Friday, May 29, 2020

COMC is Hiring a Licensed Practical Nurse!

Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks have been offering quality health care to Central Missouri since 1979. It is amazing to watch our organization grow over time. Central Ozarks Medical Center is hiring a Licensed Practical Nurse at our Osage Beach location. Keep reading this week's blog for a full job description. Have any questions? Be sure to give us a call at 573.302.7490. Central Ozarks Medical Center - Your health...our mission.


Licensed Practical Nurse

Osage Beach, MO • Nursing

Description

Responsibilities: As designated by the Medical Director within the bounds of the licensing authority.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

• Record vital signs, patient histories and subjective complaints.
• Prepare patient for examination, explain procedures to patient, and assist the provider with examinations and treatments as indicated.
• Perform lab work as required.
• Perform medical procedures as required.
• Administer medications and explain the dosage and possible side effects of the medication to the patient.
• Provide developmental assessments on infants and children.
• Orient new personnel and students as required.
• Ensure that required data forms are complete and accurate.
• Review patient charts for accurate documentation.
• Collect and maintain data for tracking systems, quality control audits, and special programs as required.

Requirements
Qualifications Requirements:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Must be CPR certified or become certified during probationary period and maintain certification throughout employment with COMC. Must maintain CEUs as directed by COMC.

Education and/or experience:   Must be licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Missouri.  Experience with electronic health records preferred.

Language Skills:  Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies.

Mathematical Skills:  Knowledge of fundamental math, adding machine, calculator, and Microsoft office.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 

Other Skills and Abilities:  Strong phone etiquette and excellent customer service skills. 

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 50 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to all COMC locations will be required.  Employee should have valid Missouri driver’s license. Overnight travel may also be required in specific incidences of training, conferences, etc.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.

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All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center thank you for taking the time to read over the full job description. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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573.765.5141

Richland

573.302.7490

Osage Beach

573.346.4446

Camdenton

573.765.2510

Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Thursday, May 21, 2020

COMC is Hiring a Registered Nurse!

Are you looking for a career in nursing? Are you looking to work for an INCREDIBLE company that values its people! If so, this is the blog for you. Our health clinic in Camdenton is looking for a registered nurse. Keep reading this week's blog for a full job description. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our Camdenton health clinic at 573.346.4446. Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality health care in Central Missouri since 1979.


Registered Nurse (RN)

Camdenton, MO • Medical

Description
Responsibilities: As designated by the Medical Director within the bounds of the licensing authority.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

• Record vital signs, patient histories and subjective complaints.
• Prepare patient for examination, explain procedures to patient, and assist the provider with examinations and treatments as indicated.
• Perform lab work as required.
• Perform medical procedures as required.
• Administer medications and explain the dosage and possible side effects of the medication to the patient.
• Provide developmental assessments on infants and children.
• Orient new personnel and students as required.
• Ensure that required data forms are complete and accurate.
• Review patient charts for accurate documentation.
• Collect and maintain data for tracking systems, quality control audits, and special programs as required.

Requirements
Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Must be CPR certified or become certified during the probationary period and maintain certification throughout employment with COMC.  Must maintain CEUs as directed by COMC.

Education and/or experience:   Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in Missouri.  Experience with electronic health records preferred.

Language Skills:  Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies.

Mathematical Skills:  Knowledge of fundamental math, adding machine, calculator, and Microsoft office.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Other Skills and Abilities:  Strong phone etiquette and excellent customer service skills.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 50 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to all COMC locations will be required.  Employee should have valid Missouri driver’s license. Overnight travel may also be required in specific incidences of training, conferences, etc.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. The confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.

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Have Any Questions?

Please do not hesitate to call our Camdenton health clinic today! You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. Central Ozarks Medical Center - Where all locations are community practices, serving everyone from newborns to the elderly.


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For Appointments Call


573.765.5141

Richland

573.302.7490

Osage Beach

573.346.4446

Camdenton

573.765.2510

Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, May 15, 2020

How To EAT To Boost Your Immune System

With everything that has happened lately regarding COVID-19, you are likely searching for ways to keep your immune system strong. If this sounds like you, keep reading this week's blog to learn how you can eat to boost your immune system. We've got to do everything we can to keep our bodies healthy. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, a fever, or dry cough, please call our Lake of the Ozarks health clinic before you get here so that we can be properly prepared. You can find all of the phone numbers for each of our Mid-MO health clinic locations at www.CentralOzarks.org. Central Ozarks Medical Center: Your Health...Our Mission.


