll this October, coverage could begin as early as January 1, 2014. The enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31, 2014. If  individuals are currently uninsured and choose not to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, they are likely to have to pay a penalty fee outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

For more information, visit: http://ochonline.com/home/health-insurance-marketplace/


$50,000 grant to help Ozarks Community Hospital enhance health care workforce

September 5th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 5, 2013

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

Springfield, MO- Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) has been awarded a Grow Your Own Grant from the Missouri Hospital Association to help recruit, retain and develop the hospital’s health care workforce.

The $50,000 will be used to create integrated training opportunities for staff, including an on-site simulation lab, computer-based staff training, managerial skills training, and an updated structure for reorientation and employee satisfaction data-collection at OCH.

“This grant provides employees a chance to take ownership of new programs that will ensure employee betterment, encourage a sense of pride in the workplace, and competitively train new and existing staff to best care for our patient population,” said CEO Paul Taylor.

The aging population, growing number of individuals with chronic conditions and expanded access to health insurance have led to increasing demands on the health care system. These factors and others have generated an urgent need for additional hospital caregivers.

“The workforce challenge for Missouri hospitals is two-fold,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “First, hospitals must address the shortage of educated health care workers, including primary care physicians, nurses, therapists and imaging technicians, to meet the expanding demand for care. Second, hospital leaders must also recruit and retain talented individuals to manage increasingly complex health care organization. The Grow Your Own program allows hospitals to address these challenges with plans that are tailored to the needs of their organizations and the communities they serve.”

Applications for the Grow Your Own Hospital Grant program were submitted in July. The applications were reviewed and selected by an independent committee composed of representatives from health care, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations with experience in health care grant development and funding processes.


Back-to-school event aims to educate Arkansas families on insurance marketplace

August 15th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gravette, AR – Area residents and families are invited to attend a free back-to-school celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the OCH of Gravette parking lot (1101 S. Jackson St.).

The event will feature free food, games, prizes and health insurance marketplace education for parents. Paul Taylor, CEO and chief legal counsel of OCH will provide community members with an overview of what’s going on with the state’s health insurance marketplace and share what local residents can expect this October regarding enrollment in the private option.

“We have made a commitment to provide Northwest Arkansas residents information about the upcoming insurance enrollment,” says CEO Paul Taylor. “This back-to-school event provides the community an opportunity to enjoy an afternoon with their family, while giving them a chance to ask questions about healthcare insurance in a low-stress environment.”

OCH is also hosting workshops with certified application counselors this fall to help residents prepare for October enrollment. These will take place at the Gravette hospital on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.; Thursday Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Community members may call Morgan Black (417) 344-6464 for more information.

“Many individuals in the Gravette area and surrounding communities do not currently have insurance,” says Morgan Black, communications coordinator. “Through the state’s health insurance, they may now qualify. We want to help residents find out if they do, provide them information and help assist them in the process of becoming insured.”

Taylor recently completed his Medicaid Exchange Q&A tour throughout Southwest Missouri educating residents on how the actions of the state legislature this fall will impact employers, the local economy and individuals. He 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. For more information visit www.OCHonline.com.

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