Friday, February 16, 2018

Central Ozarks Medical Center Will Be at the Home, Business and Lake Living Expo!

The Home, Business and Lake Living Expo is right around the corner! This expo is a huge event at the Lake of the Ozarks and we here at Central Ozarks Medical Center are very excited to be a part of it this year. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks aim to lead the way to healthier communities and being involved in the community at events like this is a key part of that. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic event.


The Home, Business and Lake Living Expo of 2018


Source: http://camdentonchamber.com/home-business-lake-living-expo/

When: This fun event will take place Friday, February 23, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: This event will be held at the Lodge of Four Seasons, which is located at:

315 Four Seasons Dr. 
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Central Ozarks Medical Center will be at Booth A-19. 

It is so rewarding to be able to participate in this huge event at the Lake of the Ozarks. We will be giving away free first aid kits and helpful healthcare information to our visitors. We will also have someone at the booth ready and available to help anyone who has questions about health insurance and Medicare eligibility.


Central Ozarks Medical Center & What We Are About


Central Ozarks Medical Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and strives to deliver quality healthcare to our communities.  As an FQHC we are non-profit and focus on medically underserved communities and bringing affordable healthcare to all. 

Why should this matter to you?

Beyond having excellent, Board Certified Providers, several recent studies have found that patients who regularly use community health centers, 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 an average, these studies show that the cost associated with using a community health center is 22% to 33% less expensive than using other healthcare models. 

Even better than the savings is the quality of care and concern our providers will offer to you during each visit.  With highly trained support staff, Central Ozarks Medical Center Providers can focus on only you and your health. To set up an appointment at one of our health clinics, please call one of the phone numbers listed below. We can't wait to see you at the Home, Business and Lake Living Expo of 2018!

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573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, February 9, 2018

It's National Patient Recognition Week

This week is known as National Patient Recognition week. Central Ozarks Medical Center is dedicated to offering quality healthcare that works best for YOUR financial situation. In honor of this special week, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to point out a few things we try to do in order to accomplish patient satisfaction.



Our Patients Matter! Check out what we do in order to try and lead the way to healthier communities.

1. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.

Your health shouldn't be dictated by whether or not you have insurance. Here's how our sliding fee discount program works:

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 you for 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 the Sliding Fee Discount Program, visit:
http://centralozarks.org/financial.html.

2. We have many locations/services across the Lake of the Ozarks area in order to try and reach more people with different illnesses.

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. We have 5 health clinics throughout Richland, Camdenton and Osage Beach. For more information on our different locations, visit http://centralozarks.org/locations.html.

3. We have offered FREE flu fairs in the past.

The flu has been spreading and we have offered flu fairs in the past to try and give people the chance at a FREE flu shot. Last year, we offered 3 free flu fairs in October, which took place in Camdenton, Osage Beach, and Richland.

4. 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.

Don't just take our word for it, see below for what some of our patients have said.


We Appreciate Our Patients & The Kind Feedback We Get From Them


"My daughter has a severe food allergy. The Drs. Warren are great when dealing with her and her issues. They are compassionate and treat you like family. Dr. Warren part 1 (Barton) always asks what we are reading currently as he knows that is what we do. Dr. Warren revisited (Ashley) is eager to learn and doesn't claim to know all. I would never replace them and fight with my insurance when they try."


"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."


"I've used COMC for more than 25 years for health care services. I've never had a bad experience or had any dissatisfaction with their care."


"I only use doctor Warren not sure what I'll do when he retires hopefully not for many many years. But he makes me feel comfortable and having crazy blood pressure and fibromyalgia I love that he knows my case and doesn't try and pass me off. We work together on this to try and give me the best life medically I can have. He is amazing. I love how he works with me with everything. We are a team and that's how a doctor patient relationship should be. Dr. Warren is the best."


Thank You to All of Our Patients for Trusting Us With Their Health Care


Central Ozarks Medical Center is honored to be able to take care of so many patients and we are dedicated to leading the way to healthier communities. To make an appointment with one of our healthcare providers, please call one of our health clinics listed below. For more information on the services we provide, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, February 2, 2018

5 Tips to Help Your Kids Overcome Their Fear of the Dentist

What child LIKES going to the dentist? While the thought of visiting a dentist might be scary to a child, there are things you can do to help your children overcome their fear of the dentist. In honor of February being National Children's Dental Health Month, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips to try when you're helping your kids get over their fear of the dentist.


5 Tips to Try When Helping Your Kids Overcome Their Fear of Dentists


Tip # 1
Role-play with your child as if you are a dentist.
Pretend like you have a dentist's office in the comfort of your own home and act like you are your child's dentist. Show your kids how the dentist really isn't that bad by going through a routine check-up. Count their teeth and try holding up a mirror and showing them their teeth. You'll obviously want to avoid making drill noises. The point here is to make a dentist office visit sound fun rather than scary.

Tip # 2
Set a good example.
If you have a fear of going to the dentist, then your kid's are probably going to have a fear as well. Set a good example by going to your regular check-ups and pointing out the positive advantages to going on a regular basis, such as having a better chance at cavity prevention or tooth decay.

Tip # 3
Use the power of distraction.
Ask the dentist if you can go back with your child. This way you can talk to your child and distract them while the dentist may be reaching for a "scary-looking" instrument.

Tip # 4
Start taking your kids to the dentist at a young age.
The earlier you start taking your kids to the dentist, the better. Taking your child to the dentist earlier on in life gives them more time to get used to the cleanings and regular check-ups.

Tip # 5
Be mindful of older siblings telling "scary" dentist stories.
Your youngest child could be having a harder time adjusting to the idea of going to the dentist if their older siblings are constantly trying to scare them with made up stories. Be mindful of this and put a stop to it as soon as you can. You don't want your youngest child to feel even more intimidated.


Is Your Child Ready for His or Her First Dental Appointment?


Our Richland Dental Center offers family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dentures/restorative services. We can understand how frightened a child may be and our oral health providers in Richland are dedicated to bringing more bright smiles to our community. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 573.765.2510.


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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, January 26, 2018

It's National Sugar Awareness Week

The third work week of January (1/22-26) of 2018 is known as Sugar Awareness Week. In honor of this week, our health clinics in Osage Beach would like to point out approximately how much sugar is in some of the most popular foods we may eat today and what you can do to combat the damage sugar has done to your teeth.


Approximate Sugar Levels in Some of the Most Popular Foods


Source: USDA (unless otherwise stated)

Food Choice # 1
Ice Cream
One serving of vanilla ice cream (½ cup) holds approximately 14 grams of sugar. While ice cream can be a good source of dairy, you should be aware of how much sugar is in each serving before you eat it, if you are hoping to eat less sugar.


Food Choice # 2
Cereal
For example, Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch has 19 grams of sugar per cup.
If you are looking for less sugary breakfast items, be sure to pay attention to the nutrition labels on your cereal.


Food Choice # 3
Doughnuts
There are approximately 11 grams of sugar in a medium doughnut with chocolate. Doughnuts can be very tasty and can be a nice treat every once in a while, but if you eat one for breakfast every morning, you will be consuming a ton of sugar, which can hold you back from accomplishing your weight loss goal in 2018.


Food Choice # 4
Chocolate Chip Cookies
According to http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/nestle-toll-house-home-made-chocolate-chip-cookies-34145921, Nestle Toll House has 10 grams of sugar per 1 rounded tablespoon of dough. Pay attention to your portions when consuming chocolate chip cookies, it can be very easy to binge eat a batch. If you're looking to watch your sugar intake in 2018, just be mindful of your portion control.


Food Choice # 5
Biscuits
There are approximately .3 grams of sugar per 1 small biscuit.
If you LOVE biscuits but want to eat less sugar, you can try searching the web for sugar-free recipes or substituting a non-calorie sweetener for the sugar.


Take Care of Your Teeth


Tooth decay can be caused in part by the sugar we eat. Be sure to floss daily and brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should also set up a visit the dentist at least once every 6 months for regular checkups.


"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword." - John Ray


Eat Healthy & Stay Healthy With Central Ozarks Medical Center


If you are having issues with sugary foods eating away at your beautiful teeth, call our dental office in Richland. We have a friendly staff and we are dedicated to helping you have the brightest smile you can have. Our dental office is located at 304 W. Washington Ave. in Richland. For your next dental appointment, you can call us at 573.765.2510. Our mission is to lead the way to healthier communities.


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573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Kids

While winter can be a fun time of year for your kids, between the snow days, making snowman, snow angels, and all of the other fun snow activities, safety in the cold - should still be a priority. Are your kids dressed warmly enough? Are they using caution while sledding and playing outside? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you some tips to help keep your children safe during these colder winter months.


Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Kids


Safety Tip # 1
Dress them in layers.
Dress your children in warm layers to where they won't get cold right away when walking outside. They say to dress your children in 1 more layer then you would yourself, as an adult. Keep an eye on the wind chill too. Keep as much skin as possible covered to help prevent frostbite. This can include dressing your kids in:

  • mittens
  • waterproof boots
  • ear muffs
  • cotas
  • sweaters
  • ski masks
  • coveralls
  • and so much more!


Safety Tip # 2
Make sure they have all the safety equipment they need while ice-skating.
Ice skating can be a very popular activity do participate in during the winter, so don't be afraid to let your kids join in. Here are some things you can do to help make for a safer ice skating experience for your children:

  • Be sure their ice skates are tight enough to where they won't rub on their ankles
  • Consider having them wear a helmet
  • Make sure they understand all of the rules of the ice skating rink
  • Supervise your children while ice skating


Safety Tip # 3
Be sure your kids are supervised while playing outside in the snow.
Prevent your kids from wandering out on to the road or from "rough housing" by keeping a close eye on them while playing in the snow. Suggest a fun activity for you all to do together, such as making a snowman or  snow angels.



Safety Tip # 4
Make sure your children are taking frequent breaks inside from the snow.
Kids can get so excited that they forget to come inside and warm up, so remind them. You don't want them to catch a cold.


Stay Safe this Winter With Central Ozarks Medical Center


We are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. All of our locations are community practices and we serve everyone from newborns to the elderly. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family. To learn more about the health care services we provide or our sliding fee scale, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org or call one of our locations listed below.


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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, January 12, 2018

Flu Facts for You

It’s that time of year and flu season is in session. Having the flu is no fun, but there are certain things you should know. If you feel like you may have the flu, set up an appointment with one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks and let our friendly staff members help you through it. Here are some flu facts for you.


Flu Facts for You


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm

We found a great article on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website that explains some key facts you should know about the flu.

How do I know if I have the flu?

You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:


  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting


*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What should I do if I get sick?

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).

Certain people are at high risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions). This is true both for seasonal flu and novel flu virus infections. (For a full list of people at high risk of flu-related complications, see People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications). If you are in a high risk group and develop flu symptoms, it’s best for you to contact your doctor early in your illness. Remind them about your high risk status for flu. CDC recommends that people at high risk for complications should get antiviral treatment as early as possible, because benefit is greatest if treatment is started within 2 days after illness onset.

Do I need to go the emergency room if I am only a little sick?

No. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill.

If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it.



What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness?

In children


  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash


In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:


  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal


In adults


  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough


Think You May Have the Flu? Central Ozarks Medical Center is Here for You!


Our health care professionals in Camden County are here for your health care needs. Call one of our locations listed below to make your appointment today.


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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, January 5, 2018

5 Tips to Quit Smoking

2018 is here! The New Year can motivate you to better yourself. One way you can do that is to quit smoking. If this is what you have decided to do, congratulations on making such a great decision! Quitting smoking may be difficult and stressful at times, but there are some tips you can try that may make the process a little easier on yourself. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips to hopefully help you quit smoking.


5 Tips to Quit Smoking


Tip # 1
It’s a New Year, get a new hobby.
Finding a new hobby can help keep you busy and distract yourself from wanting to smoke. For example, perhaps try: 

Going to the movies
Reading a new book
Go for a walk 
Start doing yoga

The point is to just keep yourself busy. You can also keep your mouth busy by chewing gum. This may make you less likely to smoke.

Tip # 2
Name your reason for quitting smoking and make it strong. 
You probably have a good reason for quitting smoking, whether it be for family, a new baby, or friends; stick by your reasons. Remember it so much that you aren’t motivated to try and start smoking again.

Tip # 3
Stay away from anything that can trigger you to smoke.
Throw away all old cigarettes and try to avoid areas where you know there will be a ton of people smoking. If you are serious about quitting smoking, you probably aren’t going to want that temptation in your life.

Tip # 4
Start exercising more.
Exercising can also help keep your mind off smoking. Get a steady exercise routine going. Stick with it and this can motivate you even more not to start smoking again because you probably aren’t going to want to lose all the progress you’ve made on improving your body.




Tip # 5
Start eating your favorite healthy snack more.
Whether you love carrots, celery, apples, bananas, or broccoli, find a healthy snack you enjoy. When you quit smoking, your appetite can increase. Keep your mouth busy with eating your favorite healthy snack, when you start to crave a cigarette. 

New Year, New You! Stay Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Again, Congratulations on deciding to quit smoking. We hope these tips help you on your journey to a smoke-free life. Our health clinics in Mid-Missouri are committed to leading the way to healthier communities and that can happen one person deciding to quit smoking at a time. Smoking can cause lung cancer, COPD, dental issues, and all sorts of problems, so stick to your plan and stay confident in yourself. If you are in need of a new healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, call one of our clinics listed below. Happy New Year to all!


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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