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CoxHealth has joined a national clinical trial to learn how convalescent plasma might help treat patients suffering from COVID-19. And it’s treating its first patient right now.  The trial was initiated by the Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Anne Hayes, a pathologist at CoxHealth, said in a news release she hopes that what they learn through the trials will help them “develop treatment protocols to make a big difference in the months ahead.”

Researchers hope the antibodies in the plasma of recovered patients will help those battling severe or life-threatening cases of COVID-19.


Even through Christmas is still more than eight months away, it will feel like the holidays if you glance at a CoxHealth building after dark soon.

Christmas lights will be turned on at all CoxHealth hospitals in southwest Missouri after volunteer, Marilyn Prosser, suggested it.

Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth, says, in this time of uncertainty, the lights signify a sense of joy, hope and faith.  He hopes the lights bring smiles to the community.

They’ll remain on after dark for the foreseeable future. 

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Cox College is going to offer Associate of Science in Nursing degrees to students at two new satellite campuses.  One will be in Branson on the Cox Medical Center Branson campus.  The other will be in Monett at Scott Regional Technology Center.

Classes will be offered at night and on weekends, according to CoxHealth.  Each class will have ten students, and classes are expected to begin in January 2021.  The campuses could offer other degree programs in the future, according to CoxHealth.


CoxHealth has received nearly $600,000 to expand its services for sexual assault survivors.

Lana Garcia, forensic program coordinator for CoxHealth, said the money will be used for additional services and staff for anyone needing forensic services.


If you have prescription medication that you no longer use there's a new option for getting rid of it safely.  You can now drop it off at CoxHealth Pharmacies

The service is available to anyone for free, and anonymously, at CoxHealth’s five pharmacies in Springfield and Branson. 

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In an effort to get more people to know their numbers, a local hospital is offering low-cost health screenings regardless of insurance.

The $32 screenings offered by CoxHealth will be held on June 28 and July 19 and will include blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.  Additional lab screenings will be available for an additional fee.

After the screenings, results will be mailed to participants. Results of CoxHealth patients will also be available in their medical record for future reference.


Training sessions in Branson May 10 and 11 are aimed at getting more people with substance use disorders into treatment.

Both are offered by CoxHealth and funded by a Skaggs Legacy Endowment grant and are provided by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  Friday's session will focus on teaching providers how to better recognize someone struggling with addiction. It will also provide them with tools to screen patients and will teach them how to treat those patients.


A new Cox Hospital is being built in Monett.  CoxHealth and community leaders broke ground for the new Cox Monett Hospital on Wednesday.

The $42 million facility will replace the current hospital that was built in 1953 and will take around two years to complete.

It will be located on Highway 60 on the east side of Monett and will feature an enhanced emergency department, multiple operating rooms, labor and delivery and an attached office building that will house physician clinics and 40 exam rooms.

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The Center for Addictions at Cox is the first treatment center in Missouri to become part of the Hazeldon Betty Ford Patient Care Network.

The center’s director, Tressa Moyle, said those in the network can utilize each other for clinical resources, information, education and clinical referrals.  For instance, Hazeldon Betty Ford has five residential treatment facilities across the country.  Patients who need more care than an outpatient facility offers, can be referred to them.

All Center for Addictions patients will benefit from the partnership, according to Moyle.

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Donors along with Cox College employees and students took turns swinging a sledge hammer at a wall Monday to begin an estimated 18-month project to completely renovate the school at Cox North.

"Today is Demo Day.  This is the day the construction begins," Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation, told the crowd gathered on the college's third floor.

She said the project was "100 precent funded through philanthropy."

Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network raised $2,317,026 in 2018 and set a record for the fourth year in a row.  Last year’s total was 20 percent higher than in 2017.

CoxHealth to offer around-the-clock urgent care

Jan 16, 2019
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Injuries and illness happen around the clock, but starting next week, The Turner Center clinic at CoxHealth will offer 24-hour urgent care for both kids and adults.

Kaitlyn McConnell is a spokeswoman for CoxHealth.

“This is a new thing we’re doing. It’s actually a new thing for the whole region—we don’t know of anyone else in the vicinity who’s doing something like this,” McConnell said.

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A common resolution as a new year begins is to quit smoking.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, seven out of 10 tobacco users say they want to quit.  But doing away with cigarettes can be difficult. 

Jim Brawner, community educator at CoxHealth and a nationally certified tobacco treatment specialist, said nicotine is addictive, and many smokers (nearly 90 percent) have been using cigarettes since before the age of 18.

Program Allows Young People to Explore Medical Careers

Dec 18, 2018

Registration is open for young adults to sign up for a longtime tradition at CoxHealth.  The Medical Explorers program lets students ages 15 to 20 shadow health care providers to see if a career in that industry would spark their interest.

According to a release from CoxHealth, the local Medical Explorers program began in 1968 and has grown to be the largest in the country.

For more information abouit the program or to apply, call (417) 269-1469.  The deadline for those applications is January 18.


CoxHealth is planning to build a new hospital in Monett.  The $42 million hospital will replace the current facility that was built in 1953.

The 70,000-square-foot hospital will be located along Highway 60 on the eastern edge of Monett.  According to the health system, it will offer an enhanced emergency department, multiple operating rooms and an attached office building that will house physician clinics, 40 exam rooms and a cardiac rehab facility.

Ground will be broken in the coming months, according to CoxHealth, and the project will take around two years to complete.