Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

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.


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.

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.”