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Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

Mercy Springfield
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Mercy Springfield says the interim president of its regional hospital system will remain in the role for the foreseeable future.

According to a news release, the organization said it informed staff Wednesday that Jon Swope will continue as interim president of Mercy Springfield Communities and Dr. Alan Scarrow will return to practicing medicine full-time as a neurosurgeon. Scarrow had served as president for three years.

Updated Nov. 27 with federal decision — Following an investigation and subsequent layoffs, Mercy Hospital Springfield is no longer at risk of losing federal funding due to reports of patient abuse. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave notice this month that the southwest Missouri hospital has achieved compliance with patient care standards after implementing a corrective plan.

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CoxHealth has more than 200 positions open, and it will showcase them and meet prospective employees during a career fair next week.

The event, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (10/24) in Cox South’s West Tower Lobby, will give candidates a chance to meet leaders and learn about job openings.   

Free food and prizes will be available, and hiring leaders will attend to meet with applicants.

Michele Skalicky

CoxHealth brought an educator to the Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks on Friday to give advice to area prescribers.  Dr. Ted Parran, an internal medicine physician and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, presented a systematic approach to assessing whether or not it’s safe to prescribe controlled drugs to a patient.

He said physicians must play a key role in addressing the public health crisis that prescription drug abuse has become.

Summer Survival Tips to Avoid Heat Related Illness

Jun 19, 2017
KSMU archives

Heat related illness led to 25 deaths last year in Missouri, according to the state’s department of health. Officials are advising how to stay safe during Summer Weather Safety Week.

Stella Falconer, the quality nurse specialist for Mercy Springfield’s emergency room, says, “Typically we see between 40-50 people each summer, primarily heat exhaustion or milder symptoms. We do on occasion get heat stroke, the more severe, life threatening.”

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