How To Eat To Boost Your Immune System


There are a ton of foods that you can eat that can help boost your immune system and keep it strong during this difficult time. In addition to eating the right foods, you can exercise regularly, avoid smoking, try to maintain a healthy weight, and keep your stress level as low as possible. Some healthy foods that you can eat to help boost your immune system include, but are not limited to:

  • Oranges
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Elderberries
  • Acai Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Ginger 
  • Broccoli
  • Almonds
  • Papaya
  • Tumeric

If you have concerns about boosting your immune system, ask you doctor for more recommendations on how to keep it strong.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

All COMC locations are open! If you have a scheduled appointment, please call ahead if you have a fever, cough, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. COMC dental clinics are open and serving patients with dental emergencies. Call one of our locations to schedule your next in-person or telehealth visit.

COMC is currently offering COVID-19 testing at all medical locations. The health center is following CDC recommendations for testing and is not currently testing patients who aren’t displaying symptoms. The cost of COVID-19 testing is $51.31. For patients with health insurance, the cost of the test, and your visit is 100% covered by your health insurance carrier. If you are a self-pay patient, the cost of the test is covered on the sliding-fee scale as part of your visit.

Health Clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that you found this blog helpful. Again, if you have any concerns about your immune system and keeping it healthy, call your doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks ASAP. If you are looking for a new doctor, consider 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. To make an appointment, call the clinic nearest to you, our phone numbers can be found below. You can also stay up to date on our latest announcements by following us on our social media channels listed below.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare



For Appointments Call


573.765.5141

Richland

573.302.7490

Osage Beach

573.346.4446

Camdenton

573.765.2510

Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, May 8, 2020

Health Tips for Pregnant Women During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in some way, some more intensely than others. You likely still have a lot of questions regarding COVID-19, since more and more information is provided each week. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks want to do the best we can in sharing that information with you. Keep reading this week's blog for a few health tips for pregnant women during COVID-19 from the CDC. If you think are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks immediately. Remember, if you have an appointment with Central Ozarks Medical Center and have a fever, cough, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call ahead and we will prepare properly. All phone numbers for all COMC locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM THE CDC

Risks to the pregnancy and to the baby

Much is still unknown about the risks of COVID-19 to the pregnancy and to the baby.

  • Mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19 during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn can be infected after exposure to an infected person, including the baby’s mother or other caregivers.
  • Based on limited published reports, a very small number of babies have tested positive for the virus shortly after birth. However, it is unknown if these babies got the virus before, during, or after birth.
  • There have been a small number of reported problems, such as preterm birth, in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 late in their pregnancy. However, we do not know if these problems were related to the virus.

Prenatal care during the COVID-19 outbreak

It is important to take care of yourself and your baby during pregnancy, and this includes prenatal care.

  • Ask if your doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital has steps in place to separate healthy patients from those who might be sick.
  • Some doctor’s offices might choose to cancel or postpone some visits. Others may switch certain appointments to telemedicine visits, which are appointments through the phone or over the internet. These decisions will be based on the circumstances in your community, as well as your individual care plan.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have an urgent medical question.
  • In case of emergency, call 911 or go to your local emergency department. If possible, call the emergency department to explain you are pregnant and have an emergency. They should have an infection prevention plan to protect you from getting COVID-19 if you need emergency care. Do not delay getting emergency care because of COVID-19.



We Will Continue To Get Through This Together!


We hope this blog found you healthy and safe. If you are pregnant and have questions about what you should be doing during COVID-10, please give us a call. Also, please don't forget that all COMC locations are open! If you have a scheduled appointment, please call ahead if you have a fever, cough, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. All phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.



Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare



For Appointments Call


573.765.5141

Richland

573.302.7490

Osage Beach

573.346.4446

Camdenton

573.765.2510

Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, May 1, 2020

FAQs About COVID-19

COVID-19 has been a unique but NEW time in history, which means many people have a ton of questions about this virus. That being said, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to share a few very important frequently asked questions about COVID-19 (from the CDC) and the helpful answers they provide, in this week's blog. Don't forget, if you have an appointment with one of our Mid-MO health clinics, please call ahead if you have a fever, cough, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We will be properly prepared for you. For a complete list of our locations and phone numbers, please visit the Central Ozarks Medical Center website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


FAQs About COVID-19 


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

According to the CDC:

Q: What is a novel coronavirus?

