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OMC breaks ground on new Orthopedic Center

OMC breaks ground on new Orthopedic Center

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 14 for the new home of the OMC Orthopedic Center. In attendance were members of the community, OMC Board of Directors, staff, physicians, and city officials.

The new clinic will be located at the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Ninth Street. At 6500 square feet, the clinic will greatly increase the size of the current facility at 1609 Porter Wagoner.

Marge Slayton, Chair of the OMC Board of Directors gave the welcome. “This is a monumental day for Ozarks Medical Center as we celebrate the groundbreaking of a beautiful new Orthopedic Center.” Slayton also recognized the members of the board: Kevin Gleghorn, Vice Chair; Greg Beykirch; Dan Corman; Dr. Kathryn Egly; Dr. A.K. George; Judy Ingalsbe; Dr. Aaron Mills; Dr. Charles Morgan; Travis Morrison; Roger D. Shaw III DVM; Dr. Jason Spurling; Melissa Stewart; Travis Smith; and Bill Wood.

The invocation was led by Reverend Jon Thompson of the First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

City of West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlman took the podium and addressed the audience. “As you know, OMC is a big part of life in West Plains, and any time there is growth and expansion for OMC, it is good for our region and community.”

Thomas Keller, CEO and President of OMC spoke about the great level of attention to detail that has gone into the planning of the new facility which means that the patients will be able to receive quality medical care in a relaxing and comfortable environment. He also pointed out that the new facility will have double the number of patient exam rooms, an inviting and comfortable waiting room, x-ray, imaging, casting, and physical therapy rooms. “It is because of your support that we have been able to make this million dollar investment in the community,” Keller stated. “We strive to earn your trust by providing exceptional compassionate care to all we serve. Each time you choose OMC to be your health care provider, you help us stay strong for the community,” Keller added.

RKL Construction Company in West Plains will serve as the construction manager for the building project. Bates and Associates of Springfield is the architectural firm.

Construction of the clinic is expected to be complete in spring 2016. The existing building on the corner of Kentucky Avenue and Ninth Street has be removed to prepare the site for new construction. It has belonged to OMC for some years and has been used as OMC office space. The current clinic location at 1609 Porter Wagoner is listed for sale by Westgate Carol Jones Realtors of West Plains. The clinic will continue to operate at 1609 Porter Wagoner until the new facility is ready for occupancy.

To reach the OMC Orthopaedic Clinic call 417-256-1745

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