Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center Ribbon Cutting
Made possible through more than $900,000 in donations from the community
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Cancer Treatment Center held its ribbon cutting
and grand opening on Friday, January 27 at the entrance of the Shaw Medical
Building in West Plains. The $1.3 million project created a much-needed
expansion and remodel of the existing chemotherapy suite, added a healing
garden, and state-of-the art equipment.
The OMC Cancer Treatment Center first opened its doors in 1998 and currently
sees more than 400 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, plus hundreds
more who receive ongoing cancer treatment. Prior to the remodel and expansion,
the chemotherapy suite was approximately 1,000 square feet and held 11
infusion chairs. The new space is more than 3,000 square feet and has
room for 20 infusion chairs.
Podium speakers at today’s event included Kevin Gleghorn, Chair of
the OMC Board of Directors; Ward Franz, Executive Director of the OMC
Foundation; Ken Joplin, Interim President of the OMC Foundation Board
of Directors; Jack Pahlmann, Mayor of West Plains; and Tom Keller, President
and CEO of OMC.
“This is an exciting day in the history of Ozarks Medical Center!
Today we celebrate not just the opening of an expanded Cancer Treatment
area and healing garden, but we also celebrate the lives of all that have
been touched by cancer and the bravery it takes to face this disease,”
‘Nurturing Hope: A Community Cancer Project’ was the fundraising
campaign that kicked off in January 2015 to raise money for the expansion.
“We have the community to thank for this,” said Franz. “This
was something the community believed in and saw the need for. Now, just
two years after the campaign began, we are celebrating the grand opening
of this beautiful space.”
“It was just two years ago that we kicked off our fundraising campaign
in a tent behind this building where the expansion and garden now stand.
We have a wonderful, supportive community who helped us turn the Nurturing
Hope dream into a reality,” said Joplin. “We now have a renewed
environment for healing to nurture hope in cancer patients and their families.”
“It is wonderful that the people of West Plains can receive life-saving
treatment such as cancer care close to home without having to travel,”
said Pahlmann. “We know the cancer center and Dr. Morgan have helped
thousands of people through the years,” he said.
“Everyone in our community has been touched by cancer in some way.
Our community deserves the best oncology treatment facility and technology,
and this vision was realized through the generosity and support of our
community,” said Keller. “Many of our patients receive chemotherapy
infusions several hours a day, several times a week. This new space is
much more open with expanded care pods that provide room and space for
our patients and their loved ones,” he said.
The project was constructed by RKL Construction of West Plains. Architect
was Christner, Inc. of St. Louis, and landscape architect was LAI, Inc.
of Little Rock. Landscape Legends of West Plains installed the healing
garden. A special thank you is extended to Brenda Bell and Marge Slayton
of West Plains who looked at the landscape plans and gave their input
to include native plants and stone.
Ambassadors from the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, podium speakers,
OMC Cancer Treatment Center coworkers and physicians Dr. Charles Morgan
and Dr. Benjamin Yan, Oncology Nurse Practitioner Susan Kenslow cut the
ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the center. Refreshments and
tours of the center were offered.
For more information about OMC Cancer Treatment Center, call 417-257-5900.
Dr. Charles Morgan, Oncologist at Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment
Center cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of the expansion and remodel
of the Cancer Treatment Center. The project was made possible through
tremendous community support and donations. Greater West Plains Area Chamber
of Commerce Ambassadors, OMC Cancer Treatment Center coworkers, OMC Board
of Directors, OMC Foundation Board and approximately 250 community members
also attended. Refreshments and tours were available after the ceremony.