June 4, 2019

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Ozarks Medial Center

OMC to Break Ground on new Expansion Project June 25

WEST PLAINS, Mo - Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new home of Medical Office Building and Women's Health Center at 5:30 pm June 25 in front of the hospital on Kentucky Avenue. The community is invited to attend.

Construction of the Expansion is expected to be complete in 2021. Kentucky Avenue in front of the Hospital will be closed as of June 8 to prepare the site for new construction. Parking and shuttle accommodations will be announced in detail in the coming weeks.

The expansion is being designed by Cromwell Architects Engineers, Inc., Little Rock, AR.Killian Construction Company in Springfield will serve as the construction manager for the building project.
"We are excited to bring a new era of healthcare to the communities we serve and welcome everyone to the groundbreaking," said Tom Keller, President, and CEO. "Such a significant expansion will help redefine what patients can expect from their regional healthcare system."

About the Ozarks Medical Center Expansion

The expansion is based on providing convenience for patients by placing more services under one roof. The location of the expansion will connect the existing Shaw Medical Building and the current main hospital building housing almost all of OMC's specialty clinics and ancillary services to one location, creating a centralized space for patients.
Specifically, the new construction of more than 97,000 square feet will include the construction of a new medical office building, flexible clinics, procedure suite, centralized imaging facilities, an updated pharmacy, and a new food service area. Also, a new 20,000 square foot Women's Center will house modern labor and delivery rooms, gynecological surgery facilities, and educational spaces.
OMC is not only expanding the footprint but also expanding its coordination of care by upgrading the information technology system to replace multiple electronic health record systems currently used. This upgrade, known as Project 20/20, will provide the platform for all OMC departments, primary care, and specialty clinics to see and update a patient's record across care areas.
These additions will allow the facility to better serve more than 150,000 residents in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas, who prefer to stay close to home to utilize quality healthcare services. As confirmed by a federally required Community Health Needs Assessment, OMC continues to grow its facilities, services, and the OMC Medical Group to align with the needs of the residents to improve the overall health of those they serve.  
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually, in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about OMC, visit  www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/Expansion.


Ozarks Medical Center
3rd A nnual OMC Dice Run of the Mills - June 8

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will hold its Third Annual OMC Dice Run of the Mills on Saturday, June 8. Each year, this fundraiser is used to raise money for a specific need of one of the departments of OMC.

The Dice Run is open to motorcycles and vehicles of all types. Cost to enter is $20 per vehicle and includes a Dice Run Swag Bag. Riders can begin the route any time after registration, which will be from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at OMC Parkway Center, 1211 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains. To participate in the dice game, dice scoring cards can be purchased for $5 each, with no limit on how many cards one can play. T-Shirts will be available for purchase at both registration and the Lot Party.

The public is invited to attend the Lot Party at Great Rivers Distributing, located on Highway 63 in Pomona, even if they are not participating in the Dice Run. The Lot Party will open at 3:00 p.m. with a cash bar, concessions, and vendor booths. The band Fender Bender will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will play throughout the afternoon. Dice Run Awards and 50/50 drawing winner will be announced at 5:00 p.m.

We are headed East this year! The route will have stops in Alton, Winona, Eminence, Summersville, Willow Springs and end at Great Rivers Distributing in Pomona.

For those unfamiliar with the rules of a dice run, five dice will be rolled at each of the six Dice Roll Stops. The player's score will be recorded on their dice scoring card. A prize will be awarded to the winner of each stop for highest roll and lowest roll.

The grand prize of $100 will be awarded to the participant who has the highest overall dice roll score after all six rolls. Consolation prizes will be awarded for lowest overall score, oldest motorcycle driver or passenger, and for the person who traveled the furthest to compete.

Several sponsorship levels and booth space at the Lot Party are available for this event.

For more information about the Dice Run, contact Melissa Smith, 417-257-6737 or Charlie Wharton, 417-505-9161, Dice Run Co-Chairs.

