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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | April 30, 2012
BRANSON, Mo -- More than three-quarters of employers now offer wellness programs. While exercise and healthy eating are important, there is also an added financial benefit. The Wellness Council of America estimates that, for each $1 invested in a wellness program, employers can save as much as $3 in health care and productivity costs.  As health care costs continue to rise, a little wellness can go a long way. Every Monday, a transformation happens at Connell Insurance in Branson.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | January 12, 2013
Oklahoma City, OK, -- Hobby Lobby may have found a loophole to avoid millions of dollars in fines it faces for choosing not to comply with a piece of the new health care law.  The penalty was set to go into effect on the same the company's new health care plan went into effect. Leaders for the Christian-based chain, though, say they plan to shift the effective date of the plan and postpone potential fines for several months.      The law requires employer-provided health care plans to make all FDA approved contraception and sterilization procedures available to female employees.       Company officials say they will not pay for what what they call abortion-inducing drugs. 
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | September 26, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced community colleges all across the state will be sharing a $20 million grant aimed at improving training programs in the health care field.  Educators say they are thrilled to get these funds because it will boost their training programs.  Nixon says the best way to bring stable jobs is to invest in affordable education. Joshua Hardesty is a student at OTC and plans to go into nursing. "There's two to three hospitals here in Springfield.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and jscherder@ky3.com | April 18, 2012
CASSVILLE, Mo -- There are nearly 500,000 small businesses in the state of Missouri. With rising gas prices, health care costs and a lackluster economy, owning a small business can be taxing. One group of businesses in the Ozarks are coming together to help one another and cut costs. Small businesses employ more than a million people in the Show-Me State. It's no secret--the past few years have been tough. Instead of trying to weather the storm by themselves, businesses in Barry County are joining forces.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | June 20, 2012
HERMITAGE, Mo.-- The country doctor is long gone in most of Missouri's small towns.  But medical care for Hickory County is getting a big boost from Uncle Sam.  Hermitage is one of only three places in Missouri to benefit from a just-announced injection of federal funds. Staff at the CMH Hermitage Family Medical Center got the good news this week that $650,000 will help expand health care services here in Hickory County.  "It's extremely exciting.  It's exciting for us on the ground floor of this huge endeavor, and it's great for the community," said Cheryle Rash, office manager at the Hermitage Family Medical Center.  The clinic has two nurse practitioners and one doctor.  "Yesterday, he was the only one working here.  I think he worked in 12 or 13 people on top of his regular load," said Rash.
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by Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | April 15, 2011
CASSVILLE, Mo -- The future of health care coming to a rural community near you. St. John's was recently awarded a half a million dollar grant to help bring doctors straight into the homes of patients without anyone ever having to step outside. Cassville and Mountain View and a few places in Arkansas are going to benefit from the telemedicine grant. It provides technology that allows doctors to monitor their patients miles away. The program will soon be up and running and for those that have quite a drive to get to their doctor it's a bit of relief.
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by Cara Restelli, KY3 News and crestelli@ky3.com | November 4, 2010
Health care is now at your fingertips.  St. John's of Springfield , and its parent company, Sisters of Mercy Health System , unveiled a new system that allows patients access to their personal medical information online.  MyMercy aims to end the game of phone tag between doctors and patients, and so much more. ---- PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. -- With two kids, mom Stacy Allen of Pleasant Hope has a busy life.  It's too busy to play phone tag with her doctors over a minor medical issue.
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by KY3 News | January 31, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. -- The Skaggs Regional Medical Center board signaled Tuesday that it might be willing to sell its hospital and related enterprises to a larger health care company.  The company issued a news release and held a news conference. Skaggs Hospital opened in January 1950 after a couple of years of construction.  It's named for the founders of the Safeway grocery chain, who donated money to build the hospital just north of downtown Branson.  Here's more on those early years and the company's history.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | September 4, 2012
CLEVER, Mo  -  The Family Pharmacy Clever opened a walk-in clinic last week. It's the first time Clever residents have had access to health care in about a half century. Since 1951 residents would have to drive to Republic or Springfield. Now Clever has a Family Nurse Practitioner, and patients can get their primary or acute care right there in Clever. "Their access is immediate; it's local and immediate. A lot of times when you're acutely ill, you wake up, you have a fever, you have a sore throat, you have aches and pains; you don't want to drive five to fifteen miles to receive care," says family nurse practitioner Stephane Counts.
