Health

Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

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.

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.

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.

Submitted photo / Cox Branson

Officials with Cox Branson are celebrating a multi-million dollar emergency department and critical care unit expansion. A ribbon cutting was held Friday morning, ahead of a community open house scheduled for this weekend.

The 60,000 square foot renovation, which is expected to be open to patients by the end of the month, marks the first phase of a $30 million project that began one year ago. Renovations to the facility’s interior are to be completed by the holidays, the hospital said in a press release.

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A respiratory illness is sending hundreds of kids to hospitals in ten states, including Missouri.  While there have been no confirmed cases in Springfield, medical facilities here have been treating patients with similar symptoms.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The illness that’s affecting children in the U.S. is suspected to be enterovirus D68.  While only a few cases have actually been confirmed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspects that’s what’s causing the outbreaks in ten states.

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