Ozarks Counseling Center’s Board of Directors named Andrea Bishop interim executive director, succeeding Steve Johnson, who is now semiretired and working at the center as a clinical supervisor. Bishop has worked as a therapist with Ozarks Counseling Center for three years and has served as an adjunct faculty member in Drury University’s economics department since 1990. Dr. John H. Brown, a physician with St. John’s Clinic at its Smith Glynn Callaway location, passed the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Certificate of Knowledge exam. The certification demonstrates understanding of the challenges faced by international travelers, particularly in relation to epidemiology, disease prevention and diagnosis, and management of global health concerns.
Robert Burbee and Christine Arnzen, adjunct faculty in the psychology program at Evangel University, had an article published in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Titled “Integrative Marital Intensive Therapy: A strategy for marriages in severe distress,” the article was written with two other co-authors, including 1991 Evangel graduate Robert Paul and outlines the therapeutic approach used at the National Institute of Marriage to help couples. Dr. George Pettey joined St. John’s Clinic-Family Medicine, practicing at the Smith Glynn Callaway clinic. He earned his medical degree at the University of Columbia School of Medicine and completed his residency with the Cox Family Practice Residency Program in Springfield. Pettey is board-certified in family medicine.
CoxHealth received a $31,500 grant from Cardinal Health Foundation to improve operating room safety and efficiency. CoxHealth is using the funds to implement Team STEPPS – strategies and tools to enhance performance and patient safety – in 35 operating rooms at three CoxHealth campuses.
Harmony House-the Family Violence Prevention Center, received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to aid its efforts to provide shelter and services to women and children who have survived domestic violence.
Dr. William Rees II joined St. John’s Clinic-Internal Medicine, practicing in Nixa. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency. Rees is board-certified in internal medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians.
Kurt Abbey was named administrative director of nursing administration at St. John’s Health System. Abbey, a registered nurse, has worked for St. John’s parent Mercy for 14 years, serving as neuro-trauma nursing director at St. John’s Hospital since 2004. He continues to perform administrative duties in the neuro-trauma intensive care and progressive care units, with added duties in the nursing administration office, staffing and scheduling, managing float pool staff and bed placement.
The Skaggs Foundation accepted a $15,000 check from the BKD Foundation to help fund room renovations at Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson.
Michael S. Ensign, of Ozark, was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to serve as Christian County coroner following the resignation of Arthur Adams. Ensign, a licensed funeral director with Adams Funeral Home and deputy coroner for Christian County since 2007, has completed training and certification through the Missouri Coroners and Medical Examiners Association.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks received a $5,000 community impact grant from New York Life Insurance Co. to support BCFO’s O’Reilly Children’s Fund, which meets children’s needs when family members face breast cancer and related financial hardships.
Cox HealthPlans, an affiliate of CoxHealth, was awarded the 2011 TriZetto Integrated Healthcare Management Power Award for Operational Excellence. TriZetto presents the honor to one customer each year that, through use of its systems, demonstrates success or exceeds measures working toward an advanced business model of integrated health care management. In the last year, Cox HealthPlans achieved an average 99.5 percent procedural accuracy rate and a 99.9 percent accuracy rate on its claims.[[In-content Ad]]