Dr. Stephen Coats Honored as New Physician’s Lounge and Conference Room
is Dedicated in his Name
Members of Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) Board of Directors, physicians,
administration and staff recently honored Dr. Stephen Coats for his service
to OMC. Dr. Coats served on the active medical staff at OMC from 1975 to 2010.
OMC President and CEO, Tom Keller, thanked Dr. Coats and his wife, Betty,
for the donation of his office suite in the Doctors Pavillion. “Dr.
and Mrs. Coats’ generosity has made our new physician’s lounge
and conference room possible. This much-needed space will allow physicians
to have a place to collaborate, grab a bite to eat, work on charts, and
more. The large conference room will be used for physician leadership
and committee meetings.
Marge Slayton, OMC Board President, thanked Dr. Coats and Betty for making
the lounge and conference room a reality. “We are so very proud
of this space and appreciative of their thoughtful gesture in giving back
to provide a much needed space for our physicians.”
Dr. Rob Martin, Dr. Richard Bowles, and Dr. Gid Morrison all spoke of fond
memories of Dr. Coats during his practice. “Dr. Coats always did
what needed to be done, he took care of the people in our community and
has a great big heart,” said Dr. Rob Martin.
“It really is an honor and a pleasure to have been a part of this
hospital. I hope that all the doctors know how lucky they are to be a
part of this hospital, administration and staff. My wife and I enjoyed
raising our family here in West Plains. It is our pleasure to give something
back,” Dr. Coats said.
The Physician Lounge and Conference Room is complete with a living area
that includes a TV, recliners, computer desk with work station, and physician
mailboxes; a dining area with a table that will seat 8; and a kitchen
area with counter seating, coffee and soda station, and refrigerator.
Easy access to the cafeteria is available for events and meetings. The
conference room features a large conference table with seating for 20.
Pictured left to right: Marge Slayton, OMC Board President; Dr. Stephen
Coats; Betty Coats; and Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO.