Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Some CoxHealth clinics closed Wed., March 4, due to weather

As the winter weather continues today, some clinics have announced closures or modified hours. See the current list as of 10:30 a.m. below. Today's weather situation is evolving, so please call the clinic you plan to visit today before you drive.

Closed clinics:

Cassville Medical Care -- close at noon
CoxHealth Center Aurora
CoxHealth Center Branson
CoxHealth Center Chesterfield
CoxHealth Center Mt. Vernon
CoxHealth Center Nixa
CoxHealth Center Ozark
CoxHealth Center Republic
CoxHealth Center Seymour
CoxHealth Family Medicine - Branson West
CoxHealth Family Medicine - Forsyth
CoxHealth Family Medicine - Kimberling City
CoxHealth General Surgery (Branson) – phones only
Cox Heart Center Branson
CoxHealth Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease (Branson)
CoxHealth Pediatric Specialties
CoxHealth Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine (Branson)
CoxHealth Rheumatology (Branson)
CoxHealth Urgent Care - Branson
CoxHealth Wound Care (Branson)
Family & Occ Medicine of Monett
Family Practice & OB - Monett
Walmart clinic - Kansas Expressway
CoxHealth Center Shell Knob - phones only

Modified hours:

Cox Family Medicine & OB – Branson – close at noon
CoxHealth Orthopedics Branson – close at noon
Cox Pain and Neurology (Branson) - close at noon
Diagnostic Clinic – close at 3 p.m.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Third annual Diaper Drive by CoxHealth kicks off this month

Every year many babies in the Ozarks are born to families who cannot afford necessities for their child, including diapers. Through March 28 CoxHealth will be collecting diapers for its annual Diaper Drive and is excited that Hy-Vee is joining in to help.

Last year CoxHealth collected more than 15,000 diapers in Springfield, Branson, Monett and Cassville. Donation bins will be available March 28 at the annual Baby Affair, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium at Cox Medical Center South.

Hy-Vee has a collection box at its Springfield location, 1729 W. Battlefield. Donation bins are also located at various locations at these CoxHealth properties, including:

· Cox Medical Center South
  north lobby, West Pavilion, and The Turner Center
· Cox North Hospital in Springfield
  outpatient entrance
· Cox North Fitness Center
· The Meyer Center main lobby
· Ferrell-Duncan Clinic main entrance
· Cox Medical Center Branson
  cafeteria, and Skaggs Foundation office
· Cox Monett Hospital
· CoxHealth Center Cassville

Diapers donated will support the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks in Springfield, Jesus Was Homeless in Branson, Crosslines and the Tri-County Pregnancy Care Center in Monett and the New Mom’s Closet at First Christian Church in Cassville.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Legendary broadcaster Ned Reynolds partners with CoxHealth

Ned Reynolds (center) joins Jim Anderson, vice president of Marketing and Public Affairs, and CEO Steve Edwards during the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals radiothon in late February.

CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards has announced that Ned Reynolds, longtime sports broadcaster, is joining the CoxHealth team as a spokesperson.

Reynolds will serve as host for CoxHealth MedicarePlus informational seminars, providing voice-over for radio and television spots promoting Medicare meetings and annual enrollment for seniors. He will also assist with special events on topics ranging from wellness for seniors to sports medicine to CoxHealth Foundation and CMN Hospitals charities.

“Ned is an iconic member of our community,” says Edwards. “He has been immensely trusted for his sports journalism and an inspiration to me personally for his kindness, affability and character. He has lived an ethic of giving back, serving countless local charities for decades. Through his nightly telecast, I have known him my entire life and I am pleased to call him a colleague. We are deeply honored that Mr. Reynolds will represent our organization.”

“For me, it’s a personal and professional honor to be with CoxHealth,” says Reynolds. “While working with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals telethon once a year, I’ve been able to see its impact by watching the kids grow up and develop over the years. Now, I will see it personally and on a much more frequent basis.”

