Health news and issues in the Ozarks.


12:49 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Mercy Completes Expansion of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Julie Greene / KSMU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, is where premature babies will stay for days, weeks, and sometimes even longer. At Mercy Springfield, completion of phase II of its expanded unit aims to improve service to these infants and their families. KSMU’s Julie Greene has more.

“Let’s pause for a moment to be aware of our merciful God who is always among us,” said Bishop Johnston.

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Health Care
4:46 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Missouri Working to Improve Upon “C” Premature Birth Report Rating

Grant, one of the Wagner triplets born at 24 weeks and 6 days.
The Wagner Family March of Dimes

One out of every nine babies are born prematurely in the United States. Such births have risen by more than 36 percent over the last two decades, according to the March of Dimes (MOD). Yet experts are unsure why. As part of Prematurity Awareness Month, the MOD recently announced that the third of five facilities dedicated to prematurity research will be in Missouri.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more on what this means for future parents.

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Sense of Community
5:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Exercise Can Keep You Feeling Young

Lois Smith
Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Exercise Class

You’re hearing the sounds of an aerobics class at Mercy Fitness Center.  One of the participants is Lois Smith.  She’s a huge advocate for exercise—in fact, she says it enters into almost every conversation she has with people.

She exercises five mornings a week—taking classes like Zumba and Get Up & Go—an aerobic dance class for seniors.

The 82-year-old is in great shape—and that’s partly because of something that happened years ago while she was snow skiing.

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Sense of Community
5:01 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Learning to Drive Again, Without The Use of His Feet

James Thomas takes his modified car for a spin near downtown Springfield. His passenger, Mindy Smithwick, is at the ready to assit with the controls.
Scott Harvey KSMU

Behind the wheel of his BMW, James Thomas carefully manages the turns around Springfield’s Phelps Grove Park. There are more pedestrians out walking and biking today, he tells his passenger. And he beams as I ask him from the back seat about his former job; vice president of architecture and construction under the legendary John Q. Hammons. His last big job, he says, was overseeing the design and construction of Hammons Field.  

But this is more than just a typical leisurely car ride around the neighborhood.

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Education Connection
11:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

IMAGES: SPS, Mercy Cut Ribbon for Health Sciences Program

Health Sciences Academy students, dressed in red scrubs, along with their parents, attend an open house of the 6,500 square foot complex following Wednesday's ribbon cutting.
Scott Harvey KSMU

Springfield Public Schools formally dedicated its Health Sciences Academy at Mercy Hospital Wednesday night. The new initiative offers a platform for eighth grade students to dive into the healthcare field.

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