A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Q: What is the source of the virus?

A: COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.  Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people. This occurred with MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, and now with the virus that causes COVID-19. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir. However, the exact source of this virus is unknown.

Q: How does the virus spread?

A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that this blog found you safe and healthy! We encourage you to stay as up to date as possible on all of the information the CDC provides on COVID-19. Here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, we share a great deal of important information they provide and we encourage you to do the same. Follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. Stay safe everyone and remember we can get through this together!



Central Ozarks Medical Center
Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare



For Appointments Call


573.765.5141

Richland

573.302.7490

Osage Beach

573.346.4446

Camdenton

573.765.2510

Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, April 24, 2020

Caring For Someone With COVID-19

All of us here at our Mid-Missouri health clinics want you to know we will get through this COVID-19 pandemic together! We understand that there are some people who have tested positive for COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms yet and that there are some people who are trying to recover from home. With that being said, our healthcare professionals at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to share some pertinent information from the CDC in regard to caring for someone with COVID-19 from home in this week's blog. If you can make it into one of our health clinics in Mid-MO and are showing symptoms such as shortness of breath, a fever, or dry cough, please give us a call beforehand and we will be properly prepared for you.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html

Protect yourself when caring for someone who is sick

Limit contact
COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets, created when someone talks, coughs or sneezes

The caregiver, when possible, should not be someone who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Use a separate bedroom and bathroom: If possible, have the person who is sick stay in their own “sick room” or area and away from others. If possible, have the person who is sick use a separate bathroom.
  • Shared space: If you have to share space, make sure the room has good air flow.
  • Open the window and turn on a fan (if possible) to increase air circulation.
  • Improving ventilation helps remove respiratory droplets from the air.
  • Avoid having visitors: Avoid having any unnecessary visitors, especially visits by people who are at higher risk for severe illness.


Eat in separate rooms or areas

  • Stay separated: The person who is sick should eat (or be fed) in their room, if possible.
  • Wash dishes and utensils using gloves and hot water: Handle any dishes, cups/glasses, or silverware used by the person who is sick with gloves. Wash them with soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
  • Clean hands after taking off gloves or handling used items.


Avoid sharing personal items

  • Do not share: Do not share dishes, cups/glasses, silverware, towels, bedding, or electronics with the person who is sick.

When to wear a cloth face cover or gloves

Sick person:

  • The person who is sick should wear a cloth face covering when they are around other people at home and out (including before they enter a doctor’s office).
  • The cloth face covering helps prevent a person who is sick from spreading the virus to others. It keeps respiratory droplets contained and from reaching other people.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is not able to remove the covering without help.

 Caregiver:

  • Wear gloves when you touch or have contact with blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, mucus, vomit, and urine. Throw out gloves into a lined trash can.
  • A caregiver may wear a cloth face covering when caring for a person who is sick, however the protective effects (how well the cloth face covering protects healthy people from breathing in the virus) are unknown.


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that this blog finds you safe and healthy! We encourage you to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information. The CDC is a great resource for that and we try to share the information they put out with you as much as possible in our social media. To stay up to date on our latest announcements, please follow us on our social media channels listed below.


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For Appointments Call




573.765.5141

Richland



573.302.7490

Osage Beach



573.346.4446

Camdenton



573.765.2510

Dental

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Truth About Cloth Face Masks

We are all in the middle of this COVID-19 crisis together. It's important to fully understand what you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. We get more and more information each day, so it's important to stay updated. With that in mind, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to share some vital information regarding cloth face masks from the CDC with you in this week's blog. You'll see that the CDC refers to cloth face masks as "cloth face coverings". Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics believe we can get through this together! To make an appointment with Central Ozarks Medical Center, please give us a call. Our phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Also, if you are experiencing shortness of breath, a fever, or a dry cough, please let us know before you get here and we will prepare properly.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

[INFO. FROM THE CDC]


Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19


How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Cloth face coverings should—
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.


