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Top Doctors

Top Doctors 2017

417 Magazine's annual Top Doctors list features winning physicians in 72 medical and surgical specialties throughout 417-land.

Photos by Chuck Travers, Brandon Alms & Savannah Waszczuk | Photos courtesy CoxHealth and Freeman Health System | Illustration by Ryan Saunders

May 2017

Dr. Stephen Meyer at Mercy Joplin has been treating cardiovascular patients the same way for 18 years: with no room for doubt.

Top Doctors is a nomination-based project in which we ask physicians in the area to vote for doctors in various specialties. We ask the doctors to vote for the physicians they would trust to care for their family and friends—experts who exemplify excellence in their specialties.

This list is a service to our readers, giving them a doctor’s perspective regarding the top doctors in dozens of specialty areas. The list is intended to allow patients to see and celebrate their doctors who make the list. It also gives health care seekers a place to see doctors highlighted for achievement and reputation, and can be a great tool for finding the right doctors for their needs.

To complete this nomination project, 417 Magazine has contracted DataJoe Research to conduct nominations using an online ballot for collecting, vetting and tallying the votes. DataJoe Research is a survey/research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers.

Only licensed doctors practicing in 417-land were eligible to make the list.   


Medical
Specialties

Anesthesiology

Andrew Hummel, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

 

Emergency Medicine

Roger C. Merk, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

Runner-Up

Jeffrey K. Smieshek, D.O.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

 

Family Medicine

Louis B. Harris, M.D.
Bolivar Family Care Center
417-326-6021

Runner-Up

Kristopher J. Kaufmann, D.O.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676

 

Hematology/Oncology

Leo Shunyakov, M.D.
Central Care Cancer Center at Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
417-326-7200

 

Hospitalist

Garrett Alderfer, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000
Butterfield Park Pediatrics
417-777-2121

Runners-Up

Bassil Bayazed, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists – Springfield
417-820-2600
Dr. Bayazed was practicing in Bolivar with Citizens Memorial Hospital at the time of voting. He has since moved to Springfield.

Sean Larimore, D.O.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

 

Infectious Disease

Edemekong Bassey, M.D.
CMH Infectious Disease & Internal Medicine Clinic
417-328-7985

 

Neurology

Curtis P. Schreiber, M.D.
CMH Neurology Clinic
417-327-3530
Missouri Memory Center
417-327-3530

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

D. Shelly Meents, M.D.
Bolivar OB/GYN
417-777-8131

Runner-Up

Sarah Kallberg, D.O.
Bolivar OB/GYN
417-777-8131

 

Ophthalmology

Chetan Soni, M.D., M.S., M.H.A., F.A.C.S.
CMH Eye Specialty Center
417-328-7000

 

Pain Management

Mark J. Bult Sr., M.D.
CMH Institute of Pain Management
417-326-7246

 

Pediatrics (General)

Shannon L. Calvert, M.D.
Butterfield Park Pediatrics
417-777-2121

Runner-Up

James G. Liesen, D.O.
Butterfield Park Pediatrics
417-777-2121

 

Psychiatry

Bryan E. Flueckiger, M.D.
Parkview Geriatric Wellness
417-326-6000

Radiology

Doug Horner, D.O.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-328-6000
CMH Imaging Center
417-328-6447

Chad Potter, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-328-6447
CMH Imaging Center
417-328-6447

 

Sports Medicine

Gregory Hon, D.O.
Parkview Primary Care, Sports & Occupational Medicine Clinic
417-777-6161

Runner-Up

Juris Simanis, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., R.M.S.K., F.A.A.F.P.
Parkview Primary Care, Sports & Occupational Medicine Clinic
417-777-6161

 

Urology

John Boullier, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.
CMH Urological Clinic
417-326-2550

 

Surgical Specialties

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Brent A. Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

 

General Surgery

Brent A. Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

Runner-Up

W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

 

Laparoscopic Surgery

Brent A. Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

 

General Orthopedic Surgery

K. Ronald Smith, M.D.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

Runners-Up

Jonathan Gray, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

Troy Morrison, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

 

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)

K. Ronald Smith, M.D.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

 

Orthopedics (Spinal)

Troy Morrison, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

 

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy)

Troy Morrison, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

 

Trauma Surgery

Martin S. Tyson, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.A.P.W.HC.
CMH Wound and Hyberbaric Center
417-326-8700
Citizens Memorial Hospital
888-328-6010
CMH Surgical Services Clinic
417-326-8700

Runner-Up

Brent A. Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700


Medical Specialties

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Lane Barkley Garner, M.D.
CoxHealth, Emergency Services
417-335-7218
Dr. Garner was voted into the Cardiac Electrophysiology category. He practices emergency medicine.

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Narin Arunakul, M.D.
CoxHealth, Interventional Cardiology
417-336-4112

 

Dermatology

Christy Rainey, M.D.
Branson Dermatology
417-336-0033

 

Emergency Medicine

Eli Nathanael Denney, D.O.
CoxHealth, Emergency Services
417-335-7218

 

Family Medicine

David H. Afshar, D.O.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine & Obstetrics
417-335-7540

Jeremy D. Mabe, M.D.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-348-8964

 

Hematology/Oncology

Gus Anthony Gonzalez, M.D.
CoxHealth, Oncology
417-348-8031

 

Hospitalist

Cody Barret Hoeflicker, D.O.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine Hospitalist
417-335-7128

Runner-Up

Sheny Alex, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine Hospitalist
417-335-7128

 

Infectious Disease

Cassandra L. Ashley, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
417-335-7020

 

Internal Medicine

Cassandra L. Ashley, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
417-335-7020

 

Nephrology

John R. Martinez, M.D.
Branson Nephrology & Dialysis
417-334-8288

Dwight P. Zabel, M.D.
Branson Nephrology & Dialysis
417-334-8288

Neurology

Diane L. Cornelison, D.O.
CoxHealth, Pain & Neurology
417-335-7222

 

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)

James Travis Brawner, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Ozark Mountain Ear, Nose and Throat
417-335-3636
Privileges at CoxHealth Center Branson

 

Pain Management

Diane L. Cornelison, D.O.
CoxHealth, Pain & Neurology
417-335-7222

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Christoffer J. Weber, M.D.
Dr. Chris Weber
417-337-5500

 

Rheumatology

Anthony Tay, M.D.
CoxHealth, Rheumatology
417-348-8253

 

Surgical Specialties

General Surgery

Dirk McMurray, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-348-8080

John Joseph Moll Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-348-8080

 

Laparoscopic Surgery

John Joseph Moll Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-348-8080

 

