As the community prepares for a cautious reopening, Ozarks Medical Center
(OMC) continues proactive practices to keep patients safe at the hospital.
The single-point-entrance into the hospital at the Emergency Department
entrance as well as current visitor restrictions will remain in place
for the near future. Visit www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/Coronavirus to
learn more about visitor restrictions in place.
In addition, OMC encourages vulnerable populations to maintain current
social distancing practices and other recommended precautions to decrease
the chances of contracting the coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precautions include:
Vulnerable populations include adults 65 years or older and those with
chronic medical conditions, including but not limited to, people with
chronic lung conditions, diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease
being treated with dialysis, liver disease, and anyone who has immunosuppressed
systems including cancer patients.
OMC is offering free care packages, which includes a homemade cloth masks,
donated by local seamstresses. These care packages can be picked up at
the OMC Pharmacy drive-thru on Eighth Street in West Plains.
“These recommendations are parallel to those that should be followed
during flu season,” said Dr. Curtis Horstman, Medical Director of
OMC Emergency Department. “Although businesses will soon be open,
it’s important to take care of yourself, especially those who have
compromised or aging immune systems.”
These unprecedented times have adversely impacted the health of the community
beyond the virus itself. Officials at OMC recently reported an increased
number of patients presenting with time sensitive diagnoses such as stroke,
heart attack and respiratory distress, not related to COVID-19, with adverse
outcomes due to patients delaying care. Patients have also been hospitalized
with serious infections that could have been treated sooner with medication
at home if medical care would have been sought after sooner.
“Please be assured that the hospital and the clinics are taking every
precaution necessary to keep you safe while you are here,” said
Dr. Wallace, Medical Director of Hospitalists. “Please do not let
your fear overpower your need to take care of your health. We are here
for one reason and one reason only – to take care of YOU, our community.
Please do not wait to call us or come in.”
The Ozarks Medical Center Emergency Department is always open for you and
walk-ins are welcome seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at OMC Urgent
Care, 181 Kentucky Avenue, Highland Park, Suite 100, West Plains.
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