By Mary and Jeff Schrag in conjunction with Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic
WEST PLAINS, Mo – Mary and Jeff Schrag in conjunction with Physical
Therapy Specialists Clinic (PTSC) have made a major gift of more than
$10,000 to the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation Cancer Treatment
Center Fund in honor of her father, Judge William (Bill) R. Hass, and
Monies from this gift will go to provide all patients, caregivers, staff,
and those in the community an opportunity to have an enjoyable place to
sit and reflect in the Healing Garden adjacent to the Shaw Building at OMC.
Donors, like Mary and Jeff Schrag and PTSC, have contributed to positive
change in the West Plains region for a multiplicity of years. In many
instances, these gifts have been made in honor of other individuals who
have also made contributions that better met the needs represented in
our area; this gift is no exception.
Mary and Jeff made this gift linking these two impressive, unique, Ozarkers
out of love for each and their shared diagnoses – cancer. Judge
Hass & Marianna’s qualities were never negatively impacted by
the challenges that treatment brings. “When the Judge and Marianna
were informed of the gift to the OMC Cancer Treatment Center, each was
delighted that other folks’ quality of life would be eased by this
gift,” says Carol Silvey, Vice President of Advancement, OMC Foundation.
She went on to say, “This significant gift by Mary and Jeff Schrag
to the OMC Foundation, designated for use in the Healing Garden, will
be another step toward enhanced facilities at OMC. With over 360,000 patients
in 2019 receiving treatment at OMC, more than 7,000 of whom were cancer
patients, any gift that benefits cancer patients in the present and future
is a significant gift; and on behalf of the OMC Foundation, we gratefully
accept this gift.”
Judge Hass, a respected member of the Missouri Bar, 37th Circuit Bar Association as well as other legal groups, was a lifetime
resident of Thayer until recently. He practiced law with honesty, conviction,
insight, humility, and wisdom. Those same attributes were demonstrated
by the Judge in the organizations with which he was affiliated and the
causes in which he believed and supported.
Marianna Hoover-Hicks, a longtime friend of Mary Schrag’s, was one
of the first women in business in the West Plains region. As the owner
and operator of the Ozark Regional Stockyards, Mrs. Hicks demonstrated
the characteristics of friendliness, efficiency, commitment, and business
acumen. She is active in Business and Professional Women and in her church.
The Ozarks Medical Center Foundation, established in 1998 as a not-for-profit
501(c)(3) with a local board of directors, serves as a liaison between
the donor and OMC to assist the hospital in providing excellent healthcare
to the communities it serves. For more information or to make a gift to
the OMC Foundation, please call 417-853-5200.
Pictured from left to right, Front Row: Jeanne Hass, Judge William (Bill)
R. Hass; Second Row: Ronnica Warren, Ashley Casad, Marianna Hover-Hicks,
Mary Schrag, Carol Silvey; Third Row: Vince Beam, Cameron Casad, Merritt
Casad, Chris Green, Jeff Schrag, Rob Cox.