Ozarks Medical Center is finalizing plans for a hospital expansion totaling 100,000 square feet and a new 15,000 square-foot women’s center.

The expansion brings almost all of OMC’s specialty clinics and ancillary services to one location, for patients to register and schedule at one counter and use OMC’s pharmacy, imaging center, laboratories, expanded cafeteria and retail restaurant, as well as other related services, in one building. The hospital expansion of a medical office building 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 of OMC specialty clinics and imaging services are 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 even travel to another building across town for an imaging appointment.

“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 its September board meeting. Plans and budget for the women’s center are slated for the December agenda.

“OMC leadership and the board of directors worked on this for several years,” said Kevin Gleghorn, OMC’s chairman of the board. “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 medical building within approximately two years. A timeline for the women’s center will be announced later.

“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.”

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 15 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 417-257-6735.

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