Ophthalmologic Surgery

Tom V. Morrison, M.D.
Vision Clinic Branson
417-334-0044

 

General Orthopedic Surgery

Chad Douglas Efird, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-348-8100

 

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)

Chad Douglas Efird, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-348-8100


Medical Specialties

Allergy/Immunology

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566

Runners-Up

Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566

Michael E. Joseph, M.D.
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
417-624-0050
Privileges at Mercy Hospital–Joplin and Freeman Health

 

Anesthesiology

Trevor Laron Bright, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology
417-556-3729

Bradford Lynn Ramsey, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Runners-Up

Donita Ki Boan, D.O.
Freeman Hospital West
417-347-1111

Kalaichelvi R. Huff, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3729

 

Burn Treatment

Joseph A. Newman, M.D.
Freeman Wound Care
417-347-4800

 

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Rafael Joseph Gaytan, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Joplin
417-781-5387

Runner-Up

John Frederick Swartz III, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Jose C. De Hoyos, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Joplin
417-781-5387

Runners-Up

John M. Cox, D.O.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-1111

William R. Craig, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Joplin
417-781-5387

Christopher Ryan Longnecker, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

Thomas B. Moore, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Joplin
417-781-5387

 

Dermatology

Derek S. Towery, M.D.
Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
417-624-0440
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin and Freeman Hospital Joplin

 

Dermatology (Cosmetic)

Derek S. Towery, M.D.
Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
417-624-0440
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin and Freeman Hospital Joplin

 

Emergency Medicine

James M. Riscoe, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department – Joplin
417-556-2300

Runners-Up

Amy Marie Hinkle, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department – Joplin
417-556-2300

David Sean Smith, D.O.
Mercy Emergency Department – Joplin
417-556-2300

 

Endocrinology (Diabetes and Metabolism)

Gretchen Denise Shull, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology – Joplin
417-556-8555

Runner-Up

Sean Ray Hamlett, D.O., F.A.C.O.I.
Freeman Diabetes & Endocrine Institute
417-347-8740

 

Family Medicine

Maria F. Bruce, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – 50th Street
417-556-3400

Russell Lee Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine
417-781-0408

Runners-Up

Justin J. Dillingham, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Jackson Suite 200
417-208-3465

Mary Leone Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Stone’s Center
417-781-0408

Glen W. King, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine
417-781-0408

Stephen R. Thomas, D.O.
Freeman Family Practice
417-347-8525

 

Fertility

Jason K. Sloan, D.O., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Joplin
417-623-6056

 

Gastroenterology

Xujun Wu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology – Joplin
417-556-8455

Runners-Up

Sudhakar Ancha, M.D.
Ozark Gastroenterology Inc: Sudhakar Ancha, MD
417-623-5250

Charbel Maksoud, M.D.
Freeman Center for Digestive Health
417-347-8636

David A. Seidl, M.D.
Digestive Health Professionals
417-781-7110

 

Geriatric Medicine

Saba Habis, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Freeman Hospital West
417-347-3816

Runner-Up

Henry D. Petry, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P.
Freeman Center for Geriatric Medicine
417-347-4374

 

Hematology/Oncology

Samir Mukundray Dalia, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology – Joplin
417-782-7722

Runners-Up

David W. Croy, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology – Joplin
417-782-7722

Irving E. LaFrancis, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology – Joplin
417-782-7722

Matthew Miller, D.O.
Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
417-347-4000
Privileges at Integris Grove Hospital

 

Hospitalist

Adam Daniel Fahrenholtz, D.O.
Freeman Hospital West
417-347-4570

Runners-Up

Julie A. Hoffmann-Janisch, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3729

William D. Kessler Jr., M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3729

Hari Om Sharma, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3729

 

Infectious Disease

Eden M. Esguerra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease – Joplin
417-556-6813

Runners-Up

Uwe Alfred Schmidt, M.D.
Freeman Infectious Diseases
417-347-8322

Nicole Jarjoura Sleiman, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease – Joplin
417-556-6813

 

Internal Medicine

Bernard F. Bettasso, M.D.
Freeman Southwest Internal Medicine
417-347-8318

Runners-Up

Brandon Gregory Gibson, D.O.
Freeman Southwest Internal Medicine
417-347-8711

John Robert Tyler, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine – Jackson Suite 102
417-556-8753

 

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)

Bernard F. Bettasso, M.D.
Freeman Southwest Internal Medicine
417-347-8318

 

Neonatology

Marie Carmela McGettigan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neonatology
417-269-6184
Dr. McGettigan was voted into the Joplin Neonatology category; however, she practices at CoxHealth in Springfield.

Deborah L. Pickens, M.D.
Mercy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Joplin
417-556-6428

 

Nephrology

Leslie Mignone Hamlett, D.O.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8570

Runners-Up

Ahmed Aboul-Magd, M.D.
Joplin Nephrology Consultants
417-782-5000
Privileges at Mercy Hospital – Joplin

Aleta Greathouse, M.D.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8570

Abdul Mateen Nagaria, M.D.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8570

 

Neurology

Anna Wojcicka-Mitchell, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

Runners-Up

Ahmed Talib Moham Robbie, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pain & Neurology
417-335-7222
Dr. Robbie was practicing at Freeman Health at the time of voting, but he practices in Branson.

Gulshan Uppal, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jeffrey Bryan Manley, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Joplin
417-623-6056

Runners-Up

Elizabeth M. Barlet, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Carthage
417-358-0188

Cheryl Fogarty, M.D.
The Juno Group
417-624-2621
Privileges at Mercy Hospital – Joplin

Angela Langer, M.D.
Ozark Obstetrics & Gynecology
417-347-2525

Jason K. Sloan, D.O., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Joplin
417-623-6056

 

Occupational Medicine

Dennis A. Estep, D.O.
Freeman OccuMed
417-347-6625

 

Ophthalmology

Ramesh R. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., P.C.
Ramesh R. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.I.C.S
417-781-2616
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

Runners-Up

Ernest M. Bhend, M.D.
Missouri Eye Institute
417-626-8082 
Privileges at Mercy Hospital – Joplin

Charles Sherrod III, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

John A. Yuhas, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

 

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)

Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Frank W. Shagets, Jr. M.D.
417-623-5111

Runners-Up

Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566

Scott Michael McClintick, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566

Kent D. McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Larry D. McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

 

Pain Management

Anthony Ray Casanova, M.D.
Freeman Pain Management Center
417-347-8355

 

Pathology

Steven E. Collum, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3729

Susan Osterhold Pintado, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pathology – Joplin
417-556-2130

Runners-Up

Farzan Eskandari, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pathology – Joplin
417-556-2130
At press time, Dr. Eskandari was practicing at Mercy Clinic Pathology – Joplin. He has since moved to Ferguson Medical Laboratories in Joplin. 