Reynolds retired as a sports announcer on KY3 television after a 48-year career. In 2001 he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and received the Champion Award in 2002 from the Ambassadors of Community Health Award.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Clinic closings for Mon., Feb. 16

Due to poor weather and driving conditions, several CoxHealth clinics are closed today, or have modified hours. See the full list below:


Adult Medicine & Endocrinology Specialists -- close @ 3

Cassville Medical Care Associates    

Cox C.A.R.E. Mobile   

Cox Family Medicine of Monett       

CoxHealth Center Aurora     

CoxHealth Center Branson    

CoxHealth Center Campbell  

CoxHealth Center Cassville   

CoxHealth Center Chesterfield    

CoxHealth Center Elfindale   

CoxHealth Center Mountain Grove   

CoxHealth Center Mt. Vernon -- open @ 1

CoxHealth Center Ozark       

CoxHealth Center Republic    

CoxHealth Center Seymour  

CoxHealth Center Shell Knob

CoxHealth Center Southern Hills    

CoxHealth Center Willow Springs     

CoxHealth Infectious Diseases Specialty Clinic       

CoxHealth Internal Medicine for Women   

Diagnostic Clinic        

Family Practice and Obstetrics of Monett    

The Clinic at Walmart #444 - Campbell      

The Clinic at Walmart #86 - Kansas


Cox Heart Center Branson

CoxHealth Branson Hwy 248

CoxHealth Forsyth

CoxHealth Kimberling City

CoxHealth Diabetes & Endocrinology Clinic

CoxHealth General Surgery

CoxHealth Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease

CoxHealth Orthopedics

CoxHealth Pain & Neurology

CoxHealth Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine

Cox Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Branson

CoxHealth Urgent Care

CoxHealth Rheumatology

Mary's Well House

CoxHealth Branson West

Monday, February 9, 2015

Upcoming classes and events at CoxHealth

Tuesday, February 10

Fatherhood: Basic Training, Suite 100, Turner Center, 1000 E Primrose, Springfield, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Expectant fathers learn infant basics from a seasoned father and professional. Topics: becoming a dad, forming a new family, birth and bonding, and caring for new mom and baby. For men only. Cost is $20 unless you have purchased a package for $85, allowing you to take as many classes as you want for one price. To purchase a package or register, call 417-269-LADY.

Prepared Childbirth: 2-night class, Suite 406, CoxHealth Outpatient Center, 545 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Learn what to expect during childbirth and more in this two-session class. Plan to attend during the last month of pregnancy. Cost is $50. Register by calling 417-348-8313.
Siblings class, Room C, Cox Monett Hospital, 801 N. Lincoln Ave., Monett, 6 – 7 p.m. Siblings learn how to assist with the care of a newborn. Register by calling 417-354-1COX (1269).

Wednesday, February 11

BabySense, Foster Auditorium, Cox Medical Center South, 3801 S. National, Springfield, 6 – 9 p.m. Valuable information on basic baby care and safety, including bathing, diapering, baby proofing your home, car seat safety and more. Cost is $25 unless you have purchased a package for $85, allowing you to take as many classes as you want for one price. To purchase a package or register, call 417-269-LADY.

Craft Sale, Cafeteria meeting rooms A and B, Cox Medical Center South, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Diabetes Education, Suite 102, CoxHealth Diabetes and Endocrinology, 1150 State Hwy 248, Branson, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. For Medicaid and uninsured patients. Learn how to manage diabetes. Call 417-348-8447 to register.

Thursday, February 12

$6 Jewelry and More Sale, Cafeteria meeting rooms A and B, Cox Medical Center South, 3801 S. National, Springfield, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Thursday and Friday). Jewelry, watches, scarves, wallets and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits CoxHealth Auxiliary.

Breastfeeding basics, Suite 130, The Turner Center, 1000 E. Primrose, Springfield, 6 – 8 p.m. Learn nutritional and emotional advantages of breastfeeding and how to breastfeed. Plan to attend during the last two months of pregnancy. This class costs $25 unless you have purchased a package for $85, which allows you to take as many classes as you want for one price. To purchase a package, call 269-LADY.

Explain Pain, Conference room A, 801 N. Lincoln Ave., Monett, 12 – 1:15 p.m. Learn how the brain interprets pain, how the body copes and self-management techniques. Call 417-269-INFO (4636) to register.

Parenting Strategies for the Real World, Room C300, Cox North Hospital, 1423 N. Jefferson, Springfield, 5:30 – 6 :30 p.m. Learn real world parenting strategies. Call 417-269-3275 to register.

Friday, February 13

Diabetes Self-Management Education, Room A, Cox Monett Hospital, 801 N. Lincoln Ave, Monett, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Insurance and Medicare accepted. Grant money available for Medicaid and self-pay. Call 417-354-1280 to register.

Partner Yoga Workshop, CoxHealth Fitness Center, 711 E. Miller Rd., Republic, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Couples relieve stress and grow closer together through partner yoga poses and relaxation. $15 ($10 for fitness center members and CoxHealth employees). Call 417-269-3282 to register.

Sewing Day, Fountain Plaza Room, Cox North Hospital, 1423 N. Jefferson, Springfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Help make heart pillows for patients who’ve had open heart surgery, eye pillows and blankets for children in the hospital. Supplies are furnished by CoxHealth Auxiliary. Call 417-269-3169 to register.

