Top Doctors 2015
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Several new buildings are opening this year in Springfield, Bolivar, Joplin, West Plains and surrounding areas as local hospitals look to the future—rebuilding and expanding to keep providing 417-landers the care they need to feel their best.
Cox Medical Center
This new 10-story patient tower connects to the existing tower at Cox Medical Center South and is home to the Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Jared Neuroscience Center, along with room for future expansion. The 343,000-square-foot tower opens this summer to provide 50 new private patient rooms in the neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care units on the bottom floors. The top floors have space for inpatient and outpatient neuro services, private patient rooms and rehabilitation. The clinic houses physicians from the Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute and the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic. The new tower is funded by an approximately $200 million bond issued for construction projects in both Springfield and Branson.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
This new 900,000-square-foot facility opened in March to fill the void left by St. John’s Regional Medical Center after it was destroyed by a tornado in 2011. The new hospital, made possible by a $1 billion funding commitment from Mercy, includes a nine-story patient tower and a five-story clinic office. The building houses a unique neonatal intensive care unit and an advanced linear accelerator for cancer treatment, and it demonstrates intensive security planning and safety features prepared to weather any storm.
The new windows and frames can withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour, and the building has a concrete roof, certified “safe zones” on every floor and generators separate from the main building. The windows in the emergency department and hallways connecting the two towers have reinforced glass laminate. Even stronger windows were installed in both intensive care units to protect the most vulnerable patients. Preparation for future natural disasters was the motivation behind planning every feature. The new hospital has reinforced refuges on every floor, where details like tiles, lights and storm barriers are designed as if in an earthquake zone. Critical utilities are housed underground hundreds of feet away from the main building to protect power, and battery backups keep hallways, stairways and life-support systems on. To hold everything together, the entire building is surrounded by a concrete exterior and some areas are reinforced with hurricane-strength boards.
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
Citizens Memorial Healthcare went through a year of growth in 2014, and that growth is continuing this year throughout the area. In Bolivar, the Kerry and Synda Douglas Medical Center was expanded to add 80,000 square feet of new surgical suites, endoscopic labs, an imaging center, Breast Care Center and Wound and Hyperbaric Center. The facility is on track to be completed this June with space for a Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center and clinic space for other specialties including the Eye Center and Optical Shop. In February, the Missouri Memory Center opened to help early identification and diagnosing of patients with memory loss.
Last winter, construction started on a 14,000-square-foot women’s and children’s clinic to expand the Bolivar OB/GYN and Butterfield Park Pediatrics to be finished early 2016. Regionally, the Osceola Medical Center and Walk-In Clinic also opened last winter with the Osceola Community Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Clinic.
Ozarks Community Hospital
Construction finished on two regional campuses this year for Ozarks Community Hospital, allowing them to adapt to growing demand and expand to meet the community’s needs. The 3,000-square-foot Jasper County Clinic opened in Carthage to house two physicians in internal medicine and provide eight jobs. The 4,500-square-foot Sparta Clinic opened to house six providers and create seven new jobs.
Freeman Hospital Expansions
Expansion and renovation projects are underway for both the Freeman Hospital West campus and the Freeman Hospital East campus in Joplin.
At Freeman Hospital West, the new inpatient dialysis unit opened in the Gary and Donna Hall Tower in February. The Freeman Health System also bought property in Webb City to start a $2 million renovation project to expand outpatient dialysis care. Earlier this spring, operating rooms were also renovated on the west campus. The nursery and postpartum units were also expanded to create a new nursing station and enhanced security.
At Freeman Hospital East, a 10,000-square-foot radiation oncology unit is set to open early this summer. The $8 million dollar project will provide a new linear accelerator x-ray.
The new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism is set to open this fall after construction started last August. The 20,000-square-foot center focuses on treating local youth and young adults with autism in innovative ways. The center will house mock apartments to teach life skills, and a preschool wing that will have environments adapted to students. A gymnasium will double as the safe room. This new center will help the Freeman Health System continue to expand its services to patients with autism after the Ozark Center for Autism was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.
Ozarks Medical Center
The West Plains community is supporting Ozarks Medical Center’s project to expand the Cancer Treatment Center to accommodate the increasing number of cancer patients in the area. The Cancer Treatment Center will have a chemotherapy suite with more room for patients’ families and new treatment chairs. The center also includes a healing garden outside the chemotherapy suite and updated treatment technologies.
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