Margaret E. Janssen, M.D.
Ferguson Medical Laboratory, Inc.
417-623-6330

 

Pediatrics (General)

Fredric R. Wheeler II, D.O., F.A.A.P.
Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri
417-782-5522
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

Runners-Up

Laura R. Henness, M.D.
Freeman Pediatric Partners
417-347-4687

Elizabeth DiAnn Hunter, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri
417-782-5522
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

Paul D. Petry, D.O.
Freeman Pediatric Care
417-347-5437 

Kimra Ross, M.D.
Freeman Pediatric Partners
417-347-2229

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Laurie L. Behm, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

Runner-Up

Melvin D. Karges, M.D.
Melvin Karges, MD
417-782-1700

 

Psychiatry

James Orlando III, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health – West 32nd
417-781-7337

Runners-Up

Jeffrey Bradley, M.D.
Ozark Center – Will’s Place
417-347-7580

Charles L. Graves, M.D.
Freeman Hospital – Stephens Unit
417-347-7550

Tamon B. Paige, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health – West 32nd
417-781-7337

 

Pulmonary Disease

Ricky L. Scacewater, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3729

Runners-Up

Blake A. Little, M.D.
Freeman Hospital
417-781-2727

Festus Anayo Ndukwu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology – Joplin
417-556-8377

Toufic Tony Saad, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology – Joplin
417-556-8377

 

Radiology

Richard John Price, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Imaging Services – Joplin
417-556-4762

Runners-Up

Joshua Michael Ball, M.D.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-1111

Mark Everett Farnham, M.D.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-1111

Stephen Eric Slawson, M.D.
Mercy Imaging Services – Joplin
417-556-4762

Steven James Taggart, M.D.
Mercy Imaging Services – Joplin
417-556-4762

 

Rheumatology

Anan Bassam Afaneh, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology – Joplin
417-556-5210

Runners-Up

Ali J. Abu-Libdeh, M.D.
Abu-Libdeh, Ali J., MD
417-623-2600

Michael E. Joseph, M.D.
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
417-624-0050
Privileges at Mercy Hospital–Joplin and Freeman Health

Anne Winkler, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Carthage
417-358-8121 
Privileges at Mercy Hospital – Joplin

 

Sports Medicine

James Richard Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Russell Lee Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine
417-781-0408

 

Urgent Care

Ronald David Edwards, M.D.
Freeman Urgent Care – Joplin
417-347-2273

 

Urology

James M. Frogge, M.D.
Freeman Urology Associates
417-623-3703

Roger H. Schoenfeld, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.
Midwest Urology Center PC
417-781-7220

 

Surgical Specialties

Bariatric Surgery

Thomas B. Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Runners-Up

David Leon Baker, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

David E. Hargroder, M.D.
MGB Surgery, LLC
417-206-2900
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin and Mercy Hospital Carthage

Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

 

Cardiovascular Surgery

Stephen L. Meyer, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C.P.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery – Joplin
417-556-8600

Clyde Ray Redmond II, M.D.
Mercy Vein Center – Joplin
417-556-8600

Raymond Vetsch, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

 

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Kenneth Leroy Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up

Brock A. Carney, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6845

Thomas B. Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

 

General Surgery

Charles Youngho Ro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up

Brock A. Carney, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6845

Thomas B. Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

Kenneth Leroy Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

 

Laparoscopic Surgery

Charles Youngho Ro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up

Kurtis S. Cox, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6844

Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

Kenneth Leroy Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

 

Maxillofacial Surgery

Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Frank W. Shagets, Jr. M.D.
417-623-5111

Runner-Up

Matthew Wayne Sheffer, D.D.S.
Joplin Oral Surgery, PC
417-625-1122

 

Neurological Surgery

Margaret E. Nichols, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

Runners-Up

Brian Virgil Curtis, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

Joshua Craig Sweaney, D.O.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

 

Ophthalmologic Surgery

Charles Sherrod III, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

 

General Orthopedic Surgery

Derek Wade Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Runners-Up

David L. Black, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Andrew Blake Collette, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

 

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)

Bruce Silverberg, M.D.
Hand and Microsurgery Associates
417-621-9000 
Privileges at Freeman Surgical Center

Runners-Up

Derek Wade Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Todd Joseph Twiss, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

 

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)

David L. Black, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Runner-Up

Derek Wade Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

 

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy)

James Richard Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

 

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Frank W. Shagets, Jr. M.D.
417-623-5111

Runners-Up

Scott Michael McClintick, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566

Kent D. McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

 

General and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Catherine Elizabeth Chatal, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Joplin
417-556-3737
Since voting, Dr. Chatal has moved out of the area. She is no longer with Mercy in Joplin. 

Duane W. Sherrod, M.D.
Regional Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
417-782-3100 
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Joplin

 

Plastic Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Catherine Elizabeth Chatal, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Joplin
417-556-3737
Since voting, Dr. Chatal has moved out of the area. She is no longer with Mercy in Joplin. 

 

Plastic Surgery (Breast Augmentation)

Catherine Elizabeth Chatal, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Joplin
417-556-3737
Since voting, Dr. Chatal has moved out of the area. She is no longer with Mercy in Joplin. 

 

Plastic Surgery (Facial Surgery)

Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Frank W. Shagets, Jr. M.D.
417-623-5111

 

Trauma Surgery

Brock A. Carney, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6845

Runners-Up

Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

Kenneth Leroy Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

 

Vascular Surgery

Thomas B. Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Stephen L. Meyer, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C.P.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery – Joplin
417-556-8600

Raymond Vetsch, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000


Medical Specialties

Emergency Medicine

Angela Coleen Clay, D.O.
Mercy Hospital Lebanon
417-533-6100

 

Internal Medicine

Ossama Al-Assafeen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine – Lebanon
417-533-6746

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Denis E. Percell, D.O.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN – Lebanon
417-533-6710

 

Ophthalmology

Aaron Jeffrey Dent, D.O., F.A.A.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists – Ophthalmology
417-533-6545

Pediatrics (General)

Emmanuel Adegboyega Obafemi-Ajayi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics – Lebanon
417-533-6729

 

Radiology

George D. Runyon, D.O.
Mercy Imaging Services – Lebanon
417-533-6026

 

Surgical Specialties

General Surgery

Karen Daniels Tabb, D.O.
Mercy Clinic General Surgery – Lebanon
417-533-6780

 

General Orthopedic Surgery

Curtis D. Mather, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Lebanon
417-533-6560


