Kurt Abbey is OMC Chief Nursing Officer
Kurt Abbey, RN, BSN, MHA is the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Ozarks
Medical Center (OMC). Abbey, originally from Mountain View began duties
at OMC in March. Abbey holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from
Webster University in St. Louis; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
and an Associate Degree in Nursing from St. John’s College of Nursing
at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.
Abbey comes to OMC after working for Mercy Health. Most recently, he was
a transformation agent which was a collaborative member of a select group
of Mercy leaders charged with the system’s healthcare delivery redesign.
On the corporate level at Mercy, Abbey was instrumental in ensuring care
was safe and evidence-based while transforming the nursing profession
to improve the quality of health care and how it is delivered. Prior to
that, he was the Executive Director of Nursing at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
Working his way up at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, he was also employed
as the Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing and a Flight Nurse.
“My last two years at Mercy were spent on an innovation team looking
at the challenges healthcare faces in the future,” Abbey said. “Today’s
hospitals are charged to meet the needs of a care delivery model, not
just care in the hospital, but preventive care.”
“We are very excited to have Kurt Abbey join our team at OMC,”
said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO. “It is especially nice to
have someone local return home to share their knowledge and breadth of
“This is coming back home for me. I grew up in Mountain View and
still have family here. I missed working close with the nurses who take
care of our patients every day. This position at OMC will allow me to
make a difference and be an advocate for our nurses so they can focus
on providing exceptional compassionate care,” Abbey said.
Abbey enjoys traveling for club volleyball with his daughter, Zoe, age
11; working on the family farm; and floating the Ozark’s rivers
in his free time. He is a board member for the Good Samaritan Clinic in
Mountain View, and recently returned from a medical mission trip to Haiti.