OMC Celebrates 60 Years in West Plains
WEST PLAINS, Mo – Today is Ozark Medical Center’s (OMC) 60th Anniversary. On March 2, 1959, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) opened its
doors. Yesterday, March 1, the medical system celebrated this milestone
in recognition of its historical transition from a small community hospital
to an award-winning regional medical center.
The 60th Anniversary celebration kicked off on Friday, March 1 at 12 p.m., with
a Ribbon Cutting at North Parkway Center. Guests were greeted with celebratory
refreshments. Tom Keller, CEO and President, OMC then visited local public
service organizations to thank them for their support over the years.
He arrived in vintage style in a 1959 Ford Sport Wagon and delivered commemorative treats.
OMC Historic Growth
Throughout its sixty years of operation, OMC has grown ten-fold 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
Significant past expansions include a 24-bed expansion and addition of
a four-bed intensive care unit in 1967; an expansion in 1976 that added
38 beds, new laboratory, X-ray department, physical therapy department,
respiratory care, emergency department services, and surgical suite and
recovery room; the opening of Heart Care Services in 1989; a 47,000 square
foot expansion and renovation opened in 1993 providing new office space,
admissions, and a 12-bed intensive care unit; in 1998 the Shaw Medical
Building opened housing the Cancer Treatment Center, Outpatient Imaging
Services, and Rehabilitation Services; OMC Surgical Services facility
opened in 2001 with six surgical suites for inpatient and outpatient surgeries;
first open heart surgery was performed at OMC in 2003; the NeuroPsych
Unit was expanded in 2008 to provide 22 inpatient rooms; OMC opened a
new 16-bed Emergency Department in 2010; in 2016 OMC Orthopedics opened
in a new 6,500 square foot building; and in 2017 the $1.2 million remodel
and expansion of the Cancer Treatment Center opened.
“Since its inception, Ozarks Medical Center has responded to the
needs of its community by providing excellent patient care, while expanding
its range of medical specialties, and investing in advanced technology
to remain on the cutting-edge of health care,” said Kevin Gleghorn,
OMC Board of Directors Chair. “We have remained true to our vision
and values, and OMC continues to excel.”
As a testament to its commitment to excellence, OMC recently earned an
“A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national
organization focused on healthcare quality and safety. In addition, Leapfrog
reviewed all of the “A” providers to single out the country’s
highest quality hospitals. OMC is one of only 118 facilities across the
nation to be named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, placing the OMC
in the top 6 percent of more than 2,600 hospitals evaluated.
“These achievements are reflected in our commitment to providing
quality compassionate care and to enhancing our patients’ overall
experience,” said Josh Reeves, Executive Director of Operations,
OMC. “That commitment has sustained our medical center for the past
60 years, and it will carry us forward in the years ahead.”
The Future of OMC
OMC is currently embarking on the largest expansion in the history of the
medical system with an investment of approximately $70 million to expand
the existing OMC facility in West Plains along with upgrading the electronic
health record 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.
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.
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.
Compassionate Care for all they serve.
True to its original mission, “to provide exceptional compassionate
care to all we serve,” OMC is a community owned not-for-profit medical
center run by a local board of directors with over 1,300 employees, serving
an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas.
“We’d like to thank everyone in the community for all of their
support,” said Tom Keller, President and CEO. “OMC is honored
to have served the community for 60 years and we look forward to continuing
to change lives by nurturing hope, improving health and encouraging wellness
for many years to come,”
Ozarks Medical Center is comprised of 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. For more information about OMC, visit
Ribbon cutting at OMC North Parkway Center.