OMC names Dr. Rick Holloway Chief Medical Officer
Ozarks Medical Center has named long-time, local physician Rick Holloway,
MD, the new Chief Medical Officer for the health care organization.
Dr. Holloway, a urologist with OMC Urology Clinic, has been in practice
locally for the past 18 years. He will continue to see patients at the
clinic as well as work in OMC administration.
In his new role, Dr. Holloway will work closely with the OMC medical staff
and hospital administration in areas of health care quality, standardization
of practices throughout the institution, strategic planning and medical
staff leadership development.
Previously, Dr. Holloway served as OMC’s Chief Medical Informatics
Officer, working closely with the hospital’s Information Technology
Department to implement electronic medical records and computerized physician
order entry. He has also previously served on the OMC Board of Directors.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Holloway has joined OMC’s senior management
team,” said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO. “He is an exceptional
physician whose knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable resource
to OMC and our entire medical team. We appreciate his commitment to the
organization and his willingness to lead.”
Dr. Holloway said he is looking forward to the challenge of his new position.
“The world of health care continues to change drastically,” he said.
Today, he said, the relationship between physicians and hospitals is linked
at all levels of care. It is necessary for physicians to work together
to make patient care continuous.
“The complexity of modern medicine requires free flow of information
from one level to the next, a culture of safety in which all members are
encouraged to look for hazards, a willingness to standardize care where
possible to reduce risk of errors, the use of evidence-based best practices
evaluated and instituted by the medical staff, and a commitment to excellence
in these endeavors while serving our community,” he said. “This
change of culture makes the transition not only challenging but also exciting.
Everyone wants the highest quality care for the patient. There are a lot
of moving pieces in this process and my role as Chief Medical Officer
will be to facilitate improvements. OMC is fully committed to the best
care possible for our patients and the health of our community as a whole.
We are thrilled to have an opportunity to prove ourselves again as we
rise to this challenge.”
Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University
and his Medical Doctorate from the Louisiana State University Medical
School in Shreveport. He completed his residency in urology from the University
of Missouri in Columbia.
In addition to serving on the OMC Board of Directors, Holloway is active
in his local church, serves on the boards for the West Plains Christian
Clinic and Whetsone Boys Ranch in Mountain View. Holloway and his wife
Sidney have been married for 33 years and enjoy ballroom dancing, especially
swing. They have two married daughters, Haley and Sophia, both of whom
live in Jackson, Tennessee. They are soon expecting their first grandchild.
In his free time, he enjoys participating in triathlons and bicycling.