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Ozarks Community Hospital awarded HFAP accreditation

March 20th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 18, 2013

Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) an independent accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of hospital policies, quality and safety standards.

“Ozarks Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Ozarks Community Hospital met or exceeded standards in every case.”

OCH has been accredited by HFAP for 12 years.

“Our HFAP accreditation is the result of the many hours of hard work and dedication in combination with the great patient care that staff provides every day,” said Karla Myers, Chief Nursing Officer, who lead hospital accreditation efforts. “Receiving accreditation is a major achievement that demonstrates the hard work and effort put forth by all of our employees.”

The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies.

Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo. OCH offers 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 www.OCHonline.com.

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Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Cell: (417) 894-5071
Email: [email protected]

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.

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Pediatrician Dr. Spinelli Offers $200 Circumcisions in North Springfield

August 27th, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 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. 

Christian County Clinic expands services to support Missouri’s healthiest community

February 14th, 2012
Contact:Andrea Harp, Communications Manager
Office: (417) 874-4523
Email: [email protected]

Nixa, MO – OCH Christian County Clinic continues its efforts to support the healthiest county in Missouri by adding three family nurse practitioners, expanding therapy services, and opening the area’s first autism clinic of its kind. Christian County Clinic has added the following family nurse practitioners:

  • Lisa Stark, FNP-C is working with Nixa provider Billy Holt, DO. Lisa received her education from Saint Louis University. She has more than 30 years experience in the nursing field.
  • Christine Czachowski FNP-BC, OCN is also working with provider Dr. Holt. She graduated from Aurora University with her BSN and Missouri State University with her MSN-FNP.
  • Gail Morris, MSN, FNP-C is working with Randall Halley, DO. She received her education from UMKC. Christian County Clinic’s therapy services have grown to encompass adult therapy and pediatric therapy. January clinic renovations created additional space for therapy sessions and increased privacy for patients.

Renovations also include a new two-way mirror and patient room for the Ozark Area Autism Clinic (OAAC). OAAC was recently established to provide multidisciplinary and differential diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as treatment for children 18 months through 6 years. It is the only clinic of this kind in Southwest Missouri, using a two-day team model to evaluate, diagnose and develop a treatment plan for children.

With these additions, OCH Christian County Clinic remains the single largest health care provider in the area meeting the health needs of nearly 40% of these residents. In addition to family practice, the clinic offers geriatric care, neurology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology and an urgent care. For more information, visit www.OCHonline.com.

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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.

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CEO, Hospital Honored by U.S. Department of Defense for Dedication to Employee Military Support

September 2nd, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, September 2, 2011
Contact: Carrie Richardson, Director of Communications
Office: (417) 874-4503
Cell: (417) 576-3968

Springfield, MO –Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, recognized Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) as one of Missouri’s most supportive employers at the annual ESGR awards banquet Friday, August 26 in St. Louis, Mo. 

ESGR also awarded Chief Executive Officer, Paul Taylorwith a Patriot Award on Tuesday, August 23 in recognition of extraordinary support of hospital employees and family members of those that serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve.

Taylor and OCH were nominated for both awards by family nurse practitioner Mindy Kendrick, who also serves as a member and employee of the Navy Reserve.  She stated, “It is an honor to service our country and work at Ozarks Community Hospital.” She is thankful for the opportunity to recognize an awesome employer, leader and friend.

According to Brig. Gen. Tracy (Ret.) Beckette, ESGR Missouri State Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.” 

As well as employee support, OCH is dedicated to providing health care services to the military and has the only TRICARE insurance contract in the region. TRICARE is the health care program serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

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.

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PATRIOT AWARD: Navy Commander Susan Holliday, Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center, Springfield, MO and Mindy Kendrick, FNP presenting CEO Paul Taylor with the Patriot Award. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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