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Ozarks Medical Center Announces Federal Funding Approval for Expansion

Ozarks Medical Center Announces Federal Funding Approval for Expansion

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) has received approval for federal funding for the largest expansion in the history of the medical system, located at 1100 North Kentucky Avenue, West Plains. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a $52.8 million Community Facility Direct Loan.

This Rural Development investment along with local private banks, hospital funds and other private gifts and contributions will be used to expand the existing OMC hospital facility in West Plains along with upgrading the electronic health record and refinancing prior loans. The total investment will be approximately $70 million.

“For nearly 60 years, Ozarks Medical Center has been providing medical services for residents in south central Missouri,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Jeff Case. “USDA Rural Development is pleased to partner with OMC to finance the hospital’s expansion and commends OMC for identifying and addressing this need. We look forward to the addition of office space, services, and an improved IT system for the hospital and the positive impact this expansion will have for rural Missourians in the area.”

About the Ozarks Medical Center Expansion

The expansion is based on providing convenience for patients by placing more services under one roof. The location of the expansion will connect the existing Shaw Medical Building and the current main hospital building housing almost all of OMC’s specialty clinics and ancillary services to one location, creating a centralized space for patients. Specifically, the new construction of more than 97,000 square feet will include the construction of a new medical office building, flexible clinics, procedure suite, centralized imaging facilities, an updated pharmacy and a new food service area. In addition, a new 20,000 square foot Women's Center will house modern labor and delivery rooms, gynecological surgery facilities and educational spaces.

OMC is not only expanding the footprint, but also expanding its coordination of care by upgrading the information technology system to replace multiple electronic health record systems currently used. This upgrade, known as Project 20/20, will provide the platform for all OMC departments, primary care and specialty clinics to see and update a patient’s record across care areas.

These additions will allow the facility to better serve more than 150,000 residents in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas, who prefer to stay close to home to utilize quality healthcare services. As confirmed by a federally required Community Health Needs Assessment, OMC continues to grow its facilities, services and the OMC Medical Group to align with the needs of the residents to improve the overall health of those they serve.

“Ozarks Medical Center was created by members of the community almost 60 years ago. As West Plains and surrounding communities evolve and grow, OMC must follow suit in order to keep us healthy.” said Kevin Gleghorn, Chairman of the OMC Board of Directors. “OMC is growing from the inside out from the upgraded electronic health records to the construction of new buildings and growing OMC Medical Group. The communities OMC serves has a robust health system in their back yard that we can all be proud to visit and support.”

The OMC Medical Group, the largest medical group in south central Missouri, is an integrated network of approximately 70 employed physicians and providers, collaborating, to deliver clinical quality and compassionate care to all they serve.

“Ozarks Medical Center plays a pivotal role in the health and economic development of the West Plains community,” said Congressman Jason Smith (MO-08). “The USDA’s investment to an independent, non-profit organization in West Plains will have a rippling effect for the quality of life and employment opportunities for the people of south central Missouri.”

“Up to forty-five providers from the OMC Medical Group, will be housed in the expansion. This is the largest single capital project in the history of OMC,” Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC stated, “We are the largest employer in the area. We employ more than 1,300 people in our rural community. The patients we serve are our coworkers’ friends, neighbors, and family. We are excited to bring a new era of healthcare to the community because that means we are bringing the best for the ones we care about the most.”

The expansion is being designed by Cromwell Architects Engineers, Inc., Little Rock, AR. Cromwell, founded in 1885, is a building services firm offering design, planning, energy services and facility services. A timeline for the project will be announced in early 2019.

Ozarks Medical Center’s Footprint History

Throughout its almost sixty years of operation, OMC has grown from a 42-bed hospital to a 114-bed complete healthcare system. OMC has a rich history of growth in response to the expanding healthcare needs of the surrounding communities. Significant past expansions include the opening of the Heart Care Center in 1989, a 47,000-square-foot expansion in 1993, the Shaw Medical Building in 1998, the opening of the OMC Surgical Services in 2001, and most recently the expansion and remodel of the Cancer Treatment Center in 2017. For more information about the history of OMC, visit www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/About-Us/History.aspx.

The Ozarks Medical Center Foundation is leading a capital campaign to raise funds for the hospital expansion focusing on the Women’s Center. For more information on how to contribute, contact Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement, OMC Foundation, at 417-257-6735.

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually, in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

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