Saturday, February 14

Partner Yoga Workshop, CoxHealth Fitness Center, inside the Meyer Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation, 3545 S. National, Springfield, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Couples relieve stress and grow closer together through partner yoga poses and relaxation. $15 ($10 for fitness center members and CoxHealth employees). Call 417-269-3282 to register.

Monday, February 16

Changing your Course, CoxHealth Center for Health Improvement, inside the CoxHealth Surgery Center, 960 E. Walnut Lawn, Springfield, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Nutrition-focused class for anyone with pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Call 417-269-4847 to register.

TIPS (Tobacco Free Individualized Program), Suite 230, CoxHealth Surgery Center, 960 E. Walnut Lawn, Springfield, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. If you have quit using tobacco products, or almost quit, this group is for you. Support others and learn how to stay tobacco-free. Join anytime. Class is free.

Tuesday, February 17

Surgical Weight Loss Seminar, Foster Auditorium, Cox Medical Center South, 3801 S. National, Springfield, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Learn about surgical weight loss options. Free to attend. Call 417-875-3593 to RSVP.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CoxHealth senior leaders recognize outstanding departmental efforts

CoxHealth's surgery teams were recognized for the following CareChex awards: #1 in MO for Medical Excellence in General Surgery and #1 in MO for Medical Excellence in Major Bowel Procedures.

CoxHealth's Pulmonology team receives a recognition poster for their work that led to CareChex rating CoxHealth number one in Missouri for medical excellence and patient safety in pulmonary care.

Senior VP, General Counsel Charity Elmer presents a recognition poster to the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic Neurology Department for a #1 ranking in Missouri for Medical Excellence in Neurological Care by CareChex.

CoxHealth has had many awards over the past few months and our senior leaders are reaching out and visiting some of the departments who have made those awards possible.

As part of a new recognition effort, leaders have begun presenting posters announcing the awards to departments throughout CoxHealth.

“CareChex identifies many areas in which we are number one in the state and even the top 10 percent in the nation for medical excellence and patient safety,” says Teresa Coyan, legislative and public affairs manager and coordinator of the recognition effort.

“Steve Edwards and other senior leaders will be making a few surprise visits to some departments to present a small token of appreciation for the efforts that make these awards possible. Without excellent medical and clinic staff, these awards would not happen.”

Cardiovascular Services
CEO Steve Edwards presented the first recognition poster to Dr. James Ceaser, for the following CareChex rankings:
#1 in Missouri for Medical Excellence in Heart Failure Treatment
#1 in Missouri for Patient Safety in Heart Attack Treatment

Dr. John Duff (right) presented posters to Dr. Mark Crabtree and nurse manager Adene Smith, for the following rankings:
#1 in MO for Medical Excellence in Neurological Care & Major Neurosurgery (CareChex)
#1 in MO for Patient Safety with Spinal Fusion, Spinal Surgery and Major Neurosurgery (CareChex)
CoxHealth is one of the 101 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CoxHealth to host enrollment event in Springfield

On January 24, 2015, CoxHealth is hosting a city-wide enrollment event to provide consumers in Springfield with educational resources and in person assistance for navigating affordable health coverage options through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace.

Certified Application Counselors and Navigators will be on site during the event to assist with enrollment through and answer consumer questions about qualifying for a tax credit or cost-sharing option.

WHAT: CoxHealth to host an enrollment event to provide consumers in Springfield with educational resources and in person assistance for navigating affordable health coverage options through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. 

WHEN: January 24, 2015
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Southwest Hub Office (CoxHealth), 3318 S. National Ave. (inside Kelly Plaza), Springfield.

Library Station, 2535 S. Kansas Expressway, Springfield.

Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell, Springfield.

WHO: This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, or to learn more about the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, visit or contact or call 417-269-2945.

CoxHealth is part of the Cover Missouri Coalition, a project of the Missouri Foundation for Health to promote quality, affordable health coverage for every Missourian. The Cover Missouri Coalition aims to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than five percent in the next five years. Members work to build awareness, facilitate enrollment, increase health insurance literacy, and support Medicaid transformation. Coalition members will also share learning and best practices, maximize resources, identify challenges and opportunities, and build an inclusive plan to insure Missourians. For more information on the Marketplace, please visit

Tour the Islands of New England and help raise funds for CoxHealth Auxiliary

Enjoy a vacation while helping the CoxHealth Auxiliary raise funds. From September 28 – October 5, enjoy highlights of Providence, Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plymouth Rock, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Code, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis, Provincetown, Whale Watching, and more.

