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A company founded and owned by Mercy has broken ground on a new facility in Republic. ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation) will house the company’s custom surgical pack manufacturing facility, Custom Pack Solutions, in the 100,000-square-foot facility. ROi’s chief operating officer, Michael Rivard, said the packs are like tool kits for doctors to use when treating patients.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected as the cause of death of a Springfield couple found recently in their central Springfield home.  Dwane and Judith Crigger died July 8 in their home on S. Kickapoo.

How worried should we be that this could happen to us?  Enough that homeowners should regularly check equipment that’s fuel-burning, according to Daphne (DAF-nee) Greenlee, trauma outreach and Safe Kids coordinator at Mercy Springfield.

Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
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Demolition has begun on Branson’s historic Oak Ridge Boys Theatre to make way for a new Mercy clinic.

Built in 1994 and originally the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre, the 80,000 square-foot venue has also played host to Tony Orlando, the Acrobats of China and more.  The theatre attracted over half a million visitors during that span.

Demolition of the facility began this morning to make way for Mercy’s new $19 million multi-purpose clinic.

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A non-addictive opioid antagonist becomes available Aug. 28 for Missouri residents to block the effects of an overdose. Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, can be administered either nasally or by injection and works by blocking opioid receptors in the spine.

On June 21, Gov. Nixon signed House Bill 1568 to expand access to naloxone hydrochloride by allowing pharmacists to administer the drug under a physician’s protocol or by prescription. This will now allow someone to be prescribed the drug by request, the same way someone can obtain a vaccine.

Ray Kelly Park Volunteers
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A park in the center of Springfield has the usual park features—playground equipment, picnic tables and lots of green space—but a new feature will help feed area residents and is hoped to foster a sense of community.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

On a recent cool spring afternoon in the Ozarks, volunteers from Mercy were busy at Ray Kelly Park in the Meador Neighborhood shoveling dirt, loading it into wheelbarrows and hoisting it over the sides of raised beds to get ready for planting.