Health

Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

Recent school cancellations due to poor weather conditions may have allowed enough time for students to recover from certain seasonal illnesses. However, the likelihood of getting sick may increase next week. KSMU’s Scott Harvey reports.

Amidst the flu season, an extra week off from school may have broken up the cycle of disease spread. But Kendra Findley with the Springfield Greene-County Health Department warns a new cycle could emerge.

A four-year-old Springfield girl has a new outlook on life after a successful cataract procedure at Mercy hospital. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has more on what officials are calling a milestone in pediatric care.

Alyssa Crain twists atop her father’s lap inside a fourth floor office of Mercy Springfield’s Surgery Center. She's bit bashful today, burying her face in dad’s chest, as he fields questions on her recently-completed surgery.

Erin Crain says his daughter’s diagnosis was shocking.

If you want to get a new job at CoxHealth, from now on you'll need to be completely nicotine-free. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann reports.

The new policy will go into effect on November 21 to coincide with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. CoxHealth estimates 17 to 20 percent of its current workforce uses tobacco products.

Steve Edwards is CEO for CoxHealth. He said current employees will not be affected by the new policy because they will be “grandfathered in.” He added that there will be incentives and support for those who wish to quit.

CoxHealth in Branson kicks off a new building project Wednesday afternoonwith a ground breaking ceremony. KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has the story.

A new, three story building will replace the current Medical Plaza 2 along Skaggs Road, which is scheduled to be torn down.  Michelle Leroux is with Cox Medical Center in Branson, and says the plans to rebuild and improve the hospital are critical to fill the growing needs of Taney and Stone county residents.  She adds these improvements are “a statement of stability and confidence in the community.”

Five southwest Missouri non-profits are to collectively receive $100,000 through Mercy Clinic’s Force for Good grant program, which is funded through the contributions of the company’s physicians and co-workers. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

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