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CoxHealth is making changes to its oxygen supply system because of increased demand by COVID-19 patients.

CoxHealth president and CEO Steve Edwards said, before COVID-19 patients started being admitted to Cox South, they would have their large tank filled by Praxair every 25 days or so.  "And now we've been refilling them every four to five days," said Edwards, "so, about six to seven times more oxygen than routine."

CoxHealth will host its first virtual career fair Tuesday, September 15.  CoxHealth senior recruiters will connect with interested applicants during the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the health system. 

There are more than 600 openings right now in several departments, including Environmental Services, Patient Safety and School Care.  Jobs include both clinical and non-clinical roles.

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When classes resume in Springfield Public Schools August 24, students will only go in-person two days a week because of the pandemic.  And some parents have opted to go to all virtual learning.  A local healthcare system is going to offer its employees a place where their kids can continue to learn while they go to work. 

CoxHealth’s Meyer Center will close its doors at the end of the business day Wednesday, August 12. And, when it reopens, it will be as a student care program for children of Cox employees.

With one week to go before Missouri’s primary election, faith and civic leaders gathered Tuesday in Springfield to urge voters to say “yes” to two ballot issues.  One would expand Medicaid in Missouri, and the other would impose a $5000 annual fee on new short-term loan businesses in the city of Springfield.

Leaders from Baptist, Methodist and non-denominational church groups said their faith compels them to act justly.  They said the working poor currently don’t have a way to pay for health care and that what they call “predatory lending” traps people in a cycle of debt.

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CoxHealth will open a new clinic in Harrison, Arkansas soon. The clinic will be its first outside Missouri. 

The standalone clinic will offer a range of services, according to CoxHealth, including primary care, management of chronic health conditions, sports physicals, preventative screenings and minor procedures.  It will be located at 715 W. Sherman and will be open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5.

CoxHealth currently has more than 80 clinics in southwest Missouri. 

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Tuesday, CoxHealth will do its first cochlear implant procedure.  But this isn’t the first time the procedure has been done in Springfield.  Mercy has offered it for around two decades.  Dr. Scott Estrem helped set up Mercy’s program in Springfield and another in Berryville, Arkansas.  And he set up the program at CoxHealth.

The first cochlear implant program he started was in 1987 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He said it’s his favorite surgery because of how much it helps patients.

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CoxHealth is partnering with Springfield Community Gardens to plant five acres of vegetables and fruit on about 27 acres of land it owns to the west of Ferrell Duncan Clinic on E. Primrose. 

The project will feature two high tunnels at first with plans to eventually have five on the site.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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