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A food drive in Southwest Missouri is aimed at making sure even those who can’t afford to buy healthy food can get it.

This is the sixth year for CoxHealth’s Pack the Pantry healthy food drive, and the health system is asking for the community’s help.

Glenda Miller, CoxHealth’s collaborative care coordinator and food drive organizer, says they want to “support those who need some extra help obtaining the food necessary for a heart-healthy diet.”

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Hurricane Maria damaged more than 100 drug and medical device manufacturing facilities on Puerto Rico, according to an NPR report.  Because of that, hospitals are having to find ways to deal with shortages of certain drugs and medical products. 

"We have been impacted primarily in regards to small-volume I.V. bags," said Jennifer Reeves, operations director for pharmacy services at CoxHealth.

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A new partnership between Parents as Teachers and CoxHealth has a parent educator working alongside medical providers in a Springfield doctors’ office. 

Brandi Saxton, manager of CoxHealth’s Northside Pediatrics Clinic where the educator, Amanda Coleman, is located, says the purpose is to improve outcomes for children that may have some developmental delays.

Coleman works at the clinic on Mondays and Fridays and conducts developmental screenings on 18-month-olds and three-year-olds.

It’s important, she said, to intervene early if a child is having problems.

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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.

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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.

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