Medical Specialties

Allergy/Immunology

William Samuel Micka, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Runners-Up

Brett William Hronek, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Silvia Huebner, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Allergy and Asthma – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0823

Minh-Thu Ngoc Le, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Gregory K. Lux, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Allergy and Asthma – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0823

 

Anesthesiology

Bradley A. Bowenschulte, M.D., F.A.S.A.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology – Springfield
417-820-2829

Runners-Up

David Melroy Delahay, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology – Springfield
417-820-2829

Christopher Kerr, M.D.
Ozark Anesthesia Associates Inc.
417-269-4550

Claudine Mansour, D.O.
Ozark Anesthesia Associates Inc.
417-269-4550

Youssef Y. Yassa, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology – Springfield
417-820-2829

 

Burn Treatment

Kenneth W. Larson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-7250

Runners-Up

Krisi Ann Causa, D.O.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-7250

Larry K. Chase, M.D.
CoxHealth, Wound Care
417-269-9950

Joe A. Olivi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-7250

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

 

Cardiac Electrophysiology

Stanley D. Wiggins, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Whiteside
417-820-3911

Runners-Up

Keesag Baron, M.D.
Baron Cardiology Group PC
417-883-5500
Privileges at CoxHealth and Ozarks Community Hospital

Shang-Chiun Lee, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Whiteside
417-820-3911

Sunthosh Venkata Parvathaneni, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Whiteside
417-820-3911

Steven K. Rowe, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-875-2625

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Mark D. Anderson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-225-9770

Runners-Up

David S. Cochran, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Whiteside
417-820-3911

Stephen Cade Kuehn, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-875-2620

Danny R. Penick, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-225-9770

Steven K. Rowe, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-875-2625

 

Dermatology

Joshua R. Dimmick, M.D.
Dimmick Laughlin Dermatology, LLC
417-882-1818

Runners-Up

Craig W. Naugle, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332

Jay L. Pearcy, M.D.
CoxHealth, Dermatology
417-875-3664

Michael H. Swann, M.D.
Swann Dermatology & Esthetics
417-888-0858

 

Dermatology (Cosmetic)

Michael H. Swann, M.D.
Swann Dermatology & Esthetics
417-888-0858

Runners-Up

Joshua R. Dimmick, M.D.
Dimmick Laughlin Dermatology, LLC
417-882-1818
Dr. Dimmick was voted into the Dermatology (Cosmetic) category; however, he does not practice cosmetic dermatology.

Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Craig W. Naugle, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332
Dr. Naugle was voted into the Dermatology (Cosmetic) category; however, he does not practice cosmetic dermatology.

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

 

Emergency Medicine

Howard E. Jarvis III, M.D.
Emergency Physicians of Springfield
417-269-6583
Privileges at CoxHealth

Runners-Up

Matthew D. Brandt, M.D.
Emergency Physicians of Springfield
417-269-6583
Privileges at CoxHealth

Anthony Alan Cauchi, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department – Springfield
417-820-2115

Bryan A. Finke, M.D.
Emergency Physicians of Springfield
417-269-6583
Privileges at CoxHealth

 

Endocrinology (Diabetes and Metabolism)

JonBen Dale Svoboda, M.D.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

Runners-Up

James Theodor Bonucchi, D.O.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

Gregory A. Ledger, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., C.P.E.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

Daniel F. Lyons, M.D.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

Linda R. MacGorman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

 

Family Medicine

Candise D. Kroutil, M.D.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-875-3013

Runners-Up

William Russell Detten, D.O.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-269-1362

Timothy L. Jones, D.O.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-269-1362

 

Fertility

Thomas M. Shultz, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-882-6900

Runner-Up

Darren L. Lehnert, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN – South Fremont
417-820-3890

 

Gastroenterology

Gregory L. Lyford, M.D.
CoxHealth, Gastroenterology
417-875-3760

Runners-Up

David L. Geier, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology – Whiteside
417-820-5200

Jason Martin Haas, D.O.
CoxHealth, Gastroenterology
417-875-3250

Sanjay K. Havaldar, M.D.
CoxHealth, Gastroenterology
417-875-3250

Peter James Ramsey, M.D.
CoxHealth, Gastroenterology
417-875-3250

 

Geriatric Medicine

Ovais Zubair, M.D.
CoxHealth, Senior Health
417-269-9220

Runners-Up

Sheri Lynn Bethmann, D.O.
Mercy Villa
417-820-8500

Nabil Shafik Kamel, M.D.
CoxHealth, Geriatric Medicine
417-269-9220

Deatrice L. Kellogg, M.D.
CoxHealth, Geriatric Medicine
417-269-9220

William K. Rosen, M.D.
CoxHealth, Geriatric Medicine
417-269-3915

 

Hematology/Oncology

Robert John Ellis, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield and CoxHealth

Runners-Up

Jiantao Ding, M.D.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield and CoxHealth

Jessica Nicole Snider, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology
417-820-8099

Lavanya Tiriveedhi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology
417-820-8099

 

Hospitalist

Reggie L. George, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hospitalist
417-269-7728

Runners-Up

Arijit Chowdhury, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hospitalist
417-269-7728

Sarah E. Smitherman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hospitalist
417-269-7728

Thomas Thomas, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists – Springfield
417-820-2600

Shawn Newton Usery, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hospitalist
417-269-7728

 

Infectious Disease

Robin L. Trotman, D.O.
CoxHealth, Infectious Disease
417-269-7784

Runners-Up

Eric Jerome Fulnecky, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease – Whiteside
417-820-3905

Alastair D. Haddow, M.D.
Mercy Clinic, Infectious Disease – Whiteside
417-820-3905

William W. Sistrunk, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease – Whiteside
417-820-3905

Robert Lee Swords Jr., M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease – Whiteside
417-820-3905

 

Internal Medicine

Stephen Lee Holmes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-875-3030

Runners-Up

Dominic M. Meldi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

William Collins Moore, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-875-3270

Martin J. Schudy, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-875-3416

 

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)

Patricia M. Dix, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-4037

Runners-Up

Robert F. Fraser II, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Maternal and Fetal Medicine – South Fremont
417-820-3715

Jeffrey Stuart Greenspoon, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-4037

 

Medical Toxicology

Mark L. Carlson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Addiction Medicine
417-269-2273

 

Neonatology

Melinda R. Slack, M.D.
Ozark Neonatal Associates, Department of Neonatology
417-820-3219
Affiliated with Mercy Hospital Springfield

Runners-Up

Patricia M. Dix, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-4037
Dr. Dix was voted into the Neonatology category, but she practices perinatology.

