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.
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Gary Carter, LPN, OMC Neurosciences Center
“Join the Navy and see the World!” That was the slogan that
enticed Gary Carter to enlist as a Mess Management Specialist in the Navy
in 1975. Carter served almost five years in the Navy and did see quite
a bit of the world. He worked on aircraft carriers and submarines, and
visited South America, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Western Pacific,
Australia, Japan, and more. He volunteered for submarine duty and was
stationed in San Diego on the USS Gurnard, a nuclear fast attack sub.
As a Mess Management Specialist, Carter managed the Navy mess hall, afloat
and ashore. Preparing menus, serving meals, and maintaining the food service
spaces, he also was responsible for the procurement of equipment and mess gear.
Although he was enlisted during a peace time, Carter says he understands
what it is like to put your life on the line when you love your country
enough to give your life without a blink of an eye. This understanding
helps him relate to the veterans that he sees on a daily basis during
his job at OMC. Working in the Neurosciences Center, Carter says he has
a better understanding of what the veterans have been through. “My
military experience helps me every day in being able to deal with people
and situations, and has helped me throughout my life in relating to different
jobs and locations.” Carter has worked as a nurse in the OMC Neurosciences
Center since November of 2007.
After his service, Carter worked as an Agricultural Pest Control Advisor
in California. A job that required him to spend eight hours per day traveling
from farm to farm, ranch to ranch, and talking to farmers and ranchers
about their needs. When the job was changed to a desk job and making phone
calls instead of on-site visits, Carter decided to return to school. He
took an aptitude test which revealed his strengths and job matches: career
military, police officer, or nurse. He ended up returning to school to
become an LPN, then he began working as a Medical Technical Assistant
for the California Department of Corrections. “I was basically a
nurse with a badge,” Carter said.
After retiring from the Department of Corrections, Carter and wife, Linda,
decided to move back to Missouri. Carter had graduated high school from
Norwood, and knowing that the cost of living would be less in Missouri,
they moved back. Linda is a real estate broker, and their two sons, Adam
and Andy, both work in Information Technology.
OMC Neurosciences Center provides care for diseases and disorders of the
nervous system. Specializing in brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles,
the Neurosciences Center also contributes to the Level 2 Stroke Center
designation and is a provider for the ALS Treatment Center.