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bariatric surgery patient on scale

Jan 07, 2021

Transform Your Life In The New Year With The LAP-BAND ® System

You may want to be able to enjoy a morning stroll, go for a second honeymoon or chase your kids around the yard. Or you may just want to feel better, both physically and emotionally. But first you must lose the extra weight – safely and intelligently.
<p style="margin-bottom:10px"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif"><span style="color:black">If you struggle with obesity, the adjustable gastric band (</span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif"><span style="color:black">LAP-BAND)</span></span></span></span><span style="font-size</body></html>"></span></span></span></span></p>
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Doctor holding patients hand

Nov 06, 2020

Providing The Highest Quality Care For Our Loved Ones With Hospice And Palliative Care

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
<p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Every November, we recognize <b>National Hospice and Palliative Care Month </b>helping our community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be before you or a loved one are facing a medical crisis.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p>
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Physical Rehabilitation

Oct 07, 2020

Move Better And Feel Better With Freeman Physical Rehabilitation

Every October, Freeman celebrates National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM).
<p>Every October, Freeman celebrates National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) – a time when we recognize our dedicated Freeman physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) who help transform people’s lives by restoring and improving their motion.</p>
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Urgent Behavioral Services Room

Sep 21, 2020

Pioneering Behavioral Solutions

As an urgent care for behavioral health issues, UBS is the first and only program of its kind in the area.
<p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">There is a significant gap in emergency behavioral health care in our community. Our community, like many others, has had good options for addressing behavioral health crises. Ozark Center maintains a Crisis Line (800.247.0661) that offers hotline counseling or in-person assessment. Local emergency rooms have always provided behavioral health assessment for urgent matters 24/7.</span></span></span></p>
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Grandpa with kids

Sep 01, 2020

Healthier Men, Happier Prostates

September is Prostate Health Month
<p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="line-height:17.25pt"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman",serif"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><span style="letter-spacing:.15pt">September is Prostate Health Month</span></span></span></span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><span style="letter-spacing:.15pt">, also known as <b>Prostate Cancer Awareness Month</b>, a time</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p>
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Watchman Longnecker and Jane Smith

Aug 17, 2020

Watchman: Reducing Stroke Risk in AFib Patients

At least 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to the American Heart Association.
At least 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to the American Heart Association. AFib, affects the heart’s ability to pump blood normally and causes blood to pool in the left atrial appendage and potentially clot. Some patients are prescribed blood-thinning medications, such as coumadin, to prevent a blood clot, but patients who have a bleed risk are at a higher danger when taking blood thinners.
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Aug 05, 2020

Never Too Late to Recover

More than half of Americans experience a traumatic event in their life, according to the National Center for PTSD.
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Cuddler Program

Jul 27, 2020

Freeman NICU Caring Cuddler Program Provides Enriching Benefits

The Freeman NICU Cuddler Program gives parents the much-needed help when they’re unable to be with their little ones.
<p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:10.0pt"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif"><span style="color:black">Although the birth of a baby is an expected event, the delivery of a baby who needs intensive medical care is often unexpected. Occasionally, obligations at home and work mean families cannot visit the hospital each day to spend time with their new bundle of joy.</span></span></span></span></span></p>
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Lab Scientist

Apr 22, 2020

Celebrating the Lifesaving Hidden Value of Lab Professionals

Your doctor would like to run some tests – you've had your blood drawn and your sample has been sent off to the lab.
<section id="article-banner"><p>Your doctor would like to run some tests – you've had your blood drawn and your sample has been sent off to the lab. You met the phlebotomist who drew your blood sample, but have you ever wondered who actually receives your sample and conducts the tests?</p></section>
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Doctor with patient

Mar 06, 2020

High-Tech Filters: The Kidneys

Kidneys are high-tech filters because they do so much in addition to filtering.
<section id="article-banner"><p>Our kidneys are incredibly high-tech filters. They are constantly monitoring and working to keep our bodies as healthy as possible. Kidneys filter our blood and keep the things we need, like water, sugar, proteins and electrolytes, and discard the things we don’t need, like urea, ammonia and drug metabolites, which make up our urine. Kidneys are high-tech filters because they do so much in addition to filtering.</p></section>
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