Joseph M. Eccher, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neonatology
417-269-6184

Viswanathan Subramanian, M.D.
Ozark Neonatal Associates, Department of Neonatology
417-820-3219
Affiliated with Mercy Hospital Springfield

Amy B. Yen, M.D.
Ozark Neonatal Associates, Department of Neonatology
417-820-3219 
Affiliated with Mercy Hospital Springfield

 

Nephrology

Sailesh Nayar, M.D.
CoxHealth, Nephrology
417-875-3150

Runners-Up

Stephen E. Garcia, M.D.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield

Robert C. May, M.D.
OCH Evergreen Clinic
417-823-2900

David L. Sommerfeld, M.D.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000

Susan A. Woody, D.O.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield

 

Neurology

Rodney D. Quinn, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

Runners-Up

Scott Duff, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neuro – Hospitalist
417-820-2000

Richard Sun Jung, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

Jennifer Kathryn Lynch, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

Steven M. Otto, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

 

Nuclear Medicine

James R. Wolski, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates
417-889-6102

Runner-Up

Robert E. Sonnemaker, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Nuclear Medicine – Springfield
417-820-6850

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mary T. Duff, M.D.
CoxHealth, Obstetrics and Gynocology
417-269-7900

Runners-Up

Tama L. Franklin, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-6850

Darren L. Lehnert, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN – South Fremont
417-820-3890

Kristy A. McCall, M.D.
CoxHealth, Obstetrics and Gynecology
417-269-7900

Staci Dawn Niemoth, M.D.
CoxHealth, Obstetrics and Gynecology
417-269-7900

 

Occupational Medicine

Randall J. Cross, M.D.
CoxHealth, Occupational Medicine
417-269-3813

Runners-Up

Boyd D. Crockett, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868 

Ted A. Lennard, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-882-3258

 

Ophthalmology

Shachar Tauber, M.D., F.A.A.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology – Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Runners-Up

W. Patrick Collins, M.D.
Collins Eye Clinic
417-869-3200
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield and CoxHealth

Judd L. McNaughton, M.D.
Eye Surgeons of Springfield Inc
417-887-1965

Thomas Prater, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Wendell J. Scott, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology – Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Jacob K. Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

 

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)

Jacob Edward Smith, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

Runners-Up

Allan L. Allphin, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat – Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Anthony Arnold Bentley, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

Jeffrey R. Fenwick, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

Mark J. Van Ess, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat – Surgery Center
417-820-5750

 

Pain Management

Benjamin A. Lampert, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pain Management – Surgery Center
417-820-2064

Runners-Up

Jay P. Baker, D.O.
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-823-2960

Sadie Ochs Giedd, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Pain Management – Surgery Center
417-820-2064

Melissa Kokoszka, M.D.
Elite Pain Management LLC
417-888-0167

Wayne H. Wallender, D.O.
CoxHealth, Procedural Pain Care
417-875-3095

 

Pathology

David M. Smid, M.D.
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647

Runners-Up

Shawn B. Jackson, M.D., 
Dermopathologist
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647 

Jami R. Skrade, M.D.
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647

Pediatrics (General)
Mai Yen Vo, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pediatric Medicine
417-269-7290

Runners-Up

John M. Burson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics – Whiteside
417-820-3535

Kody B. Finstad, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics – Nixa
417-724-5437

Jean N. Moore, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0810

Tuyet Yen Vo, M.D.
CoxHealth Pediatric Place
417-269-7290

 

Pediatrics (Allergy)

William Samuel Micka, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Runners-Up

Brett William Hronek, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Silvia Huebner, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Allergy and Asthma – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0823

Minh-Thu Ngoc Le, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Gregory K. Lux, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Allergy and Asthma – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0823

 

Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Alan Dare Tong, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4700

Runner-Up

Frederick K. Emge, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4700

 

Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

I. David Schwartz, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes – South Fremont
417-820-0280

 

Pediatrics (Neurology)

James Jacob Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Neurology – South Fremont
417-820-9055

Runner-Up

Gene M. Tenorio, M.D.
CoxHealth Pediatric Specialities
417-269-1010
Dr. Tenorio retired in September.

 

Pediatrics (Ophthalmology)

Mark A. Cascairo, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists – Ophthalmology – Surgery Center
417-820-9393

 

Pediatrics (Psychiatry)

Kyle S. John, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
417-820-3128

Runner-Up

Raymund R. Tan, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
417-820-3128

 

Pediatrics (Pulmonary Disease)

Matthew Carl Lundien, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Pulmonology
417-820-9055

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Boyd D. Crockett, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868 

Runners-Up

Hollis Kay Bell, M.D., C.P.E., F.A.B.P.M.R.
Mercy Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Springfield
417-820-2364

Russell R. Bond Jr., D.O.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-875-3800

Ted A. Lennard, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-882-3258

Cary Charlton R. Marquis, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868

 

Podiatry

Dan Park, D.P.M.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

Runners-Up

Tyler A. Grout, D.P.M.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

Chris A. Hoyland, D.P.M.
​CoxHealth, Podiatry
417-875-3800
Dr. Hoyland has retired.

Rhett B. Lakin, D.P.M., M.S.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

 

Psychiatry

Alok Jain, M.D.
Burrell Behavioral Health
417-761-5000

Runners-Up

Salvador Ceniceros, M.D.
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-874-4596

Thomas Edward Kuich, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Psychiatry – South Fremont
417-820-8180 

 

Pulmonary Disease

Terrence David Coulter, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3114

Runners-Up

Anees Fatima Afroze, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3549

Mitchell Amos Ahrens, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3160

Amy Ruth Ford-Turner, D.O.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3916

Sadaf Sohrab, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5696

 

Radiology

Gerald J. Ondr, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology – Springfield
417-820-9729

Runners-Up

Martin M. Anbari, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates
417-889-6102

Vito La Fata, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates
417-889-6102

Christine E. Wester, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates
417-889-6102

Michael J. Workman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Radiology
417-885-3888

 

Reproductive Endocrinology

Daniel F. Lyons, M.D.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

Rani K. Radhamma, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

 

Rheumatology

David Gregory True, D.O.
CoxHealth, Rheumatology
417-875-3130

Runners-Up

Joseph L. Mayus, M.D.
CoxHealth, Rheumatology
417-875-3130

Eun Joo Park, M.D.
CoxHealth, Rheumatology
417-875-3210

 

Sports Medicine

Shannon Lee Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Sports Medicine
417-875-3800

Runners-Up

Boyd D. Crockett, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868 

Eric M. Gifford, M.D.
CoxHealth, Sports Medicine
417-875-3800

Landon David Hough, M.D.
Mercy Sports Medicine – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-7969