A total of 11 meals provided during the trip. As a leisure stay the itinerary is designed to allow for multiple-night stays in two more cities. This allows you a more leisurely pace and more time to explore the destinations on your own.

It also includes round-trip air from Springfield Branson Regional Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, and hotel transfers.

Details of the trip are outlined at

By booking through the CoxHealth Auxiliary, you’re saving $100 on this trip. The deadline to sign up is March 20. Call Barbara Frogue at 269-4168 or email her at

CoxHealth brings two new pediatric specialty programs to Springfield

In anticipation of the opening of the Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Cox Medical Center South, CoxHealth is excited to add pediatric general surgery and pediatric urology to its list of pediatric specialty programs.

The addition of pediatric general surgery and pediatric urology brings the total number of pediatric specialty programs at CoxHealth to eight, including cardiology, critical care, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedic surgery and pulmonology.

CoxHealth has signed an agreement with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, one of the premier children’s hospitals in the U.S. Pediatric general and urology surgeons from St. Louis Children’s and Washington University begin seeing patients in Springfield in coming weeks.

Brad Warner, MD, Chair, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Surgery Department and Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section will lead the pediatric surgical program at CoxHealth with the support of Mark Vogel, MD and Martin Keller, MD

Douglas Coplen, MD, Chair, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Urology Department, will lead the pediatric urology surgery clinics at CoxHealth.

These pediatric general surgeons and pediatric urology physicians will hold clinics and schedule outpatient surgeries for patients who previously may have had to travel to St. Louis for this level of pediatric expertise care. 

All providers are contracted with CoxHealth insurance so patients will have the same level of coverage for clinic and surgical procedures performed at CoxHealth in Springfield with these providers.

“The addition of these subspecialties means more children can stay close to home for specialized treatment,” says Beth Rutherford, administrative director, Nursing, Women’s and Children’s Services, CoxHealth. “This partnership allows us to increase quality care and service for families.”

About the providers:

Dr. Warner is surgeon-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is the Jessie L. Ternberg, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Surgery, and division director of pediatric surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition including short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

His special interests also include pediatric solid tumors. Dr. Warner is happy to provide a second opinion to help answer your questions and confirm diagnosis and treatment options for families who have been told that their child needs a surgical procedure. Dr. Warner is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Dr. Vogel is happy to provide a second opinion to help answer your questions and confirm diagnosis and treatment options for families who have been told that their child needs a surgical procedure.

Dr Vogel is a surgeon who treats all aspects of pediatric general and thoracic surgery, advanced minimally invasive surgery of neonates and children, operative and non-operative management of traumatically injured infants and children, pediatric surgical critical care, vascular anomalies, and complex colorectal disorders.

Dr. Keller is an Associate Professor of Surgery and the Medical Director of Trauma at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He has a special interest in newborn surgery, trauma, and critical care. His interests also include Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation.

Dr. Keller is happy to provide a second opinion to help answer your questions and confirm diagnosis and treatment options for families who have been told that their child needs a surgical procedure. Dr. Keller is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Dr. Coplen specializes in pediatric urology and fetal urology: prenatal intervention for hydronephrosis, renal dilation, endopyelotomy, disorders of the penis, ectopic ureters, ureteroceles, buccal mucosal urethral replacement, hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, urogenital sinus anomaly, cloacal anomaly, epispadias, prune belly syndrome, enuresis, neurogenic bladder, myelomeningocele, testicular cancer and urological cancer.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology with subspecialty certification in pediatric urology. Currently there are less than 150 practicing physicians in the US that have this certification. Dr. Coplen is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cox Air Care: 25 years of care at 2,500 feet

Over the past quarter century, Air Care crews have changed lives with more than 19,000 flights.

Every time you see the Air Care helicopter lift off at Cox South, the crew on board is about to add another story to their history. Like all emergency responders, they’re moving quickly, but they’re always headed to the same place: A turning point in a stranger’s life.

For the last 25 years, CoxHealth’s Air Care crews have raced to that spot over and over again – a place where lives are won or lost. It’s lonely being one of a handful of people at that spot. Some days, you’re left second-guessing what you could have done differently. Some days, you’re the shepherd of someone’s second chance.

“I wanted the worst of the worst, the most challenging patients,” says Jim Lawrence, a flight nurse who has flown with Air Care for 23 years. “That’s what I prayed for: Put me in a situation where I can provide someone the best chance to survive.”

Like most emergency responders, Lawrence can rattle off memories of patients who remind him of why he chose the field.

