Thursday, November 8, 2018

COMC is Expanding!

Central Ozarks Medical Center and Richland Community Development Corporation Announce Purchase of Former First State Community Bank Building in Richland

Central Ozarks Medical Center (COMC) and Richland Community Development Corporation (RCDC) are excited to announce the expansion of Central Ozark Medical Center in Richland through the purchase on October 31 of the former First Community State Bank building in downtown Richland.



The building was donated to RCDC by its owner Bank of America in order to spur further development of Richland’s downtown. The purchase will allow COMC to remodel its current administrative offices at 304 W. Washington in Richland to expand medical and behavioral health services.

“Saving the historic structure in our downtown has been a priority for RCDC since the building became empty earlier this year,” RCDC President Mary Baker said. When Bank of America offered to donate the 10,000+ square foot building to the non-profit, RCDC’s Board of Directors agreed to accept it. “After the acquisition in early October, we began negotiating with COMC to purchase it as administrative space for its expanding non-profit services, and couldn’t be happier with this outcome,” Baker said. Formed in 2017 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, RCDC’s mission is to facilitate economic growth and improvements in the Richland community.

“RCDC is happy that this move will not only free up space in the current COMC facilities but will contribute to a thriving downtown bringing 40-50 administrative staff to that area on a daily basis,” RCDC Board member Cindy Payne said.

Central Ozarks Medical Center was started in Richland in 1979 by a group of local citizens concerned by the lack of medical services in the community. Since that time, COMC has added dental and behavioral health services and has expanded to include clinics in Osage Beach and Camdenton. In addition, COMC provides services throughout the four-county area of Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties, including services in thirteen local school districts. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, COMC provides comprehensive services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

Over the last few years, COMC has seen a dramatic growth in patients. To meet this need, in January, COMC will complete construction of a new 17,000 square foot clinic in Camdenton, partially funded with $1 million in federal support. COMC recently received more than $100,000 in federal funds to remodel its Osage Beach facility to accommodate expanded behavioral health services.  Due to its recent growth, the COMC Board of Directors recognized the need for additional space in Richland while maintaining a commitment to its history in the community.

 “COMC has been part of this community for nearly 40 years. We are excited that this opportunity to partner with the Richland Community Development Corporation will allow COMC to plan for another 40 years of service to the communities we serve,” Board spokesperson Sherry Struckhoff said.



If you have any questions about this expansion, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Please find the proper contact information below:

Central Ozarks Medical Center
Robert Stiles, CEO: rstiles@centralozarks.org or 573-765-5131


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

How Your Body Can Suffer From Sitting Too Long

Whether you have an office job and are sitting for 8 hours a day or the relaxation of fall fever has stricken you and you haven't gotten out much - sitting for too long can affect your body in a bad way. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help make you aware of how sitting too long can have a damaging effect on certain parts of your body. For a health provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today.


How Your Body Can Suffer From Sitting Too Long


Neck
The problems with slouching do not stop at the back. Hunching forward requires your neck to strain upwards in order for you to look straight ahead (at your computer screen, for example). A prolonged strain on the cervical vertebrae in this manner can take a serious toll on the body and may result in several problems, including headaches.

Abdomen & Back
Standing or sitting upright requires your core abdominal muscles to work. However, if you're like most people, you relax into a comfortable slouch when you sit down. Slouching doesn't require any effort from your abdominal muscles, and as such they may become weak and atrophied overtime. Consistent slouching also causes numerous back problems.

Brain
As blood flows more slowly, so does the transportation of oxygen and various important chemicals. All aspects of the body can be affected, including the brain. Sitting for several hours may cause your brain to become foggy and sluggish. If you've ever felt "brain dead" and resorted to a quick walk to clear your mind, then you probably know exactly what we're talking about.

Heart
When you sit, your muscles burn less fat and your blood flows more slowly. This makes it easier for fatty acids to build up in your heart, which can significantly increase your chances of developing heart disease.

Pancreas
Not long ago, we discussed how the pancreas produces insulin - a hormone that enables the body to break down the glucose in the blood and transform it into usable energy. Sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause the body to produce too much insulin, and when there is an excess amount of a certain hormone, the body begins to ignore its signals. Excess insulin may hinder the body's ability to convert blood sugar into usable energy, which can contribute to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.



Stand Up and Be Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the healthcare status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller, and Pulaski Counties. Our belief is that it is not just what we do here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. For more information on our services, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tackle Menopause with Central Ozarks Medical Center

We are in the middle of Fall 2018 which means the holiday season is right around the corner. Christmas and Thanksgiving can be such an exciting time of year, from catching up with family and friends to chowing down on some good, old-fashioned home cooked meals, but it can also be a little stressful. Preparing for the holidays and getting all the Christmas presents purchased in time and wrapped, finding all of the ingredients for your family Thanksgiving recipes, and cooking the most wonderful meals can be exhausting. It can feel like a full time job and you probably already have one of those. Don't let your menopause symptoms get in the way of you having fun getting ready for the holidays. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few helpful tips for dealing with menopause. For women's health providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call one of our Mid Missouri health clinics today. Our phone numbers, locations, and directions can all be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



