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A researcher at the University of Missouri in Columbia has developed a program that improves the quality of care and reduces avoidable hospitalizations in nursing homes — saving Missouri nursing homes and Medicare millions of dollars and allowing Missouri nursing homes to invest more in retaining their most skilled staff members. The program is so successful that it’s being recommended for use in all 50 states. more
Simple, clear conversations between health care providers and their patients can save lives. For University of Missouri-Columbia science communication expert Monique Luisi, those conversations are crucial not only for a successful doctor’s visit but also for the preservation of public health.
One of the most important things to do on these hot summer days is to stay hydrated. There are all sorts of products to purchase, but simple, free water is the best thing for hydration. more
You often wouldn’t know it from what we see on TV and social media, but the basics of a healthy lifestyle can be pretty straightforward. Try to walk or do other physical activities, eat a healthy diet of mostly plant-based foods, limit alcohol and, of course, don’t smoke. more
Texas County Memorial Hospital has a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for the new TCMH Licking Family Clinic, board members heard at their monthly meeting last week. more
Over the last few months, we have watched on the news about the recalls of applesauce with possible lead issues. It’s concerning, as parents, that we might feed our kids something that could cause any health issues. more
As the busy Fourth of July holiday week gets closer, the American Red Cross asks donors to be a powerful force for good by giving blood or platelets now and in the weeks to come. Donors are critically needed right now after a sharp decrease in donations since late spring, say organization officials, noting all blood types are needed, especially donors giving type O blood and those giving platelets. more
Ozark Action, the West Plains Arts Alliance, Howell County Health Department and University of Missour Extension are partnering to bring a day of arts experiences to West Plains. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 16 in the Community Room at the MU Extension-Howell County offices, 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. in East Towne Village, West Plains. more
Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston is hosting a “Chillin in the Ozarks” blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) will collect blood donations in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room on the TCMH campus, 1333 S. Sam Houston Blvd. more
As warmer weather approaches and more time is being spent outdoors, we want to remind Missourians to also take simple steps to prevent illnesses that are spread by ticks and mosquitoes when spending time outdoors. more
Baseball fans have an opportunity to donate blood and get rewards for participating in a blood drive hosted by Ozarks Healthcare and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks from noon to 6 p.m. Friday in the Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center, 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd. in West Plains. more
Our third annual Mommy and Me event on May 3 was a hit! We had 27 families who were able to attend. more
It’s not cool to be hot, says University of Missouri Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. Water, rest and shade help workers beat the heat. more
Texas County Memorial Hospital officials in Houston announce Bonnie Evans, a certified nursing assistant in the hospital’s medical-surgical department, is the 2024 Sunflower Award recipient.  more
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) introduces “My Life, My Quit,” a free tobacco cessation service for Missouri teens who want to quit using electronic cigarettes, vape products, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. more
Baxter Health, headquartered in Mtn. Home, Ark., welcomes Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Christopher Cochran to the its Internal Medicine Clinic in Mammoth Spring, Ark.  more
In ongoing dedication to community health, say officials, Ozarks Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Unit has extended its services through June.  more
Texas County Memorial Hospital revenues were above budgeted expectations by over 10%, the Houston hospital’s board members heard at their monthly meeting on May 28.    more
According to the American Heart Association, every year, over 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year. This condition is still the leading cause of death in the United States. more
Therapists from Ozarks Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Center (BHC) are reintroducing the Healing Hearts Support Group, offering compassionate guidance for adolescents and adults navigating emotional and mental health challenges. more
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