Circulation Exercises to Keep you Warm

Exercises to keep you warm through the winter.

Winter is in full swing in The Ozarks! These frigid temperatures may cause significant circulation issues for many individuals. As we age, our body systems have to work increasingly hard to supply our body with all the nutrients and oxygen that it requires to perform the vital functions that we all need.

“Impaired circulation may cause significant issues with elderly individuals when you combine poor circulation with things like heart disease, diabetes or a lack of exercise. With the use of the above exercises you can help give your body the boost it needs to make it through this winter season.”

  • Dr. Brittany Wright, Physical Therapy

Here are three simple circulation exercises that have been shown to increase blood supply to assist with improved day-to-day health.

#1 – Supine Ankle Pumps – Begin lying on your back with your legs straight. Slowly pump your ankles by bending and straightening them. Try to keep the rest your legs relaxed while you move your ankles.

Supine Ankle Pump

# 2 – Supine Quad Set – Begin lying on your back with one knee bent and your other leg straight with your knee resting on a towel roll. Gently squeeze your thigh muscles, pushing the back of your knee down into the towel. Make sure to keep your back flat against the floor during the exercise.

Quad Set

#3 – Supine Glute Set – “Penny Pinchers” – Begin lying on your back with your hands resting comfortably. Tighten your buttock muscles, then release and repeat. Make sure not to arch your low back during the exercise or hold your breath as you tighten your muscles.

Glute Set

The above exercises have been recommended by the OCH physical therapy department as an easy and convenient way for adults to help pump blood through their body. This is not medical advice.


#TransformationTuesday: OCH upgrades radiology equipment to better serve patients

Ozarks Community Hospital has transformed radiology equipment systemwide to better serve patients and offer increased services. OCH of Gravette in northwest Arkansas, OCH of Springfield and OCH Christian County Clinic in southwest Missouri have added new updated equipment to increase options for physicians, better evaluate patient conditions and provide further health direction.

As a health system, OCH continues to provide the same quality care but with greater capabilities. The OCH mission is to provide a high quality of care to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage. In fact, more than 80% of patients have governmental insurance or are self-pay. The ability to provide high-quality and technologically advanced radiology services will help OCH better serve its patient population and the surrounding communities.

Springfield & Nixa

OCH of Springfield and the OCH Christian County Clinic also received upgrades to their equipment. The OCH of Springfield hospital received a new SOMATOM Perspective 64-Slice Scanner and ACUSON S2000 ultrasound. With these updates, OCH of Springfield hospital now has radiology equipment directly comparable to nearby hospitals. The OCH Christian County Clinic in Nixa upgraded its CT Scanner to a SOMATOM Emotion 16-Slice CT Scanner.

The new equipment at OCH of Springfield provides expanded services including:

  • Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA): A heart imaging test that helps determine if plaque buildup has narrowed a patient’s arteries.
  • Low Dose Lung Screening: This screening meets CMS guidelines for a lung cancer screening. These are recommended annually for high risk populations/patients and have shown to contribute to a 20% reduction in mortality.
  • Cardiac Calcium Scoring: This is a quick, painless, noninvasive procedure to accurately determine the degree and severity of hard plaque within the coronary arteries. These are recommended for anyone at risk of coronary artery disease, including healthy males over the age of 40 and females over the age of 45.

 AR before after


The new equipment makes OCH of Gravette the only all-digital radiology department in its region. OCH of Gravette received massive upgrades and updates including a new SOMATOM Perspective 64-slice CT Scanner, a Siremobil Combact L (C-ARM), a Multix Select and Multix Fusion x-ray machines, a portable Mobilett Mira x-ray machine, and ACUSON S2000 and ACUSON Freestyle Ultrasound System.

The new equipment offers additional testing capabilities including:

  • Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA): A heart imaging test that helps determine if plaque buildup has narrowed a patient’s arteries.
  • Low Dose Lung Screening: This screening meets CMS guidelines for a lung cancer screening. These are recommended annually for high risk populations/patients and have shown to contribute to a 20% reduction in mortality.
  • Cardiac Calcium Scoring: This is a quick, painless, noninvasive procedure to accurately determine the degree and severity of hard plaque within the coronary arteries. These are recommended for anyone at risk of coronary artery disease, including healthy males over the age of 40 and females over the age of 45.
  • QCT Bone Density Test: This is a CT scan with special software used to diagnose or monitor low bone mass. Bone density testing is recommended for anyone at risk of or with evidence of osteoporosis.

