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Veterans Continue Their Service to Others at Ozarks Medical Center, Part 5 of 9

Veterans Continue Their Service to Others at Ozarks Medical Center

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, 8 primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services. OMC is a not-for-profit medical referral center with over 1100 employees, serving an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. OMC would like to recognize a few of our veterans that came forward to be interviewed. We appreciate all that they have done for our country and applaud all veterans for their service.

Part 5 of 9.

Amelia Holmes, Family Nurse Practitioner, OMC Urgent Care Clinic

“I always felt drawn to the military, being raised in that culture. I had 26 different addresses before leaving home at age 16,” Holmes says of her experience. “I would have stayed in the military until full retirement if medical issues hadn’t prevented that.”

Born in Alaska, when it was still a territory, Amelia Holmes has called Pomona home the longest. Serving ten years in the Navy as a Navy Nurse Corp Officer, Holmes had many specialty roles in the military which contributes to her abilities in her current profession as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at OMC Urgent Care Clinic. While still in active duty, she completed her college hours to become an FNP. During her military experience, she had been a critical care nurse and instructor, and also worked in surgery, PACU, OB Clinic and more. Her nurse practitioner training focused on multicultural nursing and traditions. All of this experience, she attributes to making her a stronger FNP.

Although there are too many moments that stand out reminding her of why she does what she does, she says, “Being a nurse practitioner is a wonderful and fulfilling profession.”

Holmes and husband, Michael, have been married for 39 years and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “All of us are still close and caring,” Holmes said. “Our son and daughter-in-law will be taking over the family business, Dirt Road Comics and Collectibles in Willow Springs.” Her daughter and her husband live in California. “She is a nurse manager for behavioral inpatient and outpatient services hospital.”

“My daughter is a third generation nurse in our family, and I followed in my dad’s footsteps. He was an LPN in the Army,” Holmes said.

The OMC Urgent Care Clinic provides treatment for minor trauma and illnesses that require same day attention, but are not severe enough for a trip to the emergency room.

Amelia Holmes and husband, Michael, at the Naval Officers Club in Naples, Italy, in 1987.

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