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OMC Cancer Treatment Center Expansion Ground Breaking March 22

OMC Cancer Treatment Center Expansion Ground Breaking March 22

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will hold a Ground Breaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the Shaw Medical building at 1111 Kentucky Ave., in West Plains. The community is invited to attend.

Nurturing Hope: A Community Cancer Project began its capital campaign in February 2015. To date, the community has pledged and donated $915,000 for the project. The estimated total cost of the expansion is $1.2 million. Christner, Inc. from St. Louis is the architectural firm.

For more than 25 years, the community has trusted OMC to provide exceptional cancer care. OMC has continually provided technological advances such as a new linear accelerator and a 4D Oncology CT scanner. With these advances, it is important for our patients to receive the care they need in a calming and soothing environment that will promote healing and nurturing. OMC wants our patients to feel uplifted by their surroundings as they face their battles with cancer. Each year, OMC has more than 400 new cancer patients. More than 25,000 patient visits and procedures are performed yearly by the OMC Medical Oncology Department. More than 11,000 total visits and procedures are performed each year by the OMC Radiation Oncology Department.

The remodel and expansion of the existing Cancer Treatment Center will combine best practices, beauty, tranquility, and healing into one efficient footprint that gives cancer patients and family members the services they need. This will create a regional resource for patients, impacting the lives and health of thousands of community members.

The chemotherapy suite will be expanded, giving patients and their families additional space during treatments and providing physicians and nurses additional room to care for patients during treatment. New heated infusion chairs will be easy to adjust for maximum comfort. From each chair will be a view of the new healing garden, a private and serene space that will be built just outside the new suite, using natural elements to bring the outdoors in.

Our vision is to bring together the best oncology treatment facilities and technology with a holistic and compassionate approach that supports each patient on their path to healing,” said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO. “We are humbled and appreciative of the way the community has joined in to support this project.”

OMC Cancer Treatment Center is staffed by Board Certified Oncologists Dr. Liana Makarian and Dr. Charles Morgan; Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Dr. Benjamin Yan; Board Certified Radiologists Dr. Rob Armstrong and Dr. Beth Cooper. “We are touched by the generosity and support of the community. We look forward to continuing to providing excellent care to those in need of our services. It is heartwarming to see how supportive our community is and makes me proud to be part of that same community,” Dr. Morgan said.

“I am thrilled to see the Nurturing Hope campaign transition into a reality. It is truly a blessing to see how the community has supported us. We will continue to care for every patient and family member that walks through our doors. The new spaces will be a direct reflection of the compassionate care we provide and the wonderful support we receive from those we care for,” said Brian Pence, Director of Oncology Services.

To reach the OMC Cancer Treatment Center call 417-257-5900.

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