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OMC Celebrates 59 Years in West Plains

OMC Celebrates 59 Years in West Plains

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will celebrate fifty-nine years of exemplary service and compassionate health care on Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in the OMC main lobby. Birthday cake will be served and tours offered. Featured speakers include Travis Smith, OMC Board Member and Tom Keller, OMC President and CEO.

“Everyone is welcome to join in this celebration,” said Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement of OMC Foundation. “We are reaching out to original donors and their descendants. This is a celebration for them and for the sacrifices their families made over 59 years ago. We may not be able to reach everyone, so this is an open invitation to welcome all families of donors and everyone in the community to this celebration.”

“It was our community that raised $350,000 in the 1950’s to ensure we had a quality medical facility,” said Amanda Smith, OMC Donor Relations Coordinator. “At that time there was a government grant that matched the raised funds, which totaled $700,000 raised.”

OMC has grown more than tenfold in the last 59 years from a one-building hospital with obstetrics, primary care, and an Emergency Department, to a 114-bed acute care hospital with eight primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services.

“Travis Smith, one of our celebration’s speakers, family members were original donors,” added Silvey. “Without the contribution of his family, and all of the other families who made sacrifices by donating hard-earned wages, this community hospital wouldn’t be here.”

True to its original mission, OMC is a community owned not-for-profit medical center run by a local board of directors with over 1,200 employees, serving an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas.

All members of the community are invited to join the 59th birthday celebration on Friday, March 2at 2 p.m. The main lobby of OMC is located at 1100 Kentucky Avenue in West Plains. Valet parking will be available on request.

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