Friday, September 22, 2017

Quality Obstetrics Services at the Lake of the Ozarks

According to Baby Center, slightly fewer than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year. That is A LOT of new life brought into this world and due to large numbers, such as these, we need all of the quality obstetrics providers we can get. In this blog, Central Ozarks Medical Center would like to highlight our obstetrics services and providers.




OB Services at the Lake of the Ozarks


Our OB services here at Central Ozark Medical Center include:

A knowledge, friendly staff
Reliable experts in their fields
Safe, clean environment

 Knowledge and preparation are key to enjoying pregnancy. The ultimate goal of our OB providers is for your continued good health and the delivery of a healthy newborn. Our providers as well as their amazing staff of nurses will work to keep you informed and answer all of your questions from pregnancy confirmation to your postpartum check-up.


OB Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our OB GYN providers include:

Sarah M. Buchanan, MD

Sarah M. Buchanan, MD, is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City Combined Medical Program.  She completed her residency in Family Practice Medicine in 2004 from Seneca Lakes Family Practice (Seneca, South Carolina) and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.   Dr. Buchanan has volunteered with Volunteers in Medical Missions to Peru and with Global Volunteers to Ecuador providing health check-ups to villagers and street children as well as well-woman and well-child exams respectively.

Dr. Buchanan has been practicing since 2005, and has been with Central Ozarks Medical Center for 4 years.

Dr. Buchanan is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Buchanan provides general obstetrics and gynecology services including high risk pregnancies, menopause, adolescent care, and pelvic surgery. She takes a special interest in bioidentical hormone therapy, alternative medicine, and acupuncture in addition to her specialty in women’s health.


Robert Nielsen, DO

Robert C. Nielsen, DO, is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO.  He completed his internship at Des Moines General Hospital and residency at North Oakland Medical Center (Pontiac, MI).  Dr. Nielsen served in the United States Army from 1978-1982, the Iowa National Guard from 1982-1989, and in the Michigan National Guard from 1989-1995 where he served in Operation Desert Storm as a Major in the Medical Corps.

Dr. Nielsen has been practicing Medicine for 27 years and has been with Central Ozarks Medical Center since 2011.

Dr. Nielsen is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.





In Need of an OB GYN You Can Trust?


Call on of our mid-MO health clinics listed below to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

How Do Flu Shots Work?

Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and even spread it to loved ones and others. Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to being hospitalized and sometimes, even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 have ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000. Flu viruses spread at higher levels in the U.S. during flu season. Getting a yearly flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. In this blog, our mid-Missouri health clinics will give you information on how flu vaccines work, who should get vaccinated, and when you should get vaccinated.




How Flu Vaccines Work

When you get a flu vaccine, it causes the antibodies in the body to develop in the body, about 2 weeks after the vaccination. The antibodies provide protection against infection, with the viruses that are in the vaccine. Traditional flu vaccines are designed to protect against 3 flu viruses; influenza (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus.



Who Should Get Vaccinated

Anyone who is 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccine every season. Getting a flu shot to prevent the flu is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. 


When Should You Get Vaccinated

You need to get vaccinated before the flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about 2 weeks for the antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall, before flu season begins. However, children who need 2 doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, rather than later. The 2 doses must be given at least 4 weeks apart.

Available Flu Shots at Central Ozark Medical Center

We will be hosting 3 different flu fairs in October. All are free. Check out the flu fair schedule below.



Upcoming Flu Fairs

   
COMC Richland: October 6th
Medical Center Main Entrance
304 W. Washington, Richland, MO
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

COMC Camdenton: October 13th
Main Entrance
948 E US Hwy 54, Camdenton
8:00 AM—12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

COMC Osage Beach: October 13th
Main Entrance
3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach

8:00 AM—12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • No appointments necessary
  • Short intake form can be completed on day of fair
  • Free
  • First Come/First Served

For medical center locations, maps, and directions, visit our website today.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

It's National Self Improvement Month!

September is National Self Improvement Month! One way to improve your self is to improve your health. Improve your health by changing what you eat. Change your bad eating habits. A healthier lifestyle can in return make you feel happier. Combine your healthy eating with a regular work out. In honor of this month, our Mid-Missouri health clinics would like to give you 3 key tips for improving your health.



Tips for Improving Your Health


1. Get Your Sleep

Are you having trouble sleeping? Lack of sleep can affect your health and even lead to weight gain. Everyone should get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. 

2. Reduce the fat

The effect that fat has on your arteries is pretty well known. Try to cut your fat intake by changing your cooking methods. Try one of the following methods:


  • Grilling
  • Baking
  • Steaming
  • Poaching
When trying to cut back on fat, these methods will prove to be better than frying.


3. Cut Back on Your Salt Intake


Reducing your salt intake can reduce the impact salt has on your blood pressure. Try substituting herbs and spices, such as oregano, nutmeg, and paprika instead of salt, to season your food.

