The seven medical imaging specialty programs previously offered by the CoxHealth Schools of Diagnostic Imaging transitioned to Cox College, and the college received approval to launch a new Associate of Science in Radiography degree program.
The CoxHealth Family Medical Care Center achieved recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level three Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (PCC-PCMH), the first of its kind in southwest Missouri.
CoxHealth launched eVisits, the area's first electronic physician visit option. The service is a part of CoxHealth's Patient Express service, a secure online portal that allows patients to schedule appointments, refill prescriptions, view lab results and more.
Meyer Orthopedic Center opened on the Cox Walnut Lawn campus, providing a single location for orthopedic patients to visit their doctors, undergo surgery, receive inpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy, and have access to a medical fitness center.
CoxHealth, in partnership with St. John's and Ozarks Technical Community College, announced a scholarship program for dependents of health system employees who pursue an allied health career degree at the college. Development of this scholarship represented a $250,000 commitment by each health system to the area's future health care workforce.
The new Cox South Emergency Department opened in the Lipscomb Family Wing of the hospital. The facility featured the most up-to-date CT and MRI technology, an on-site lab, state-of-the-art disaster management facilities and 62 patient beds.
CoxHealth and Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute (SNSI) announced an exclusive partnership arrangement. Under the agreement, CoxHealth purchased the clinic and assets of SNSI, and the 80 people employed by the clinic became employees of CoxHealth. The physicians continued to provide services to the clinic and the hospital.
Children's Miracle Network became Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in a corporate rebranding effort designed to better represent the charity's mission of raising funds for children's hospitals.
The CoxHealth Stroke Center was named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll list. CoxHealth was the only health system in the region, and one of only 71 in the nation, to receive this honor.
Genice "Genny" Maroc was named as the new vice president and administrator of Cox Monett Hospital.
The fifth location of The Clinic at Walmart operated by CoxHealth opened in Springfield. This was the third clinic in Springfield, and the first on the city's north side.
President and CEO Robert H. Bezanson announced his retirement, to be effective Dec. 31, 2011. Bezanson served as president and CEO of the organization beginning in 2004.
Steven D. Edwards was named president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Edwards first joined CoxHealth in 1992, and served as the organization's executive vice president and COO since 2007.
The CoxHealth Stroke Center became one of only 91 health systems in the nation to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, recognizing a commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care.
A new 27-bed critical care unit opened at Cox South. The unit was built to include the newest technology in critical care, and brought the total number of critical care beds to 76. The CoxHealth Breast Care Clinic was granted a three year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), at the time becoming the only designated Breast Care Center of Excellence in southwest Missouri. The Breast Care Clinic also installed the area's first Aurora 1.5T dedicated breast MRI system.
CoxHealth was named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the nation's 101 Hospitals with Great Spine and Neuorsurgery Programs.
The organization was named to the IMS Health Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks listing for the seventh year in a row, and was one of only three Missouri hospitals to make the list.
CoxHealth received a $45,000 grant from the Kohl's Cares Foundation to expand the CARDIAC Kids program. The program teaches children and their families about living a heart-healthy life in a fun, kid-friendly way.
CoxHealth was listed among the nation's Best Regional Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
CoxHealth was the only hospital in the Ozarks named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll.
The CoxHealth Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Center earned a three-year Hyperbaric Facility Reaccreditation with Distinction from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. It was the first facility in the area, and was among the first in the state, to earn this accreditation. CoxHealth and the Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute entered into an arrangement with the University of Missouri, allowing the organizations to host neurosurgical residents from the University of Missouri School of Medicine for surgical rotations.
CoxHealth and Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo., agreed to a formal affiliation allowing the organizations to collaborate clinically, and to partner in bringing new and improved services to the Texas county region.
The organization was honored with the Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
U.S. News & World Report named CoxHealth as the only Springfield hospital on its annual Best Hospitals list. The Springfield Business Journal honored the health system with its annual Economic Impact Award, presented to companies that have positively affected the local economy.
