Published on September 07, 2021

Ozarks Healthcare Therapies gifts Wheelchair to Pediatric Patient Courtesy of Zechman Fund

Ozarks Healthcare Therapies was recently able to gift a pediatric patient, Stetson Clayton, a new wheelchair thanks to a fund established by David Zechman, former Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, and his family through Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation. Stetson is the son of Jared and Haley Clayton of West Plains.

As a thank you to Ozarks Healthcare’s community, Zechman, his wife, Rhonda, and daughters, Audra and Alyssa, established a fund through Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation to assist pediatric patients at Ozarks Healthcare Therapies before he and his family moved away from the area in 2013. The fund assists in purchasing home medical equipment and helping cover the costs of certain medical needs for pediatric patients receiving care through Ozarks Healthcare Therapies.

“We are proud to continue the Zechman family’s desire and passion for serving the health needs of our pediatric population through this fund,” Josh Reeves, Vice President of Development at Ozarks Healthcare, said. “Because of donors’ generosity, this fund is one of several through which we are able to pay kindness forward and continue our focus on bettering the lives of our patients and community.”

Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation was established in 1998 to further the work of the health system. Governed by a local board of directors, Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation seeks and accepts charitable contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations, and other foundations to assist Ozarks Healthcare in providing excellent healthcare to the communities it serves. The purposes of Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation include the development and use of funds for:

  • New medical technology and equipment
  • Renovation and new facilities
  • Community wellness, prevention, and other out-of-hospital services to promote quality of life

Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation employs the utmost care in the administration and distribution of funds. Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation is currently accepting donations for the Zechman Fund and others. To make a donation or receive more information about funds that help Ozarks Healthcare’s patients, please contact the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation at 417-853-5200 or visit https://www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/foundation/.

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit www.OzarksHealthcare.com.

Pictured from left to right: Kailyn Dearing, Stetson’s physical therapist at Ozarks Healthcare Therapies, Jared and Haley Clayton, Stetson’s parents, Kayala Cooper, Stetson’s occupational therapist at Ozarks Healthcare Therapies, and Jo Pierce, Stetson’s speech-language pathologist at Ozarks Healthcare Therapies. 

Ozarks Healthcare Therapies was recently able to gift a pediatric patient, Stetson Clayton, a new wheelchair thanks to a fund established through Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation by David Zechman, former Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, and his family.

Stetson Clayton, patient at Ozarks Healthcare Therapies 

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