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Free youth athletic physicals at OMC

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ozarks Medical Center will offer free athletic physicals for area student athletes from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Shaw Medical Building, across from the main entrance of the hospital at 1100 Kentucky Avenue.

Participants are encouraged to arrive during specific time slots, determined by the first letter of their last name. Times are as follows:

5 to 5:30 p.m. A to E

5:30 to 6 p.m. F to I

6 to 6:30 p.m. J to M

6:30 to 7 p.m. N to Q

7 to 7:30 p.m. R to U

7:30 to 8 p.m. V to Z

Local physicians, family nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses will conduct physicals for student athletes through 12th grade attending local area schools.

Athletic physicals are required for all students who plan to participate in any school-sponsored sport. Pam Ream, Director of OMC Rehabilitation Services, said the free physicals are part of an extended cooperative effort between OMC, the West Plains R-7 School District and other area school districts.

"This is a great opportunity for students to get their required physicals free of charge," she said. "Last year, 364 area students turned out for this event."

Ream said dividing participants by last name has made the process quick and efficient.

All students will be required to submit a signed consent form and current insurance information from a parent or legal guardian at the time of the physicals. Forms must be completely filled out in order for the student to receive the physical. Partial information and incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Consent forms may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the West Plains High School downstairs office; at OMC Education Services, located at No. 3 Parkway Shopping Center in West Plains; or at OMC Rehabilitation Services, located on the second floor of the Shaw Medical Building, 1111 Kentucky Ave.

The night of the physicals boys requesting physicals should use the Kentucky Avenue east side entrance. Girls should use the main building entrance.

For additional information, contact OMC Rehabilitation Services at 417-257-5959 or OMC Public Relations at 417-257-6735.

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