CoxHealth was recognized as one of the nation's Most Improved Most Wired hospitals, by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
CoxHealth again earned the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
CoxHealth and Cerner formed a strategic alignment, Si3 – The Star Initiative for Information Innovation. The move positioned the health system for growth and advancement, and brought members of the CoxHealth Information Technology department to Cerner with the goal of providing enhanced health care IT delivery.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services awarded CoxHealth Level 1 Trauma Center status, the highest rank available.
CoxHealth became a founding member of the BJC Collaborative, a partnership between CoxHealth, BJC HealthCare, Memorial Health System and Saint Luke's Health System. The collaborative brings the organizations together to achieve savings, improve quality, lower health care costs and more.
Joining with Mercy and the University of Missouri School of Medicine, CoxHealth announced plans to pursue the development of a clinical campus in Springfield, with the goal of expanding MU's capacity for educating physicians, and addressing the physician shortage in southwest Missouri.
Finalizing an agreement that was a year in the making, CoxHealth and Skaggs Regional Medical Center (now Cox Medical Center Branson), announced a strategic partnership and a more than $100 million investment in the health and wellness of Tri-Lake's residents.
CoxHealth became the first hospital in the region to feed premature babies with donor breast milk, supplied by a milk bank in Kansas City. The effort helped launch the Springfield area's first donor milk depot, allowing local breastfeeding mothers to donate their milk and help nourish babies in need.
CareChex, a medical quality rating group, recognized CoxHealth in Springfield as the top hospital in the nation for spinal fusion, and as second in the nation for spinal surgery. The health system was also recognized as the top hospital in Missouri in a number of categories, including major orthopedic surgery, trauma care, neurological care, major bowel procedures, gall bladder removal and general surgery.
CoxHealth announced plans to construct a 310,000-square-foot addition to Cox Medical Center South. This patient tower will house the Jared Neuroscience Center, the Dee Ann White Women's and Children's Hospital, and will include room for expansion. The planned addition will also allow the health system to convert all patient rooms at Cox South to private rooms.
Advancing cardiac care in the Ozarks, CoxHealth opened Springfield's first true hybrid operating room – a specially constructed OR with all the traditional operating room capabilities, plus the advanced imaging equipment found in a cardiac catheterization lab.
The Skilled Nursing and Transitional Care Units at the CoxHealth Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital were named a best nursing home in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
CoxHealth opened the area's first Obstetrical Emergency Department. The unit is staffed 24/7 and offers a dedicate space where board certified, emergent-care experienced OB/GYNs care for expectant women who are experiencing a pregnancy-related emergency.
For the second year in a row, CoxHealth was named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The health system was recognized as a high-performing hospital in the specialties of gastroenterology and GI surgery, gynecology, nephrology, and pulmonology.
CoxHealth was again recognized as a Most Wired: Most Improved health system in the 2013 Most Wired Survey, released by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The health system earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its knee and hip replacement programs.
Leading consumer magazine Consumer Reports rated CoxHealth as the top hospital in Springfield for overall surgical safety.
Dr. Lance Ratcliff was named president of Cox College, following the retirement of Dr. Anne Brett.
Taking a stand against deadly and addictive tobacco products, CoxHealth announced it would become the first health system in the Ozarks to stop hiring tobacco users. Applicants who do not pass the post-offer, pre-employment nicotine screening are offered free tobacco cessation classes, and are encouraged to reapply for employment once they have been tobacco-free for 90 days.
CoxHealth was again recognized by CareChex as the top hospital in the nation for spinal fusion, and as second in the nation for spinal surgery. The health system was also recognized as the top hospital in Missouri in a number of categories.
Thanks to a $41,000 grant from Kohl͛s Cares, CoxHealth expanded the CARDIAC Kids program to Nixa Public Schools.
For the second year in a row, CoxHealth was recognized as a high performing hospital by Consumer Reports magazine.
Cox Medical Center Branson was named an Employer of Choice by Employer of Choice ® International, Inc., following a rigorous evaluation process.
The organization was again recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Hospital, and received special recognition for the specialties of Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Pulmonology.
Hospitals and Health Networks magazine recognized CoxHealth as a Most Wired hospital. The CoxHealth radiation center at Hulston Cancer Center was recognized with an Excellence through Insight award for Overall Outpatient Satisfaction by Health Stream.