We Can Get Through This Together!


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that this blog found you safe and healthy! Stay updated as much as possible on all information regarding COVID-19. To stay up to date on our latest announcements, please follow us on our social media channels listed below. You can also check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information.


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Friday, April 10, 2020

Keeping Your Children Healthy During The COVID-19 Crisis

All of us here at our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics hope that this blog finds you well and healthy! We know that this is an intense time for everyone but we can all get through it together. All of our health clinics in Central Missouri are open. You can find all of the locations on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Keep reading this week's blog for some important information from the CDC regarding keeping your children healthy during the COVID-19 crisis.



INFORMATION FROM THE CDC

Children may have mild symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally shown mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.

It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is more to learn about how the disease impacts children. You can learn more about who is most at risk for health problems if they have COVID-19 infection on Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Take steps to protect children and others from getting sick
Help stop the spread of COVID-19 by doing the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. Teach your children to do the same.

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (like tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks).
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.



All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that you are safe! Be sure to follow the CDC guidelines and stay up to date on the latest information. You can also follow our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. Again, all COMC locations are open and you can find the phone number and clinic addresses on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Remember, if you are experiencing shortness of breath, a fever, or coughing and are on your way into one of our COMC locations, please call ahead so we can be ready for you!


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Friday, April 3, 2020

Coping with COVID-19

All of us know by now that this is an intense, but a unique time in history. We can all get through this together, but it takes everyone. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to share some vital information with you from the CDC on coping with COVID-19. This COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our everyday lives. Keep reading for what the CDC recommends to do during this time. Please remember if you are on your way into Central Ozarks Medical Center and are showing signs of COVID-10, shortness of breath, coughing, or a fever, please call ahead and we will be prepared for you.


INFORMATION FROM THE CDC

Daily Life and Coping

Learn how you can plan, prepare, and cope with stress before and during a COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Plan and make decisions in advance of an illness.
  • Know how to protect and support the children in your care.
  • Find ways to cope with stress that will make you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.

Stay informed and in touch

  • Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials
  • Ask your neighbors what their plan includes.
  • Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
  • Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

Prepare for possible illness

  • Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
  • Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.

Take everyday preventive steps

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at your workplace.


Watch for symptoms
Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or
  • Cough or
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately
Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

  • Keep away from others who are sick
  • Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet)


All of us here at our Central MO health clinics hope that this information finds you well and healthy. We can all get through this together. Remember, we are open! If you are on your way in, give us a call on the way if you are experiencing shortness of breath, coughing, or a fever. We will be prepared for your arrival. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Dental


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Friday, March 27, 2020

Who's at Higher Risk For COVID-19?

There are more and more updates each and every week in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks feel that it's very important to stay updated as much as you can. With that in mind, we are here to share some information with you about who is at higher risk for COVID-19, in this week's blog. We feel the best way to update you on this important topic is to share the public information that the CDC is putting out there for your benefit. Please remember, if you are coming into one of our Mid-MO health clinics and are showing major symptoms of COVID-19, such as trouble breathing, coughing, or a fever, please give us a call so we can prepare for you. All of our phone numbers can be found on the Central Ozarks Medical Center website, www.CentralOzarks.org.


INFORMATION FROM THE CDC

People who are at higher risk for severe illness

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

People aged 65 years and older
People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
Other high-risk conditions could include:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions
  • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
  • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with a severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk.

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.


Call COMC If You Are Showing Symptoms of COVID-19


We know this is an intense time in history right now but we can get through this together. Follow the safety precautions that the CDC is requesting. Practice social distancing and wash your hands often. Let's slow this spread and get back to our known normal. Please remember if you are on your way in to see us and are showing symptoms of COVID-19, give us a call and we will be prepared for you. Stay safe everyone!


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Symptoms of COVID-19

These are times of crisis. We all know that. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks want you to stay informed and to know what to do during this unfortunate time. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to share information from the CDC on the coronavirus with you in this week's blog. Remember, if you are headed to one of our Mid-MO health clinics and are feeling any of the coronavirus symptoms, be sure to call ahead so we are ready for you.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Watch for symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

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We here at COMC encourage you to follow our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. We share a lot of the information from the CDC and we encourage you to do the same. Remember, a crisis like this is going to take all of us to get through, so be sure to follow the CDC guidelines. Stay safe everyone!


