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Ribbon Cutting held at new OMC Thayer/Mammoth Spring Clinic

Ribbon Cutting held at new OMC Thayer/Mammoth Spring Clinic

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Thayer/Mammoth Spring Clinic held its ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony recently in front of the new clinic located at 10675 Nettleton Avenue in Thayer. The new clinic is at the corner of Nettleton and Highway 63 at the Missouri/Arkansas stateline. The 8,700 square foot state-of-the art clinic combines OMC Thayer and OMC Mammoth Spring clinics. The clinic will be open to see patients on Monday, April 23.

The event was emceed by Bob Eckman. Eckman is the Secretary/Treasurer of the OMC Foundation Board. Eckman welcomed the crowd of over 100 guests and offered a prayer.

The American flag and the Missouri flag were presented by the 1138th Military Police Company out of West Plains. The National Anthem was sung by members of the Thayer High School Choir.

Kevin Gleghorn, Chair of the OMC Board of Directors followed with remarks. “It’s just so exciting to see the growth that OMC is experiencing. Ozarks Medical Center is an area-wide healthcare organization including several rural clinics, and we are just happy to be here.”

Next in the program, the Mammoth Spring High School Band played the Washington Post March.

Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and Thayer, Missouri were represented by their Mayors. Mayor Jean Pace, Mayor of Mammoth Spring said, “For our citizens who live in this area, this is going to serve us long and well. As we all work together to make this area a better place for our citizens and for our children to grow up in. Thank you OMC for this. We will be meeting our Thayer friends and our Mammoth Spring friends here.”

Mayor Ken Cotham of Thayer remarked, “This place will serve the citizens of Thayer and Mammoth Spring area for many years to come. Anytime a new facility opens, there’s excitement and breathes new life into the community. We look forward to the conveniences and the services that this clinic will provide. With OMC, we will all grow stronger because of this. Thank you.”

Tom Keller, President and CEO of Ozarks Medical Center commented, “Many thanks to Mayor Pace and Mayor Cotham, because it wasn’t just today or the last few minutes that they became involved. They actually have been helping us [with this clinic] for a couple of years now. This is the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people. I’d like to also thank Bill Pace, Ron Cornelius, and the Charles Masner family for helping make all of this happen.”

“It’s always nice to talk about buildings and the brick and mortar. But what makes OMC, what makes this clinic, is not necessarily the brick and the mortar but it’s the people that choose to work here. The one thing that is special about health care is the people who want to serve,” Keller said.

The Chambers of Commerce from Mammoth Spring and Thayer joined together to perform the ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours and refreshments were offered at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The new facility includes an increased number of exam rooms; a rehabilitation gym for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; expanded areas for behavioral healthcare, chronic care management, and patient education.

The OMC Thayer Clinic has been serving the area since 1990. OMC began operating the Mammoth Spring Clinic in 1986.

Tate General Contractors, Inc. of Jonesboro, Arkansas was the general contractors on the project. Cromwell Architects and Engineers, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas was the architectural firm that designed the clinic.

Dr. Harry Kelly and nurse practitioners Leslie Batterton, Kayly King, and Michelle Sims will be practicing at the new OMC Thayer/Mammoth Spring Clinic. Extended clinic hours are. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call the clinic at 417-264-7136.

Dr. Harry Kelly, physician at OMC Thayer/Mammoth Spring Clinic cuts the ribbon celebrating the opening of the new combined facility of OMC Thayer and OMC Mammoth Spring. The Mammoth Spring and Thayer Chambers of Commerce were on hand for the ceremony.

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