In January 2015, the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) announced that OCH of Gravette was one of six recipients of the AHRA and Toshiba Putting Patients First grant to improve the safety, understanding and comfort of pediatric radiology procedures. This KidSTRONG pediatric safety program at OCH of Gravette is a coinciding compliment to the comprehensive technology upgrades. The radiology department has been completely renovated due to the state of the art radiology equipment, with an emphasis on pediatric-friendly facilities and a comforting experience for families.

“The KidSTRONG pediatric safety and education component paired with the complete overhaul of our radiology department in Gravette increases community resources,” says Ronda Kruetzer, radiology manager at the hospital. “These upgrades have enabled OCH to provide safe, quality and worry-free care for the region’s residents right in their hometown,” says Ronda.

Remembering Dr. Billy V. Hall (1926-2012)

Dr. Billy V. Hall of Gravette, Ark. passed away this week. Dr. Hall spearheaded efforts to build a hospital facility in Gravette in 1955, and later built the current 3-story building chartered in 1975. He retired in 2006 from the health system that he created. Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette continues to serve the surrounding communities today.

Dr. Hall’s impact on healthcare in the Gravette community remains unmatched, and OCH providers & staff wish to express deep gratitude for both his vision and drive to bring quality and compassionate care to the area. Dr. Hall was a teacher, a friend and an inspiration; we will forever remember him with respect and admiration.


Pictures are courtesy of the Gravette News Herald (images published on October 3, 2001).



Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette will be participating in the 2012 Springdale Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Dr. Hall’s honor on Saturday, September 22. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team, please contact Morgan in Communications (479-344-6464).  

Visitation for Dr. Hall will be on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Heritage Baptist Church (307 Fourth Ave SE) from 12 to 2pm. The funeral service will start at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions be made to the Gravette Community Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association of Arkansas/Oklahoma.

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Coping with Fall Allergies

Just when your nose finally adjusted to the sights and smells of summer, fall allergy season hits full force. Sure, the crisp autumn evenings offer a welcome relief from the summer heat; but for those suffering from allergies, fall is one of the worst times to be outside. Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette nurse practitioner Anita Marie Kane shares a few tips on how to keep the sniffles, itching and irritation at bay.

Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, throat drainage…yes it is that time of year again! We are blessed to live in a region with beautiful foliage and dramatic seasonal changes. However, one of the drawbacks to this seasonal beauty is an abundance of budding, blooming, seeding, and blowing allergens.

The CDC reports over 17.6 million people were diagnosed with “hay fever” in the last year. According to Dr. Moses of Family Practice Notebook, hay fever affects 35 million people yearly, with 3 million missed work days.

What can you do to avoid those missed days? Talk to your provider about your options. Generally, try to avoid allergens you react to, use an air purifier in the home if indicated, avoid tobacco smoke, and use a mask if needed when mowing or working in dust-filled areas. Medications may offer some relief also. These include antihistamines (such as Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin and Zyrtec), intranasal corticosteroids (such as Flonase and Nasonex) and saline nasal spray. Other options in severe cases may include systemic steroids or even allergy testing with hyposensitization.

Just remember, the season will change (and there will be new allergens!). Stay healthy, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and get adequate rest, a healthy you is your best defense.

Anita Marie Kane, APN is a long time resident of Gravette, AR, who started out as a nurse’s aide at the Gravette hospital shortly after moving to town. She obtained her MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Kane specializes in Family Practice and Urgent Care.

Let’s Get Medical: Psychiatrist v. Psychologist

If pondering the difference between these medical professions has you scratching your head, you’re not the only one. Psychiatrists and psychologists are commonly confused medical professions. Which one can prescribe medicine? Are different types of education required? It’s easy to get the two mixed up. Fortunately, OCH of Gravette psychologist Dr. Jason Glass has taken the guess-work out of it! Here, he makes it easy to differentiate between the two.   

Although the titles are quite similar, psychologists and psychiatrists are two totally distinct professions with different education, training, and services they provide.  A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of mental disorders.  Because they are physicians, psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications to treat mental illness.  Perhaps the most famous psychiatrist of all is the one and only Sigmund Freud.  Freud proposed the first theory of personality development and coined the term “ego”.  Although the fact is generally overlooked, Freud began as a neurologist and presented research findings that laid the foundation for the modern understanding of cerebral palsy. 

