Published on March 18, 2021

Ozarks Healthcare to sponsor West Plains Optimist Club’s Easter Egg Hunt

Ozarks Healthcare will sponsor a community Easter egg hunt hosted by the West Plains Optimist Club on Saturday, March 27. The hunt will be held for children age 13 and under at the Hilburn Complex in West Plains starting with registration at 10 a.m. The hunt will be divided into age groups, including a group accommodating children with special needs, and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drawings will be held for prizes, including filled Easter baskets and a girls’ and boys’ bike.

“After a year with little to no events held for our local youth, we are excited to work with the West Plains Optimist Club and sponsor a safe and fun way to celebrate spring and the arrival of Easter,” Sarah James, Speech-Language Pathologist and Practice Manager of Ozarks Healthcare Therapies, said. “One of the greatest health benefits for a child is in his or her ability to learn how to engage and communicate with others while having fun. Being outdoors and enjoying the company of other children helps our kids grow socially. After a year of limited engagements, this is a great opportunity for kids in our community to stretch their communication skills and have fun together.”

The hunt will also include a surprise appearance from the Easter Bunny arriving via air ambulance courtesy of Air Evac. A dunking booth, photo ops, and refreshments will be available.

“We are proud to host an opportunity for families in our area to enjoy quality time together with their kids,” Marc Hubbell, West Plains Optimist Club President, said. “As a club, we hope this event will become a special memory for families in our community after an overwhelming year.”

COVID-19 protocols will be in place, as dictated by the city of West Plains and event organizers. The hunt is free to attend.

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Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 17 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

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