Cox Medical Center Branson unveiled the first phase of its $30 million emergency department and critical care unit expansion, a 60,000-square-foot renovation and construction project.
Becker's Hospital Review named CoxHealth to its list of 100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs.
The CoxHealth Auxiliary in Springfield was honored as an Auxiliary of the Year by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.
CoxHealth was recognized as among the top 100 in the nation, top 10 percent in the state and number one in the local market for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care by CareChex.
Kohl's Department Stores donated more than $50,000 to CoxHealth for its Kohl's CARDIAC (Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Area Children) Kids program. The program tackles the issue of childhood obesity through health screenings and education.
In anticipation of the opening of the Dee Ann White Women's and Children's Hospital at Cox Medical Center South, the organization announced the additions of pediatric general surgery and pediatric urology to its list of pediatric specialty programs.
Cox Medical Center Branson opened its new Clinical Decision Unit, part of the hospital's $30 million expansion project.
In the continued tradition of achieving the highest standards of quality care, CoxHealth embraced accreditation vendor DNV GL-Healthcare. Its five hospitals, as well as its outpatient centers and provider-based clinics all received national accreditation by DNV, becoming the only hospitals in southwest Missouri accredited by DNV GL-Healthcare.
Following nearly two years of construction, CoxHealth opened the Dee Ann White Women's and Children's Hospital and Jared Neuroscience Center, a 10-story addition to Cox Medical Center South. the new facility contains CoxHealth's Pediatric, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Women and Newborns and Neurology units, plus a rehabilitation gym and neurology and neurosurgery clinic space. The facility offers all private rooms, comfortable lounges and gardens for families, and more.
Dr. Darren Bass was named president of Cox Monett Hospital. Dr. Bass holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, began his career with CoxHealth as a physical therapist, and had most recently served on the hospital's senior leadership team.
Cox Medical Center South was recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report.
CoxHealth's High Risk Breast Clinic, the first in the Springfield area, opened. Designed to treat women with an increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, the clinic also works with women who have a personal history of the disease and would benefit from specialty care.
The Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning opened on Cox South's campus. The center, housed in The Turner Center, offers classes and support for children with dyslexia.
In an effort to better align CoxHealth's mission, vision and values with the needs of the community, the health system launched a Young Professionals Council. This hand-picked group of civically engaged professionals, all between ages 21 to 39, serve as a sounding board for the CoxHealth Leadership Team and Board of Directors.
The first CoxHealth Innovation Accelerator allowed the health system's employees to innovate ways to work more efficiently and effectively. During the two-day, off-campus event, several workshopped ideas were slotted for implementation throughout the health system.
BabyBeginning, a Smartphone app, was launched through a grant from Verizon. The free app includes information on pregnancy, labor and newborn care, plus animations, videos, an appointment tracker, contraction timer and more.
Germ-zapping robots came to Cox South. The robots use Full-Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to quickly destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores in patient areas.
Infertility services became available at Cox South via telemedicine, thanks to a partnership between CoxHealth and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
In an effort to keep up with the organization's growing need for health care personnel and counter the nursing shortage in the U.S., CoxHealth announced it would begin hiring carefully screened and highly qualified nurses from overseas. Approximately 100 nurses were expected to join the health system over the next year through this program.
CoxHealth was again recognized as a "Most Wired" hospital by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The survey measures how hospitals across the country are adopting information technology to improve patient care.
In an effort to show support to local law enforcement in light of recent anti-law enforcement attacks, CoxHealth invited all first responders from area counties to free barbecue lunches at Cox North, Cox Monett and Cox Branson.
CoxHealth announced a new Learning Center location would open in the fall of 2016, to serve Branson families.
CoxHealth became the first health system in southwest Missouri to offer Genius 3D Mammography technology. The exam detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancers, and is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis exam approved by the FDA.
Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation and CoxHealth signed a letter of intent that marks the beginning of a strategic partnership.
To better serve area residents, CoxHealth opened a 2,600-square-foot urgent care facility in Monett. The Monett facility can also connect with experts at CoxHealth Occupational Medicine via telemedicine to care for local injured workers.