WESTERN PLAINS, MONTH – Beginning March 28, the City of West Plains and Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) began road construction near Kentucky Ave. City and MoDOT officials say the construction will redirect traffic near the main Ozarks Healthcare campus for about 60 days. Coming from the south towards Kentucky, drivers will be diverted from Broadway Ave. to Utah Ave., from Utah Ave. at 6th St. and from 6th St. to the main entrance of Ozarks Healthcare. Kentucky Ave. will still provide access to Burton Creek Rural Clinic and West Vue Apartment Complex.
The entrance to the Ozarks Healthcare Emergency Department at 1100 N. Kentucky Ave. will not be affected by construction. Kentucky Ave. north of the main campus of Ozarks Healthcare will also not be affected. Ozarks Healthcare recommends patients use the 8th Street entrance heading north on the freeway. 63 or next to Porter Wagoner Blvd. next to the big ‘H.’
“The health and safety of our patients is our number one priority,” said Josh Reeves, vice president of development at Ozarks Healthcare. “Patient diversion is not ideal in emergency situations. We want to make sure everyone knows how to access the facilities where they can receive care, whether it’s in the emergency department or at a clinic in our new expansion. We apologize for any inconvenience and confusion.
Ozarks Healthcare offers shuttle services between parking lots and entrances. Patients and visitors can call a shuttle once they are in the parking lot at 417-293-4731.
Ultimately, city and MoDOT officials say the construction will lead to a new intersection near the freeway. 63 which will connect to Kentucky Ave. and 5and St. for better long-term access to the main campus of Ozarks Healthcare.
Patients and community members are encouraged to follow Ozarks Healthcare on social media and www.OzarksHealthcare.com for directional videos, maps and other updates.