Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Top Healthy Summer Activities of 2018

The summer season is so close and all of us here at our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks can hardly wait.  While you may be planning all sorts of fun activities or summer vacations, keep in mind there are a few activities you can enjoy on your own or with your family and friends that can be both exciting and healthy. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you the top healthy summer activities of 2018. If you are looking for a doctor at the Lake are that you can count on to help you with your healthcare needs, give us a call. We have several locations throughout the area, visit our website, www.CentralOzarks.org, for more information.


The Top Healthy Summer Activities of 2018


Boating
Take a nice boat ride with your friends and family this summer. Not only can soaking up the Vitamin D from being out in the sun be good for your health, but just the time out on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks with those you love can be good for your stress level. Calm your nerves and take the boat ride you deserve.

Running
It can be much easier to motivate yourself to run when it is nice and sunny outside. Take advantage of the wonderful weather we get in this area around that time of year and go for a run. Burn those calories off from all the BBQs and summer parties you are bound to enjoy and soak up some of the outdoor scenery you choose to run by.

Walking
Walk your dog or take the kids for a nice walk around the neighborhood. Take a break from the technology and do something active with your kids.

Grilling
Summertime is prime time for BBQing on the grill. Rather than going to your favorite fast food establishment and sinking your teeth into a greasy burger, grill some chicken or fish with your family outside and enjoy the time you have with one another this summer. Fewer calories, more fun.



Biking
Biking works multiple muscles within your body and can be a low impact exercise. Get adventurous and try a new biking trail this summer. The Lake of the Ozarks holds a few State Parks that have trails within them you can enjoy, free of charge. Why not enjoy a healthy, cost-effective activity that’s easy to do and have fun while doing it? 

Please note: Just be sure to wear your sunscreen when enjoying these outdoor activities and to not overdo any of them. Know your limits.

Get Healthy & Stay Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our doctors and healthcare professionals are committed to leading the way to healthier communities, one person at a time. We firmly believe it’s not just what we do here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. We provide a broad set of services based on the communities we serve. To learn more about our providers and healthcare services, visit our website, www.CentralOzarks.org.



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Friday, April 6, 2018

The Top Healthy Foods for Stress Relief

April is National Stress Awareness Month! Too often people will try to relieve stress in unhealthy ways, such as drinking alcohol, doing drugs or overeating. Combat your stress with a healthy option! Did you know that there are actually healthy foods you can eat that can contribute to your stress relief? Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to tell you about the top healthy foods for stress relief.


The Top Healthy Foods for Stress Relief


Oatmeal

Who doesn’t love carbs? If you have had a hard day at work, it can be very tempting to go to your favorite fast food establishment afterward and just devour a double cheeseburger with fries, but resist! You’ll be happy you did because if you choose a healthier carb option, such as oatmeal, you can still enjoy your carbs without having to stray from a healthy diet. Studies show carbs help the brain make serotonin, which is the same substance regulated by antidepressants.

Source: http://www.health.com/food/12-superfoods-for-stress-relief#oatmeal-21




Salmon 

Studies show that omega-3s can help reduce anxiety and salmon provides a healthy dose of omega-3s. Keep your anxiety in check and treat yourself to some delicious salmon.

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/article/284470/7-foods-for-stress-relief/

Here’s a great salmon recipe we found online.

Baked Salmon

Ingredients

YIELDS: 4

1 large salmon fillet
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, thinly sliced
6 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tbsp. honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. chopped thyme leaves
1 tsp. dried oregano
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Grease foil with nonstick cooking spray. To the center of the foil, lay lemon slices in an even layer.

Season both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper and place on top of lemon slices.

In a small bowl, whisk together butter, honey, garlic, thyme, and oregano. Pour over salmon then fold up foil surrounding the salmon. Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 12 minutes. Switch the oven to broil, and broil for 2 minutes, or until the butter mixture has thickened and glazed.
Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55315/best-baked-salmon-recipe/




Avocados

Avocados provide a high amount of potassium. This can help keep your blood pressure down and prevent hypertension from occurring. 

Source: https://www.healthambition.com/top-10-anti-anxiety-foods/


Relieve Stress in a Healthy Way with Central Ozarks Medical Center


We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about these healthy foods you can eat to relieve stress. Stress is very bad for your health and it’s important you work to relieve it in healthy ways. We believe in leading the way to healthier communities. That happens with one healthy eater at a time. Central Ozarks Medical Center provides a broad set of services based on the needs of the communities we serve. 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 on the services we provide, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



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Friday, March 30, 2018

It's National Doctors Day (March 30)!

