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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573.346.4446 -- 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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573.765.2510 -- 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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573.346.4446 -- 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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573.346.4446 -- 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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573.765.2510 -- 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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Friday, October 19, 2018

Healthy Halloween Treats

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


Healthy Halloween Treats


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

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls

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

Ingredients

3 (3.5-ounce) bags natural microwave popcorn

2 cups pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

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

1/4 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

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

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

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

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

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

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



Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwich

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

Ingredients

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

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

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon pickled relish

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco

Kosher salt

10 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced in half

Ketchup, for squirting

Directions

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

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

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



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

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Healthy Eating Tips for Dining Out

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


Healthy Eating Tips for Dining Out


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

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

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

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

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


Eat Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


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

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

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


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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, October 5, 2018

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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


Breast Cancer Statistics


According to the CDC:

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

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

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

According to the BreastCancer.org:

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

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

According to Susan G. Komen:

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

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


Affordable Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks


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

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



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Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Active Aging Week!

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


Healthy Activities for Seniors


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

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

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

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

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


Senior Health Care at the Lake of the Ozarks


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

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Halloween Health Tips

Who doesn't love Halloween? It will be here before you know it and while binge eating candy may be a hard habit to break for some people, there are ways you can have fun on Halloween without straying from your diet. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few Halloween health tips. If you are looking for a new dentist for your kids, call the Central Ozarks Medical Center - Richland Dental Center at 573-765-2510 today.


Halloween Health Tips


Eat a healthy meal BEFORE trick or treating.
Eat healthy before you go out so you aren't as tempted to eat a bunch of sweets and candy. You may not be as tempted because you are already full on healthy homecooked food.

Stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of water can also make you feel full and less likely to eat a ton of Halloween candy. Aim to drink at least 8 ounces of water a day,

Walk from house to house.
Get some physical exercise and choose a neighborhood where you can safely walk from house to house rather than driving.

More Halloween Health Tips


According to the CDC:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/index.htm


Encourage Good Dental Health with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Check out our Richland Medical Center Location.

Services Offered:

Family Practice
OB/GYN
Osteopathic Manipulation
Pediatrics
Behavioral Health
          
Hours of Operation: 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.*

*Extended hours are for established patients

ADDRESS

304 W Washington Ave
Richland, MO 65556

Our dental providers at the Lake of the Ozarks include Kyle Shull, DDS, Evan Reynolds, DDS, and Shayna Mattox, DDS. For more information on our dental clinic and our providers, visit www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Importance of the Flu Shot

Flu season is coming up soon and why not prepare yourself and your family? According to the CDC, influenza activity tends to increase in October and November. Central Ozarks Medical Center is offering free flu shots at a few of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keep reading for the important event details and reasons why you should get your flu vaccinations.


Central Ozarks Medical Center Flu Shot Fairs


Upcoming Flu Fairs:

COMC Richland: October 5th
Medical Center Main Entrance
304 W Washington, Richland
7am—12pm & 1pm—4pm

COMC Camdenton: October 12th
Main Entrance
948 E US Hwy 54, Camdenton
8am—12pm & 1pm –4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 12th
Main Entrance
3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach
8am—12pm & 1pm—4pm

• No appointments necessary
• Short intake form can be
completed on day of fair
• First Come/ First Served

Why Get a Flu Shot?

According to the CDC:

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.

While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Flu vaccination also has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
Also, there are data to suggest that even if someone gets sick after a vaccination, their illness may be milder.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm


COMC: Leading the Way to Healthier Communities


We truly believe in leading the way to healthier communities, one step at a time. 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. Check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information on local Camden County health clinics.


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