Published on December 29, 2021

Sarah James promoted to Director of Therapies at Ozarks Healthcare

Sarah James, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP), has been promoted from manager to director of Ozarks Healthcare Therapies. As director, James will oversee Ozarks Healthcare’s physical and occupational therapy, as well as speech-language pathology services in inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, home health, and school settings.

“I’m excited to lead in a service area that I truly love,” James said. “All patients deserve access to therapy services to help them live healthier lives. Our fantastic team of therapists on our main campus and those throughout our service areas work hard to help community members live life to the fullest. It is rewarding to see the growth in our services so more community members can be helped to achieve healthier lifestyles through our therapy services.”

James holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Hospital Administration from William Woods University, Fulton, and a Master of Science (MS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the area of speech-language pathology from Missouri State University.

Before joining Ozarks Healthcare Therapies in 2019 as the program’s manager, James previously worked for Exceptional Child Cooperative as a speech-language pathologist and traveled to rural locations to provide speech-language therapy to children. Before that, she also worked for Ozarks Healthcare Therapies (at the time, Ozarks Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services) as a speech-language pathologist for five years.

Originally from Mountain View, MO, James, her husband, and three children all reside in Willow Springs, where her husband serves as the athletic director for the Willow Springs School District.

About Ozarks Healthcare Therapies

Ozarks Healthcare Therapies is located in the state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot Shaw Medical Building, located on Ozarks Healthcare’s main campus at 1111 Kentucky Ave. in West Plains. The outpatient facility includes an adult gym with treadmills, exercise bikes, weight machines, and computerized equipment, which is designed to measure a patient's progress. A pediatric gym, designed to meet the rehabilitation needs of children in a safe and comfortable environment, has child-size exercise and play equipment to make their rehabilitation time more enjoyable. Ozarks Healthcare Therapies also provides services in Ozarks Healthcare’s locations in Alton, Gainesville, Mountain Grove, Thayer, and Winona. Ozarks Healthcare was the first healthcare provider in its service region to offer physical and occupational therapy, as well as speech-language pathology services in multiple settings.

To see a full list of types of therapy services offered through Ozarks Healthcare Therapies, visit or call 417-257-5959 for more information.

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral health, 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

Sarah James

Sarah James, MBA, MS, CCC-SLP, Ozarks Healthcare Therapies Director

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