Speech Pathologist Sarah James recently joined Ozarks Medical Center (OMC)
Rehabilitation Services, the largest provider of Rehabilitation services
in South Central Missouri and North Central Arkansas, as Practice Manager.
James previously worked for Exceptional Child Cooperative as a Speech-Language
Pathologist traveling to rural locations to provide therapy to children.
Before that, she worked for OMC Rehabilitation Services as a Speech-Language
Pathologist for five years.
She holds a Masters of Business Administration (Hospital Administration)
from William Woods University, Fulton; and a Masters of Science for communication
sciences and disorders in the area of speech-language pathology from Missouri
Originally from Mountain View, James, her husband, and three children reside
in Willow Springs. Her husband is the Athletic Director for Willow Springs
Schools, and you can find the whole family at many sporting events, especially
basketball with their children.
James says she’s happy to return to OMC, especially in her new role
as practice manager. She says that OMC Rehab offers more services than
any other rehab practice in the area with many specialties not even available
in Southern Missouri or Northern Arkansas.
“We are thrilled to have Sarah back as a part of the OMC Rehabilitation
Services family. She brings expertise and exceptional talent to work as
a leader in our field and is a tremendous asset,” says Josh Drummond,
Director, OMC Rehabilitation Services. “To add to that value, she
is also a local person with family roots here, and cares deeply about
providing exceptional therapy services to the people of our region. We
expect Sarah to be an integral part of our team for a long-time to come.”
James says, “I have a heart for rehab. I truly think what we do is
so important.” A native of Mountain View, she has spent her 13-year
career serving patients in underserved areas. She believes that all patients
deserve the same opportunities through rehab services to live healthy
lives, and not suffer simply because of where they live.
James is optimistic about the continued growth of the practice. They are
busy in all their locations, and that is a testament to the faith of all
the community’s referring physicians. They are always on the lookout
for qualified, dedicated therapists of all specialties. She particularly
enjoys working with students, helping them find their niche.
When asked if she always knew she wanted to go into healthcare, James said
that she wished to help people and wanted a profession ‘that mattered.’
Upon taking a communications class in college, she was struck by just
how important effective communication was to every facet of life. It was
then that she knew that she wanted to specialize in Speech Therapy. “To
hear a baby say ‘I love you’ to their mother for the first
time, …that’s everything,” said James.
OMC Rehabilitation Services.
OMC Rehabilitation Services, the largest provider of Rehabilitation services
in South Central Missouri and North Central Arkansas, is located in the
Shaw Medical Building at 1111 Kentucky Avenue, West Plains. The 12,000
square-foot outpatient facility includes an adult gym with treadmills,
exercise bikes, weight machines, and computerized equipment, designed
to measure a patient's progress. A pediatric gym, designed to meet
the rehabilitation needs of children in a safe and comfortable environment,
has child-size exercise and play equipment to make their rehabilitation
time more enjoyable.
OMC Rehabilitation Services was the first healthcare provider in this region
to offer physical and occupational therapy, as well as speech-language
pathology services in inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, home health,
and school settings.
OMC Rehabilitation also provides services in OMC Rural Health Clinics in
Alton, Gainesville, Mountain Grove, Thayer/Mammoth Spring, and Winona.
Pediatric and adult services also are available at clinics, area schools,
local workplaces, and through OMC Home Care. For more information about
OMC Rehabilitation Services,
call 417-257-5959 or toll-free 888-242-9329, or visit
Sarah James, MBA,MS,CCC-SLP, Practice Manager, Ozarks Medical Center Rehabilitation Services