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BUSINESS OF THE WEEK

Chamber Business of the Week

By Regina Mozingo

Oxford Health Care, 1625 Gibson Blvd., is the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the week.

Oxford opened a district office in West Plains in 2009 and currently is caring for 110 patients in Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, Wright, Ozark and Douglas counties. Oxford, based in Springfield and owned by Cox Health, also has branch offices in Columbia and Joplin. The company has patients in 28 Missouri counties.

Vena Shaffer, physician relations representative, said her job consists of marketing and calling on doctors and clinics to see if they have patients that can use their services.

Kelly Kozak, RN, clinical manager, said the company provides health care for people with a variety of health problems. They provide physical, occupational and speech therapy along with personal care assistance.

Hoping to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits, Oxford Health Care uses telemonitoring to provide peace of mind to clients and their families. This allows a person to use a small, easy to operate monitor to daily gather vital signs and other health information in the comfort of home and helps prevents more serious illness. The information gathered is transmitted to an Oxford nurse who reviews it and responds according to guidelines established by the patient’s doctor.

Another service offered by Oxford Health is lifeline Medical Alert. A patient wears the device and with the push of a button automatically alerts health personnel. The device also detects falls and calls for help.

Other services provided by Oxford Health Care include support services, hospice and palliative care and outreach programs.

The Oxford Health Care office staff in West Plains participates in many community activities including marching in the annual Veteran’s Day Parade and handing out special packets to veterans. On Sept. 30, the staff will be participating in the Alzheimer’s Walk at the West Plains Civic Center.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. However caregivers are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond when they are needed.

For more information, call Oxford Health Care at 255-9577.