Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
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Demolition has begun on Branson’s historic Oak Ridge Boys Theatre to make way for a new Mercy clinic.

Built in 1994 and originally the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre, the 80,000 square-foot venue has also played host to Tony Orlando, the Acrobats of China and more.  The theatre attracted over half a million visitors during that span.

Demolition of the facility began this morning to make way for Mercy’s new $19 million multi-purpose clinic.

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A non-addictive opioid antagonist becomes available Aug. 28 for Missouri residents to block the effects of an overdose. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, can be administered either nasally or by injection and works by blocking opioid receptors in the spine.

On June 21, Gov. Nixon signed House Bill 1568 to expand access to naloxone hydrochloride by allowing pharmacists to administer the drug under a physician’s protocol or by prescription. This will now allow someone to be prescribed the drug by request, the same way someone can obtain a vaccine.

Ray Kelly Park Volunteers
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A park in the center of Springfield has the usual park features—playground equipment, picnic tables and lots of green space—but a new feature will help feed area residents and is hoped to foster a sense of community.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

On a recent cool spring afternoon in the Ozarks, volunteers from Mercy were busy at Ray Kelly Park in the Meador Neighborhood shoveling dirt, loading it into wheelbarrows and hoisting it over the sides of raised beds to get ready for planting.

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Officials with Mercy have broken ground on its new $19 million multi-purpose clinic in Branson.

The 32,400 square-foot clinic, which intersects Highways 65 and 248, will serve as a primary and urgent care facility. In addition, patients will have access to healthcare practitioners who specialize in autism therapy, family and internal medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, oncology, optometry and more.

Abbott Medical Optics

Mercy Springfield Communities has reached a new milestone by performing laser cataract surgery on its 10,000th patient.  The hospital says that makes local doctors the most proficient in laser cataract surgery in the nation.

Dr. Wendell Scott, an ophthalmologist at Mercy, says that “for us, it’s a matter of trying to bring the best technology to all our patients and treat everyone.”