Royce David Moore, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-7969

 

Urgent Care

Jamie Christopher Jones, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Jess L. Lyon, D.O.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Runners-Up

Cory John Bethmann, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Matthew J. Loutzenhiser, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

 

Urology

Peter J. Trinca, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3483

Runners-Up

David A. Anderson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3381

Eric Paul Guilliams, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Urology – South Fremont
417-820-0300

Andrew David Schultz, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3375

Mark Joseph Walterskirchen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Urology – South Fremont
417-820-0300

 

Surgical Specialties

Bariatric Surgery

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3587

Runners-Up

Daniel R. Cardwell, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3000

Christopher A. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-3800

Matthew Earl Simpson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3230 

 

Cardiovascular Surgery

David Zolfaghari, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiothoracic Surgery
417-875-2622

Runners-Up

Keith R. Allen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery – Whiteside
417-820-3960

Kuo Fon Huang, M.D., F.I.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
417-820-3960

Sirish V. Parvathaneni, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.B.A., F.C.C.M.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
417-820-3960

John B. Steinberg, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiothoracic Surgery
417-875-2622

 

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Jose M. Dominguez, M.D.
CoxHealth, Colorectal Surgery
417-875-3276

Runners-Up

James Patrick Brooks, M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-3800

John C. Crighton, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349

Brian Richard Swenson, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-3800

John Matthew Trombold, M.D.
CoxHealth, Colorectal Surgery
417-875-3276

 

General Surgery

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3587

Runners-Up

John R. Bumberry, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-3800

Daniel R. Cardwell, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3000

John C. Crighton, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349

James D. Gibson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3240

 

Laparoscopic Surgery

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3587

Runners-Up

John W. Buckner III, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3761

Daniel R. Cardwell, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3000

Robert Mark Cavagnol, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-3800

Matthew Earl Simpson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3230 

 

Maxillofacial Surgery

Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery – South Fremont
417-887-3223

Steven P. Quinn, D.D.S.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Runners-Up

George E. Arquitt III, D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield and CoxHealth

J. David Gipson, D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
417-337-5770
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
417-887-8800
Privileges at CoxHealth and Mercy Hospital

Christopher M. Meyer, D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield and CoxHealth

 

Neurological Surgery

Salim Rahman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Inter Neuroradiology
417-885-3888

Runners-Up

Sami Khoshyomn, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Surgery Center
417-820-5150

Sunghoon Lee, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Surgery Center
417-820-5150

Chad J. Morgan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888

Robert D. Strang, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888

 

Ophthalmologic Surgery

Shachar Tauber, M.D., F.A.A.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology – Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Runners-Up

W. Patrick Collins, M.D.
Collins Eye Clinic
417-869-3200
Privileges at Mercy Hospital Springfield and CoxHealth

James B. Mattax Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Judd L. McNaughton, M.D.
Eye Surgeons of Springfield Inc.
417-887-1965

Thomas Prater, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Wendell J. Scott, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology – Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Jacob K. Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

 

General Orthopedic Surgery

William Hayward Duncan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-269-3800

Runners-Up

Pierre L. Clothiaux, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-269-3800

J. Peter Crites, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610 

David Christopher Hicks, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-875-3800

William T. Wester, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-875-3800

 

Orthopedics (Foot and Ankle Surgery)

David Christopher Hicks, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-875-3800

Runners-Up

Robert F. Mahnken, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

Darin Lee Talley, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

 

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)

Erin Kent Greer, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
417-875-3800

Runners-Up

Victoria Diane Kubik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

David William Schippert, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
417-875-3800

John Scott Swango, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

Robert B. Wyrsch, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

 

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)

Pierre L. Clothiaux, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-269-3800

William T. Wester, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-875-3800

Runners-Up

William Hayward Duncan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-269-3800

Richard A. Seagrave, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

Bradley H. Walz, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

 

Orthopedics (Spinal)

Paul M. Olive, M.D., A.B.O.S., A.A.O.S., N.A.S.S.
Mercy Clinic Spine Center – Surgery Center
417-820-2064

Salim Rahman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Inter Neuroradiology
417-885-3888

Runners-Up

Sunghoon Lee, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Surgery Center
417-820-5150

Chad J. Morgan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888

 

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy)

Christopher Mart Miller, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-875-3800

Runners-Up

William Hayward Duncan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-269-3800

Richard A. Seagrave, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

Victor W. Wilson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

 

Pediatric General Surgery

Troy L. Spilde, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Surgery- South Fremont
417-820-4000

Runners-Up

John C. Crighton, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349

Scott James Keckler, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-4000

 

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Jeremy David Onnen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

Runner-Up

William Ward Goodman III, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-820-5610

 

General and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Runners-Up

Rosellen S. Meystrik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – 
Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

 

Plastic Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Runners-Up

Rosellen S. Meystrik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

 

Plastic Surgery (Breast Augmentation)

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Runners-Up

Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Rosellen S. Meystrik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

 

Plastic Surgery (Facial Surgery)

Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery – South Fremont
417-887-3223

Runners-Up

Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

 

Podiatric Surgery

Dan Park, D.P.M.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

 

Surgical Oncology

Charles E. Woodall III, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgical Oncology
417-875-3525

Runners-Up

Brian D. Biggers, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-875-3797

Albert J. Bonebrake, M.D.
CoxHealth, GYN Oncology
417-875-3065

John W. Buckner III, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3761

Jay Walter Carlson, D.O., M.S., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Oncology – Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-3554
Dr. Carlson was voted into the surgical oncology category, but he practices gynecological oncology.

 

Trauma Surgery

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3587

Runners-Up

Kevin Clay Christian, D.O.
CoxHealth, Trauma Surgery
417-875-2620

Kenneth W. Larson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-7250

Joe A. Olivi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-7250

Matthew Earl Simpson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3230 

 

Vascular Surgery

John R. Mullins, M.D.
CoxHealth, Vascular Surgery
417-875-2626

Runners-Up

Jon A. Reese, M.D., F.A.C.S., R.P.V.I.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
417-820-3960

Zachary C. Schmittling, M.D.
CoxHealth, Vascular Surgery
417-875-2626

Robert W. Vorhies, M.D.
CoxHealth, Vascular Surgery
417-875-2627


Medical Specialties

Anesthesiology

Rodney D. Zimbelman, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Anesthesia Department
417-256-9111

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Kevin E. Crowe, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services
417-257-5950

 

Emergency Medicine

Sonia Browning-Gerlick, D.O.
Ozarks Medical Center Emergency Department
417-256-9111

 