4. Build Stronger Bones By Eating Better

It's essential to have strong bones and muscles when including exercise into your healthy routine. Eat more food with calcium and vitamin D, such as:


  • egg yolks
  • broccoli
  • oily fish
You can get vitamin D from sunlight.



Leading the Way to Healthier Communities

Our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the health care 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 Ozark Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. Take a look at some of the kind words from some of our patients.


Kind Words From Patients


I have seen all 4 doctors in the Richland office during my pregnancy and would recommend ALL of them to anyone looking for a doctor. As a plus sized woman, I am always nervous about how I will be treated by doctors because of some very negative experiences I've had with other places in the past. However, the doctors in this office have been nothing but respectful, knowledgeable and helpful to me.

I have been treated very well by doctors, nurses and all the staff here. I like having a Lab in the facility so there is no need to make another appointment elsewhere.

If You Are Need of Quality Health Care, Make an Appointment Today!


We have health clinics all throughout the Lake of the Ozarks area. Feel free to call one of our clinics and one of our friendly staff members will get your appointment scheduled promptly.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, September 1, 2017

It's Baby Safety Month!

At Central Ozark Medical Center, we believe from the first heart beat, you want to give your children the best of everything, including the best home environment. Baby proofing in the modern world is very different than it used to be. In honor of National Baby Safety Month, our health clinics in Mid-Missouri would like to give you 5 tips on how to baby proof your home today.






Baby Proofing Your Home Today


1. Cover Your Outlets


Over time, people have used the plugs to protect their children from the electrical outlets in their homes. Now, outlet covers that include sliding doors are available. Compared to the plugs, they can be much more user-friendly and not as rough to operate. The plugs have been known to be difficult to take out of the outlet, with a sliding door, you no longer have that issue.


2. Secure Your Furniture


There can be many pieces of heavy furniture in homes. Secure them. These pieces of furniture can include desks, chairs, tables, shelves, and other pieces of furniture that can be fun to climb on, but if the furniture is not secured with restraints or brackets, they could fall over.


3. Keep the Video Monitor Out of Reach


Video baby monitors can be all the rage now. People are moving away from the audio only monitors to the video monitors. Just remember that some of these video monitors come with cords, which can pose a threat to your child. You can just keep these far out of their reach, away from the crib. You can also just purchase a wireless video monitor and not have to worry about the cords.


4. Secure Every TV


Last but not least, secure your TVs. Many people have flat screen TVs in their homes these days and they can be put on any available surface throughout the home. Children can easily climb up and knock them over. You can secure your TVs with brackets to help keep them from falling over.

5. Keep Phone Chargers and Laptop Cords Out of Reach


Cords pose a serious danger to your children. Most of us seem to plug in our phones every night to charge. Cords are just used so much in today's technology age. Try hiding them behind furniture where wandering childrens hands can't find them.





Pediatric Health Care at the Lake of the Ozarks


Child-focused health care and parent education is the practice of providers at Central Ozarks Medical Center from birth to 18 years of age. Our comprehensive services include well-child exams, diagnostic tests, follow-up of chronic problems, sports screenings, as well as evaluation and management of growth and health maintenance. If you are in need of an experienced doctor for your baby, feel free to reach out to one of our clinics at one of phone numbers listed below.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, August 25, 2017

KEY Reasons You Need to "Catch Some Z's"

Too many people in today's world don't get enough sleep. We just don't want to miss out on anything and there are so many available distractions in the comfort of our own bedrooms, whether it be binge watching your new Netflix series, browsing your latest Facebook news, or reading your latest book. Yes, there's nothing wrong with having hobbies such as these, but your body needs its rest. Ideally, you need to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. In this blog from our mid-Missouri health clinics, you will find KEY reasons why you should really get the proper amount of sleep every night.




KEY Reasons Why You Need the Proper Amount of Sleep


Concentration and Productivity Can Improve

SLEEP is crucial for brain function! Your:


  • Cognition
  • Concentration
  • Productivity
  • Performace
...are all affected by sleep deprivation in a negative way. Good sleep has been known to improve problem-solving skills AND enhance memory performance of both children and adults.


Poor Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight

Trying to lose weight? Getting the proper amount of sleep is extremely important. The effect of sleep on weight gain is considered to be related to a number of factors including hormones and the motivation to want to exercise. Basically, people who experience short sleep duration can be associated with a major risk of weight gain and obesity. This goes for both children and adults.



Poor Sleep Can Lead to Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Sleeping less than 7 hours per night can be linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. According to HealthLine, short sleepers were revealed to be at far greater risk or heart disease or stroke than those who sleep 7-8 hours of sleep per night during a review of 15 studies.



