Friday, July 24, 2015

Photos: CoxHealth colleagues 'Stuff the Bus' for local kids

Our thanks to everyone who came out at Cox South and Cox North on Thursday to help us Stuff the Bus with school supplies for local kids!

If you couldn't make it by, it's not too late - the bus will be collecting backpacks and supplies at Walmart Supercenter locations in Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, and Republic on Saturday, July 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click on the image below to see the list of needed supplies:


Most Wired: CoxHealth recognized for IT advances

CoxHealth has been named one of the nation’s 2015 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems by Hospitals and Health Networks based on the 17th annual Most Wired Survey. CoxHealth is one of only 338 organizations designated as Most Wired for excellence and innovation in informational technology.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Come tour the new cardiac cath lab at Cox Branson

Cox Branson invites community to open house on Wednesday, July 22

When a person has a cardiac event, seconds count. Having a local hospital ready to provide top-quality care can make all the difference.

On Wednesday, July 22, the community is invited to an open house at Cox Medical Center Branson to learn about its newly renovated cardiac catheterization lab, or cath lab, which will open to patients the following day. The newly renovated cardiac cath lab has been complete with the latest technologies.

The cath lab is an examination room with diagnostic imaging equipment that allows doctors to visualize the arteries and chambers of the heart and then treat any stenosis or abnormality discovered.

The open house runs from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. Guests are invited to park in the inpatient parking garage located between the hospital and Plaza One and then enter the hospital through the main entrance. The cath lab is located on the second floor of the hospital.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

U.S. News & World Report names Cox South among best in state

Cox Medical Center South has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals ranking, now in its 26th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Cox South is ranked as No. 5 in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report, recognized in southwest Missouri, and is rated high performing in the complex medical specialties category of pulmonology and for the care of adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. High-performing hospitals exceeded expected national standards of care.

Cox South is the only Springfield hospital to be ranked in the top 5 in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report.

“We are delighted to be named on this prestigious national rankings list, now four years in a row,” says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth President and CEO. “U.S. News & World Report has been regarded as the public’s most trusted source for hospital ratings. To be considered the very best in our market and in the top 5 in our state is a reinforcement of the incredible hard work of thousands. We thank our physicians, staff and volunteers for their tireless dedication toward advancing medical care in the community we all love and call home.”

For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty.

“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” says Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CoxHealth supports back-to-school drives

In July, CoxHealth is contributing to the community with back-to-school collection drives. Many families with school-aged children don’t always have the resources available to purchase backpacks and supplies so students can start the year off right. Together we can help make a difference! Check out the information for your campus below. Thank you for participating!

Springfield: For the fourth year, CoxHealth will participate in Stuff the Bus, a community effort to provide backpacks full of school supplies to Springfield-area school kids. 1906, the employee store, has a limited supply of pre-filled backpacks in the store for $22.50 or purchase backpacks and supplies and bring them to our Stuff the Bus drop off locations on Thursday, July 23: Cox South from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Cox North, 2-3 p.m. Click the image below to see the full list of supplies:

Branson: We’re collecting school supplies for students in the Blue Eye School District. Items being collected include notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, scissors, glue, glue sticks, erasers, folders, highlighters, dry erase markers and backpacks. For a complete list of items needed, visit Donations may be dropped off in the cafeteria and the media relations /Skaggs Foundation office, located in Plaza One, Suite 404.

Monett: We’re collecting school supplies for students living in Barry and Lawrence counties.Items being collected include notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, scissors, glue, glue sticks, erasers, folders, highlighters, dry erase markers and backpacks. Donations may be dropped off in the blue bin by the Kronos time clock on the hospital’s first floor.

Cox South's NICU moves into new space

Thirty years ago CoxHealth made an impressive move, transporting its Intensive Care Nursery patients from Cox North to the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cox Medical Center South.

Wednesday was another monumental move as the tiny lives in the NICU were carefully moved into the new NICU inside the West Tower.Each baby required a complete team of experts on hand as they were slowly transported through hallways to their now private rooms. On Thursday, the children in the pediatrics unit will be moved to their private rooms, completing the move of inpatients into the West Tower.

The CoxHealth Library shared a few images from the last time we made a NICU move -- here are a few highlights from the move from Cox North to Cox South in 1985:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Free valet parking provided at CoxHealth

CoxHealth now has free valet parking for patients and guests. Working with Springfield Parking Company, free valet is provided from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday at the North Entrance of Cox Medical Center South, and later at the West Tower Entrance.

The expansion at Cox South means the addition of two clinics and other outpatient services to the hospital campus. With those changes, CoxHealth researched the best way to accommodate patients and added demands on parking.

The valet service is a safe and secure way to manage parking while using underutilized areas of our parking lots to store the vehicles.

CoxHealth is the only hospital in Springfield to provide free valet parking for its patients and guests.