Symptoms of Menopause

Symptoms you may experience that could mean you are entering into menopause could include:

  • Panic disorder
  • Breast pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Burning tongue
  • Electric shock sensation
  • Digestive problems
  • Gum problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Tingling extremities
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Dizziness
  • Weight gain 
  • Incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Brittle nails
  • Changes in body odor
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Irritability


Exercise on a Regular Basis

Regular exercise can lead to:

  • improved energy
  • improved metabolism
  • healthier joints
  • healthier bones
  • better sleep
  • decreased stress


Eat Foods That Have Plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D
Hormonal changes that can happen during menopause can cause your bones to weaken. This can lead to osteoporosis. Foods high in vitamin D and calcium are linked to good bone health, so it's essential that you eat plenty of these types of foods. For calcium-rich foods, try eating foods or drinking liquids such as:

  • yogurt
  • milk
  • cheese
  • kale
  • tofu
  • beans
  • sardines


For foods with Vitamin D, try eating:

  • oily fish
  • eggs




Avoid "Trigger Foods"
There are foods that can trigger hot flashes, such as foods or drinks that contain:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • foods that are spicy or sugary


Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables
Eating lots of fruits and vegetable can help prevent many menopause symptoms. Fruits and vegetable can be low in calories, so that helps with weight loss and maintenance. Fruits and vegetables have also been known to help prevent heart disease. This is significant because the risk of heart disease tends to increase after menopause.

Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
It can be very common to gain weight during menopause. According to healthline, one study of 17,473 postmenopausal women found that those who lost at least 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of weight or 10% of their body weight over a year were more likely to eliminate hot flashes and night sweat.


Tackle Menopause with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Central Ozarks Medical Center Physicians recognize the unique medical needs of women and provide a variety of medical services designed with you in mind. Through each stage of your life COMC physicians tailor wellness and preventative care to meet you where you are.  For more information, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, October 19, 2018

Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is almost here! Just because Halloween is known for the delicious candy you get doesn't mean you have to give in to temptation and eat unhealthy. If you are determined to lose weight by the end of the year, there are ways to stay on track throughout holidays like this. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a couple of healthy Halloween treat recipes we found online that could be great for your next festive party treat. If you child is feeling sick and you need to get them in to a doctor you can trust before the holiday, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. Our phone numbers and locations are listed on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Halloween Treats


Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/sweet-and-spicy-pepitas-popcorn-balls-recipe-1928429

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls

Total: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: 20 balls

Ingredients

3 (3.5-ounce) bags natural microwave popcorn

2 cups pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for forming

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl.

Toast the pumpkin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until browned and popping, tossing and stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. (Do this in batches, if needed.) Add to the popcorn.

Make caramel: Warm the cream over low heat and keep warm while you cook the sugar. Put the sugar and corn syrup and in a deep, heavy-bottomed large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring, raise heat to medium-high, and simmer until the sugar reaches the hard crack stage, or 305 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes.

Whisk the butter and salt into the sugar mixture. Gradually pour in the cream and vanilla taking care since the mixture will bubble up. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar reaches soft ball stage, 240 degrees F on the thermometer, about 5 minutes more. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and cayenne. Cool for about a minute. Pour caramel over the popcorn and stir to evenly coat.

When the popcorn is cool enough to handle, coat your hands with some butter and shape into 4-inch balls. Wrap in waxed paper and tie with a string, if desired. Serve or store covered at room temperature for up to a week.

Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jeff-mauro/deviled-ham-eyeball-sandwich-recipe-2125219#/



Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwich

Total: 25 min
Prep: 25 min
Yield: 20 eyeballs

Ingredients

20 slices white bread, such as Arnold Brick Oven White Sandwich Bread

2 cups smoked cooked ham, chopped (about 8 ounces)

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon pickled relish

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco

Kosher salt

10 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced in half

Ketchup, for squirting

Directions

Special equipment: 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter

Punch out rounds from the bread using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Lay out the rounds on a baking sheet. Set aside.

Add the ham, mayonnaise, honey, mustard, relish, Worcestershire and hot sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Sprinkle with salt and pulse until finely chopped, but still chunky. Spoon a tablespoon at a time of the ham mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll each spoonful into round balls. Stuff 1 olive into the center of each ball for eyes. Lay the balls in the center of the bread rounds. Squirt ketchup around the edges of the bread to mimic veins. Serve to kids and pray they don't cry from how scary these are.



We believe in leading the way to healthier communities. If you are needing a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks to become your family doctor, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. Visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for our contact information. We'd like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, October 12, 2018

Healthy Eating Tips for Dining Out

Staying on a diet or just eating healthy can be really hard to do in social situations where you are asked to dine out somewhere. There is so much temptation around to cheat and it can be difficult to know what is ok and not ok to eat. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few healthy tips for dining out. If you ate something that just didn't quite sit right and you start to feel ill, call Central Ozarks Medical Center to make an appointment. We have health clinics throughout Central Missouri and our locations and phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Eating Tips for Dining Out


Plan ahead.
Take a look at the menu before you leave for the restaurant. Most of the time you can find the menu online. Browse the menu for a healthy option, whether that be a salad or burger but with no bun. Planning out your meal this way can help you to avoid "impulse ordering" something unhealthy out of feeling anxious to just make a quick decision.

