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Kurt Abbey is OMC Chief Nursing Officer

Kurt Abbey is OMC Chief Nursing Officer

Kurt Abbey, RN, BSN, MHA is the new Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). Abbey, originally from Mountain View began duties at OMC in March. Abbey holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Webster University in St. Louis; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing from St. John’s College of Nursing at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

Abbey comes to OMC after working for Mercy Health. Most recently, he was a transformation agent which was a collaborative member of a select group of Mercy leaders charged with the system’s healthcare delivery redesign. On the corporate level at Mercy, Abbey was instrumental in ensuring care was safe and evidence-based while transforming the nursing profession to improve the quality of health care and how it is delivered. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Nursing at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Working his way up at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, he was also employed as the Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing and a Flight Nurse.

“My last two years at Mercy were spent on an innovation team looking at the challenges healthcare faces in the future,” Abbey said. “Today’s hospitals are charged to meet the needs of a care delivery model, not just care in the hospital, but preventive care.”

“We are very excited to have Kurt Abbey join our team at OMC,” said Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO. “It is especially nice to have someone local return home to share their knowledge and breadth of experience.”

“This is coming back home for me. I grew up in Mountain View and still have family here. I missed working close with the nurses who take care of our patients every day. This position at OMC will allow me to make a difference and be an advocate for our nurses so they can focus on providing exceptional compassionate care,” Abbey said.

Abbey enjoys traveling for club volleyball with his daughter, Zoe, age 11; working on the family farm; and floating the Ozark’s rivers in his free time. He is a board member for the Good Samaritan Clinic in Mountain View, and recently returned from a medical mission trip to Haiti.

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