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by Jay Scherder and jscherder@ky3.com | August 1, 2011
AURORA, Mo -- (Edited Press Release) To hear firsthand from community members about the pressing issues in rural health care delivery, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited the St. Johns Hospital in Aurora. After touring the award-winning hospital, the Secretary participated in a listening session with local providers and health care leaders. "As a former Governor of a Heartland state, I know firsthand the health care challenges facing rural populations," Secretary Sebelius said.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | September 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - From doctors and nurses, to the rest of us who depend on them, healthcare is changing for everyone. At this point we've all had years to get ready.  But, time really hasn't done much for most of us when it comes to grasping the complex ins and outs of the Affordable Healthcare Act. “I think this is all very positive, that is going to allow a lot of people to have the opportunity to have insurance that will be more affordable...
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - CoxHealth announced at a news conference Friday that it will add nicotine screening to the list of tests that potential employees must pass.  Company officials said the new policy is part of their mission to improve the health of the community. CoxHealth employees frequently see the effects of smoking.  "Simply put, smoking is the worst self-inflicted harm any human being can do to herself or himself.  Certainly as a cancer doctor, I see the devastating impact of smoking every day, not only on the patient, but also on their family," said Dr. Abe Abdalla, medical director of Hulston Cancer Center.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | September 27, 2013
BRANSON, -- The need is so overwhelming health care workers are rolling up their sleeves. Faith Community Health serves low-income families in Taney County. It opened a few months ago with various hours, but the demand is great. It now has a full-time physician assistant. "I make enough to live on, but God help me if I get sick.  Really something serious because where do I turn?" said Dorion Myers, a patient. It's not necessary a free clinic, but one with reduced prices.
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by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | September 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri and Arkansas will join the nation in helping thousands enroll for mandatory healthcare insurance. The open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act starts Oct. 1. It's estimated more than 30 percent of people in the Springfield area will need to enroll for insurance.  For providers and government workers, that's a huge undertaking. "We are going to be working with people who may have never had insurance ever before," said Jacque Morris with Jordan Valley Health Clinic.
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By: Shayla Patrick, KY3 and spatrick@ky3.com | August 14, 2013
WEST PLAINS, Mo -- You can't go far in West Plains without seeing one of these proud banners. "We're celebrating our 50th anniversary. In 1963 MSU West Plains started," said Drew Bennett, Chancellor of Missouri State University West Plains.     But if you take one look around the campus you would never guess the college came from very humble beginnings. "It was called the "Residence Center" and we worked  out of the old high school at that time so our first class was 111 students.
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by NBC News and news@ky3.com | August 13, 2013
The consequences of binge drinking can be costly in a number of ways. And it's costing every American, whether they drink or not. A study on binge drinking by the Centers for Disease Control calculated the financial impact on society. The government says binge drinking is costing the United States as a whole more than $200 billion dollars a year. Those costs are defined as lost worker productivity, health care, car accidents and property damage. The researchers say these costs are absorbed by both the private sector and government.
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by Shayla Patrick, KY3 News and spatrick@ky3.com | June 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- We've just had our first brush with potentially dangerous heat this summer and one agency is trying to make sure senior citizens stay cool in extreme temperatures.  Oxford Health Care gave away more than 500 fans to older residents in Greene County this morning. "It's great because when the air conditioning goes out you need a fan," said Sara Barnett, a Greene County resident who showed up Friday morning to get a free fan. It's a small item that can make a huge difference in some people's lives, especially those age 60 and older.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - One hundred residents of a care facility are back in their rooms and safe after a small fire broke out Tuesday night. Christian Health Care East on Cherokee Street was evacuated after smoke filled an area near the kitchen and laundry room. Overhead sprinklers put out the flames, but firefighters responded as a precaution. There's no word yet on what started the fire.
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | May 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The late John Q. Hammons not only built hotels across the country and landmarks all over Springfield; He also made an impact on healthcare in the Ozarks.   Hammons donated an undisclosed amount of money to Mercy's Hammons Heart Institute, and bought the hospital's first twin-turbine rescue helicopter, named Hammons Life Line. David and Debra Clemmons remember the day nine years ago like yesterday.  "They kept saying, the one paramedic said to the other, oh my God it's a laceration four on a pediatric," says Debra Clemmons.
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by Steve Grant, KY3 News and sgrant@ky3.com | May 10, 2013
YELLVILLE, Ark. -- A growing number of schools are sending food with their needy students to get them through the weekend.  In Arkansas, a handful of districts have started providing health care for young people.  One of those is Yellville-Summit. Yellville-Summit School leaders want their students to eat healthier, so they grow their own produce in a garden and a greenhouse.  Its wellness coordinator predicts overall student health will be even better because the district will soon be remodeling unused offices.
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