Oxford Helps Turn Down the Heat With “Cooling the Ozarks” Box Fan Collection

"Cooling the Ozarks" Box Fan Collection

For the last six years, Oxford HealthCare has led the way in caring for seniors affected by the heat and humidity of an Ozarks summer.

The elderly and those with chronic  illnesses are the most vulnerable to falling sick from heat-related complications.  “Many seniors can’t afford to  run their air conditioning , or they just plain don’t have it. They skip the AC to buy medication or groceries.. We see it every day,” says Holly Isom, West Plains Regional Director. “ We’re here to give them some comfort, to help them stay well and hopefully to get other services to them if that’s what they need.”

This year, Oxford kicked off the West Plains distribution with a live radio broadcast with KKDY “New Country” at the Ace Hardware in West Plains. The goal in the West Plains region is to collect and deliver at least 100 new box fans to the community between June 7th and June 22nd, and raise awareness of heat related illnesses. Those receiving fans are homebound and either elderly or disabled.

Since 2009, Oxford has given more than 1,000 fans to needy seniors. The Springfield Fan drive distribution is set for June 24th.

Oxford Receives National Award for Workplace Excellence

Oxford HealthCare has received the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility. Receiving this national honor ranks Oxford among the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace. Khai’s story is just one example of Oxford’s approach.

“I am a single mother with a young daughter, and because of Oxford’s flexibility, I am so proud to say I am on my last three semesters of nursing school. Being an RN has been my life-long dream, and I can honestly say, I would never have been able to achieve it without Oxford. Between caring for my daughter, and the demands of school, I have had to change my schedule sometimes every month so that I can juggle it all . . . with Oxford, I never have to worry. I can get exactly the number of hours I need, at the times I need them, anytime day or night. Oxford has allowed me to do it all.”

“We are honored to receive this prestigious national recognition for our innovative workplace practices,” said Karen Thomas, president of Oxford HealthCare. “Our employees are very important to us. Allowing them great flexibility to balance lives at work and home while caring for others has been one of our hallmark practices for years. Our workplace is unique in the fact that the majority of our employees can create their own schedule and literally choose the hours, days and times they want to work every week.”

Best of the Ozarks 2013

Oxford HealthCare was named Best Home Health Care Agency for the 12th consecutive year in the Springfield News-Leader’s Best of the Ozarks survey. Oxford is the only home care agency to receive the award since the inception of the poll. Oxford HealthCare Hospice was also named Best Hospice Agency for the fourth year in a row. This is a great honor for Oxford’s young hospice program, which is the only comprehensive hospice and palliative care program in the area. It is a privilege to care for people in their homes, and we thank everyone for their support of Oxford.

Oxford Executive Director Appointed to MCHS Board

Kim Sisk, Executive Director for In Home Services, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Missouri Council for In-Home Services. This organization provides information, education and legislative representation for in-home services in the state of Missouri. It also promotes leadership in ethical business practices and the highest standards of client care. Oxford is pleased to have Kim represent our industry and the many seniors and disabled individuals who receive care.