On a flight early in his career, he met a 6-year-old boy who had been hit by a car and suffered a severe head injury. It didn’t look like the little boy would survive. After he made it to Springfield and received what Lawrence describes as “heroic” neurosurgery, he began his recovery.

“I’d go to see him in the PICU and he couldn’t move the left side of his body, but he was a happy boy,” Lawrence recalls. “And his mom was so grateful – she had her boy.”

After months of rehab, the boy and his mother came back to visit Lawrence and the Air Care team.

“I was amazed, he was running around – he had a mild limp, but he was happy. The first time I got that experience, I knew I was where I needed to be.”

Air Care director Susan Crum says those moments are the big payoff for racing to scenes day after day, year after year. The desire to provide care at someone’s turning point has driven the Air Care program throughout a quarter-century of service.

Crum has been with the Air Care team since its founding in 1989. She was working in an ER in Osage Beach when a ride-along in an air ambulance sparked her interest. She was drawn to the excitement of emergency response and the independence required to work in the field.

“It’s a challenge – there’s no doctor or other staff members. You have to be educated, skilled and prepared,” Crum says. “When you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll get caught.”

Like all of us in health care, the team spends significant time training and keeping abreast of the latest standards of practice. Skills labs, re-credentialing and regular air care conferences are designed to keep the team ready for anything they might encounter.

“We do chest tube insertions and other things many nurses don’t do. We see pediatric to geriatric patients – we’re everybody’s nurses,” says flight nurse Shelly Elsey, who joined Air Care in 1997 after spending a decade working in ground ambulances.

Each flight holds the potential for a positive outcome – to change the next life. Creating the best possible odds requires both clinical excellence and a commitment to safety. Safety is a top concern for the flight medicine industry and Air Care is ahead of the pack: 25 years – that’s more than 19,300 flights – with no accidents.

Some of that success lies in improved technology – the new helicopter, added in 2007, includes terrain-avoidance systems and CoxHealth was only the second hospital in Missouri to add night-vision goggles in 2009. The core of safety success, though, is in solid processes, such as walkarounds by every crew member before a flight, and a TeamSTEPPS-style approach that allows any crew member to call a time out.

“Twenty-five years accident-free is huge in this industry,” Lawrence says. “That has to do with the experience of the medical crew, the aviation side, the mechanics, all of us working together.”

Air Care is well known for its teamwork. Crum says the group is more like family than co-workers, supporting one another after difficult cases and sharing the successes of those with positive outcomes. The group even gathers each Jan. 16, to celebrate Air Care’s official “birthday.”

“The longevity here – with so many who have 10 or 15 years in flight – that’s huge. Sometimes, I wonder if I’ve I hogged this spot too long, I’m sorry to all those who didn’t get to do it,” Lawrence says with a laugh.

Crum says she’s thinking about what the future will bring for the Air Care family. Like everywhere in health care, patients’ needs will grow and the program will have to meet them. Air Care recently restarted a ride-along program that lets nurses, physicians, EMS staff and ER nurse interns see what it’s like to practice medicine at 2,500 feet. Crum knows that among those riding along, there will be someone who will feel the same calling she did 25 years ago: The call to be there at someone’s turning point; to collect their own stories of times they made a difference.

Elsey says those times keep you going, and they get you through the tough cases. She remembers once when she was working in the Air Care office on the ground floor of Cox South and a man appeared in the doorway. She barely recognized him.

The last time they met was on the bank of Table Rock Lake, where Elsey had helped revive him. It was winter and the car he was in had crashed, plunging him into the water.

“He had made it to shore, but he literally was frozen from lying on the bank overnight. When he was discharged from the hospital, he came back specifically to find us, see us and say ‘thank you.’ He brought us all flowers,” Elsey recalls. “Those things are why we do what we do.”

Air Care: fast facts

  • The Cox Air Care helicopter, an MD 902 Explorer, has a cruising altitude of 2,500 feet. 
  • The enhanced safety features, like terrain avoidance and night vision, allow pilots to put the helicopter into some very confined landing zones that are common in rural areas. Between 60 and 70% of Air Care’s missions are scene flights, making those features especially important. 
  • Each flight has at least three crew members, along with the patient. 
  • The typical service area stretches as far north as Benton and Morgan Counties (a 30-40 minute flight), south into Arkansas and to Texas County in the east. Air Care also does transports to Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, etc. 
  • Becoming a staff member requires licensure as a flight nurse or a flight paramedic. Flight nurses are required to have three years of critical care experience, and paramedics at least two years on an advanced life support  ambulance.