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OMC Celebrates 60 Years in West Plains

OMC Celebrates 60 Years in West Plains

WEST PLAINS, Mo – Today is Ozark Medical Center’s (OMC) 60th Anniversary. On March 2, 1959, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) opened its doors. Yesterday, March 1, the medical system celebrated this milestone in recognition of its historical transition from a small community hospital to an award-winning regional medical center.

The 60th Anniversary celebration kicked off on Friday, March 1 at 12 p.m., with a Ribbon Cutting at North Parkway Center. Guests were greeted with celebratory refreshments. Tom Keller, CEO and President, OMC then visited local public service organizations to thank them for their support over the years. He arrived in vintage style in a 1959 Ford Sport Wagon and delivered commemorative treats.

OMC Historic Growth

Throughout its sixty years of operation, OMC has grown ten-fold from a 42-bed hospital to a 114-bed complete healthcare system. OMC has a rich history of growth in response to the expanding healthcare needs of the surrounding communities.

Significant past expansions include a 24-bed expansion and addition of a four-bed intensive care unit in 1967; an expansion in 1976 that added 38 beds, new laboratory, X-ray department, physical therapy department, respiratory care, emergency department services, and surgical suite and recovery room; the opening of Heart Care Services in 1989; a 47,000 square foot expansion and renovation opened in 1993 providing new office space, admissions, and a 12-bed intensive care unit; in 1998 the Shaw Medical Building opened housing the Cancer Treatment Center, Outpatient Imaging Services, and Rehabilitation Services; OMC Surgical Services facility opened in 2001 with six surgical suites for inpatient and outpatient surgeries; first open heart surgery was performed at OMC in 2003; the NeuroPsych Unit was expanded in 2008 to provide 22 inpatient rooms; OMC opened a new 16-bed Emergency Department in 2010; in 2016 OMC Orthopedics opened in a new 6,500 square foot building; and in 2017 the $1.2 million remodel and expansion of the Cancer Treatment Center opened.

“Since its inception, Ozarks Medical Center has responded to the needs of its community by providing excellent patient care, while expanding its range of medical specialties, and investing in advanced technology to remain on the cutting-edge of health care,” said Kevin Gleghorn, OMC Board of Directors Chair. “We have remained true to our vision and values, and OMC continues to excel.”

As a testament to its commitment to excellence, OMC recently earned an “A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national organization focused on healthcare quality and safety. In addition, Leapfrog reviewed all of the “A” providers to single out the country’s highest quality hospitals. OMC is one of only 118 facilities across the nation to be named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, placing the OMC in the top 6 percent of more than 2,600 hospitals evaluated.

“These achievements are reflected in our commitment to providing quality compassionate care and to enhancing our patients’ overall experience,” said Josh Reeves, Executive Director of Operations, OMC. “That commitment has sustained our medical center for the past 60 years, and it will carry us forward in the years ahead.”

The Future of OMC

OMC is currently embarking on the largest expansion in the history of the medical system with an investment of approximately $70 million to expand the existing OMC facility in West Plains along with upgrading the electronic health record to better serve more than 150,000 residents in south central Missouri and northern Arkansas, who prefer to stay close to home to utilize quality healthcare services.

The expansion is based on providing convenience for patients by placing more services under one roof. The location of the expansion will connect the existing Shaw Medical Building and the current main hospital building housing almost all of OMC’s specialty clinics and ancillary services to one location, creating a centralized space for patients.

OMC is not only expanding the footprint, but also expanding its coordination of care by upgrading the information technology system to replace multiple electronic health record systems currently used. This upgrade, known as Project 20/20, will provide the platform for all OMC departments, primary care and specialty clinics to see and update a patient’s record across care areas.

Compassionate Care for all they serve.

True to its original mission, “to provide exceptional compassionate care to all we serve,” OMC is a community owned not-for-profit medical center run by a local board of directors with over 1,300 employees, serving an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas.

“We’d like to thank everyone in the community for all of their support,” said Tom Keller, President and CEO. “OMC is honored to have served the community for 60 years and we look forward to continuing to change lives by nurturing hope, improving health and encouraging wellness for many years to come,”

Ozarks Medical Center is comprised of eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually. For more information about OMC, visit www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

Ribbon cutting at OMC North Parkway Center.


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