West Plains Schools

District Facility Improvements Update

The district is working on facility improvement projects at all buildings this summer. Certain areas of the campus including parking lots will be closed periodically. Please note the list below for a full update:
  • The West Plains High School office staff has moved to the CC Building (just behind the high school). Please park and access through the student parking areas.
  • Fiber optic lines have been temporarily removed.  Crews will return to work once they are finished working in Jefferson City.
  • Heating and cooling will be disconnected this week from the high school counseling office up to the math hallway on the 1st floor and all classrooms underneath the main hallway.
  • Please expect power outages in the main high school hallway.
  • West Plains High School roof repairs are underway. The cafeteria and kitchen are closed until further notice. 
  • The high school east wing is under repairs. The maintenance crew has replaced a piece of collapsed line along the choir room. The floors are not yet repaired but the water and sewer lines are complete.
  • The service road behind the high school gym up to middle school and the bus loading zone will be closed for the summer.
  • Students, staff, and visitors should park in student parking areas at the highs school located near tennis courts and stadium. Please use sidewalks. 
  Please stay tuned to our website  https://www.zizzers.org/  and social media pages  https://www.facebook.com/pg/wpzizzers/posts/  for regular weekly updates.

University of Missouri Howell County Extension Office

Fly Season is Here for Livestock so Begin Fly Control Early

MT. VERNON, Mo. - Flies, especially horn flies, are starting to show up in significant numbers in some area beef herds according to Eldon Cole, a field specialist in livestock for University of Missouri Extension.

Research shows that horn flies can be on cattle up to 200 flies per animal and not create an economic loss. Over 200 horn flies though the loss of blood and being annoying results in poorer performance.
"The 200-fly threshold is hard to evaluate unless you are an entomologist," said Cole.
Besides a loss in performance, blood sucking insects transmit diseases such as anaplasmosis. Flies are also a factor in pinkeye outbreaks.

Fly control is possible on most farms but the trick is to start early. Choose from a variety of practices such as oral larvacides, back rubs, dust bags, periodic sprays, pour-ons and insecticidal fly tags.
"If you are not comfortable using pesticides, walk-through fly traps may help. They require close observation and tend to control only 50 to 60 percent of the horn flies," said Cole.

Resistance to some of the fly control materials exists so Cole says to monitor which products you have used in the last few years. Keep this information available when making product selections.
"Each method of control has limitations, so be persistent. If a method does not keep the threshold numbers below the target, search for another treatment," said Cole.

Genetic differences in cattle attracting flies does exist so observe them closely, both those that attract flies and those that have few flies and consider it when making breeding stock selections.

For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock field specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Elizabeth Picking in Howell County at (417) 256-2391 or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.

37th Judicial CASA
Ozarks Medical Center

Senior citizens can register for summer classes beginning Friday
            WEST PLAINS, Mo. - Area residents age 62 and over who would like to take a class at Missouri State University-West Plains this summer under the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program can register beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the registration and records office in Cass Hall, 515 Cass Ave., in West Plains. 

            The Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program allows Missouri residents age 62 and above to take tuition-free academic courses being offered by the university during the summer session on an audit, non-credit, "seats-available" basis, provided they have met all prerequisites, officials said. 

            Online courses, law enforcement academy classes, or any course offered in conjunction with the South Central Career Center in West Plains are not included in the fee waiver program. Seniors must pay supplemental course fees and the costs of required textbooks and supplies, if applicable. They also should note that classes with less than 10 students registered might be cancelled. 

            To register for classes, senior citizens should be fully admitted to the university as non-degree seeking students and follow the regulations outlined for non-degree seeking students. Participants should declare their intent to enroll in the program at the point of admission in order to have all eligible student fees waived, officials said.

            More information about the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Program can be found at wp.missouristate.edu/catalog/policy-senior-citizen-fee-waiver.htm.

            Or, those interested can contact the Missouri State-West Plains admissions office at 417-255-7955 or toll free at 1-888-466-7897.

