OMC Celebrates Historic Groundbreaking in West Plains
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) administrators, board members, leaders, employees, local and state government officials, and area residents celebrated the groundbreaking for the $76 million hospital expansion Tuesday.
Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, entertainment was provided by the West Plains Zizzer Jazz Band and members of the marching band’s flag corps, while a helicopter flyover was provided by Air Medical Group Holdings.
The ceremony itself began with the Presentation of Colors by the local 1142nd Company Color Guard and a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner” by the jazz band.
Chaplain Michael Parrott gave the invocation, asking for the continued success of the project and expressing gratitude for the progress OMC has made in its 60-year history and as a provider of medical care to area residents.
Brief speeches were given by OMC Board of Directors Chairman Bill Wood and OMC Medical Group Vice President Pam Ream.
OMC President and CEO Tom Keller summed up the hospital’s “incredible growth,” particularly in the past few years, adding $2.8 million in community funds has been raised by the OMC Foundation for the expansion. “Our goal when planning this project was not just to provide a more convenient facility, said Keller, “but to continually elevate the quality and breadth of care, redefining what a rural healthcare system can be.”
The project which will add 120,000 square feet to the main campus, is expected to finish in spring 2021. Get more up-to-the-minute expansion information or to learn how you can support the project.
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing 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, in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas.
Pictured: Official groundbreaking for the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) expansion held Tuesday on Kentucky Avenue, in front of the hospital’s main entrance. Thirty distinguished guests took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony including OMC board members, OMC senior leadership, administrative officials, and state, county, and local officeholders including 33rd District Sen. Mike Cunningham, 155th District State Rep. Karla Eslinger, and 154th District Rep. David Evans.