Patients in southwest Missouri who suffer from atrial fibrillation now have another option when it comes to reducing their risk of stroke.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

A device called a Watchman, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the last year, is now being offered at CoxHealth.

The tiny device—just two to three centimeters—is implanted in the left atrial appendage and prevents clots from forming in the out pouch of the heart.

The federal health insurance Marketplace reopens for its annual enrollment period November 1. Austin Boyland, a certified application counselor with CoxHealth, says there are a number of new things you need to know about the process.

The Marketplace was established under the Affordable Care Act for those who don’t have access to coverage through their employer or can’t afford private insurance.

“The three top questions that we get: One being what is the penalty [if I don’t sign up], two when can I enroll, and three where can I get help?” Boyland says.

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A new clinic for those at high risk for a certain type of cancer is now open in Springfield.

The High Risk Breast Clinic at CoxHealth exclusively treats women with an increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

According to CoxHealth, it also works with women who have a personal history of breast cancer and who would benefit from specialty care.

The clinic will also provide “appropriate surveillance, determine the need for chemo-preventive treatment and offer education on ways to reduce the risk for breast cancer.”

CoxHealth Opens Center for Dyslexia and Learning

Oct 19, 2015
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The Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning is now open on the CoxHealth campus. Located in the Turner Center, the new facility will aid local students with affliction. People with dyslexia have trouble learning in conventional ways which make typical school programs ineffective. This center will work to change the techniques used to teach reading in the hopes of helping students move forward.

Noel Leis, the center’s administrative director, says that although the speed of learning may be different for each student, all are welcome to seek help there.


The new tower at Cox South is being occupied this week.  Wednesday, healthcare workers moved patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to their new unit.Each baby required a team of experts as they were transported down hallways to their new rooms.

The new NICU features 28 beds each in private rooms with a twin pull-out bed for parents to spend the night.

The ten-story west tower at Cox South houses the Dee Ann White Women's and Children's Hospital and the Jared Neurosciences Center.  The 343,000 square foot facility cost $130 million.