Ozark Independent Living

Ozark Independent Living (OIL) will hold a basic beginners sign language class starting June 12th and continuing on Wednesdays through July 17th. Each session is from 10 a.m. to noon at the West Plains Senior Center, 416 E. Main St.
Instruction will be provided by West Plains resident Sue Cawthron at no cost to participants through OIL's sponsorship, but the American Sign Language book used for the course costs $30.  OIL Independent Living Services Manager Kathy Bauer said, "The books are for sale from OIL at $30 each which is a discounted price.  The books are new and the students keep them after the classes are over. Sue prefers everyone have a book so they can practice and study between classes."
Class size is limited. For more information or to reserve a place in the class, call Bauer at 257-0038.
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Missouri State University 


WEST PLAINS, Mo. - Missouri State University-West Plains will offer a Summer Scholars Academy July 29  through Aug. 1 for area students in sixth through eighth grades.  
The academy will have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) emphasis and meet from 8 a.m. to noon each day, organizers said.   Registration begins May 20 and ends July 14.   Only 40 students will be accepted, so organizers encourage those interested to register early.
Those who register will receive a packet of information containing the agenda for the week, including locations, organizers said.
For more information, contact Jerry Trick at 417-255-7292 or jerrytrick@missouristate.edu or Jacob Poulette at jacobpoulette@missouristate.edu.


WEST PLAINS, Mo. - Missouri State University's College of Education (COE) will offer two new graduate teaching degrees this fall through Missouri State Outreach in West Plains.
COE officials are forming cohorts for the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning and the Specialist in Education-Teacher Leadership degrees.
Classes will be offered at 4:15 p.m. on Mondays beginning this fall. A location for the classes will be announced at a later date, officials said.
The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning degree program helps individual teachers rethink and improve their teaching, resulting not only in better student learning outcomes, but also new confidence, commitments and enjoyment for teachers, officials said.
The 33-hour program features on-site, cohort-based classes and options for emphasis areas, including literacy, educational technology, special education and more.
The Specialist in Education-Teacher Leadership degree program is designed for teachers who desire to take on leadership roles in their schools and school districts - in and out of the classroom.
This is a "blended" degree with some work done online, giving students a little more flexibility regarding attendance. Classes include Contemporary Educational Problems, Diversity, Curriculum Design and more, officials said.
  "Administrators in the West Plains school district initiated conversations with MSU about these degrees, citing a desire to bring a quality program to teachers in the West Plains area," according to Steven P. Jones, program coordinator.
Area educators interested in these new degrees should contact Jones at 417-836-5982 or spjones@missouristate.edu.
Additional information can be found online at education.missouristate.edu/graduate.

University of Missouri Howell County Extension Office

"Missouri Flood Info" is an Active
Disaster-Response Community on Facebook from MU Extension
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - University of Missouri Extension has re-activated a community page on Facebook for organizations and individuals to share information related to flood conditions in Missouri: 

The Missouri Flood Information Facebook community is open to all individuals affected by or interested in updates on flooding in Missouri. Individuals and organizations are welcome to post any related information.

This Facebook community page is similar in design as other efforts developed over the last five years by MU Extension and MU Extension partnerships. Other disaster-related examples on Facebook include Joplin Tornado Info, Missouri Flood Info, and Branson Tornado Info.

All of these groups follow a template developed following the Joplin tornado in May of 2011 and outlined in MU Extension's popular publication "The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery," which is available for purchase on  Amazon.com.

The guide has been profiled in national media and called "informative and useful" to anyone interested disaster recovery or creating a successful social media presence.

The guide is written by Rebecca Williams and Genevieve Williams of Neosho, Mo. and David Burton, civic communication specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

Community leaders, public information officers and University of Missouri Extension specialists from all over Missouri have worked cooperatively to develop the Missouri Flood Info resource.

First United Methodist Church

Bloom Where You're Planted Annual Salad Luncheon

The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church will have their annual salad luncheon on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church in the Christian Life Center.

Tickets can be purchased from members of UMW or at the door.  Proceeds are used for local mission projects.  This years decor theme will be "Bloom Where You're Planted".  All are invited to come for a healthy meal and fellowship.  Carry outs are available.  Your support is appreciated.  For questions please call 256-6167.

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