Poor Sleep Can Be Traced to Depression

Poor sleeping quality and sleeping disorders are strongly linked to mental health issues, such as depression. Poor sleep has even been known to be traced back to an increased risk of death by suicide. According to HealthLine, people with sleep disorders, such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report significantly higher rates of depression than those without.




Having Trouble Sleeping?


Central Ozark Medical Center chooses to help lead the way to healthier communities. Eating right, exercising regularly and getting the right amount of sleep have been known to be the pillars of GOOD health. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, we urge to you to make an appointment at a local Lake of the Ozarks health clinic and see a health care professional before the problem gets worse. Our primary care providers see patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments. We see patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.


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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's National Health Center Week!

It's National Health Center Week! In honor of this week, our health clinics in Mid-Missouri would like to highlight our services we provide and the mission and really define the mission Central Ozarks Medical Center has.



The Central Ozarks Medical Center Mission

Central Ozarks Medical Center is a federally qualified health center and strives to deliver quality healthcare to our communities. We are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. As a federal qualified health center, we are non profit. We focus on medically underserved communities and bringing affordable healthcare to all in need. 


Central Ozarks Medical Center Services

Central Ozarks Medical Center provides a wide variety of services, including:
  • Primary Care
Our primary care providers or family practice providers see patients of all ages for variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments.
  • Obstetrics
Our OB providers know that every birth is special and they are privileged that you have chosen them to guide you during pregnancy and prenatal care. Their ultimate goal is for your continued good health and the delivery of a healthy newborn. 
  • Pediatrics
Chid focused health care and parent education is the practice of our providers from birth to 18 years of age. Our comprehensive services include well-child exams, diagnostic tests, follow-up of chronic problems, sports screenings, as well as evaluation and management of growth and health maintenance. 
  • Behavioral Health
Our belief is that physical health is affected by a patient's emotional and behavioral health and that both aspects must be treated for a positive outcome.
  • Women's Health
Through each stage of a woman's life, our physicians tailor wellness and preventative care to meet you where you are.
  • Senior Health
The number of individuals over the age of 65 is growing and more than ever. This is partially due to the improved and specialized health care developed for adults in this age category. Which is why it's important to take advantage of the enhancements that have made in health care to make the senior stage of your life all you have dreamed it would be. 
  • Dental Services
We provide dental services at our Richland location and we enjoy making the world a brighter place, one bright smile at a time.



Why Central Ozarks Medical Center?

We have excellent board-certified providers. Also, several recent studies have found that patients who regularly use community health centers at the Lake of the Ozarks, like Central Ozarks Medical Center, have lower total annual healthcare costs when compared to patients who use other primary care providers, such as HMOs, hospital outpatient units or private physicians. On average, these studies show that the cost associated with using a community health center is 22% to 33% less expensive than using other health care avenues. Central Ozarks Medical Center has a highly trained staff that can focus on you and your health! If you are in need of quality health care, call one of our health clinics today.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, August 11, 2017

National Immunization Awareness Month

It's National Immunization Awareness Month. This is a great time to promote vaccines and remind your loved one to stay up to date on their shots. Immunization or vaccines can help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn't just for children, but for adults too. Immunization is vital to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, Central Ozarks Medical Center is going to give you some tips on how to spread awareness about Immunization Awareness, resources to access that gives detailed information on the importance of immunization awareness, and why people of all ages need vaccines.


Tips on How to Spread Awareness about Immunization Awareness

Our health clinics in Mid-Missouri would like to use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates within our community. We encourage you to:
  • Speak to friends and family about how vaccines aren't just for children. People of all ages can get vaccines that help protect them from serious illnesses and diseases.
  • Encourage people in your community to get a flu shot every year.
  • Try inviting a doctor or nurse you may know to speak to parents at local schools about why it's important for all kids to get vaccinated.

Resources About Immunization Awareness

There are tons of resources out there regarding immunization awareness. There are communication tool kits online you can try. The National Public Health Information Coalition has some great resources for or about:


Reasons People Of All Ages Need Vaccines

Getting your regular vaccines are very important for people of all ages. Here's some significant reasons that people need vaccines throughout their lives.

  • Seniors may need 1 or more vaccines, even if they have received vaccines as a child or as a younger adult.
  • Parents can protect their babies and children from 14 serious childhood diseases by age 2.
  • Preteens and teens need vaccines too! Adolescents getting vaccinated protects their friends and family members too. 
  • Adults need to stay up to date on vaccines to help prevent getting illnesses as well.

Feeling Ill & Need a Doctor YOu Can Trust?

Central Ozarks Medical Center is dedicated to leading the way to healthier communites. Part of that is encouraging people to stay up to date on the vaccines and immunizations. Staying up to date on your vaccines and immunizations not only helps protect you but others around, including family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, and just other people you care about. If you ever have a question about what vaccine or immunization you may need, consult one our doctors. Call one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks today to schedule an appointment.




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573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties