Thursday, December 6, 2018

Meet Our Behavioral Health Providers: Part 1

It is the belief of our behavioral health providers at the Lake of the Ozarks that physical health is affected by a patient's emotional and behavioral health and that both aspects must be treated for a positive outcome. Our Staff at Central Ozarks Medical Center practice cooperative healthcare and are able to offer tools and programs such as assessments, private consultations, family counseling and when needed; referrals to other specialized resources. Get to know some of our other behavioral health providers. Keep reading to get to know Angela Ross, Michael Cundiff, and Desiree Malam.



Angela Ross
Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Evangel University in Springfield, MO and later went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree from Aurora University in Illinois where she grew up.

Prior to joining COMC, she worked in the public schools in Illinois as a school social worker and has spent time working in a medical clinic as well as community mental health center. Angela prefers working with students in the school system and their families while also being a resource and consultant to teachers, administrators, and the community.

When she is not working in the Eldon School District, Angela loves spending time spoiling her Golden Retriever and spending time outside with her (weather permitting). She also enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as helping out with her local church and community. She’s always up to watching a good, thought-provoking movie or spending a quiet night at home reading or being creative in her other hobbies.

Michael Cundiff
A St. Louisan by birth and resident there for many years, Michael Cundiff moved to the lake area in 2013. He was drawn to the area by the beauty of the countryside and the friendliness of the people. Cundiff spent thirty-six years in high school settings most of which was as a counselor, followed by eleven years as an agency therapist. For recreation, family water sports activities capture Michael's fancy, but he also piloted his own plane for many years.









Desiree Malam
Desiree received her Bachelor's degree in Human Services and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Evangel University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family.

Prior to becoming a part of the Central Ozarks Medical Center team, Desiree has served military families and implemented a counseling program through a non-profit organization that provided services to families and individuals. She looks forward to providing services to the communities that Central Ozarks Medical Center serves.

Desiree lives in the Waynesville area. She enjoys spending time outside, playing with her grandchildren and traveling.




Behavioral Health Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks


Have you had trouble finding the provider at the Lake to help you with your specific healthcare needs, such as OCD, depression, bipolar, etc.? Whatever your behavioral health issue may be, our providers are here to help you. Schedule your appointment today by calling one of the health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks listed below.

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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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Women's Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks

Women's healthcare providers at the Lake of the Ozarks can be hard to find due to this being a smaller area than bigger cities such as Kansas City or St. Louis. However, finding one you can trust is vital. The Central Ozarks Medical Center 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. Keep reading to learn more about our women's healthcare provider and the services we provide.


Our Women's Health Provider at the Lake of the Ozarks


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.



Pregnancy
Few biological processes are as life-changing as pregnancy. Even the healthiest pregnancies can be taxing. The body undergoes countless changes as it supports the new life growing inside, and most women understandably have countless questions about the process. When you come to us for obstetric care at the Lake of the Ozarks, we promise to be right by your side throughout every step of the process from pregnancy confirmation to your postpartum check-up. Our ultimate goal is to promote your continued good health so that we can work together towards the delivery of a healthy newborn.

General Wellness
Women's bodies are beautifully and intricately designed. In order to maintain optimum health, countless different factors must function together harmoniously and cohesively. We offer a variety of different general wellness services to keep your body functioning at optimum health, including:

  • Breast exams
  • Mammograms
  • Birth control
  • Pap tests
  • Pelvic exams
  • STI and STD tests
  • Immunizations

Gynecology
Reproductive, abdominal, and vaginal health is closely linked to overall physical health. We are here to help you with the multiple health conditions you may face throughout your life. As a few examples, we have experience in helping women with infertility, urinary incontinence, organ prolapse, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, abnormal pap smears, and menopause.

Need a New Women's Healthcare Provider in Camden County?


Call to make an appointment today. Our clinic locations and phone numbers are listed below and you may call to make an appointment at the one nearest to you. We offer a very well rounded set of healthcare services. To learn more about them, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

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



Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

How to Choose Your New Doctor Wisely

Choosing a new doctor for yourself or for you and your whole family is a huge decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. This is your health and it shouldn't just be trusted to anyone. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few questions to ask yourself and the new doctor or Camden County health clinic that you may be considering in order to determine if he or she will be a good fit for you. If you are looking for a new doctor, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have multiple health clinics throughout Central Missouri. Learn more by visiting our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Questions to Ask the New Doctor


How Long Does It Take To Get An Appointment?
Is there a long waiting list? If you are in need of urgent attention, will your new provider be able to accommodate?

How Do You Feel About Your New Doctor?
This is arguably the most important question you can ask yourself. While it's important to think through your decision logically, choosing your new doctor is an emotional decision as well. As you meet with your new provider for the first time, tap into your subconscious and evaluate how you feel in the presence of your new provider. Does he respect your needs? Does he address your concerns? Does he answer your questions in a way that is easy to understand? Do you feel comfortable and safe in his presence?

Who Will Be Providing The Majority Of Your Care?
Will your new doctor provide many of your needed services him/herself, or will he/she frequently refer you to an outside specialist?

Will The New Clinic Work With Your Insurance Company?
Insurance companies can be rather selective about the providers/hospitals they have in their networks. It's important to find out whether or not the care you receive from your new provider will be covered by your plan.

Is The Staff Courteous?
Do you feel welcomed when you walk in the door? Are you treated with respect? Your doctor isn't the only person you will have contact with at your new clinic, so it's important that you are comfortable with the rest of the staff.

How Accessible Is The Practice?
How long is the drive to the hospital or clinic? If there is an emergency, will you be able to receive treatment in a timely manner?


Choose Central Ozarks Medical Center for New Doctor


Our health clinics in Mid Missouri believe that the quality of your healthcare shouldn't be dictated by whether or not you have insurance or how much money you have. Even better than the savings you get with Central Ozarks Medical Center 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. Call today for your first appointment. Our phone numbers and locations are 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, November 16, 2018

Important Diabetes Symptoms and Statistics You May Not Know

Diabetes now affects more than 100 million adults in the U.S., according to the CDC. Awareness is key to prevention. You may have diabetes and not even realize it until its too late and you have had a dramatic episode. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you the symptoms of diabetes and inform you of some important diabetes statistics you may be unaware of. If you find yourself feeling any of these symptoms, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today.



Symptoms of Diabetes

Before we give the symptoms of diabetes, we must first distinguish a difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes, otherwise known as juvenile diabetes, can't produce insulin. People with type 2 diabetes aren't able to use insulin the right way, which can lead to an insulin deficiency.

Source: American Heart Association

Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • In certain cases, there are no symptoms
  • Fruity breath or odor
  • Blurred vision
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Increased urination

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased urination, especially at night
  • Sores that won't heal
  • In certain cases, no symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased thirst
Important Diabetes Statistics

Source: Centers Disease Control and Prevention

Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), include:
  • 208,000 people younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
  • 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes.
  • The percentage of U.S. adults with prediabetes is similar for non-Hispanic whites (35 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (39 percent), and Hispanics (38 percent).
  • Diabetes is a serious disease that can be managed through physical activity, diet, and appropriate use of insulin and oral medications to lower blood sugar levels. Another important part of diabetes management is reducing other cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and tobacco use.
  • 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes.
  • 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.
  • Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.

Your Health Clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks


We hope you found these statistics and symptoms informative. 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 Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. For more information or to make an appointment at one of our health clinics, see below for the phone numbers and locations to call.

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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

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


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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

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.

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573.765.5141 -- Richland
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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.

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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties