Michele Skalicky

CoxHealth employees were hard at work today, but they weren’t at the hospital.  They were donating their time and efforts to help spruce up a local elementary school as part of the United Way’s Day of Caring.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

York students have wanted a ball field for years.  And today they got it.  CoxHealth volunteers built a baseball diamond behind the school on W. Nichols during the United Way Day of Caring.  Lisa Alexander was busy shoveling gravel this morning but took a break to talk about the volunteer effort.

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As kids grow, they gain more and more independence.  But how do you know when it’s OK to let your child stay home alone?  A program next week will help you decide.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

In Charge at Home is set for next Tuesday night (8/12) from 6 to 8 at Cox South.  It focuses on how kids can make good choices when they’re home by themselves.  Denise Vaughan is a nurse educator at CoxHealth.  She says the classes are a good way for families to determine whether children are ready to stay home alone.

Some of the money being withheld from the state's budget would have gone to pay for the MU School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus.

If you want to get a new job at CoxHealth, from now on you'll need to be completely nicotine-free. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports.

The new policy will go into effect on November 21 to coincide with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. CoxHealth estimates 17 to 20 percent of its current workforce uses tobacco products.

Steve Edwards is CEO for CoxHealth. He said current employees will not be affected by the new policy because they will be “grandfathered in.” He added that there will be incentives and support for those who wish to quit.

CoxHealth in Branson kicks off a new building project Wednesday afternoonwith a ground breaking ceremony. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has the story.

A new, three story building will replace the current Medical Plaza 2 along Skaggs Road, which is scheduled to be torn down.  Michelle Leroux is with Cox Medical Center in Branson, and says the plans to rebuild and improve the hospital are critical to fill the growing needs of Taney and Stone county residents.  She adds these improvements are “a statement of stability and confidence in the community.”