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OMC names Dr. Rick Holloway Chief Medical Officer

OMC names Dr. Rick Holloway Chief Medical Officer

Ozarks Medical Center has named long-time, local physician Rick Holloway, MD, the new Chief Medical Officer for the health care organization.

Dr. Holloway, a urologist with OMC Urology Clinic, has been in practice locally for the past 18 years. He will continue to see patients at the clinic as well as work in OMC administration.

In his new role, Dr. Holloway will work closely with the OMC medical staff and hospital administration in areas of health care quality, standardization of practices throughout the institution, strategic planning and medical staff leadership development.

Previously, Dr. Holloway served as OMC’s Chief Medical Informatics Officer, working closely with the hospital’s Information Technology Department to implement electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry. He has also previously served on the OMC Board of Directors.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Holloway has joined OMC’s senior management team,” said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO. “He is an exceptional physician whose knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable resource to OMC and our entire medical team. We appreciate his commitment to the organization and his willingness to lead.”

Dr. Holloway said he is looking forward to the challenge of his new position.

“The world of health care continues to change drastically,” he said.

Today, he said, the relationship between physicians and hospitals is linked at all levels of care. It is necessary for physicians to work together to make patient care continuous.

“The complexity of modern medicine requires free flow of information from one level to the next, a culture of safety in which all members are encouraged to look for hazards, a willingness to standardize care where possible to reduce risk of errors, the use of evidence-based best practices evaluated and instituted by the medical staff, and a commitment to excellence in these endeavors while serving our community,” he said. “This change of culture makes the transition not only challenging but also exciting. Everyone wants the highest quality care for the patient. There are a lot of moving pieces in this process and my role as Chief Medical Officer will be to facilitate improvements. OMC is fully committed to the best care possible for our patients and the health of our community as a whole. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to prove ourselves again as we rise to this challenge.”

Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University and his Medical Doctorate from the Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport. He completed his residency in urology from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

In addition to serving on the OMC Board of Directors, Holloway is active in his local church, serves on the boards for the West Plains Christian Clinic and Whetsone Boys Ranch in Mountain View. Holloway and his wife Sidney have been married for 33 years and enjoy ballroom dancing, especially swing. They have two married daughters, Haley and Sophia, both of whom live in Jackson, Tennessee. They are soon expecting their first grandchild. In his free time, he enjoys participating in triathlons and bicycling.

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