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Friday, March 13, 2020

Healthy Ways of Boosting Your Immune System

It's always good to have a healthy immune system, but with sickness spreading at such a rapid rate it's important to be aware of how to boost your immune system. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few healthy tips on how to boost your immune system. If you feel ill or have any flu-like symptoms, be sure to call your doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks immediately. Central Ozarks Medical Center - We've been providing quality health care in Central Missouri since 1979.


Healthy Ways of Boosting Your Immune System


Eat a variety of immune-boosting foods.
There are healthy foods that you can eat that can actually BOOST your immune system for you, such as:
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Oranges
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Seafood (Shellfish in particular)
  • Tumeric
  • Almonds
These foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to support its immune system.


Limit your drinking of alcoholic beverages.
Drinking too many alcoholic beverages have been known to mess with your immune system in a negative way. If you are going to drink alcohol, just be sure to do so moderately.

Lower your stress level as much as possible.
Lower your stress in a healthy way! Try participating in yoga, breathing exercises, reach out to a friend to talk,  just go for a walk, or check out some amazing lake views.

Make a point to regularly exercise.
While regular exercise may sound challenging time-wise, it really doesn't have to be. You likely get a lunch break at work right? Go for a walk around the building or do a few crunches on a exercise ball in your office. Pack your gym bag before work and keep it with you, this way you aren't tempted to go home after work, before stopping by the gym. If you prefer to work out at home, train yourself to work out before dinner, then eat after. This way your calories can likely burn easier.

Sleep 7-8 hours a night.
This is a big one! Do what you need to get your sleep. In today's technology culture, many of us are on our smartphones while in bed. Maybe you have anxiety about checking your work e-mail or you feel you might miss out on something if you aren't checking your social media channels constantly. Your health needs to be a priority.


Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy with COMC!


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you found this week's blog helpful. Please be safe and follow the CDC regulations right now. Do your best to sanitize or wash your hands throughout the day and take caution during this time. Feel free to follow us on all of our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Friday, March 6, 2020

Health Tips for the WHOLE Family

Being healthy can be easier if the whole family participates! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand this and that's why we have a few health tips that can work for the whole family in this week's blog. It can also be nice to have a family doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks that all your loved ones can depend on and trust. To make an appointment with an experienced primary care provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All of our providers and their phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Health Tips for the WHOLE Family


Make sure the whole family attends their regular health check-ups.
This can be easier to do when everyone goes to the same place. COMC serves everyone from newborns to the elderly. Visiting your doctor periodically for your wellness checkups is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your family.

Get your 8 glasses of water in a day!
If you knew how much sugar you consumed just from beverages alone, you might be shocked.

  • You can limit your sugar intake by exchanging one of your and your child's mealtime beverages for water. 
  • Be aware that fruit juice contains extremely high concentrations of sugar, as well - just because your child isn't drinking soda does not necessarily mean that she isn't still consuming large amounts of sugar.

Ask your kids what they think being healthy means.
Ask your children what ideas they have to help the family be healthier as a whole. Encourage them to think outside the box.

Change out unhealthy food items for healthy ones.
For example, you can use ground turkey instead of ground beef in your favorite recipes or:
  • Cauliflower rice for rice
  • Cauliflower pizza crusts instead of flour and dough-based crusts
  • Zucchini noodles for noodles
  • Spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti noodles
...There are many healthier options today. You may even have some fun discovering these healthier items and realize that you may like them more.


Visit local parks for fun outdoor activities!
When the weather is nice, spending time outside provides a great opportunity for little ones to be active and enjoy breathing in the fresh air. Instead of only returning to your usual haunt, try visiting every park in your city (or even some of the surrounding towns). You might find a new favorite!


Family Doctors at the Lake of the Ozarks


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you enjoyed learning about these health tips that can work for the whole family! If you are interested in finding a new doctor for the whole family, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. We can be reached at the phone numbers listed below and you can also check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information on the services we provide. Be sure to follow us on all of our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


Central Ozarks Medical Center
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For Appointments Call

573.765.5141
Richland

573.302.7490
Osage Beach

573.346.4446
Camdenton

573.765.2510
Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties