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.