Ask to substitute.
Ask your server about substituting a salad for your fries or mixed vegetables for your fried potatoes. Cut down on calories where you can.

Eat a healthy snack before you leave.
Eating something healthy before you leave can help you to feel more full before you leave so you are less likely to order a bunch of food that can be bad for you.

Try ordering a couple of appetizers instead of a meal.
Sometimes you can find healthy appetizers on the menu, such as grilled shrimp or grilled chicken wings. If you are trying to eat low carb, ordering two appetizers like these can be a great option rather than ordering a full meal.

Drink lots of water.
Make sure to drink water before your meal and throughout your meal. Fill yourself up on water instead of french fries.


Eat Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


We know how hard it can be to eat healthy sometimes, but a healthy diet and regular exercise can be key to feeling good and losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Central Ozarks Medical Center provides a broad set of services based on the needs of the communities we serve, including but not limited to:

  • Primary Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health
  • Women's Health
  • Senior Health
  • Dental Services

We pride ourselves on offering quality healthcare that works best with your financial situation. If you are uninsured and would like to look at insurance options we have Assisters to help you navigate the process. For more information, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org or give us call at the health clinic nearest to you. You will find our phone numbers for each location listed below.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, October 5, 2018

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this special month, Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to bring some important breast cancer statistics to your attention. We believe in leading the way to healthier communities by providing quality health care at a fair price. If you find yourself needing a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks or are tired of paying too much for healthcare, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. We have several locations throughout the Lake area and they can be found on our website, www.CentralOzarks.org along with the contact phone numbers and directions.


Breast Cancer Statistics


According to the CDC:

Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is—

  • The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
  • The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
  • The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm

According to the BreastCancer.org:

  • Approximately 1 out of every 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lifetimes.
  • Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member who was diagnosed with it.
  • Approximately 85% of breast cancers happen in women who have no family history of the disease. 

Source: https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

According to Susan G. Komen:

  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in pregnant and postpartum women and typically occurs between the ages of 32 and 38.
  • The overall median age at diagnosis for women in the U.S. is 62 years. 
  • Race and ethnicity vary for women in the U.S.  who get breast cancer. 

Source: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html


Affordable Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks


Central Ozarks Medical Center offers a discounted fee to patients based on their household size and household income.  The Sliding Fee Program includes fees for medical, dental and behavioral health services.

To determine eligibility, COMC will need to ask you to bring in personal financial information.  Any information we ask from you will be strictly confidential.  None of your personal information, financial or medical, can be released without your written consent.  The information we are asking for is used solely to determine household size and household income.  Applications are effective for a one-year period.  Sliding Fee Discount Program participants must complete an application annually Discount Program applications must be completed, signed and approved prior to services being provided.  All participants are asked to notify COMC of income changes as soon as possible after the change occurs. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.centralozarks.org/financial.html or give us a call.



Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Active Aging Week!

The week of September 24th through September 30th is Active Aging Week. What does this mean? Active Aging Week is a week where seniors are encouraged to live their lives to the fullest by participating in new activities and engaging their interest in something they find they are passionate about. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks know that the number of individuals over the age of 65 is more than ever. This is partially due to the improved and specialized healthcare developed for adults in this age category. For senior health care at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have multiple locations throughout the area and you can find our locations and phone numbers on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. In honor of Active Aging Week, keep reading for a few ideas for healthy activities for seniors.


Healthy Activities for Seniors


Golfing
There can be a lot of walking in golf, but this can be the perfect activity for seniors to stretch their legs at. Whether you feel like playing the full 18 holes or would like to take it easy and just play 9, you are getting a good work out and also engaging in a social activity. Grab your friends and enjoy your retirement years out on the course!

Walking
The Lake of the Ozarks holds many beautiful trails to walk through, including the trails at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. There are several sights to see there including but not limited to the ruins of a turn of the century castle, the 12th largest spring in Missouri and adventurous caves. For more information, visit https://mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park.

Gardening
Gardening is physical work but can be very rewarding. Gardening can also motivate you to eat healthier and get your daily servings of greens each day.

Volunteering
There are so many volunteer opportunities at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether it be participating in a community event or at a local homeless shelter. This is not only a physical activity but can also be a great activity for you to meet new people and be social.

Playing board games or cards
Keep your mind sharp by playing games like Scrabble, Monopoly, or Bridge. This can also be a great social activity for you.


Senior Health Care at the Lake of the Ozarks


Take advantage of the health enhancements to make this stage in your life all you dreamed it would be. Central Ozarks Medical Center Primary Care Providers are sensitive to the aging process and the particular health concerns that can affect patients. Stay active as a senior and get the quality healthcare you deserve at a fair price at Central Ozarks Medical Center. For more information, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
Connect with us on LinkedIn

For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties