OMC modifies visitor restrictions to allow visitation from 4-6 p.m.
Beginning July 14, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) modified visitor restrictions
to allow each patient admitted to the hospital to have one visitor, per
day from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors will be screened at the point of entrance
and asked to wear a mask. Each patient will be required to have the same
visitor for the duration of their stay. Each visitor will be required
to remain in the patient’s room at all times.
“Visitors are an essential part of the healing process for patients
who require our medical care inside the hospital,” says Dr. Samantha
Wallace, Medical Director of the Hospitalist Team.
“We strategically chose to wait until after the July fourth holiday
to be able to assess the situation after many in the community gathered
together to celebrate our country’s independence and freedom. Although
we are prepared to tighten visitor restrictions in response to any possible
spike in cases, we are very pleased to welcome visitors back into our
For the most up-to-date information, please visit
www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/Coronavirus/ to read a complete list of visitor restrictions.
OMC continues to modify operations and protocols to put the health and
safety of the community at the forefront. Currently, that includes requiring
all coworkers, patients, and visitors to mask in shared common spaces
as well as being temperature screened before entering any OMC facility.
OMC is managing personal protective equipment (PPE) and pharmaceutical
supplies to ensure that the largest medical system in South Central Missouri
is ready to care for its community. All surgical patients will be tested
prior to the surgical date.
OMC announced furloughs earlier this year in response to the financial
downturn resulting from the pandemic. Officials are pleased to say that
they’ve been able to bring back a vast majority of the workforce
as patient volume has grown. While some employees like Education Coordinator,
Michelle Haney, were brought back to resume work in their home department,
they were also asked to take on additional responsibilities such as staffing
the screening stations at the entrance to the hospital.
“It’s an honor to be part of a team that puts the safety of
the community first,” said Haney. “If screening patients and
visitors is where I am needed, I am happy to help.”
OMC is pleased to welcome more smiling faces, as a limited amount of volunteers
will be walking the halls once again helping out where appropriate. Like
employees and visitors, all volunteers will be screened and wearing masks
at all times.
“We have missed our volunteers as they are a shining light to our
patients,” said Tom Keller, OMC President, and CEO. “Volunteers
are our eyes and ears. They truly look for opportunities to make a positive
impact during a time of hardship for those who visit us. I am inspired
by our volunteers who choose to spend their time in the hospital while
our nation is hurting.”
Expanding Patient Care Facilities
OMC administration and the OMC Medical Group continue to move forward with
plans for the future. The 20,000 square foot Women’s Center is scheduled
to open in the fall and the 100,000 square foot Medical Office Building
(MOB) is scheduled to open mid-2021. Officials at OMC say that they need
the expanded facilities now more than ever.
“Finishing the Women’s Center will allow beds on the current
OB floor to be converted to care for other patients and potentially COVID-19
patients,” said Keller. “Additionally, the building expansion
at OMC positively impacts the local community through job creation as
well as increased commerce to local businesses. Local businesses are still
reeling from the negative effects of the pandemic.”
The future MOB will house OMC physicians offering a wide variety of specialties.
OMC continues to move forward in growing service lines based on statistics
and research derived in cooperation with the Missouri Hospital Association.
“Patients in our communities should not have to bear the burden of
traveling 100 miles to visit a specialist whose services we can offer
here,” said Dr. Antony Joseph, board-certified general surgeon and
President of the OMC Medical Group. “The new medical office building
will allow us to continue growing the OMC Medical Group, allowing residents
to stay close to home to get the healthcare they need.”
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care
and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit
OMC Women's Center construction progress.
Michelle Haney, Education Coordinator, OMC; screening patients at the main
entrance to Ozarks Medical Center.