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Veterans Continue Their Service to Others at Ozarks Medical Center, Part 2 of 9

Veterans Continue Their Service to Others at Ozarks Medical Center

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, 8 primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services. OMC is a not-for-profit medical referral center with over 1100 employees, serving an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. OMC would like to recognize a few of our veterans that came forward to be interviewed. We appreciate all that they have done for our country and applaud all veterans for their service.

Part 2 of 9.

Dave McVicker, Advanced Practice Nurse, McVicker Family Healthcare

A call to serve is what Dave McVicker said motivated him when he enlisted in the Navy. “I started nursing school many years ago but it got put aside when my best friend decided to join the Navy. I decided to join at the same time. I always had the desire to serve. Joining the military seemed to be the highest level of service our country had to offer,” said McVicker. And that call to serve is something that he and his wife, Tracy, have passed on to their children. Tracy is actively involved in running a therapeutic riding center for autistic and developmentally delayed children; sons Davy and wife Melissa, along with grandson Aiden, are missionaries with Campus Crusade for Christ; Benjamin is a school guidance counselor and youth church leader at First Baptist Springfield; and Jacob is a Registered Nurse at the Emergency Department at Cox Medical Center in Branson, and his wife, Amanda, is a social worker with Lutheran Pregnancy and Child Ministries.

During McVicker’s 16 years of military service, he has held several positions. He served in the US Navy as an enlisted sailor; the US Public Health Service, Indian Health Service Branch as a Nurse Corp Officer; has been a member of the US Naval Reserve SEABEES as a hospital corpsman, and is presently a Major serving as Company Commander of the Medical Detachment of the Missouri Army National Guard.

McVicker credits his military experience as providing him with job specific schooling so he could start work immediately as a lab tech. It also helped him with a variety of skills and knowledge used in nursing, provided him with the opportunity to handle administrative tasks and be in charge of staff, helped prepare him to be ready to handle most any task that came his way, made him more disciplined and detail-oriented and learn how to socialize with any group of people.

Although McVicker says there was no certain moment that stands out when he knew he was doing what he was meant to do, he does note that his military experience has helped him communicate very effectively with patients, military personnel, staff, etc. Also based on his many job and life experiences, he developed the ability to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions with confidence. The military helped him realize that he could always be ready for a challenge.

McVicker, a native of the Summerville and Mountain View area, is a Nurse Practitioner at McVicker Family Healthcare in Mountain View. In addition to primary care, the clinic offers women's health, lab services, mental health services and speech language pathology.

Dave McVicker, Family Nurse Practitioner at OMC McVicker Family Healthcare Clinic, examines a young girl on a recent Active Training with the Missouri Army National Guard. The Guard visited Comarca's (similar to the U.S. Indian Reservations) and provided medical care to the indigent population. Residents of Comarca are the descendants of the original settlers of Panama. The Guard went to three different villages and spent three days at each village providing medical, dental and vision care.

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