Today, Friday, March 30 is National Doctors Day! In honor of this day, our health clinics in Mid-Missouri would like to take this opportunity to give a special shout-out to each and every one of our providers. Here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, we truly believe it's not just what we do here, but how we do it that makes all the difference. Keep reading to learn a little more about our providers.


Our Providers


Our Primary Providers




Kelvin E. Bailey, MD

Dr. Bailey has been practicing since 1996, the last 4 years at Central Ozarks Medical Center.  As a Family Practice physician, Dr. Bailey sees patients of all ages.  His interests within the medical arena are obstetrics, women’s health issues, nutrition, and insulin resistance syndromes to include diabetes.



David Cathcart, MD




Angelia Cayou, BSN, FNP-C

Angelia specializes in Adult and Gerontology patients (over the age of eighteen). Angelia joined Central Ozarks Medical Center in July of 2015.



Lisa. L. King RN, ARNP-BC

Lisa has been practicing as a Nurse practitioner for 30 plus years.  She has been with Central Ozarks Medical Center since 2008.  She is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of both the American Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association.  She is a volunteer for the Show Me Response Team.



Dan Schmidt, MD

Dr. Schmidt has been part of the Central Ozarks Medical Clinic group of providers for over 18 years. Dr. Schmidt has been Board Certified in Family Practice with the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1986 to present.  He is also a member of Christian Medical and Dental Association.


Barton Warren, MD



J.J. Jones, DNP, ANP-BC, ACNP-BC

J.J. has been in the nursing profession for more than 25 years with the past 10 as a nurse practitioner.  Her nurse practitioner experience has included cardiology, internal, occupational, and hospital medicine. She joined Central Ozarks Medical Center in 2016 and provides care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.



Sara "Ashley" Warren, DO

Dr. Ashley Warren has joined the Central Ozark Medical Center Richland Clinic. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She completed her Residency in Family Medicine at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO, where she was the Chief Resident. During her residency, she also completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine promotes health using both traditional medicine and alternative medicine.


Our Pediatric Providers




Kristen Theobald, DO

Dr. Theobald has been the collaborating physician for Kids Harbor I and II since 2012 and most recently practiced at Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, MO.  She joined the Central Ozarks Medical Center group of providers in July of 2015. 


Our Obstetrics and Gynecological Providers




Sarah M. Buchanan, MD

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

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.


Our Behavioral Health Providers




Michael Stone, PsyD

Prior to joining Central Ozarks Medical Center, Dr. Stone operated a private psychological practice in the Osage Beach, and Jefferson City areas. His specialty areas of practice are psychotherapy with adults and older adult populations as well as psychological testing and assessments.



Danette Harrington, LCSW

Prior to joining Central Ozarks Medical Center Danette practiced in an outpatient mental health clinic. Danette also worked as a medical clinical social worker with hospice, home health care, ER, nursing home and dialysis patients.


Our Oral Health Providers




Shayna Mattox, DDS

Dr. Shayna Mattox joined the Central Ozarks Medical Center Dental clinic as the Dental Director in July 2016. Dr. Mattox is part of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Mattox enjoys spending free time at the lake boating, water skiing and relaxing with Dustin and their German Shepherd rescue, Sophie.



Evan Reynolds, DDS

Dr. Reynolds joined Central Ozarks Dental Center in May of 2015.
Dr. Reynolds is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry as well as a member of the Central Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and American Dental Association and has a professional working proficiency in Spanish.


Kyle Shull, DDS

Dr. Shull grew up in the small town of Higginsville, MO. He attended college at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Biology. He attended dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2011. Dr. Shull loves helping his patients with all their dental needs, from getting out of pain to improving their smile. He enjoys treating people of all ages, from children to adults.

Thank You to All of Our Wonderful Providers!


Central Ozarks Medical Center is very happy to have so many great providers and we are very thankful for what they do and contribute to this community. If you'd like to learn more about any one of our providers, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org or call one of our clinics listed below.


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Friday, March 23, 2018

March is National Nutrition Month!

In honor of this special month, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few health and nutrition tips. Get healthy this spring! Start eating healthy and exercising on a normal basis and before you know it, you will be in peak physical condition just in time for summer. If you are battling spring allergy symptoms or are just looking for a new doctor in the Lake area, call Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have 5 convenient locations across the Lake area, for more information visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Keep reading for the top health and nutrition tips of spring 2018.


Top Health and Nutrition Tips of Spring 2018

Tip #1
Get your 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
Not sleeping enough can lead to stress and weight gain. Do what you need to do to get the ample amount of sleep your body needs.

Tip #2
Don't be afraid to make special requests at restaurants.
If you are trying to eat healthy and eat fewer carbohydrates or fewer calories, then don't be tempted to stray away from your diet at restaurants. Most establishments are willing to meet special requests, such as requesting a burger with no bun or a taco salad with no shell. Just ask.

