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Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Missourians now have another option when it comes to seeking treatment for minor illnesses.  CoxHealth has expanded its telemedicine service, DirectConnect, to individuals.  Previously, it had been offered only to employers.

Bridget O’Hara, product manager at Cox, said it’s an affordable option for those who need care—each “visit” is $49—and she said it frees up space in the ER and urgent care.

According to O’Hara, the service is easy to use.  She compares it to using Skype or Face Time.

Officials with Bolivar-based Citizens Memorial Hospital and CoxHealth in Springfield have signed a letter of intent to merge the two, making CMH a part of Cox.

The announcement came in a joint press release Friday morning.

It describes a due diligence period during which both entities will explore the details of one another’s business practices before reaching a final agreement. That could come as soon as mid-2017.

Mercy Kids Transport Unit
Submitted photo / Mercy Springfield

Mercy Springfield is touting a new, more accommodating way of transporting children to a hospital with a higher level of care.

The Mercy Kids Transport Unit features child-sized equipment and advanced treatments that enable service to children from premature babies to 17 years old.

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CoxHealth Center Marshfield will move into a bigger space next spring. Ground has been broken on a new clinic, at 1245 Banning St., in Marshfield. The clinic will have 10,400 square feet of space-- more than triple the size of the current facility.

David Taylor, corporate vice president at CoxHealth, says, since the healthcare system’s first clinic in Marshfield was established more than 20 years ago, the need for medical care in the community has grown considerably.

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Prostate Cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among men in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.  And Dr. Abe Abdalla (Awb-DAW-luh), medical director of oncology at CoxHealth, said more men need to be tested for the disease.

Studies have shown that there isn’t solid evidence that screening increases cure rates.  But as a physician, Dr. Abdalla has seen evidence to the contrary.  That’s why he helped to form the Prostate Cancer Organization of the Ozarks (PCOO) at CoxHealth.  Its goal is to increase awareness about prostate cancer in men.

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