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 5 of 9.
Amelia Holmes, Family Nurse Practitioner, OMC Urgent Care Clinic
“I always felt drawn to the military, being raised in that culture.
I had 26 different addresses before leaving home at age 16,” Holmes
says of her experience. “I would have stayed in the military until
full retirement if medical issues hadn’t prevented that.”
Born in Alaska, when it was still a territory, Amelia Holmes has called
Pomona home the longest. Serving ten years in the Navy as a Navy Nurse
Corp Officer, Holmes had many specialty roles in the military which contributes
to her abilities in her current profession as a Family Nurse Practitioner
(FNP) at OMC Urgent Care Clinic. While still in active duty, she completed
her college hours to become an FNP. During her military experience, she
had been a critical care nurse and instructor, and also worked in surgery,
PACU, OB Clinic and more. Her nurse practitioner training focused on multicultural
nursing and traditions. All of this experience, she attributes to making
her a stronger FNP.
Although there are too many moments that stand out reminding her of why
she does what she does, she says, “Being a nurse practitioner is
a wonderful and fulfilling profession.”
Holmes and husband, Michael, have been married for 39 years and have 2
children and 4 grandchildren. “All of us are still close and caring,”
Holmes said. “Our son and daughter-in-law will be taking over the
family business, Dirt Road Comics and Collectibles in Willow Springs.”
Her daughter and her husband live in California. “She is a nurse
manager for behavioral inpatient and outpatient services hospital.”
“My daughter is a third generation nurse in our family, and I followed
in my dad’s footsteps. He was an LPN in the Army,” Holmes said.
The OMC Urgent Care Clinic provides treatment for minor trauma and illnesses
that require same day attention, but are not severe enough for a trip
to the emergency room.
Amelia Holmes and husband, Michael, at the Naval Officers Club in Naples,
Italy, in 1987.