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OMC Orthopedic Clinic to host free dinner

OMC Orthopedic Clinic to host free dinner

Orthopedic Mobile Learning Center also will be on hand

Ozarks Medical Center Orthopedic Clinic is hosting a free community education dinner with the topic of hip replacement by Dr. James Rushford, Orthopedic Surgeon, on Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Center. This free dinner is open to the public, and reservations are required by calling 417-257-6793.

The Zimmer Mobile Learning Center, a traveling education vehicle that provides information about joint replacement surgery and an up close look at technology used in those procedures, will also be on hand and open for tours from 3-7 p.m. at the OMC Parkway Center. The Zimmer Center is a 45-foot, 18-wheel expandable vehicle that travels the United States offering free educational sessions on new advancements in joint replacement.

Before coming to OMC last year, Dr. Rushford practiced at the Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Bellville, Illinois. Dr. Rushford served as the principal orthopedic receptor for the St. Louis University family practice residency program on the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus.

“Orthopedic surgery is dynamic and an ever-evolving area of surgical expertise. I enjoy the challenge of ensuring my patients have access to the best modern technique in orthopedic care,” he said.

Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital conditions.

Dr. Rushford is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He did an internship in family practice medicine at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and successfully completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Delaware Valley Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rushford began his career as a physician in the United States Air Force at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas. He served as an orthopedic surgeon at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan and at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, where he was selected as commander for Surgical Services Flight. He also served as Chief of the Medical Staff, Deputy Hospital Commander and orthopedic surgeon at Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany. He was the Chief of the Medical Staff and an orthopedic surgeon at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. While serving in the Air Force, Dr. Rushford was awarded a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal.

Dr Rushford is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Military officers Association of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information, call OMC Education Department Services at 417-257-6793.

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