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Ozarks Medical Center celebrates Nurses Week

Ozarks Medical Center celebrates Nurses Week

The City of West Plains and Ozarks Medical Center recognized its team of nurses for their dedication to compassionate care during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, with a proclamation signed by West Plains Mayor Jack Pahlmann. This year, the American Nurses Association has selected Culture of Safety – It Starts With You” as the theme for 2016.

“Our nurses are leading in the delivery of exceptional, quality care to provide the best outcomes and highest level of safety possible,” said Kurt Abbey, OMC Chief Nursing Officer. “Our nurses make a profound difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones, every hour of every day. We appreciate their dedication to their patients and quality care. Nurses Week is an excellent time to recognize and thank all nurses for their contributions to our community.”

In addition to providing care in the inpatient setting, OMC nurses also serve the health system’s 19 rural health and specialty clinics, four outpatient centers, Riverways Home Health and Riverways Hospice.

National Nurses Week helps raise awareness of the value of nursing and the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people. According to the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week is held in honor of the dedication, commitment and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation.

Each year, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as Registered Nurse (RN) Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession.

This group represents Ozarks Medical Center’s 374 nurses on staff, LPNs, RNs, APRNs, and CRAAs. Joined by Tom Keller, President and CEO; Judy Ingalsbe, LPN, OMC Board of Directors Member; Kevin Gleghorn, OMC Board of Directors Member, and Kurt Abbey, Chief Nursing Officer, they kicked off National Nurses Week by receiving an embroidered polo shirt.

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