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Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center Ribbon Cutting

Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center Ribbon Cutting

Made possible through more than $900,000 in donations from the community

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Cancer Treatment Center held its ribbon cutting and grand opening on Friday, January 27 at the entrance of the Shaw Medical Building in West Plains. The $1.3 million project created a much-needed expansion and remodel of the existing chemotherapy suite, added a healing garden, and state-of-the art equipment.

The OMC Cancer Treatment Center first opened its doors in 1998 and currently sees more than 400 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, plus hundreds more who receive ongoing cancer treatment. Prior to the remodel and expansion, the chemotherapy suite was approximately 1,000 square feet and held 11 infusion chairs. The new space is more than 3,000 square feet and has room for 20 infusion chairs.

Podium speakers at today’s event included Kevin Gleghorn, Chair of the OMC Board of Directors; Ward Franz, Executive Director of the OMC Foundation; Ken Joplin, Interim President of the OMC Foundation Board of Directors; Jack Pahlmann, Mayor of West Plains; and Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC.

“This is an exciting day in the history of Ozarks Medical Center! Today we celebrate not just the opening of an expanded Cancer Treatment area and healing garden, but we also celebrate the lives of all that have been touched by cancer and the bravery it takes to face this disease,” said Gleghorn.

‘Nurturing Hope: A Community Cancer Project’ was the fundraising campaign that kicked off in January 2015 to raise money for the expansion. “We have the community to thank for this,” said Franz. “This was something the community believed in and saw the need for. Now, just two years after the campaign began, we are celebrating the grand opening of this beautiful space.”

“It was just two years ago that we kicked off our fundraising campaign in a tent behind this building where the expansion and garden now stand. We have a wonderful, supportive community who helped us turn the Nurturing Hope dream into a reality,” said Joplin. “We now have a renewed environment for healing to nurture hope in cancer patients and their families.”

“It is wonderful that the people of West Plains can receive life-saving treatment such as cancer care close to home without having to travel,” said Pahlmann. “We know the cancer center and Dr. Morgan have helped thousands of people through the years,” he said.

“Everyone in our community has been touched by cancer in some way. Our community deserves the best oncology treatment facility and technology, and this vision was realized through the generosity and support of our community,” said Keller. “Many of our patients receive chemotherapy infusions several hours a day, several times a week. This new space is much more open with expanded care pods that provide room and space for our patients and their loved ones,” he said.

The project was constructed by RKL Construction of West Plains. Architect was Christner, Inc. of St. Louis, and landscape architect was LAI, Inc. of Little Rock. Landscape Legends of West Plains installed the healing garden. A special thank you is extended to Brenda Bell and Marge Slayton of West Plains who looked at the landscape plans and gave their input to include native plants and stone.

Ambassadors from the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, podium speakers, OMC Cancer Treatment Center coworkers and physicians Dr. Charles Morgan and Dr. Benjamin Yan, Oncology Nurse Practitioner Susan Kenslow cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the center. Refreshments and tours of the center were offered.

For more information about OMC Cancer Treatment Center, call 417-257-5900.

Dr. Charles Morgan, Oncologist at Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of the expansion and remodel of the Cancer Treatment Center. The project was made possible through tremendous community support and donations. Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, OMC Cancer Treatment Center coworkers, OMC Board of Directors, OMC Foundation Board and approximately 250 community members also attended. Refreshments and tours were available after the ceremony.

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