Family Medicine

John A. Washburn, M.D.
Ozarks Family Care
417-255-8645
Admitting privileges at Ozarks Medical Center

 

Geriatric Medicine

Scott Roush, D.O.
Ozarks Family Care
417-255-8645

 

Hematology/Oncology

Charles Morgan, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center
417-257-5900
Privileges at Mercy St. Francis Hospital

 

Internal Medicine

C. Leann Finke, M.D.
Southern Missouri Community Health Center
417-255-8464

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Reah Kurian-Alappat, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Women’s Healthcare Clinic
417-256-1838

John A. Washburn, M.D.
Ozarks Family Care
417-255-8645
Admitting privileges at Ozarks Medical Center

 

Ophthalmology

Robert W. Jones, M.D.
Jones Eye Center
417-256-4111
Admitting privileges at West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center

 

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)

Jeffrey J. Hull, M.D.
Southern Missouri ENT & Allergy
417-255-1373

Pain Management

Richard Tompson, M.D.
Pain Treatment Associates LLC
417-256-2225

 

Pediatrics (General)

Garry E. Finke, M.D.
Southern Missouri Community Health Center 417-255-8464
Admitting privileges at Ozarks Medical Center

 

Psychiatry

Jesse C. Rhoads, D.O.
Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare
417-257-6762

 

Radiology

C. Rob Armstrong, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Imaging Services
417-256-9111

 

Rheumatology

Melinda Reed, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Rheumatology
417-256-1764
Admitting privileges at Mercy Hospital Carthage and  CoxHealth, Rheumatology

 

Urology

W. Rick Holloway, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Urology Clinic
417-255-8337
Admitting privileges at Ozarks Medical Center

 

Surgical Specialties

Cardiovascular Surgery

William A. McGee, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services
417-257-5950

 

General Surgery

Bryan D. Eck, M.D., F.A.C.S.
West Plains Surgical Associates, LLC
417-255-2301
Admitting privileges at West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center and Ozarks Medical Center

Antony Joseph, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Surgical Specialists
417-256-1774

 

Ophthalmologic Surgery

Robert W. Jones, M.D.
Jones Eye Center
417-256-4111
Admitting privileges at West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center

 

General Orthopedic Surgery

Gregory Hubbard, D.O.
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic LLC
417-255-2063


5 Ways to Avoid Urgent Care

Through convenient care clinics and telemedicine services, our local hospitals are making it easier than ever to get the care you need, when you need it—leaving urgent care for truly urgent illness and saving you from sky-high co-pays.

We’ve all been there. You’re stuffed up, allergies are dragging you down or you’re feeling the tickle of strep throat. These ailments don’t necessitate the urgency—or cost—of urgent care, but you need to see a doctor, and soon. Luckily, many hospitals offer services that can be accessed from the comfort of your home. Don’t wait on your health—417-land’s hospitals offer convenient care clinics and telemedicine that bring the doctor to you.

Direct Connect

Coxhealth.com, 417-269-8633
CoxHealth’s Direct Connect brings health care to the tips of your fingers. Using the Vidyo app on your phone or computer, you can access a face-to-face conference within 10 minutes. The first visit is organized via the CoxHealth website. The service covers ailments that, while not needing an ER, need to be attended to quickly. You simply submit your symptoms: allergies, strep throat, stomach flu, etc. The visits have no unexpected costs and usually cost less than $49.

Mercy Virtual Care Center

Mymercy.net
The Mercy Virtual Care Center is dedicated to telehealth. Whether looking for short-term or long-term care, registered Mercy patients can access personalized health care from their homes. Patients’ MyMercy accounts allow them to use EVisits, Nurse-On-Call and other, more complex services. E-Visits connect patients to their doctors for minor symptoms and illnesses. If the doctor is not available, Nurse-On-Call allows for a health professional to give advice based on your health history. Mercy’s telehealth services include Telestroke and long-distance diagnostic tests for specialized treatment. 

CoxHealth Walk-in Walmart Clinics

2021 E. Independence St., Springfield, 417-885-1445
3315 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-886-2219
2825 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, 417-868-7026

Coxhealth’s walk-in clinics promise quick, attentive service that can greatly reduce health costs. Without coverage, minor injuries and illnesses cost less than $100 to cure. Diagnostics and physicals are also performed in the clinics located in Walmarts and Hy-vee. Patients need only an ID and insurance–—no appointment necessary.

Mercy Convenient Care

2120 W. Kearney St., Springfield, 417-869-6191
1717 S. Rangeline Road, Joplin, 417-623-2207

Mercy’s Convenient Care locations are walk-in clinics that offer basic services for about the same price as a traditional doctor visit. Similar to CoxHealth’s walk-in clinics, Mercy’s Convenient Care centers offer basic care for minor injuries, sinus-related illnesses and other discomforts. No appointment is necessary.

Children’s Mercy Hospital Telemedicine

3333 McIntosh Circle Drive, Joplin, 816-234-3700
Children’s Mercy Hospital strives to be ahead in pediatric research and service. Those special services are not lost on smaller Missouri cities. Joplin offers a location to facilitate pediatric appointments with specialists from around the country. Appointments for nutrition, infectious disease, endocrinology and other concerns can be made and held in Joplin’s Pediatric Specialty Care center. Specialists can conference with patients, potentially saving them hours of travel and stress.


Mizzou in 417-land

“Victoria,” a birthing simulator, gives MU students Murphy Mastin and Jakob Allen a chance to practice delivering babies under the watchful eye of Mercy’s Dr. Jay W. Carlson and CoxHealth’s Dr. Tama Franklin.

For a health community as robust as 417-land’s, there’s always been something missing. “We have two very large health care systems who practice very high quality medicine,” says Dr. Andrew Evans. “It’s surprising we [didn’t] have a medical school campus here.” After eight years of planning, that changed in June 2016 with the opening of the University of Missouri School of Medicine Springfield Clinical Campus through a partnership with CoxHealth and Mercy. The campus on National Avenue aims to address the looming physician shortage by attracting new talent to southwest Missouri. 

According to a 2016 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the shortage is expected to range between 61,700 and 94,700 physicians by 2025. Locally, there is already a need for physicians with 130 open positions at CoxHealth and Mercy as of February. “So having people become familiar with Springfield during their medical training, the idea is hopefully they’ll be more likely to return to Springfield and southwest Missouri to practice,” says Evans, who serves as the campus’s associate dean and chief academic officer. 

The school’s CoxHealth lounge includes plenty of seating, studying spots and workspaces, all in the school’s signature black and gold.

