Health

Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

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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.

OTC Table Rock Campus
Kristina Bridges-Templeton

A new partnership will benefit students in the Hollister area wishing to go into healthcare as well as area healthcare providers.  KSMU's Bart Anders has more.

Incoming OTC students attending the Table Rock Campus will have a new program to choose from in the fall of 2017. OTC partnered with CoxHealth to establish an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at the Hollister, Missouri college.

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In an effort to show support to local law enforcement, CoxHealth is inviting all first responders from area counties to a free barbecue lunch at Cox North this Friday (8/12).

CoxHealth Public Safety director, Eric Clay, says when CoxHealth CEO Steve Edwards heard about the ambush on Dallas police officers he wanted to do something to show local first responders how much the hospital supports them.  According to Clay, “this lunch is a small way we can show them how much we appreciate all that they do for us.”

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An annual event at CoxHealth allows kids to create items to make hospital stays easier for patients.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky stopped by to see what was going on.

One day each month from February through July volunteers gather in the Cox North Fountain Plaza Room to sew and stuff and braid and fill.  They make items that will be used by patients at CoxHealth.  There are fleece blankets, eye pillows, fluffy heart pillows and stuffed bears.

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CoxHealth is planning to hire nurses from overseas.  The hospital cited “tremendous growth” and “an effort to keep up with the growing need for health care personnel” as reasons for the decision.

Karen Kramer, CoxHealth’s chief nursing officer said, in Branson last year inpatient admissions volume grew ten percent.  And emergency department admissions are up about the same amount system wide.

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