November 22, 2017
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is finalizing plans for a hospital expansion totaling 100,000 square feet and a new 15,000 square-foot Women’s Center.
Hospital officials said his expansion brings almost all of OMC’s specialty clinics and ancillary services to one location, creating one place for patients to register and schedule at one counter and use OMC’s pharmacy, imaging center, laboratories, expanded cafeteria and retail restaurant, and other related services, in one building.
The hospital expansion of a Medical Office Building (M.O.B.) will join the main hospital to the Shaw Medical Building. Patients and visitors will have one main entrance with all services under one roof.
Currently, many OMC specialty clinics and imaging services are located in various buildings around West Plains. It is not unusual for a patient to be seen in an outlying clinic then have to travel to the hospital for testing and possibly to yet another building across town for an imaging appointment, said officials.
“This expansion gives us the ability to bring new clinicians and physicians to our community, so that patients can have more access to specialized care,” said Tom Keller, President and CEO of OMC. “The hospital expansion and the new Women’s Center will add another much-needed component: convenience of care.”
The OMC Board of Directors approved the plans and budget for the expansion during their September Board Meeting. Plans and budget for the Women’s Center are slated for the December OMC Board of Directors’ agenda.
According to OMC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Gleghorn, “OMC leadership and the Board of Directors worked on this for several years. It has required a great deal of planning. This expansion is the culmination of years of planning to provide exceptional care for our community.”
Construction is expected to begin in January 2018, with a completion date of the M.O.B. within approximately two years. A timeline for the Women’s Center will be announced at a later date.
“This will create a tremendous amount of economic development in West Plains and south central Missouri,” said Josh Reeves, OMC Director of Facilities and Planning and Development. “Not only will jobs be created during the construction phase, but the potential for adding additional clinical services will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs for the OMC service area.”
“This is an exciting time for our community and OMC,” said Keller. “Over the last few years, great strides have been made in patient safety and the quality of care. This expansion continues to build on the accomplishments of the coworkers at OMC. We want OMC to be a place that our community can be proud of. This investment in our community will help us to continue to fulfill Ozarks Medical Center’s mission of providing exceptional, compassionate care to all we serve.”
Ozarks Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care system employing more than 1,200 people and serving an eight-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. OMC is accredited by the Joint Commission for health care. A locally-owned and operated system founded in 1959, OMC provides the rare combination of advanced medicine and compassionate care one can only get at home. The medical staff consists of more than 100 active members with specialties in allergy, anesthesiology, cardiology, cancer treatment, family practice, geriatrics, gynecology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics, orthopedics, pain management, pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology, rheumatology, surgery, sleep medicine, urology, wound care and more.
OMC is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, eight primary care and fifteen specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services.
For more information about OMC and the expansion, contact the OMC Office of Public Relations at 257-6735.