So far, the nine third-year students in the inaugural class have a positive impression of the community, Evans says. “One of the things they appreciate about being in Springfield is that they feel like they get to talk with practicing physicians one-on-one and have a better picture about what the specialties are really like,” he adds. Although there’s no guarantee that students return after completing their residencies, MU’s medical school retains more graduates within Missouri than any other program in the state. “If we retain the same percentage of these students to the state of Missouri as the rest of the school has, the economic impact of this class expansion is about $390 million a year to the state’s revenue,” Evans says. 

By 2020, there will be 32 third- and fourth-year students in Springfield. Students work with staff at Mercy and Cox to complete training in core areas like family medicine and psychiatry as well as specialties. Evans says this ultimately becomes an advantage for patients in the region. “Having a medical student work with a physician means that physician also has to keep up with the latest developments,” he says. 
Although still in its infancy, the campus is sure to continue to positively impact the region. “As the program grows, I believe we will become more visible in the community,” Evans says.


What’s New

Lucky for us, our 417-land hospitals are always changing to keep up with the fast-paced health care industry. Read on for a glimpse of the latest and greatest innovations and changes happening at the area’s biggest health care providers. 

 

Mercy and UnitedHealthcare Expand Network Relationship in 417-Land

Up until now, finding a doctor started with one basic question for most of us: what hospital accepts my insurance? On January 1, 2017, options expanded for many 417-landers asking that question—individuals enrolled in most UnitedHealthcare plans were given the choice of more than 675 Mercy doctors and facilities across the region to choose from for in-network health care services. The change was effective for Medicare Advantage plans as well as UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plans that accessed the Choice POS network plans. Covered patients were also given additional options at Mercy hospitals in Springfield, Joplin, Carthage, Lebanon, Cassville, Aurora and Mountain View, as well as access to Mercy Kids children’s hospital in Springfield, Mercy Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield, Mercy online services and more. 

 

CoxHealth Expands DirectConnect

We’ve all been there—you need to go to the doctor, but you feel so sick that you can’t even imagine leaving your house. That’s when CoxHealth’s DirectConnect comes in handy—the service offers secure, convenient care with telemedicine and is available from computers, smartphones or other mobile devices. But what if you’re spending a weekend at the lake, or you’re on a shopping trip in St. Louis? Well, in late 2016, the hospital expanded DirectConnect to service anyone in the state of Missouri, which means you can still be seen via video-enabled devices as long as you’re physically located within the state’s lines. Don’t worry if you’re suffering from the sniffles—you can still take that weekend getaway!

Mercy Hospital Springfield Becomes the Third Hospital in the State to Offer LVAD Implantation

In March, Mercy Hospital Springfield announced it has now performed nine successful procedures in which Mercy doctors implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in patients. An LVAD is a partially implanted device that works like a jet engine for the heart, replacing some of the work of the left ventricle as it circulates the blood throughout the body. Mercy Hospital Springfield is the third hospital in Missouri to offer
the service—Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City are the other two. “It’s one of the most innovative procedures next to a heart transplant,” says Sonya Kullmann, Senior Media Relations Specialist of Mercy Springfield Communities. Also new on the heart front at Mercy, construction on Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield began in August 2016. Located inside the existing main hospital, the heart hospital is planned to bring all cardiovascular care into one location. The remodeling project encompasses approximately 135,000 square feet and will cost about $110 million. Construction is expected to be finished by fall of 2020. 

 

Mercy Breast Center Joplin Offers Advanced Screening Options

In January 2017, Mercy Breast Center Joplin announced the addition of GE Healthcare’s Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS) to its comprehensive breast cancer screening program. “The automated breast ultrasound system isn’t available anywhere else in the region,” says Todd Nighswonger, media relations specialist of Mercy Joplin. By offering patients with dense breast tissue ABUS in addition to mammography, Mercy is improving detection for small cancers that cannot be seen on a mammogram alone.


Freeman Unveils Upgrades to State-of-the-Art Hybrid Operating Room

December 2016 was a big month for Freeman Health System. That’s when it hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil upgrades to its state-of-the-art hybrid cardiovascular operating room (CVOR) at Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute. A major highlight of this new operating center is the Infinix Elite from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., a customizable cardiovascular X-ray imaging system that boasts best-in-class technology. “Information is power when it comes to diagnosis, and the Infinix Elite’s combination of comfort, safety and efficiency allows us to provide the right care solutions to our patients,” says Dr. Raymond Vetsch, Freeman Cardiothoracic Surgeon. “The resolution is higher and more precise, which will enable us to perform procedures usually found at cardiac centers in university hospital settings, such as structural heart repair.”

 

Citizens Memorial Healthcare Announces Hospital Expansion

In its latest annual report to the community, Citizens Memorial Healthcare announced that its board of directors approved plans for CMH to hire architectural firm HMN of Kansas City to begin designing expansion plans for the hospital. The expansion is much needed, as some departments have not been expanded since the hospital opened in 1982. Plans include adding square footage that would be developed into a three-floor patient tower located on the hospital’s south side. Private patient rooms, a new intensive care unit, a new obstetrics and surgical suite, a new pharmacy, a new lab, new surgical suites, a new emergency room and a new cath lab are all a part of the expansion plans, as well as the relocation of the CMH Heart Institute Clinic. The project is expected to begin in fall 2017 and will take approximately 15 months to complete.

 

Ozarks Medical Center Unveils Expanded and Remodeled Cancer Treatment Center

In January 2017, the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Cancer Treatment Center hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening. The much-needed refurbishing project included an expansion and remodel of the hospital’s existing chemotherapy suite as well as the addition of a healing garden and new state-of-the-art equipment. The project had a price tag of $1.3 million, and a significant portion of those funds was raised by community members. “I think what is so amazing about this story is that our community donated over $900,000 to make this happen,” says Ward Franz, executive director of the OMC Foundation. “The fundraising campaign began in January 2015, and we held the ribbon cutting on the completed project two years later.” 

 

Ozarks Community Hospital Becomes a Tri-State Health System

As of January 1, 2017, the Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH)  Health System has owned and operated Jay Family Medicine Clinic under a new name: OCH Jay Family Medicine Clinic. The clinic is in Jay, Oklahoma. “Our health system has been considering an Oklahoma expansion for several years now,” says Bernadette Losh, Chief Clinics Officer. “When the opportunity to work with Dr. Tidwell became available, we were beyond thrilled. Not only does it fit our growth model and match our mission to serve the underserved, the addition of this clinic now means OCH is a tri-state health system.” In addition to opening the Oklahoma family medicine clinic, OCH acquired four additional rural health clinics in McDonald County, Missouri. The simultaneous addition of these five clinics in 2017 marks one of the biggest clinic expansions the health system has ever embarked on at once.