Pam Ream Named Vice President of OMC Medical Group
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) recently hired Pam Ream as Vice President of
the OMC Medical Group, promoted from her position at OMC as Director of
Rehabilitation Services. Ream was first hired thirty years ago in 1988
to begin the OMC Speech Pathology department. Six years later, in 1994,
she was promoted to the position of Director of Rehabilitation Services.
She was responsible for expanding OMC Rehabilitation Services from inpatient
care to include outpatient care in the OMC Shaw Medical Building and also
added services into OMC rural health clinics. In her role as Director
of Rehabilitation Services, she was instrumental in contracting services
for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology
in area schools, nursing homes and businesses.
Ream holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock and a Bachelor’s
Degree of Communication Disorders from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
“My new position is all about cohesion,” Ream said. “I’ll
be responsible for ensuring that providers, clinics, and departments are
consistent in processes and care. I look forward to working with the OMC
Network Operations Council (NOC), a provider group. This is an amazing
opportunity to get all of our providers on one page.”
Ream was raised in Alton and has lived in West Plains for almost thirty
years. She has been a community leader involved in numerous groups, including
the West Plains Public Library Board, where she served during the planning
and construction of the new public library; the Noon Rotary Club; the
West Plains Civic Center Board of Directors for 12 years; and a member
of the Zizzer Booster Club board. She was named Business and Professional
Women’s (BPW) Business Woman of the Year. She’s also active
in a philanthropic group that promotes women’s education.
“I have had ties to OMC for my entire life,” Ream said. “I
was born at OMC, and now I’m a vice president. I had my daughter
at OMC, and my family has used OMC for many services. I want OMC to be
the best health care system that it can possibly be because I know the
people we care for. They’re family. They’re friends.”
In her spare time, Ream loves to travel with her husband Scott, an optometrist
with offices in Thayer and West Plains, and her daughter Delaney, a sophomore
at the University of Arkansas. “I’ve traveled all over the
world and love to see other cultures,” she said. She also enjoys
music and plays piano. “I’m a big movie buff,” she added.
“OMC will benefit greatly from Pam’s experience and community
background. Her work with providers and clinic expansion will be a tremendous
asset to our leadership team,” said Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC.
Ream joins the OMC Senior Leadership Team of Tom Keller, President and
CEO; Pamela Lee, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Kim Thompson,
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Kurt Abbey, Vice President
and Chief Nursing Officer; and Connie Schott, Vice President of Human