Tip #3
Make walking or jogging a normal part of your daily routine.
Walking or jogging, depending on your current physical level is a great way to relieve stress and get some easy daily physical exercise. Make it a part of your day, whether it be walking your dog in the morning or taking your kids to the park in the afternoon and walking around there. Do what feels right and works for your schedule. Soon enough, it will feel like part of your daily routine and you'll want to get up and walk every day.

Tip #4
Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan!
There's nothing worse than coming home after a long day of work and being expected to prepare a meal. You are tired and will most likely end up calling in for a pizza or choosing something else that strays away from eating healthy. Bypass this dilemma and choose a day that works with your schedule and plan your meals out for the week. This way, when you get home, you can heat up what you have already prepared and have a healthy meal with minimal work preparing it.


Get Nutritious with Central Ozarks Medical Center!


Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality healthcare in Central Missouri since 1979.  Central Ozarks Medical Center’s staff members are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. 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. Central Ozarks Medical Center provides a broad set of services based on the needs of the communities we serve. 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. Call one of our locations listed below today.


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spring Allergies 101

Don’t let allergies ruin your spring this year. Put a stop to them. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips to help you ditch those allergies and have fun enjoying this beautiful weather with your family. If you do find yourself struggling with allergy-like symptoms and can’t seem to get rid of them, give Central Ozarks Medical Center a call at one of our convenient locations. You will find the phone numbers listed at the end of this blog. Keep reading for some helpful tips for dealing with spring allergies.


Tips for Dealing with Spring Allergies


Tip #1
Limit your outdoor activity.
You have a larger chance of either getting allergy symptoms or worsening your current symptoms by going outside. For example, look at the following activities you may do outside in the spring, such as:


  • Swimming
  • Running 
  • Walking
  • Sports
  • Fishing
  • Easter Egg Hunts
  • Gardening
  • And so much more…


Do everything you can to limit your time outside. For example, host an indoor Easter egg hunt or choose to run on your treadmill or go the gym. Doing so can keep you away from the pollen outside a little more.

Tip #2
Drink your H2O!
As they say, you should drink half your body weight in ounces when it comes to water. Water can help flush out your system and can prevent your body from creating as much mucus.

Tip #3
Remove allergens from your body with a good shower.
Shower after you’ve come in from outside and wash off all of the allergens you may have picked that landed in your hair or on your skin.

Tip #4
A good cup of tea can go a long way.
The steam from a hot cup of tea can help open your nasal passages and clear your sinuses.

Tip #5
Shut your windows and doors.
You are letting the allergens in your home by leaving your windows and doors open in the spring. We understand that it’s tempting to do so with it being so nice outside, but if you are trying to beat spring allergies, closing your windows and doors helps.


Put a Real Spring in Your Step and Best These Allergies with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Allergies are no fun for anyone and are healthcare providers at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that and we are here for you. Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality healthcare in Central Missouri since 1979. Central Ozarks Medical Center’s staff members are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. If you are having trouble beating your allergies and you have consistently had symptoms that won’t go away, we urge you to make an appointment with one of our healthcare professionals to see what’s going on. You may reach any of our health clinics by calling the phone number associated with the clinics listed below. We wish you a Happy Spring!



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Friday, March 9, 2018

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month!

Caffeine can act as a stimulant for your nervous system. Just like with anything, too much caffeine can cause health problems you don’t want, so it’s important to be aware of how much caffeine is in certain products you may consume on a daily basis. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a breakdown of how much caffeine is in a few popular drinks people in the U.S. consume pretty regularly.


How Much Caffeine Is In…?


According to https://medlineplus.gov/caffeine.html:

“Most people consume caffeine from drinks. The amounts of caffeine in different drinks can vary a lot, but it is generally…”


  • An 8-ounce cup of coffee: 95-200 mg
  • A 12-ounce can of cola: 35-45 mg
  • An 8-ounce energy drink: 70-100 mg
  • An 8-ounce cup of tea: 14-60 mg


How Do You Know How Much Caffeine is TOO Much?


Also, according to https://medlineplus.gov/caffeine.html:

“For most people, it is not harmful to consume up to 400mg of caffeine a day. If you do eat or drink too much caffeine, it can cause health problems, such as


  • Restlessness and shakiness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid or abnormal heart rhythm
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Dependency, so you need to take more of it to get the same results


Some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others.”