Psychologists, on the other hand, are PhD’s, PsyD’s, or even EdD’s (individuals who have a doctorate in education but specialize in psychology).  Psychology is essentially an academic and/or applied study of human behavior.  Psychologists can work in a variety of settings and may conduct research, psychological evaluations, consultation/education, or even provide therapy.  Psychology is a broad field.  In fact, a psychologist was recently noted for successfully training rats to detect landmines.  The most famous psychologists are probably television host Dr. Phil McGraw and sex therapist Dr. Joyce Brothers. 

One of the key aspects in differentiating the two disciplines is the psychiatrist’s ability to prescribe medication; however, some states are pushing for psychologists to have the authority to prescribe medication (psychologists in New Mexico and Louisiana with additional education are now legally able to prescribe psychiatric medications).  Another area where the two differ is psychotherapy.  Although some psychiatrists still provide “talk” therapy, this is a practice mostly performed by psychologists.

Jason R Glass, Psy.D. is a psychologist affiliated with Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette and the OCH of Gravette Clinic.  Dr. Glass is a provisionally licensed psychologist in the state of Arkansas and is currently under the supervision of OCH licensed psychologist Mark W. Glover, Ph.D. Some of the psychological services provided through OCH include: adult psychotherapy for anxiety and depression; anger management training; dementia evaluation and consultation; probation and parole evaluation; parental fitness evaluation; and pre-surgical psychological evaluation and consultation.

OCH Kids Say…

In honor of OCH’s annual Christmas Party celebration, our video crew invited employees’ kids to come in and answer a few questions about their parents. Here’s what they said:

OCH of Gravette Kid Video:

Happy Holidays from your friends and family at Ozarks Community Hospital!

Let’s Get Medical: CNA or RN?

What is the difference between a Certified Nurse Assistant and a Registered Nurse? How long does it take to obtain a degree? What type of work is associated with either position? Whether you seek career advice, or simply want a better understanding of both, Zach Hines, RN sheds light on the subject. 

The term Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is a healthcare profession that is much-needed in today’s medical field. There are two different classes of unlicensed healthcare providers; the first class is defined as a CNA and the second: Patient Care Assistant (PCA). Both classes of unlicensed healthcare providers require a certain amount of educational hours in order to obtain a certification.

On the other spectrum of healthcare professions is the field known as Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This provider field requires much more extensive training. To obtain a registered nurse license one must receive an associate degree of approximately 72 hours of college credit through a national accredited nursing program along with taking state boards specific to the field of nursing. In order to become a LPN, one must go through approximately one year of training at a nationally certified LPN program along with taking state boards specific to LPN The field of nursing, as a RN, is difficult to define to one specific class due to the fact that the registered nurse field is extremely broad. For instance, a RN can obtain a job in the following fields: law, sales, patient care, healthcare technology and so forth.

One of the main differences between a RN and a CNA is the extent of educational and clinical experience. RN training requires approximately two to three years of college credits along with 400 hours of clinical rotations. A CNA program requires only two to three months of classroom education and 48 hours of clinical rotations. Also, CNAs do not have to take state board.

In the hospital or clinical setting there are several differences between the two different professions: First, CNAs are very limited in what tasks they are able to perform with patients which are governed differently per each facility. CNAs are unable to give medications, perform assessments, call in scripts, start IVs, and so forth. The RN is able to do the entire above stated, plus much more. RNs, according to their facilities policies, are able to delegate certain tasks to the CNAs. Some of these tasks include: vital signs, helping with ambulation, aiding patients with personal hygiene, emptying drains, transfers, CPR during a codes, assisting with simple procedures and so forth.

In the health care setting CNAs are an RNs greatest resource in delivering effective, quality, patient care. This is due to the fact that CNAs are involved in and participates in a patient’s care as much as if not more than RNs. For more information related to healthcare professions, ask questions to existing healthcare providers that you know or have taken care of you in the healthcare setting.

Content provided by Zach Hines, RN at Ozarks Community Hospital of Gravette. Zach served as a Medic in the United States Army prior to his current position as an ER Nurse and Assistant Nursing Administrator.