In the Spirit of Being Healthy with Your Caffeine Consumption, Check Out These Healthy Tea Recipes:


Source: https://www.asweetpeachef.com/4-healthy-iced-teas-recipes/

Lemon Basil Iced Tea

INGREDIENTS

1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
6 fresh basil leaves
2 green tea bags
3 cups hot water
raw honey, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the lemon slices, fresh basil leaves, and green tea bags to a 1-quart mason jar or pitcher.
Pour hot water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags.
Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release.

Coconut Lime Iced Tea

INGREDIENTS

2 black tea bags
1/2 lime, thinly sliced
3 cups coconut water, heated
raw honey, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the black tea bags and sliced lime to a 1 quart mason jar or pitcher.
Pour heated coconut water into the mason jar, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Then, remove the tea bags.
Place into the fridge to completely chill for 3-4 hours for the flavors to release.


If You Suspect That You May Have Overdosed on Caffeine, Contact Your Health Care Provider ASAP


If you are in need of a new health care provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have several locations throughout the area. Call one of our clinics listed below to schedule your appointment today and see the difference that quality healthcare can make.
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.


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Friday, March 2, 2018

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Doctor

Choosing a new doctor can be challenging. Whether you have moved to a new area, had a recent falling out with your current doctor, or have just never claimed a primary provider, change can be intimidating. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that which is why Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few factors to consider when choosing a new doctor.


5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Doctor


Factor #1
Find out what the doctor's availability is.
If the doctor you are considering can only see patients during the week, but you are only available on weekends, then that's not going to work. Look for a doctor can see you during the time you are available.

Factor #2
Pay attention to your comfort level around this doctor.
The doctor you choose to be your primary provider will likely be the person to treat any long-term illnesses you may have in the future. It's important you feel comfortable around him or her. What was his or her personality like? Did he or she speak in a way you could understand? Did he or she answer all of your questions?


"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." - William Osler



Factor #3
Refer to your health insurance to see what doctors are in your network.
You may have a very strict health insurance network and not even realize it. Check with your health insurance company to see which providers are in your network or call the clinic or doctors office you plan to visit ahead of time and ask.

Factor #4
Consider feedback from others.
When choosing a new doctor, ask around. Check with friends and family members to see what they have heard about this new doctor.

Factor #5
Check out the scheduling policies at the doctor's office.
Some offices may offer same day appointment setting and some may not. Ask these types of questions when choosing a new doctor.


In Need of a New Doctor?


Visit with the doctors at Central Ozarks Medical Center. 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. Central Ozarks Medical Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and strives to deliver quality healthcare to our communities.  As a FQHC we are non-profit and focus on medically underserved communities and bringing affordable healthcare to all.  Our providers see patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments.  For more information about our providers, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org or call one of our clinics listed below.



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Friday, February 23, 2018

February is National Snack Food Month!

February is National Snack Food Month and in light of that our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a couple of great healthy snack recipes to try that we found online. If eating healthy and sticking with it is one of your goals for 2018 then this blog is for you! Keep reading for 2 healthy snack recipes we found.


Healthy Snack Recipes


Source: https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/bacon-baked-egg-in-avocado/

BACON BAKED EGG IN AVOCADO

Ingredients

3 large avocados
6 eggs
4 strips of bacon, diced and cooked until crispy
¼ cup fresh chives
sriracha for drizzle


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425.
2. Spray a baking sheet or glass baking pan with cooking spray.
3. Cut avocados in half. Scoop about an additional 1-2 tablespoons of the avocado to create a well for the eggs.
4. Place avocados flesh side up on a prepared baking sheet or glass pan.
5. Gently crack one egg into each avocado well, making sure to keep the yolk intact.
6. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until eggs are desired temperature. Remove.
7. Top with crumbled bacon, chopped chives and a drizzle of sriracha.


Source: https://www.dessertfortwo.com/vegan-brownies-small-batch/



VEGAN BROWNIES (SMALL BATCH)

Ingredients

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (or GF brown rice flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3-ounces vegan chocolate bar, chopped (or vegan chocolate chips)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325, and line a 9x5" bread loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving extra on the ends so that you can easily lift out your brownies when they're done.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil. Stir well, and then microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds.
3. Remove from the microwave and stir to blend well.
4. Add the flour, baking soda and salt, and stir for about 50 strokes to blend very well. (If you're using gluten-free flour, you don't have to stir this much. Just stir until well-mixed).
5. Pour the mixture into the pan, and top with the chopped chocolate bar.
6. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven, let cool completely, and then chill in the fridge for best results. They cut the most evenly if they're well-chilled. You could dig in right away, though they will be slightly messy.

Ready to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center?


Our goal is to lead the way to healthier communities and we hope you enjoy the recipes listed above. If you are in need of a healthcare provider you can count on, call us at one of our clinics listed below.


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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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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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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